ON THE ZONCOLAN, HE HAS ALREADY WON

ON THE ZONCOLAN, HE HAS ALREADY WON

(Zaral Virgolin in the Mediolanum picture). There is someone who has already won on the Zoncolan, he climbed it after returning to life. His name is Zaral, from Friuli, a borderland that knows so much about history. Not an ordinary person, but a “survivor”, one who has beaten a cancer, but he did not remain unscathed from the wounds. Without a leg, however, it is possible to live and to face unimaginable challenges for many people, and perhaps, once a time for him. Its power is not its physical strength, but its inner strength. A disarming smile and a great desire to live, he knows that time is precious and […]

Jump the stage Chaves and soon also the Giro.

Jump the stage Chaves and soon also the Giro.

GUALDO TADINO: Matej Mohorič won an amazing and beautiful stage, the longest in the Giro d’Italia. The stage which gave the first big twist with the goodbye to the pink dreams of the small and smiling Esteban Chaves. After the smile of the Etna volcano, the tears. A merciless reflection immediately after the finish line. “This is the Giro. A few days ago it was one of the best days, now it’s really hard for the mood. This is the life. I had no strength in my legs, I could not stay with the best cyclists on the first hill. At a certain point, we had returned to a minute […]

NIBALI: WHAT A SURPRISE.. OR MAYBE NOT. PAOLO SLONGO’S WORD OF HONOUR

NIBALI: WHAT A SURPRISE.. OR MAYBE NOT. PAOLO SLONGO’S WORD OF HONOUR

NIBALI: WHAT A SURPRISE.. OR MAYBE NOT. PAOLO SLONGO’S WORD OF HONOUR At the start line, in the square in front of Milan’s Sforza Castle, team Bahrain Merida is getting ready to set out on a Milan-Sanremo edition that promises to be very wet. Other riders are the favourites for the race, and as a matter of fact the spotlight is turned on Sagan and Kwiatkowski. The preparation goes on steady, but it’s not relaxed. Plenty of fans out there, but the rain is pouring down and the riders take shelter in the motorhome, right until the last minute. The official start is scheduled for 9:45. At 9:30 Paolo Slongo […]

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

THE STATISTICS OF THE TEAM AT ITS BEST

After coming back from China where he took part to the last event of the World Tour season, Davide Martinelli spoke about this experience with SportPlusHealth. In China I completed a stage race very hard also from a psychological point of view. Usually by the end of October we are already in holiday. Despite this a lot of athletes arrived here in great shape. In World Tour races you can always find numerous champions and the competition level is high even if someone was more tired than usual. In fact the group was reducing in number more easily than during other races. Davide was in China to cover a role […]

#LAVUELTA: THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PODIUM IN CONTADOR THOUGHT

#LAVUELTA: THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN PODIUM IN CONTADOR THOUGHT

“The most important thing is that people have appreciated the fact that, in stages where nothing would normally have happened, I attack and gave a show during this Vuelta. For the fans and for me this was more important than the podium or of the final victory “. Alberto Contador say goodbye to the great cycling and obscures for one day the most spectacular man of this season, Chris Froome who place the double Tour-Vuelta, the same as Bernard Hinault. Contador end his career with a last tour as attacker, a finale that even in a movie we could not imagine. The Spaniard start bad in this Vuelta, loses 2 minutes right away at the first […]

#LAVUELTA: ANGLIRU THE MOUNTAIN THAT DEFEAT PANTANI AND FROOME

#LAVUELTA: ANGLIRU THE MOUNTAIN THAT DEFEAT PANTANI AND FROOME

Vuelta Espana arrives in Alto de Angliru in Asturias, a Spanish region famous for the city of Oviedo. The stage is short but hard. The Angliru is a fearless mountain, 12 km terrorizing the group and bringing to mind so many emotional memories. This is the preferred climb of “El Chava” Josè Maria Jimenez, one of the greatest Iberian climbers in recent years. A pure talent, psychologically fragile, prematurely disappeared. Here won Alberto Contador and Gilberto Simoni but lost Chris Froome. Even the great British athlete received a great defeat on this ascent, most notably by a meteor like Juan Cobo, an unsettled athlete, but in that year, 2011, he could arrive before the 2 team Sky […]

#LAVUELTA: LET’S SAVE CANNONDALE-DRAPAC WITH INDIEGOGO

#LAVUELTA: LET’S SAVE CANNONDALE-DRAPAC WITH INDIEGOGO

Alto Santo Toridio de Liebana (SPA): Froome increase his lead from Nibali by a few seconds, just 20″, but still earns and it’s a big sprint to the victory of the red shirt. Now there is only the fearsome stage of the Angliru on Saturday to separate him from his historic double Tour-Vuelta. Angliru, for those who did not know it is the Spanish climb twin with Mortirolo for its hardness. If the runners’ nights at Vuelta are upset by the climbs, Cannondale Drapac team athletes are tormented by the risk of team closure next year. A situation that is not easy to handle since one hundred people are working for the US team. […]

#LAVUELTA: STEEP DESCENTS, HEAVY CLIMBS. WELCOME THE DUO CONTADOR-NIBALI

#LAVUELTA: STEEP DESCENTS, HEAVY CLIMBS. WELCOME THE DUO CONTADOR-NIBALI

LOS MACHUCOS: After the time-trial that has further crowned Chris Froome’s dominant role, the 17th stage of #VueltaEspana, 180km long, will start from Villadiego to Los Machucos. There are 5 stages missing at the end but these 4 can be decisive. Once again is time for the “squalo dello stretto”, Vincenzo Nibali, to attack the British as his gap is now 1′: 58″. In today stage there are many potential winner, the most important of these is called Alberto Contador. The one from Madrid, being at his last Gran Tour in his career, does not want to spend next 5 days in anonymity. Everyone remembers his attacks to Purito Rodriguez, which allowed him to conquer his 3rd Vuelta in 2012. Vincenzo therefore can […]

#LAVUELTA: THE PHANTOM OF FROOM ENGINE

#LAVUELTA: THE PHANTOM OF FROOM ENGINE

These days a video of Chris Froome show that the British would have mounted a small engine inside his bicycle. The video can be found at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=_UNHibTi1wA and within a few hours it has had hundreds of thousands of views that trigger the most disparate reactions. In fact, there are a couple of considerations that need to be made. The stretch in which the shot is taken is downhill and therefore it is normal for the athlete to take speed. At the second 26 of the same video it can be noticed that even a Cannondale knit runner moves in the same thrown spot and without pedaling. A runner like Froome who […]

#LAVUELTA: 2 PENALTY WITHOUT GOALKEEPER… BUT THERE’S ALSO THE EXTRATIME

#LAVUELTA: 2 PENALTY WITHOUT GOALKEEPER… BUT THERE’S ALSO THE EXTRATIME

SIERRA NEVADA (SPA): 2 penalty for Chris Froome in this Vuelta Espana. This football metaphor allows us to better understand the opportunity that is presented to him. It begins today with the arrival at Sierra Nevada which has a climb suitable for British characteristics and continues on Tuesday with the 41 km time-trial. Hottest occasions to offset the lead in the overall classification that today is only 55″. Yesterday Vincenzo Nibali, thanks to the 3rd place aboard, managed to recover 4″. Certainly few but a good thing for morale. If today still does not happen anything, there will be the time-trial on Tuesday to make further adjustments to the Spanish race. A slightly […]