Roadside: The Giro's Grande Partenza was more than just a bike race swishing past. For Northern Ireland, it was a game changer, a chance to advertise a different side of a country. For Belfast especially, its reputation is like the scar-tissue covered legs of a crash-prone racer. Not pretty …
Jun 05, 2014 - The Giro has passed and now the Tour looms large on the horizon. The Tour de Luxembourg has started and we also preview the Critérium du Dauphiné, Zeeland Seaports and Luxembourg. In other cycling news: Spanish Pro’s strike, OPQS on the cobbles, FDJ.fr Tour team, some more Giro bits and loads more. A full EuroTrash bag Thursday.
Race Analysis: With the Giro done and dusted Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three weeks of racing and despite the great racing on show the debacle of the 'neutralized' descent of the Stelvio still leaves him with a bitter taste.
Jun 02, 2014 - Colombia has dominated the Giro d’Italia with first and second overall, young rider and mountains jerseys and we have all the best comments, reports and video from Italy. In other cycling news we round-up the Baloise Belgium Tour and the Bayern Rundfahrt. EuroTrash coffee time!
Roadside St. 21: The final day had arrived, the 2014 edition of the Giro was coming to an end. Although we only covered the last six 6 days, we have come away as complete fans. It is such a different event to either the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. It’s Italian-ness is what sets it apart as unique.
After more than three weeks the Giro d'Italia finished in Trieste today after a last stage of 172 kilometers.
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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.
Roadside Report: The Monte Zoncolan was first used in the Giro in 2003 but it's quickly become one of the true legendary climbs in professional cycling. Today our man in Italy Steve took on the sights, the sounds, the spectators and the super steep slopes of the Zoncolan just before the race came through to get a feel for this beast of a climb. Heaven or hell?
Stage Report: Michael Rogers produced arguably the greatest ride of his life to become only the fourth man to win on this ultimate test of courage and climbing ability that is Monte Zoncolan. It was a truly monster stage and a great way to end the Giro in the mountains.
Roadside Report: The mountain time trial was a tough test for both riders and our Roadside reporter Steve, who took on the climb and the Italian security guards before descending to the start village to mix with the riders and tech on display.
Race Report: In the manner of a champion, Nairo Quintana consolidated his grip on the maglia rosa with victory in the brutal 26.8 kilometre mountain time trial to Cima Grappa – but it was no runaway win, with rising Sardinian star Fabio Aru running him to just 17 seconds to grab 2nd on the day and place himself just 41 seconds behind 2nd placed on GC Rigoberto Uran who was 3rd on this day of judgement.
With the Giro's last big challenge coming this Saturday on the infamous Zoncolan the PEZ himself looks back on a Top Ride when he took on the Zoncolan during the 2007 Giro, 'Epic is the only word to describe the ride to, up, and back from Monte Zoncolan. It’s the toughest climb I’ve done, and has yet again raised my admiration for the pros who race up stuff like this. Here’s what it’s like for the rest of us.'
Roadside Report: Today it wasn't Julian Arredondo first over the finish line but PEZ's own Steve Prokop who took off early on his bike to ride the last climb and take in the atmosphere of the beautiful Rifugio Panarotta. He then descended to the cobbled streets off Levico-Terme and its steep gradients to watch the pros come through where they made it look all too easy. A perfect day roadside at the Giro.
Race Report: The Colombians have taken over the Giro and today Julian Arredondo took the stage and sealed his KOM title. In the GC; Quintana and Uran finished safely to retain 1st and 2nd overall leaving the others to fight over the podium crumbs. Another day of top action from the Giro!
May 29, 2014 - The weather and controversy took hold of the Giro d’Italia again this week and the Colombians swapped the pink jersey. All the Giro news, views and video, plus reports from the Bayern Rundfahrt and the Balois Belgium Tour. Also there is good and bad news from the US road champs in a packed EuroTrash Thursday.
Roadside Stage 17: After suffering through the snow and freezing temperatures yesterday, Wednesday's day to Vittorio Veneto dawned with beautiful weather and the promise of a perfect day race chasing. As our man Steve quickly found out though - race chasing doesn't always go as planned but it is always an adventure!
Race Report: The peloton took a day off after the recent mountain efforts and let a big group head off up the road where it was Stefano Pirazzi who won Bardiani’s third stage of this year’s Giro. Today was the calm after and before the storm...
Giro'14 Stage 16: This morning at 8:30am, PEZ-Man Steve Prokop rolled out of the warmth of Hotel Funivia to finally live his lifelong dream of riding the famed Stelvio. A light rain was falling, the temp was -1.5C degrees at the top, and there were only 18km to climb to the 2760m summit - how hard could that be?
Chaos reigned on top of Stelvio, on the descent from the Cima Coppi and in the valley leading to the final climb. The 16th stage of Giro d’Italia was a beautiful and dramatic stage but turned controversial after the race jury announced that the descent would be neutralized. The vast majority of the teams heard it and followed the order from the race organizers but few teams including Movistar, Garmin and Europcar attacked on top of Passo dello Stelvio.