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Tuesday March 2, 2010
The wait is over, the season is real. The opening weekend in Belgium provided terribly difficult racing, some surprises, big Belgian disappointment, and a lot of stories. The lovers of hills got their due in Switzerland and teh Giro di Sardegna wrapped. So take a few minutes and catch up on all that's worth catching up on.
Thursday June 5, 2008
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.
Friday June 2, 2006
The thing about chasing Grand Tours is that there is never just ‘one’ thing that makes them special. They’re an incredible series of incredible events, compressed into a small window in time. In witnessing the lives of others, you also think about your own. If you’re lucky enough to join the fray like I did for the final week, you better be ready for an exhilarating, exhausting adventure…
Sunday May 28, 2006
After the atrocity that befell virtually all riders over yesterday's horrendous stage, the final jaunt into Milano had to have been looked forward to like an 8-year-old looks to Christmas. There would be no split stage this year, just a hectic bunch sprint in downtown Milano.
Saturday May 27, 2006
We saved the biggest day for last, and today was E P I C. We rode over the Passo Gavi AND the Mortirolo, and survived. After 7 hours, over 3 hours of climbing, 110km, and some serious pain, I can say that was one of the best rides ever… check this out…
Friday May 26, 2006
The Giro stood up on its hind legs today and dealt haymakers to the peloton today, forcing the riders over a demanding 224km, covering several formidable mountains and ending with the vaunted, mystical Passo di San Pellegrino, an 18km climb, with an average grade of 6.2% and a strength-sapping max of 15%. Luckily for the riders, at least they had the weather in their favor, as the skies were sunny and the temperatures agreeable.
Thursday May 25, 2006
It’s been a tough last week at the Giro, but tomorrow’s Stage 19 from Pordenone to San Pellegrino is a brute – chucking in 4 huge steep climbs over 224 km to a summit finish. Today we rode the two middle climbs of Passo Fedaia over the Marmolada, and the Passo Pordoi, to see just how tough it’s gonna be…
Thursday May 25, 2006
The Giro pressed on today, with Ivan Basso sitting pretty in the Maglia Rosa, through the Julian Alps and a brief stint in Austria, before zipping town into Gemona. If there is a veritable "rest day" in these final days in the Alps, today qualifies. The 2006 Giro hasn't been kind to breakways, but today just might prove one for a brave group of souls.
Wednesday May 24, 2006
It’s the second day of Dolomite destruction as we chase il Giro, and as the weather turned rotten, the mighty PEZ-Crew’s improvisational skills were put to test as we devised the best plans B, C, and finally D to stay on track and report the last couple of day’s action…
Tuesday May 23, 2006
The Giro may be offering its own kind of writing on the wall in the form of Ivan Basso and his apparent deathgrip on the maglia rosa, but there are plenty of fireworks left for the tifosi as the race heads into the vaunted Dolomite mountains. Legends have been made in these here hills, and the final week of the 2006 Giro might put forth a legend or two of her own.
Monday May 22, 2006
Ed Hood was busy with his trusty Olympus during the early stages of the Giro, PEZ gives you his highly biased view on the steeds, wheels, components, and little tidbits from the contenders, pretenders, and helpers.
Sunday May 21, 2006
Today was the textbook breakaway stage at way over 200kms long, with two sizeable climbs spaced about 140kms apart. Anyone lucky enough to get into an escape would know that if the breakaway would work together and get over the last mountain, it was a long downhill to the finish. The Giro’s heads of state took the day off as a long-suffering domestique got a day in the sun.
Friday May 19, 2006
As the 2006 Giro d’Italia enters the Alps tomorrow it's fitting to remember one of the greatest riders of all time, Gino Bartali. At the age of twenty in 1935, Gino won the first of his seven Giro mountain jerseys. Along with this 70th anniversary it is also remembered that he won three Giro’s (1936, 1937 and 1946) and added to his enduring fame through epic battles with his archrival Fausto Coppi.
Thursday May 18, 2006
Well, well. Just when you start to write the man off, back he comes. If this is how to use the Giro for training then both Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are looking pretty sharp already for the Tour de France in July. The headline acts in this year's Giro took out a neat 1-2 in the longest TT of the race.
Wednesday May 17, 2006
Ten stages down, and still 11 straight to go. The real fight starts now, as the true race begins tomorrow with a TT and then heads into the mountains for day after day of pain and suffering - Basso is in command, but anything can happen over the 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes. The fun is just getting started – here’s where the real racing starts…
Wednesday May 17, 2006
The 2006 Giro is barely half-way in and far from over. The time gaps are already B I G and after today's rest, it'll be all work until Milano. Not to say it's been an easy ride so far, and the seconds earned have been paid in full - here's how it's taken shape...
Tuesday May 16, 2006
A tough rolling stage leading into the final Rest Day provided ample opportunities for soldiers of fortune. Will a break manage to go the distance or will the favorites duke it out on the fast, twisty slopes of the finishing 1.5k hill, which hits up to a mean 10%?
Sunday May 14, 2006
I guess the first question I should have asked Charly Wegelius was; “Do you get lonely as the only Englishman in the Giro?” But when you remember he’s raced as a professional for seven seasons in Italy, has bought a house in Varese and speaks fluent Italian then maybe it would have been a stupid question...
Friday May 12, 2006
We’ve been on about Stage 7 on Saturday – it’s the first day of the mountains with 236km, up and down all day, and the fearsome 1368m peak of Monte Catria, followed by the ‘piccolo mortirolo’ over Monte delle Cesane, before the stinging climb to the finish in Saltara. As you’ll see in the pics, the Cesane climb is both beautiful and a perfect launch pads to shape gc…
Thursday May 11, 2006
As I drove to my Etap Hotel near Charleroi Airport on Monday night after stage three, my nerves jangling, I did a double take, T-Mobile and Francaise des Jeux; buses, trucks, cars, the lot, outside the Aero 44 hotel. - Yes! My buddy Aldis is on the Giro with T-Mobile as a masseur, I was on that cellular telephone pronto.