This year the Etape du Tour will return to the mythical Mont Ventoux for the first time since the eighth edition of the sportive back in 2000.

?Monsieur Ventoux?, Eros Poli, who won the stage the crested the Ventoux in 1994, will be joining the team from cycling holiday specialists, La Fuga, on a training camps in Provence this April.

Poli escaped early on the stage from Montpellier; one of Mario Cippolini?s lead-out men, Poli was given little chance of staying away. Poli?s lead of 24 minutes at the foot of the climb was cut to just four minutes by the top, but managed to hold it over the descent into Carpentras to take an historic win.

Poli will be on hand at the training camp to share his knowledge of the climb, his love of the region and anecdotes from a professional career that spanned the reign of Miguel Indurain to the Armstrong years.

See this week?s Cycling Weekly for an interview with Eros Poli.

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Nicole Cooke World Book DayAbove: World and Olympic champion, Nicole Cooke. Courtesy of Rob Stratton.

Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Nicole Cooke is this year lending her support to World Book Day.

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Nicole, who is busy preparing for the news season said, “I’m really pleased to be involved in supporting such an important campaign especially in 2009 having experienced what is involved in writing and publishing a book! I hope that people can make the most of reading in all its forms, for leisure and relaxation, for learning new skills or finding out about people, places and the world we live in.”


On March 15 the Dulwich Paragon will promote the 50th consecutive running of the Dulwich Primavera spring road race for the Wally Gimber trophy.

The race is one of the country?s longest running events and attracts a top class field.

Wally Gimber was an active Dulwich Paragon member in the 1940s and excelled on the local Herne Hill track. In 1948-9 he was the London centre track, massed start and roller champion and set a national tandem paced half-mile record of 48.55 seconds.

He emigrated to the USA in the 1960s but returned to the UK in 1985 to present the trophy to John Shand at the club?s 50th anniversary dinner. He kept in regular touch with the club until his death in 1993.

Entries are now being accepted online through Rider HQ. Further details of the event are available on the club?s website:

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