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Volcanic Ash Cloud Threatens Giro d’Italia

volcanic ash cloud threatens giro ditalia 300x199   Volcanic Ash Cloud Threatens Giro dItaliaUpon the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, air travel was suspended and this greatly affected the spring Classics. Now, the ash cloud from April moved further south and forced airports in the northern part of Italy to temporarily close.

The Giro d’Italia riders are supposed to fly back to Italy at two chartered flights. After tomorrow’s stage, the contenders will ride a bus to Ostend Belgium. From there, they will fly to Cuneo which is located in northern Italy. However, the operations for airports are still suspended in that area.

Should the ominous ash cloud continue to hover over northern Italy, the Giro’s organizers would need to come up with a back-up plan as to the riders’ travel options.

The possibility of a bus ride for the entire 22 teams with the Giro d’Italia supporting staff will surely interrupt the upcoming days planned ahead for the event. A change of the chartered flights…

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Amstel Gold Race Disrupted by Volcano

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One of the most unpredictable major classic races in the cycling world and the toughest one to win is the Amstel Gold Race. As of this date, there are only three riders who ever won the Dutch Classic on two occasions: Eddie Merckx, who won it twice in the 1970s and Gerrie Knetemann in 1974 and 1985, and fellow Dutchman Jan Raas, who bagged six victories within 1977 and 1982. However, these winnings occurred long before Amstel was to be a renowned International Classic Race.

The Amstel Gold roster has been recently altered by the volcanic eruptions of the mountain Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, spewing dark volcanic dust into dark hovering clouds over most parts of Europe. Among the 25 participating teams, eight will not be able to compete in full force.

The cloud of volcanic ash has not just thwarted the races in the European Continent but also stopped the Kelly Benefits…

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