Race Analysis: With the Giro done and dusted Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three weeks of racing and despite the great racing on show the debacle of the 'neutralized' descent of the Stelvio still leaves him with a bitter taste.
Roadside St. 21: The final day had arrived, the 2014 edition of the Giro was coming to an end. Although we only covered the last six 6 days, we have come away as complete fans. It is such a different event to either the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. It’s Italian-ness is what sets it apart as unique.
Giro'14 St.21 Race Report: With all eyes on Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) to take the stage win, it was yet another fast man from Giant-Shimano, Luka Mezgec who showed them all how to do it, while Columbia's Nairo Quintana won his first Grand Tour.
Roadside Report: The Monte Zoncolan was first used in the Giro in 2003 but it's quickly become one of the true legendary climbs in professional cycling. Today our man in Italy Steve took on the sights, the sounds, the spectators and the super steep slopes of the Zoncolan just before the race came through to get a feel for this beast of a climb. Heaven or hell?
Stage Report: Michael Rogers produced arguably the greatest ride of his life to become only the fourth man to win on this ultimate test of courage and climbing ability that is Monte Zoncolan. It was a truly monster stage and a great way to end the Giro in the mountains.
Roadside Report: The mountain time trial was a tough test for both riders and our Roadside reporter Steve, who took on the climb and the Italian security guards before descending to the start village to mix with the riders and tech on display.
Race Report: In the manner of a champion, Nairo Quintana consolidated his grip on the maglia rosa with victory in the brutal 26.8 kilometre mountain time trial to Cima Grappa – but it was no runaway win, with rising Sardinian star Fabio Aru running him to just 17 seconds to grab 2nd on the day and place himself just 41 seconds behind 2nd placed on GC Rigoberto Uran who was 3rd on this day of judgement.
Race Report: The Colombians have taken over the Giro and today Julian Arredondo took the stage and sealed his KOM title. In the GC; Quintana and Uran finished safely to retain 1st and 2nd overall leaving the others to fight over the podium crumbs. Another day of top action from the Giro!
Roadside Stage 17: After suffering through the snow and freezing temperatures yesterday, Wednesday's day to Vittorio Veneto dawned with beautiful weather and the promise of a perfect day race chasing. As our man Steve quickly found out though - race chasing doesn't always go as planned but it is always an adventure!
Race Report: The peloton took a day off after the recent mountain efforts and let a big group head off up the road where it was Stefano Pirazzi who won Bardiani’s third stage of this year’s Giro. Today was the calm after and before the storm...
Giro'14 Stage 16: This morning at 8:30am, PEZ-Man Steve Prokop rolled out of the warmth of Hotel Funivia to finally live his lifelong dream of riding the famed Stelvio. A light rain was falling, the temp was -1.5C degrees at the top, and there were only 18km to climb to the 2760m summit - how hard could that be?
INSIGHT Giro St.16: Cold weather does a lot more than cool you off - especially on a 5 hour bike ride over three high mountains. Managing core body heat, energy levels, and actually racing, become a fine and difficult balancing act, as CTS Coach Jim Rutberg explains.
Race Report: Brutal weather and three huge mountains made for an epic day that saw Nairo Quintana & Ryder Hesjedal duel to the Val Martello summit finish, and the Columbian take over the maglia rosa. It was another crazy day in the Italian mountains, snow, freezing temperatures and more, but action aplenty!
Andy Hampsten rode into cycling legend almost 26 years ago, when a blizzard engulfed the Passo Gavia, and the Giro directors refused to cancel the stage. It was epic stuff for fans, but a living hell for the riders. PEZ-fan Richard Clayton re-created the play-by-play with the help of Davis Phinney & Ron Keifel.
Giro'14 Roadside: PEZ-Man Alessandro wraps his final day on the our Roadside coverage chasing the race across Lombardia to the summit of Monetcampione. Hours in the car and only seconds to see the race - we wouldn't have it any other way at another special day on the Giro.
Roadside St.14: In the 10th year of the anniversary of Marco Pantani's death, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute to the swashbuckling climber again with a stage finish at the ancient Sanctuary of Oropa. PEZ was roadside to witness the battles that would have made Il Pirata proud.
Race Report: Easily the most exciting racing of the 2014 Giro d'Italia so far, Enrico Battaglin emerged victorious from a three-way battle on the steep final slopes to Opora. The GC action behind showed that Pozzovivo and Quintana are still dreaming of pink, but Uran was strong enough to hold the lead. The beginning of the end?
Giro'14 St.13: Giro di PEZ St.13: PEZ-man Ale Federico has both feet planted in the top of the boot at the foot of the Alps - which made a gorgeous backdrop for today's run north from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese and our PEZ-Clusive Roadside reportage.
Race Report: Well, whaddya know? The break made it all the way to the line of the 2014 Giro d'Italia's stage 13. Bardiani-CSF’s young Italian Marco Canola made his team very happy and ensured he’ll never have to buy a drink again. He used his head, legs and elbows to get into the winning position in Rivarolo Canvese, nailing his first Grand Tour stage.
Race Report: As expected, the stage 12 time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo gave the Giro GC a real shake – but what wasn’t expected was for Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran (OmegaPharma-QuickStep) to put 1:34 into race leader and stage favourite Cadel Evans to win the chrono and become Colombia’s first ever Giro maglia rosa.