Almost right away, on the second day of the Giro at Ischia, after the team time trial Sidi got to experience the thrill of wearing the pink jersey thanks to the young Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky). The athletes from the Sidi stables then went on to conquer three fantastic stages: Russian Maxim Belkov (Katusha) dominated the finish line in the 9th stage, the one from San Sepolcro to Firenze which offered a taste of what’s to come at the 2013 Tuscan World Championships; Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) captured the uphill arrival on the high plain of Montasio in Fiuli and Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) triumphed in the Tarvisio-Vajont, a deeply significant stage dedicated to the memory of the 1963 tragedy and the victims of the Vajont disaster.
Rigoberto Uran was one of the best riders overall in this Giro d’Italia, considering his second place on the final podium, close on the tires of the pink jersey Vincenzo Nibali. Colombia turned out to be a surprise in the Giro with their fantastic Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r La Mondiale), who came in fifth in the final classification and won the white jersey as the best young rider. The classification for the young riders saw another Sidi athlete in third place, Holland’s Wilco Kelderman (Blanco).
The two entirely Sidi-branded formations were also major players at the Giro: Lampre-Merida, which placed two men in the top 10 for this Giro: Michele Scarponi in 4th place and the great Pole Przemyslaw Niemiec in 6th place; and Cannondale Pro Cycling with Damiano Caruso on the climbs and Elia Viviani in the sprints.
A big thanks to all the Sidi champions for the excitement they brought us along the roads of the Giro d’Italia!
All photos by SIDI.