Ahead of the final hard week of the Giro d'Italia the peloton take their third rest day in north Italy and Lee Rodgers gives us his thoughts on the acton so far. Who's hot and who's not: Steven Kruijswijk looks like a Grand Tour champion, has Vincenzo Nibali lost all chance and is the battle over for Alejandro Valverde? All this and more in Lee's Giro Lowdown.
May 23, 2016 - Giro d'Italia rest day number three and we catch up with all the weekend's action from Italy and ask the questions that are on everyone's minds. The Amgen Tour of California finished on Sunday and we have all the results, race reports, quotes and video from the US as well as the Giro. Plus Thomas contract, IAM Cycling stop and Giro video by Orica. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.
Race Report: Alexander Foliforov pulled off the surprise of the Giro to take the stage win, behind there was a major GC reshuffle as Vincenzo Nibali's charge was halted. Overall leader, Steven Kruijswijk now has a bigger lead on the other top men and Alejandro Valverde has closed a little on the podium. All change on the stage 15 mountain TT.
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The 2016 Giro d'Italia will start properly at the weekend as it launches into the final week of continuous mountain climbing. First on the menu are the Dolomites and who better to give us some background on cycling the 'Stone Cathedrals' than Peter Easton of VeloClassic Tours.
May 19, 2016 - Young Bob Jungels is the star of the moment in the Giro d'Italia, the pink jersey made a bold move off the front - attack is the best form of defense. All the action from the Giro and California with race reports, results, rider quotes and video. Other cycling news from BMC, Giant-Alpecin and the 2020 Worlds, plus on the bike video.
Lee Rodgers took the weekend off from his usual Lowdowning on bike races and riders to have a look at the new bike offerings at the Shanghai Bike Show. When Lee visits one of these 'happenings' you can't expect a technical blow-by-blow break-down, but you will get the Lee style Lowdown.
I get a lot more requests from people peddling the 'next big thing' on Kickstarter than I ever consider adding as 'content' worthy of our readers' attention, but I do like the new Superband from BiKASE.
The Giro’s decisive Chianti TT this past Sunday placed a heavy emphasis on both massive power AND aerodynamics. The key to both is a healthy and strong lower back and neck. What are some symptoms and management of pain in these areas?
After the first nine days of the Giro d'Italia, Lee Rodgers gives us his Lowdown on the action so far. The German sprinters get full marks as does Brambilla, Jungels and the Etixx - Quick-Step team. Lee is unsure of the form of Vincenzo Nibali, but is sure that Ilnur Zakarin should not be in the Italian Grand Tour.
16 May, 2016 - If the Giro d'Italia wasn't enough we now have the Tour of California! You expect Peter Sagan to win, but when a rider like Gianluca Brambilla takes the overall lead in a Grand Tour, that's something else. All the cycling news from Italy and California with results and video. Other news from Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Giant-Alpecin, Dimension Data and live on-board from the Giro.
Rider Interview: Axeon Hagens Berman's Adrien Costa is a man to watch, especially after his recent overall win in the French Under 23 Tour de Bretagne. Ed Hood caught up with Adrien after his second World silver medal last year and now after his win in Britany.
Our NeoPro Jordan Cheyne has a lot to talk about today as his Jelly Belly team took the overall win at the Tour of Gila with a top performance from Lachlan Morton. Jordan clearly enjoys being part of the winning team - he takes us through the experience.
The Giro d'Italia will visit Tuscany this weekend with a time trial in the heart of one of the world's most famous wine regions - Chianti. Sunday's race against the clock is important, but it's only a small part of the history and tradition of Tuscan cycling. Peter Easton knows his cycling and Tuscany, we let him take up the story of the cycling heartland of Toscana.
Race Report: Stage 6 was a day for a break to succeed, but it wasn't the original escape who spawned the win for Belgian Tim Wellens on the summit of Roccaraso. The overall lead hasn't changed much, but Vincenzo Nibali did not look the race favorite he was billed as.
May 12, 2016 - It's a full Giro d'Italia EUROTRASH Thursday. Race reports, results, rider quotes and video from the Italian Grand Tour and we look at the proposed Giro start in Japan. The Amgen Tour of California starts on Sunday, we preview the big US race with team news. Three more years for Groupe Gobert and dinner for BMC.
With the Giro making their way from Holland to the southern tip of Italy, it's perfect timing to start the week with more of the coolest gear from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic and bits from Masi Bicycles, Ortlieb Packs, Topeak, Rolf Prima, and Schwinn.
Giro Rider Interview: During a hectic first rest day on the Giro d'Italia, Ed Hood tracked down Dimension Data's Songezo Jim to get his impression of the 2016 Giro so far. We get the inside line from the South African on the second Grand Tour of his career, how does Italy compare to Spain, life in Europe and his hopes for success.
Our PEZman in Italy, Alessandro Federico, will be roadside this weekend as the Giro d'Italia winds its way north. Last year he made the trip south and passed through many different regions to catch the race, the people, the villages and the atmosphere of the biggest bike race in Italy. But you can't go to the South without trying the pizza!
How do you go about making a scientific comparison of cycling training over time? Every parent, at some time or another, probably has given the “when I was your age” speech to their kids. And within any sport, an ageless argument is always how the current generation of stars match up to the titans of the sport’s history.