People wanting to ride part of a forthcoming Grand Tour
route come from as far away as Australia and the US and pay handsomely for the privilege of cycling along the public highway.
The routes for the 2015 Tour, which begins in Utrecht on July 4, and the 2015 Vuelta are still to be announced, but Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis believes Contador is capable of podium places in all three Grand Tours
in the same calendar year.
After winning the Vuelta, the Giro and the Tour, I'll keep focusing on Grand Tours
but I'd also like to crown it all with a rainbow jersey one year," said Nibali, who does not believe this September's circuit in Ponferrada, Spain suits him.
That will hinder climbing in grand tours
and having won the Tour I don't relish the thought of riding around in the back group for three weeks.
In the spirit of Europe s Grand Tours
, the route will take riders through places of interest across Belgium, France and Spain, affording participants the opportunity to enjoy the sights and local culture.
Wiggins became the first British rider in 106 years to win the Tour this year, but Sutton thinks Wiggins should cement his legacy by trying to win the two other grand tours
- the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.
The Greek Revivalist architecture that shaped so much of early America's public works projects drew its inspiration from the Grand Tours
taken by our young country's intelligentsia.
Cavendish, who has won three stages for HTC-Columbia in this year's race, is only the second Briton to secure a sprinters' title in one of the Grand Tours
following Malcolm Elliott's 1989 success, also in the Vuelta.
The Italian has proven ability in Grand Tours
having finished seventh in last year's Tour de France and third in this season's Giro d'Italia, where he won two stages despite riding as chief support to eventual winner Ivan Basso.
Despite humanist efforts, Dutch Reformed travellers likely embarked upon their Grand Tours
holding various prejudices.
This is one of three Grand Tours
that dominate the cycling calendar, along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.
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These tours - for the rich couldn't just have a holiday - became known as The Grand Tours
Imagine taking a two or three month vacation to Europe to explore the art, architecture, culture and food of various European cities - while it may sound like a fantasy or a college study abroad program, grand tours
of Europe were very common among wealthy English men in the 1600 and 1700's.