craig1985 said:Am I not wrong in think that the Volta used to be a three week stage race and was seen as the ideal stepping stone to racing Grand Tours? This was before the Vuelta changed dates that is.
Too bad Radio Shack are not riding, would have loved to have seen Machado let it rip. Kamikaze style.
This is true it was 3 weeks and even longer. "In the period 1940-1980 the competition was held during three weeks" says wikipedia.
I remember reading an interview or something with Garmin/Slipstream people and they said they went to the race because it was hard, had good organization, lots of public, a rest day and was the closest thing to a grand tour, being the 4th longest race in Europe. I remember Dan Martin came 10th or 11th.