Gregor Brown in Treviso
Le Bandie – host site of the Cyclo-cross World Championships in Treviso, Italy – promises a fast day out. Those in the hunt for the rainbow jersey will not face the cold and mud that is so often present in the northern countries, but rather mild Italian weather and a mostly grassy parcours.
"It was a very hard race today, very fast," explained Francis Mourey after winning the World Cup event in November 2006 on a near identical course. This year the Frenchman will be considered a favourite but will have to face a longer uphill arrival that may spoil any solo attempt for freedom. The finishing line has been moved back (uphill) by some 100 metres, while the organisers have also added more hairpin turns and barriers.
"I will start more or less in the back; on a course this hard like we have in Treviso, who attacks early risks browning up," said Franzoi to La Gazzetta dello Sport this morning. "If I am going well I can still do a number."
Like many road races, an attempt at freedom could be awarded or seen falling to pieces in the final metres thanks to this fast parcours that will be used this weekend in Treviso.