Despite the impressive rain fall yesterday organisers of the Tour de France claimed that between 230.000 and 250,000 people came to watch the cyclists of the race as they made their way from Girona through the streets of Barcelona to Montjuïc (El Periodical, article in Castilian). Alberto Contador, who last year won the prestigious Vélo d'Or prize deemed the numbers lining the streets as impressive. "I do not know how many people are here but they could fill several Bernabeus and Camp Nous". A Catalan rider of the race was also quoted as saying the reception from the crowd was beautiful. The stage was won by Norwegian Thor Hushovd. Yesterday also saw a world record broken for the people doing a spinning class at one time when 453 people have been riding at the same time on the ride from the Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona, awaiting the peloton of cyclists of the Tour as it passes by the Catalan capital.
The Brandery, the new fashion trade show designed to fill the gap left by Bread & Butter was visited by 9715 visitors and buyers it was reported (El Mundo, article in Castilian). Pere Cambrubi the director of the Fair said that with that figure they had met quality and performance targets as the organisation had estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 people. 113 exhibitors took part of which only 45% were foreigners, mainly from Italy, France and Portugal. Many of the labels promising to return for the winter edition in January 2010. The director general of Fira de Barcelona, Agusti Cordón said that despite good attendance figures "we must be cautious."
The AVE train service yesterday announced reductions for families, young people and groups over the summer months (La Vanguardia, article in Castilian). Albelardo Carrillo, the director of the high-speed train service said "We have launched the most aggressive marketing campaign undertaken by Renfe in recent years." He claimed that he was addressing the challenge of increasing the number of leisure passengers currently using the service. The family offer means that now for every adult travelling a child under 14 can travel for free. Young people issued with a special carnet will be able to enjoy reductions of up to 50% and groups of four or more will enjoy up to 25% off. These offers will be available until September 13th.