Giro Reload: Stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia will revisit the horrendous climb of the Mortirolo, back in 2008 Ale Federico made his own ascent on the penultimate stage of that years Italian Grand Tour. We relive Ale's pain, suffering and hunger as he discovers his 'mazzo' on the Mortirolo.
Giro's Prolight and Limar's Pro 104 are the top of the heap at the bottom of the scale... So who gives up what to make your head feel naked??
If you can't tell, the Giro excitement is building here at PEZ. Classics burn-out has been replaced by Giro fever and not a second to soon. Let's take a look at the first two weeks of the Giro, starting in the Netherlands and finishing up in the shadow of a diabolical final week.
Roadside St.17: Only four men have won here, Eddy Merckx in 1967, Franco Bitossi in 1968, Jose Manuel Fuente in 1972 and Moreno Argentin in 1984. Respectively, the greatest cyclist ever; one of the finest classics riders of his generation; a genuine climbing legend and one of the kings of the Ardennes classics. The winner here, today will be no ordinary rider and he just may win the Giro too.
Italy: A nation since 1861; 116,346 square miles; population 58,842,800 (23rd largest in the world); capital Rome, with 2,700,000 souls. If you're a man, you can expect to live to 78, but your woman will outlive you by six years. Favourite sports are football, Formula One, Moto GP and - cycling - and we’ve landed for the final week!
Roadside St. 14 When you start each new Giro you understand you’re a year older. You feel a stranger to the village approach and for a moment you believe it’s better to return home and proceed with your “normal” life. But it’s just a moment. The call of the road is stronger than any other.
Say Arrivederci to the Giro as it’s almost Bonjour to Le Tour. We’ve got the latest on the ASO/UCI punch-up as well as the tune up events in Luxembourg and France. Stateside, it’s Philly and a full-up Nature Valley as well as Johan serving up some bedtime reading. It’s a global ET and it’s full today.
‘Campionissimo’ – the name given to only a very few cyclists in Italian history – the elite who rose above ‘normal’ champions – the best of the best. Fausto Coppi is perhaps the best known campionissimo, and his legend is as much a part of his country’s cycling sport as the bicycle itself. PEZ’s Alessandro Federico talked recently with Angelo Coppi – the son of Fausto.
The Grand Tours are already upon us, starting with the Giro prologue in Seraing, Belgium this coming Saturday. Prologues and time trials are a different breed of effort, requiring high pain threshold and perfect pacing. What are some pacing strategies that we should be looking out for?
You could argue that this year’s Grand Tour season begins May 13th, with the Giro’s great 7th stage. The peloton will climb the brutal Monte Catria before approaching a steep uphill finish at the village of Saltara, which is hosting its first Giro finish. PEZ’s Alessandro Federico tested his early season legs and discovered Saltara’ all-pervasive passion for cycling.
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