#INGIRO: THE HAT TRICK OF STELVIO

#INGIRO: THE HAT TRICK OF STELVIO

Welcome to the stage of the truth. Maybe we won’t found today who will win this Giro but surely we will know who will be excluded from the struggle for success.  Until today it seems to be a fight between three riders: Quintana, the one who started this Giro as favorite for the final victory, Dumoulin, the one who is so strong that he didn’t even expect to be, and the last one, the champion, Vincenzo Nibali, the one who in the third week of 2016 Giro managed to bring home the success when it seemed to be already lost.  The length of this stage is a feared ones, 254 […]

A FINISH LINE LIKE THE GIRO OF LOMBARDIA

This stage will start from Valdengo (Biella), starting point of the Giro even in 2014. The first 150 km are completely flat with the usual city center pitfalls (roundabouts, traffic divider etc).  This could be a pitfall stage thanks to the last kilometers, with the climbs of Miragolo San Salvatore (new climb for the Giro) and Selvino (last GPM here were in 1995 and saw the success of Tony Rominger). Leaving Selvino the roads follows a long descent with bends and then the last 9 kilometers approaching finish line. Last kilometers pass through Bergamo Alta, climbing to Porta Garibaldi and then, after 200m in cobbled area, to Largo Aperto. Cycling fans […]

#INGIRO STAGE BETWEEN LEGENDS: FROM COPPI TO PANTANI

#INGIRO STAGE BETWEEN LEGENDS: FROM COPPI TO PANTANI

This stage of the Giro will start from Castellania, the city where is born Fausto Coppi and finish at Oropa Sanctuary, location famous for many beautiful stages. The most beautiful one is perhaps the come back of Marco Pantani in 1999 which start the climb in last position after the famous chain brake. Although the handicap Pantani was able to come back to group and then overtake even the frenchman Laurent Jalabert the last one to surrender. Another historical race in Oropa saw the success of Latvian Piotr Ugrumov, one of the very few who could leave behind Miguel Indurain. This stage is very short and is clearly made by […]

Don Camillo, Peppone… and Guccini

Don Camillo, Peppone… and Guccini

After the third wins of Fernando Gaviria the new stage is totally plain. The Giro leave the city where the italian flag was born, to go to the villages sung by the italian songwriter Francesco Guccini, through the via Emilia and Statale 9. A green landscape with a nostalgic taste remembering tv star like Don Camillo and Peppone. A place where farmers were mixed with modern factory like Ducati, a plus in the made in Italy. The Giro cross the whole Pianura Padana and in the last kilometers go through the same road of the Spring World Cup, the Milano – Sanremo passing by Liguria. Finish line is in Tortona, a city that until […]

On the highway passing by Marconi’s house

On the highway passing by Marconi’s house

REGGIO EMILIA: The Giro reach Reggio Emilia, the city where the italian flag was born, a must be place in this hundred years Giro. This stage will start from Forlì, called by its inhabitants “Zibabon“, a city in the romagna plain whose symbol is the high bell tower of the Romanesque Abbey called San Mercuriale. In a race made for climbers, the 12th and 13th stage represent a good chance for the sprinters to gain some victory. The speed along this 229km will be very high so that for a long time the group will ride on the highway near the Appennino until Sasso Marconi, a small town named after Guglielmo […]

A Pink Butterfly and now the terrible Appennino

A Pink Butterfly and now the terrible Appennino

MONTEFALCO: the Butterfly of Maastricht dresses in pink; as predicted, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin take the overall race lead and is now ready to start the second half of #giro100 dressing the pink jersey. Tom has now more than 2 minutes advantage from the other riders, the first of them is Nairo Quintana with a gap of 2′:23″ A Giro full of surprise which has already seen 6 different riders dressing the pink jersey: Postlberger, Greipel, Gaviria, Jungels, Quintana and Dumoulin. This second half of Giro will be even more beautiful then the first one; we will start with the Appennini, from Florence, the city of Gino Bartali, to Bagno di […]

Time Trial is finally arrived

Time Trial is finally arrived

TIME TRIAL: from Foligno the Giro goes to Montefalco. Long time ago italians hated these races, especially in the 1990s, when Miguel Indurain wins all the time trials against Gianni Bugno and Claudio Chiappucci and then defend the lead in the uphill. Nowadays everything has changed and Vincenzo Nibali hopes in the time trial to recover the gap accumulated in the Blockhaus climb by Nairo Quintana. So many watts generated yesterday by uphill runners, and thanks to SPH Cycling it is easy to see the expressed power. The arrival is steadily rising in what is called the “Balcone dell’Umbria”, precisely Montefalco. The favorites to win are the experts in the plain such as the Dutch […]

NEW “KILLER” WANTED

NEW “KILLER” WANTED

PESCHICI: from Molfetta to Peschici there are 189 km from the province of Foggia to Bari, 2 cities linked more to football than to bikes. The first still remember the era of Zemanlandia and the Foggia of miracles of Ciccio Baiano, the other is Bari of the Matarrese, a family that has reached the top of the Federcalcio. The Giro then arrive in Peschici, where in a cycling of another era, Danilo Di Luca was able to catch a spectacular win with an acceleration worthy of his nickname: “the killer”. Here in Peschici, a new “killer” is being sought in this stage, which could come out of either the group […]

INSIDE THE RACE: THE SECRETS BEHIND A VICTORY BY DAVIDE MARTINELLI

INSIDE THE RACE: THE SECRETS BEHIND A VICTORY BY DAVIDE MARTINELLI

Davide Martinelli, a boy who has grown up using technology. He is used to working with modern instruments that technology made available to athletes. We were lucky enough, thanks to his kindness, to have access to his last kilometer data of the Cagliari stage. To best analyze these data we asked for the help of an athletic trainer, former pro, like Rubens Bertogliatti. The ticinese has supported us with his expertise. TECHNICAL FOCUS: a very spectacular stage set up by the guys of the QuickStep, with riders who have given the best of themselves, both physically and tactically. Let’s focus into the detail of the stage thanks to the precious […]

In the house of the Trullo volante

In the house of the Trullo volante

ALBEROBELLO: Another round of carousel. The Giro change region but the landscape show is always amazing and, while in the North of Italy is a rainy day, this #Giro100 is still shining in the sun. In the stage of today the group arrive at Alberobello, the town of Trulli. In the modern cycling this town is famous for the Trullo Volante, Leonardo Piepoli, teammate of Riccardo Riccò and a domestique in helping captains uphill. THE STAGE: 224 km from Castrovillari to Alberobello, with just one GPM of fourth category at Bosco delle Pianelle. The stage is suitable for the sprinters but the are many pitfalls. The stage is far from simple with many […]