Jun 02, 2014 - Colombia has dominated the Giro d’Italia with first and second overall, young rider and mountains jerseys and we have all the best comments, reports and video from Italy. In other cycling news we round-up the Baloise Belgium Tour and the Bayern Rundfahrt. EuroTrash coffee time!
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.
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!
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...
Chaos reigned on top of Stelvio, on the descent from the Cima Coppi and in the valley leading to the final climb. The 16th stage of Giro d’Italia was a beautiful and dramatic stage but turned controversial after the race jury announced that the descent would be neutralized. The vast majority of the teams heard it and followed the order from the race organizers but few teams including Movistar, Garmin and Europcar attacked on top of Passo dello Stelvio.
In consideration of audio recordings of instructions relayed to Directeurs sportifs during today's stage, the Directors of the Giro d'Italia would like to clarify that Race Radio provided an inaccurate interpretation of the indications stipulated by the Directors.
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!
The 2014 Giro d’Italia’s grand finale will include two major events on Sunday June 1 in Trieste. Following the race finale, the Corsa Rosa will host two unique shows to close its 97th edition in style.
Race Report: On a day when the favorites watched each other all the way to the stage 15 final climb up Montecampione, the 2014 Giro d'Italia delivered another fantastic finale that would have made Marco Pantini proud. Astana's Fabio Aru soloed to a brilliant win and showed this race ain't over yet.
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.
Giro'14 St.12: PEZ's inimitable Roadside reportage picks up in the famous Barolo wine country in Peimonte - the region named literally for its place at the foot of the Alps, where luckily for us, sampling the local fare is expected when the pink race comes by.
Race Report: Today was always going to be one for the sprinters, but the run in to the finish was not easy or safe with a little climb and a crazy descent to the line. The Sky team and crashes nearly ruined the day for the Giro King of Sprints, but Nacer Bouhanni managed to come through and win again.
Giro'14 St.8: Marco Pantani's famous training climb the Carpegna is not far from Ale's home on the Adriatic - which made or a fine day at the Giro d'Italia with Mrs. F and his son Mario. It's less about the race and more about a day out with family, all under a perfect sky.
Race Report: So far in this Giro the weather has been the biggest adversary, but today the mountains played their rightful part in the proceedings. Colombia nearly had its stage win but Diego Ulissi had other ideas and added another stage to his palmarés. The true 2014 Giro started today!
Stage 6: As the 2014 Giro d'Italia moved north up the ankle of the boot, PEZ's Ale Federico joined the race at Montecassino - The Gate to the South - where the mass destruction of WWII was mirrored by the race causalities of another day of dangerously wet roads.