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: I always thought that we'd be overjoyed to reach that final stage in Milano. It was somewhat disconcerting then when, despite sickness and exhaustion, we found ourselves leaving Milano at the end of another memorable day feeling a bit sad...
Roadside: Is that possible? It can be...if you go for a walk. It's almost unnerving how quickly you can get away from the noise and craziness of a major Grand Tour stage finish if you just start walking.
Just prior to the Giro's fourth stage TTT, PEZ had the chance to chill at the Astana team bus (if “chill” is the right word for such a hot, sunny day) and talk to some of the men who keep the wheels on the bus, so to speak. They don’t get on the podium and they don’t have fan clubs, but no pro team could function without guys like these...
Roadside St.21: By now you’ve heard the news and read the race reports – and for me it’s till sinking in – and I wonder wjat it’s like to be Ryder Hesjedal this morning. Waking up as winner of eth Giro d’Italia, and major Grand Tour, the first from his country – and while the racew was three weeks long – it all happened over 34 minutes yestertda in Milan.
Race Report: Today could have been a damp squib with the top riders watching each other’s every move. That is until Thomas De Gendt went on the attack in the style of Eddy Merckx and put all the others to the sword. Excitement by the bucketful and the race just became a little bit more open for the final TT. Canada in Pink tomorrow?
Roadside St.19: On a stage so fraught with difficulty, I can say with certainty, I've never seen so many smiling faces in the final kilometers. It was a brilliant day of racing, and we were there in the midst of it, amazed at just how great it all can be.
Race report: ‘Wow’ was the tweet from Garmin-Barracuda’s boss man Jonathan Vaughters after a fascinating, sinew-tearing, nerve-shredding day in the gods ... the Giro returned to its mountain home with a vengeance today with five climbs including the Passo Manghen and two trips up the Alpe de Pampeago. As the riders crawled up, here’s what went down!
Roadside St.18: After yesterday's superlative laden adventure through the Dolomiti, the Giro left Italy's most beautiful mountain range just as quickly as it came and headed to the Veneto plain. We were once again on the road in search of pretty places - we had no trouble finding Valle di Cadore.
Race report: Aaah, sweet relief! It’s nearly all downhill today after that epic haul to Cortina d’Ampezzo just 24 hours ago. Of course, it’s not all plain sailing. There’s one little lumpy climb in the middle. And the sprinters’ teams are desperate to keep it together. And Cav wants the win for the points jersey. And the escape artists want to sweep a few more brush strokes on the stage canvass and will do everything to get away. And the contenders will be vigilant ...
Roadside St.16: Finally, after sixteen stages, the big day was upon us. A big day for the riders for sure, but also one for Ashley and myself. Our panorama pic from the Passo Giau, originally taken for Castelli, and then later used by the Giro d'Italia as their image for the 2012 Giro, is one that really started to get our name out. With that in mind, it was with feelings of excitement and pressure that we woke up to a beautiful morning in Bruneck…
Stage Preview: Wednesday's Stage 17 was be the first big kick in the gut that signals the Giro's hardest days have arrived. The riding in this part of Italy is legendary, and the racing will be epic - especially with the week's wet weather forecast. I rode Passo Duran and Forcella Staulanza with Thomson Tours - two of the four climbs that highlight the Dolomiti queen stage in Week #3. Here's a closer look...
Race Report: Another mad crazy day in Italy, many had said today would sort out the top five places in this year’s Giro d’Italia, how right they were. The top five crossed the line together (with Pozzovivo), the others? Still finishing a long time later. There was no need to attack today as the mega-hard course sorted out the wheat from the chaff.
Interview: You have a couple of options on your last day at a Grand Tour. You can sleep late, get to the airport early and do some duty free shopping, or...you can drive 100 miles plus each way, to interview a man who has worn the maglia rosa twice in this race - Ryder Hesjedal.
Roadside St.15: The digs worried us a little bit, last night. They looked deserted to us, but bit by bit it came together and by breakfast time we were part of the family - and the wi-fi was just fine. Ed and Dave take you inside the barriers of the Giro for one final day before heading home...
Roadside St. 14: YMCA blasts, the girls dance, the Haribo alligator smiles and the old clock tower looks out over the noise, colour and an organisation which seems always to teeter on the edge of chaos. The Giro hits Cherasco.
Roadside St.13 Dave gives me the lead out, past Ag2r, past Renshaw, past Brown - and there's Cav ! I'm up to him, past, elbow the guy to my right and snap, snap, snap ! We got the Cav picture we need to complete the piece. If this was le Tour a gendarme would have us face down on the tarmac by now. But the Giro is different, if you're cheeky enough, you can go straight through the bunch to the front, at the start - but only if your lead out man is the best . . .
Roadside St. 12 Jack Bauer, no, not the one on the TV - the real one, cooler than that Sutherland guy. The former Kiwi elite national champion has stepped up from Scottish Continental team Endura to the big time with US World Tour outfit, Garmin for 2012. And if you've been watching the Giro on TV then you'll be aware that the man from the other side of the globe is a major part of the Garmin pink machine. We caught up with Jack just before stage 12 to Sestri Levante where the team buses parked up outside a marble cutting yard.
Roadside St.10: 'The Rough Guide' isn't kind to Civitavecchia, they reckon the only reason to visit is if you're catching a ferry - oh well. We've been here before, on the way back from Sardinia in 2007 - we had to forced march from the docks to the car hire office...let's take a closer look at yet another amazing stage - this time, to Assisi!
Roadside St.9: The GreenEdge is first round that horrible corner, he looks back; 'where the Hell is Matt?' Matt's nowhere to be seen - but Ryder is right there, at the head of this finale madness.