Almost perfect performance by Michele Scarponi in the time trial of the 8th stage of Giro d'Italia, 54,8 km from Gabicce Mare to Saltara.
Twenty one stages, it’s hard for a cyclists to complete them all. It’s not even simpler the internal organization of a World Tour team as LAMPRE-MERIDA is to guarantee the necessary support for the athletes in a great tour.
As much as communication and social media grew to an unprecedented role in everyday life, ending up being integral part of everyone’s routine, quite the same happens in pro cycling. In races like the Giro d’Italia, some kind of a parallel race takes place among riders and teams, with different goals – popularity, brand awareness, visibility. And it is quite obvious that social media are a privileged battlefield for it – a reign where comparable figures run crazy marketing people and community managers.
Rigoberto Urán produced a stunning climbing performance to capture a solo victory on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia.
A predictably tough day at the Giro d’Italia, the 7th stage from Marina di San Salvo to Pescara turned into a major upset as the weather severely influenced the final part of the lumpy 177 km stage. Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) unexpectedly survived out of a 6-man early breakaway, taking a big solo win under heavy rain in Pescara. Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani) came in second, outsprinting Danilo Di Luca to lead the first chasing group to the finish, 1.07 behind the winner.
Cavendish Wins 5th Giro Stage & Maglia Rossa, Martin Wins Tour of Belgium Overall Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team was successful in every way possible on Sunday, with Mark Cavendish winning the 21st Stage of the Giro d'Italia as well as the red (points) jersey, and Tony Martin winning the Tour of Belgium overall for the second straight year.
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.
British sprinter joins illustrious company with centennial win on the wet roads of Italy. In a rain-soaked stage 12 of the 96th running of the Giro d’Italia, Mark Cavendish - aboard his S-Works Venge - sprinted to his 100th career victory. The milestone win allows Cav to join the ranks of such legendary racers as Eddy Merckx, Mario Cipollini, and current teammate Tom Boonen.
Saying it was extremely difficult to turn down the "opportunity of a lifetime," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri has declined an offer to serve as national team coach for the Italian Cycling Federation.
Today, the Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Giro d'Italia riders embraced and enjoyed the rest day after two weeks of hard racing in mountainous terrain and all sorts of different weather conditions from high sun to snow and everything in between. Sports director, Lars Michaelsen says:
Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Manuele Boaro showed his aggressive side on today's 212 kilometer long third stage of Giro d'Italia between Sorrento and Marina di Ascea where the Saxo-Tinkoff Italian participated in the long-lasting break. The many climbs along the way caused trouble for the sprinters in the field who had a rough time clinging to the peloton on the slopes. On the descents, it was risky business bridging the gaps.
Team Garmin-Sharp to Focus on Stage Wins, Building on Stage 11 Victory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kristian House and Felix English finished 5th and 6th respectively to help Rapha Condor JLT finish third overall in the third round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series last night in Stoke-on-Trent.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff Italian, Daniele Bennati was in the long-lasting breakaway on today's 167 kilometer long 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia from Cordenons to the first category uphill finish in Altopiano del Montasio by the Italian/Slovenian border. But it was teammate, Rafal Majka stealing the picture at the end of the stage.
Today, the Giro d'Italia peloton was met with a 177 kilometer long highly undulating course going north from Marina di San Salvo to the finish line in Pescara on the Italian east coast to a hectic and dramatic finale.
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.