Movistar Team conquers first Grand Tour, 13th for structure in its 35th anniversary in cycling's top tier, five years after 2009 Vuelta success; words by General Manager reflect on group's satisfaction.
On 14 September, Vienna’s impressive calendar of international events will be enriched by a major new sports event for public participation: the inaugural Giro d’Italia Gran Fondo. The event brings the romance and mystique of the Giro d’Italia to Austria, and, for one weekend only, paints the celebrated the City of Music pink.
Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which starts in Belfast and Dublin next month, will include Irish rider Philip Deignan in his first Grand Tour for the team.
It will be Team Colombia to inaugurate the 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia on Friday May 9th: the Escarabajos were drawn to top the starting list of the 21,7 km team time trial in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where the official teams presentation took place today in a Donegall Square full of people and enthusiasm.
Another pink dream just came true for Team Colombia, as RCS Sport has announced the name of the three wildcard teams completing the field of the 97th Giro d’Italia. For the second year in a row, the team managed by Claudio Corti will be at the start of the Corsa Rosa, this year happening in Belfast (Northern Ireland) on May 9th, 2014.
In less than 24 hours, Team Colombia riders will start their travel to the 97th Giro d’Italia: the team’s cars and trucks already took their way on Sunday, and tomorrow night the riders and the technical staff will reach their hotel in Belfast (Northern Ireland).
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.
After an intense weekend of climbs and emotions, featuring Jarlinson Pantano’s third place in Oropa and Fabio Duarte’s second in Montecampione, Team Colombia enjoyed a well-deserved rest day on Monday May 26th.
The Giro d’Italia is off and running and in the first week of the pink race the riders from the Sidi Sport stables figured right away as major players and especially winners. In fact, Sidi saw two magical doubles. Diego Ulissi, from the Lampre-Merida team, which is entirely branded by Sidi, made his mark in the 5th stage in Viggiano and in the 8th stage, on the uphill arrival at Montecopiolo. Meanwhile, Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) won the bunch sprint in the 4th and the 7th stages at Bari and Foligno respectively. Thanks to these two victories, Bouhanni is also wearing the red jersey for the special points classification in the Giro.
Because of a massive crash at ten kilometers from the finish in Cassino at the Giro d’Italia, three Katusha riders had to abandon the race. Angel Vicioso and Giampaolo Caruso finished the stage in the ambulance. Joaquim Rodriguez finished the race but fractures, revealed later in the Santa Scolastica Hospital of Cassino, made an end of his race, too.
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.
Nairo Quintana convinced about great Movistar teamwork, hopes to fight for Giro podium overall into four remaining mountain stages from Tuesday and until Saturday.
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.
Pieter Weening proved top tactician in a two-up sprint in Sestola to win the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia. Having spent the day in the early break, Weening attacked the escape group en route to the summit finish. Davide Malacarne (Europcar), sensing the move’s potential bridged across to Weening. The duo held off a spirited chase by their former breakaway companions and the peloton to mountaintop finish.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Pieter Serry and Julien Vermote suffered a crash after 70 kilometers, on a downhill of Giro d'Italia Stage 11 on Wednesday.
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.'
I've been lucky to see nine Giros in the last decade, and even luckier to have photographed some of the most beautiful women in the world to share with PEZ-fans, all in the name of our own brand of cycling journalism. Here's 10 of my favorite Giro d'Italia Daily Distractions...