The Giro has saved the best for last as the race tackles the truly epic Colle della Finestre as the final stage for glory for this year's GC battle. Contador has the race sewn up but a lot can happen on a massive climb of 18km that throws in 8km of dirt road and steep pitches. I first rode this climb in 2005, and it's been on my list of Top Rides ever since.
Stage 19 Race report: After a couple of bad days, when Alberto Contador looked around and saw just how much Fabio Aru was suffering, the young Sardinian romped away in the last few kilometers to win a brutal stage. For Aru the day's spoils, and up a place overall, but Alberto Contador was as comfortable as could be on a lightning-fast ride to Cervinia.
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Ed and Martin are into the 'Giro Groove' and have this bike race chasing down to a fine art. They've worked out the best places to see the race, eat pizza & drink beer, plus find the very important coffee and a read of the Gazzetta. Day 3 of their Giro Adventure rolls to Verbania!
Race Report: Just when you thought this Giro couldn’t provide another high-octane thrill ride, the first-category Monte Ologno, fuelled a further chaotic stage. We had it all: breakaways, chases, races within races, dropped chains and thrown-down gauntlets. The maglia rosa on the charge. It was perfect.
May 28, 2015 - The high point of the week had to be the chase back of Contador on the Mortirolo, he turned a deficit into an advantage. Giro, Belgium, Fjords and US Champs with video, results and reports. Hydration is our Top Story with Dr. Cheung. Other cycling news: Paolini, Küng, De Weert, Veloroos and Salem live video.
After missing out on the Mortirolo yesterday, Ed and Martin made point of soaking up the atmosphere at the start in Tirano, before shooting off towards Switzerland. But everyone is still talking about Alberto and the Mortirolo and the guys were taking it all in.
Race Report: Stage 17 could have been a dull day, but it was spiced up by the beautiful views of Lake Lugano and a very exciting last 20 kilometers into Switzerland. Sacha Modolo was given an armchair ride to the line and repaid his team with their fourth stage win.
Ed and Martin jumped off at the deep-end, first day at the Giro 2015 and they went for the hardest day with, arguably, the hardest climb of this years race. The Passo del Mortirolo strikes fear into the heart of many a bike rider. The boys find out why.
Race Report: Mikel Landa won the tough Mortirolo stage, taking his second stage win in this Giro d’Italia and moving into second overall. But the story of the day was Alberto Contador’s recovery and eventual domination of stage 16. He was over a minute down on Fabio Aru, but turned it round to a near three minute advantage on the Mortirolo. A great day of action.
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Ed Hood and Martin Williamson have hit the Italian soil running, only in the country for a handful of hours and they have sorted their creds, seen tomorrow's route, inspected the bikes and sent us the first words and photos. The productive pair will be on the Mortirolo tomorrow, here is the story so far:
It's one of the hardest climbs in pro cycling, and is iconic to what makes the Giro d'Italia the world's 'most beautiful' race. Il Mortirolo is the centrepiece of tomorrow's Stage 16 and at almost 13km long and 11% average grade - this one's a killer, but a must -ride for any self-respecting fan. Here's how it looks on the bike.
Two weeks of the Giro d'Italia are behind us and so Lee Rodgers has a good dig into the background stories from Italy. Porte's demise, shiny legs, controversy and domination from Astana and the lack of rider personalities. All deeply important subjects for the sport of cycling.
May 25, 2015 - Alberto Contador has had a dominating week-end, nearly winning the TT and then containing the Astana team in the mountains. Giro d'Italia, Tour of Norway, World Ports Classic and the US TT championships are all in EuroTrash Monday with reports, results and video. Big read = big coffee!
My Castelli Backpack review fit in nicely my recent Giro coverage, when I received one of the first media samples in Sanremo Italy. It's part of their new line bags for the serious cyclist that offer up the quality, durability, and easy to use designs you'd expect from this top brand of cycling apparel for the roadie, and here's how it looks...
Race Report: The cream came to the top of the Giro milk today as the leading group was slimmed down to eight riders and then just four to fight for the win. Mikel Landa won for Astana, but Aru lost time on Contador.
Stage 13 Race Report: On a day no one expected much of anything... Lampre's Sacha Modolo out dragged Trek's Giacomo Nizzolo for a wet weather win, while just outside 3km to go a crash caused GC chaos - another typical day at the Giro.
Race Report: Philippe Gilbert gave the BMC team the Giro stage they had been trying for the last few days. The finish was made for the ex-World champion with a short steep rise to the line - A mini Cauberg. Contador was 2nd and now has 17 seconds over Aru in the fight for overall.
May 21, 2015 - Katusha win in Italy and Norway in the same day. We have the Giro and the Tour of Norway to catch-up with - all the reports, results, rider quotes and that all important video action. Top Story is puncture-gate and we preview the World Ports Classic and the European Road Championships.