Race Report: On a day which threatened to be overshadowed by the inclement weather conditions it was an Italian rider, on a Spanish team, who took the day in France. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) rode away from his breakaway companions on the Telegraphe and despite concerted efforts from both the chasers and the peloton managed to maintain the gap all the way up the fearsome Galibier.
Check out the video of Cav's SPECIALIZED Edition Venge! Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team worked hard once again, guiding sprinter Mark Cavendish over the climbs of the 254km Stage 13 of Giro d'Italia — longest stage of the grand tour — on Friday, and chasing down breakaways in the final kilometers to give him a chance for a fourth victory.
Race Report: Mark Cavendish provided a sprinting lesson to the others today with another masterful display. He followed all the sprinting rules of don't let yourself get boxed in, anticipate, react quickly and most of all - don't get dropped on the hills to claim his 101st win.
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.
An attack from early in the stage by a group of opportunists, GC big guns attacking late in the stage, crashes, bad weather, a change in the GC lead and mishaps and mayhem - Stage 7 had it all!
Maark Cav-en-dessh! He’s the king; and let’s not hear a word out of place about his QuickStep team, they drove the race all day long and finished the job off beautifully with Steegmans delivering a virtuoso lead out.
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.
Wet roads, some steep final climbs and a late crash all played their part in what was an exciting Stage 5. Pre stage favorite John Degenkolb took the win but it was anything but an easy victory.
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!
Race Report: After Monday’s exciting finalé today looked like it could have been a carbon copy, but the big men on the GC held back a little and what was left of the peloton bore down on the late escape of Danilo Di Luca in sight of the line.
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.