Gino Bartali, the great Italian rider of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, would be a legend if it were just for his exploits on the bike. But his career spanned tragedy and triumph for Italy as a whole and Bartali managed to be at the centre of the action.
By 1943, Italy was in chaos. For even a well-known sporting hero such as Gino Bartali, his public profile was no guarantee of his safety. Yet Bartali chose an even more risky course of action, as foreshadowed in Part 1. He would subsequently go on to even greater sporting and public glory.
With less than two days to go to the 2013 Giro d'Italia it's time to let our own Nostradamus, Ed Hood give his predictions on the race before we let him loose roadside in Italy. Analysis of the sprinters, GC men, the route and more Ed doesn't hold back predicting the top 6 on GC in order. Can he continue his early season run and get another podium correct?
Most of the year, the PEZ crew is outside on the roadside chasing cycling's best. Every once in awhile, however, we get a day pass, and we get to go inside. Let's take a closer look at the amusing, fantastic spectacle that was the 2013 Giro Presentation.
ROADSIDE Giro'13 St.3: Yesterday’s scenic boat ride to the even more scenic island of Ischia, served as the perfect appertivo for today’s 222km haul from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea. Today we drove what is possibly the most scenic corsa I’ve seen. Ever.
Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's difficult mountain time trial and analyses the winners, the losers and more in another classic Lee's Lowdown.
Race Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a closer look at that much longed for or sometimes loathed beast - the rest day.
Race Analysis: There's not much worse in a racer's life than seeing the win just ahead of you only to have it fall away at the last minute. Our resident pro Lee Rodgers unfortunately knows a thing or two about this as he analyzes yesterday's dramatic sprint/man on man pursuit finish.
Race Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a look at yesterday's big mountain stage and the inner workings and thinking at Team SKY - all for one, one for all? Or something completely different? It's time for another bout of Race Analysis in Lee's Lowdown.
Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three action packed weeks in the Giro and analyzes the highlights and the lowlights of this great race.
Race Analysis: At the Giro former teammates Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins experienced vastly different emotions. One is now at home sipping tea whilst the other is sitting pretty in the red points jersey as multiple stage winner. Lee Rodgers takes a closer look at their story.
Race Analysis: This is the Giro d’Italia, right? Cos I think I may have stumbled onto some amazing one day race that I’d never heard of before. It had it all, two cracking little climbs, one brilliant, twisting and quite frankly terrifying-looking descent just before the finish, and enough aggression to keep even those degenerate bare-knuckle fight fans stoked up on adrenaline for a week.
Race Analysis: It was beautiful. The solo break. One man alone on the road. Alone, save for 8 moto outriders, a race director’s car, a team car and thousands of fans of course. And yet, still, essentially, fundamentally alone.
Race Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks back at yesterday's stage and Bradley Wiggins' loss of a few seconds and reads some more into it, was it a lack of form or all part of his master plan? It's time for more of Lee's Lowdown - Race Analysis like no other!
GIRO Analysis: Lee Rodgers looks at yesterday's exciting stage where the attacks were flying left, right and center with Vincenzo Nibali right in the middle and not backing down.
Movistar’s Alex Dowsett showed he has what it takes to ride a perfect time trial in a Grand Tour - in only his first Grand Tour! The man from the South of England lay down the fastest time very early in the day and had to wait for 162 other riders to finish before he knew for sure he had his biggest win in the bag.
Race Report: Vincenzo Nibali showed today that he is the worthy winner of the 2013 Giro d’Italia with a demolishing ride on the steep slopes of the Dolomites. His pink jersey gleamed through the falling snow at the top of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for the stage win and confirmation of his superb home victory. Another great day on a brilliant Giro d’Italia.
Race Report: Is it all over bar the shouting? The man that some call ‘Nibbles’ took a big bite out of his Giro d’Italia opposition with a storming uphill TT win to Polsa. As Evans suffered in the rain, the pink-clad panther performed with panache to put himself in a position so comfortable, he could be reclining with a cigar, dressed like Hef, being fed grapes by … well, you get the picture.
Race Report: The weather beat everyone in today’s Giro d’Italia, especially the TV cameras. In the end it was an exciting stage, although knowing what was happening was not easy. When the Pink jersey of Vincenzo Nibali came out of the clouds with Mauro Santambrogio we knew there had been a battle royal and the Sicilian had come out on top. Santambrogio took the stage honours and Nibali had the time on his adversaries.
It was a momentous day for one British rider as Mark Cavendish joined the elite club of 100-time professional winners. Big congrats to the Manx Missile, but his success wasn’t the major talking point as it all went horribly wrong for his compatriot Sir Bradley Wiggins.