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Well, I successfully survived my first week back at work last week! And as suspected, I’m feeling pretty tired. It was great to be back though and thankfully it’s nice and busy at the moment so it shouldn’t take too long for my legs to get back into swing of things?! It’s amazing how much effect 3 weeks off the bike can have on your overall fitness.

So, what’s June got on offer…?

The 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné begins tomorrow. A traditional warm up race and leg tester ahead of the Tour in July.

With 7 stages in total, beginning with a 5.7km Prologue and covering a distance of 1,052 kms it should be a little belter!

It has unsurprisingly attracted the likes of Cadel EvansAndy Schleck and Vincenzo Nibali along with 2011 winner Bradley Wiggins who’ll be looking to defend his crown and add some crucial racing miles to his legs before he and team Sky make their assault on the big goal this year!

Team Sky – July 2012 teaser

And here are a couple of other things that I’m excited about this month…

Released on Thurs 7th by YellowJerseyPress,

Stephen Roche’s “Born to Ride” is his first full autobiography, using his best year (1987) as the starting point to explore the rest of his life. He doesn’t hold back as he examines the many ups and downs of his time on and off the bike, scrutinising victories, defeats, rivals, serious injury, doping allegations and agonizing family breakdown. At the heart of the book lies an enigma. For all his charm and rare, natural talent, beneath the surface lies an incredible tenacity and determination. Roche finally reveals himself as a smiling assassin; a master-strategist who lives to attack.

I’m there!!!!

And due out on the 12th by RandomHouse,

“Road to Valor” by Aili & Andres McConnon is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and who, between his Tour victories, secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.

Set in Italy and France against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, this book is the breathtaking account of one man’s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity. Based on nearly ten years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Bartali’s family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, it is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali’s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century.

 Road to Valor – Book trailer

You can learn more about the book and it’s authors here roadtovalorbook.

I think this little lot should keep me busy for now?!!