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We may or may not have skipped a few U23 races in this thread, I've lost sight of it a bit.

But today we'll see the start of the first bike race in my new hometown, the U23 Tour de Berlin!
Held for the 65th time, this nice little race consists of five stages on four days.

Tonight there'll be a 6.3 km TTT on the Kurfürstendamm, three 2.1 km laps with one of the turning points at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche.
Tomorrow morning the race goes to the very west of Berlin for 121.6 km consisting of 16 laps around the Schäferberg (the closest to a mountain you'll get here), and on Sunday they trek to Baruth (approximately half-way between Berlin and Dresden) for a morning ITT (21.4 km) and an afternoon road stage (135.3 km).
Finally, Monday sees a 151.2 km stage in Birkenwerder just north of Berlin, consisting of 12 laps with 1800 m of cobbles per lap.

The startlist consists of 24 teams including many of the strongest U23 development teams, several Continental squads and two national teams.

Biggest names are #seg Jakobsen, #trefor Würtz, #trefor Asgreen, #trefor Rahbek, #teamde Ackermann, #awt Bokeloh, #awt Schachmann, #awt Schreurs, #lkt Franz, #bmc Appelt[1], #bmc van Hooydonck, I would say.

I'll be roadside for the TTT and the stages on Saturday and Monday, doing the odd update on Twitter (#TourdeBerlin) and hopefully collecting a couple of thoughts here each day.
 1. apparently not starting after all
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