This is tongue-in-cheek posting but several riders have been wondering aloud what’s next for them in the Giro. Some didn’t appreciate the offroad sections in the stage to Orvieto and we’re still waiting to see whether the roads are safe for Sunday’s stage up Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. Above all riders are privately worried about Monte Crostis, the unpaved climb later in the race. In fact it’s not the climb that’s the problem, it’s the descent of this road with its loose gravel and sharp bends. Racing on this kind of road is at the edge of the sport.
The actual video above is from part of the Red Bull “Road Rage” series, the round held in Saint Lary Soulan in the French Pyrenees. Watch as, fittingly, the pink jersey wins and bonus points if you recognise the winner.
It’s non other than Frédéric Moncassin, the former team mate of Jens Voigt, Magnus Backstedt and Stuart O’Grady on the GAN team. Moncassin was famous as an agile rider, a sprinter who won not just thanks to a fast finish but fearless riding in the late moments of a race.
Clearly Moncassin has retained the skills and the Red Bull series, as insane as it is, features a lot of safety measures from padding around obstacles, riders wearing protective gear and more. Over to you, Angelo Zomegnan.