Orica-Scott's strongman Svein Tuft celebrated his 40th birthday at the Giro d'Italia, but he's not showing his age at all.
After five seasons in the peloton, the Australia-based team has become a GC threat in grand tours and other stage races.
The Orica – GreenEdge rider practices yoga and meditation before and after stages — in the woods and without shoes.
The eight North Americans starting the 2016 Giro range from a former champ to four debutants at the Italian grand tour.
Seven North American riders will line up in Compiègne, France this Sunday to take on Paris-Roubaix
The cycling world will turn its attention to Richmond, Virginia starting this weekend at the UCI Road World Championships.
Svein Tuft and his Orica teammates ride to second place in the Tour of Alberta TTT, and now turn their TTT focus to the worlds.
Svein Tuft is among the toughest riders in the peloton, but a few plastic water bottles helped him avoid serious injury earlier this season.
Tuft and Kirchmann double up, winning their time trials and road races, at the Canadian road championships
The Giro peloton is facing a nasty mix of poor weather and slick roads throughout the first week of the corsa rosa