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Arlington Cyclist Wins Trip to Tour de France

by ARLnow.com June 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm 3,198 22 Comments

Arlington resident and competitive cyclist Joe Praino has won a dream trip to the Tour de France after collecting the most votes in a nationwide contest.

Praino will join Team Liquigas-Cannondale at the Tour after winning the Facebook-based contest, which was sponsored by Cannondale and Peloton Magazine. As an honorary member of the U.S.-Italian team, Praino will travel in the team car and help out behind the scenes.

In addition to the all-expenses-paid overseas trip, Praino will receive a $6,000+ Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike, cycling apparel, and a magazine subscription.

Praino won over voters on the contest’s Facebook page with a humorous, two-minute video (above) that explains why he’s always wanted to see the Tour de France up close.

Video courtesy Cannondale

  • yequalsy

    My intense envy forces me to note his shameless play to the sponsors with the Cannondale bike, the Liquigas jersey, and Ivan Basso fanboydom.

    • Liberator

      Ditto

    • Take it down a notch

      Basso, schmasso. iamtedking is the man.

  • SoCo Resident

    Exciting, exciting, exciting. What an experience. Get a good lock for that bike!

    • CW

      Kryptonite NY Legend…20 pounds of protection.

      • TGEoA

        Which makes your 6k bike weigh as much as a $400 🙁

        • CW

          Oh, I only meant for long-term, like in a bike room at work or an office complex. For street use go with one of the NY u-locks of course.

  • MB

    Awesome.

    Also, you owe me, Joe. I voted for you.

  • TGEoA

    The magazine is Hustler

  • CW

    Whenever I hear “Liquigas”, I still giggle a little bit.

    Looking forward to watching this year’s tour. Nothing better than catching the replays on Versus after work.

    • MB

      Actually, there’s a million things better than that. Steephill.tv. You can thank me in beer.

      • CW

        Fair enough, but I prefer 50″ of HDTV to a work monitor and a lot of ALT+TAB.

  • JamesE

    He’s Lancing it up with that shirt

    • JamesE

      no livestrong bracelet though, embarrassing.

      • yequalsy

        Especially since Basso is a supporter of Livestrong. (His Mother died of cancer.) OTOH, Armstrong isn’t real popular among many, probably most, hard-core cycling fans.

    • MB

      Nah, he doesn’t look like a doper at all.

  • Novanglus

    Yeah, but does he stop at stop signs and red lights?

  • NomNom

    Ummm. Did anyone else notice the plane that flew threw one ear and out the other?

  • J

    He’s just hot;)

  • j-ow

    what a stud

  • T Squadra

    Congratulazioni! Joe, you speak Italian like a native. Excellent pronunciation.

    In bocca al lupo! Buon viaggio in Francia…

  • Lucky duck!! Pandering or no pandering to sponsors, he gets to go to the greatest race in the world!!

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