During our bicycling trip in the surroundings of Girona, we made a guided ride to Banyoles to watch the start of a stage in the Pro Tour race Volta Catalunya. It was a great opportunity to get much closer to the riders and bikes than e.g. in the Tour.
Our guide Jaume with Petri and Tero riding towards Banyoles
FDJeux uses beautiful LaPierre bikes
A Slipstream / Chipotle rider waits for the start. The team resides in Girona.
Caisse d’Epargne have Pinarello bikes, my favourites
A FDJeux rider rolls to the start area
Thomas Lövkvist and George Hincapie of High Road prepare for the race
An Andalucia rider got a flat just before the start to the amusement of his team mates
Team Liquigas in the front line
All smiles before the stage
The stage has started
On the way back to Girona
Getting the first colour on the pale legs and arms
Back at Ponte de Pedra after a nice day at Volta Catalunya