Roads to Ride: Blockhaus

May 13, 2017

Think of a mountain range used by the Giro and the Alps surely come to mind. The Apennines are the poorer cousins and all the more interesting for it. This central ridge, the spine of Italy, includes many good climbs and the Blockhaus is one of the hardest on Italy, not just in the Apennines […]

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Giro d’Italia Stage 8 Preview

May 13, 2017

After a coastal procession the second half of the stage is much harder with its climbs, some categorised and some not, as well as twisting roads and all before a tricky uphill finish.

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More is Less

May 12, 2017

There are hours and hours of the Giro d’Italia on TV and some of the upcoming stages will be shown live from start to finish, a novelty for 2017. The Tour de France will have every single stage live on TV from start to finish too. It’s great but is it too much?

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Giro d’Italia Stage 7 Preview

May 12, 2017

A long stage that’s likely to end in a sprint finish but beware the crosswinds that are forecast for most of the day.

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Giro d’Italia Stage 6 Preview

May 11, 2017

A spicy finish with hills and hairpins lend this stage an air of Milan-Sanremo but the final two kilometres are all uphill so even if there’s a sprint we’ll see some different names in the mix.

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Giro Stage 5 Preview

May 10, 2017

A hilly start to encourage a breakaway before a flat run along the coast and then a circuit around the city of Messina, birthplace of Vincenzo Nibali, and a likely sprint finish awaits.

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Giro d’Italia Stage 4 Preview

May 9, 2017

The first summit finish of the Giro and a giant of a climb awaits, Mount Etna with 18km at 7%. Yes it’s a volcano but today it is all about the road and the race.

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Roads to Ride: Mount Etna

May 8, 2017

The finish of the Giro d’Italia’s fourth stage this year, Mount Etna or simply “the mountain” to locals in Sicily is an active volcano with several roads to the top. What’s it like to ride?

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Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Preview

May 7, 2017

A sprint stage as the race heads for Cagliari and the ferry port to Sicily but the sailing could start on the roads because a strong wind is forecast which could make things nervous.

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Pozzato

May 6, 2017

Over the coming weeks this blog will be taking a closer look at Italian cycling and cycling in Italy. To start, a quick piece on Filippo Pozzato. Why? Because he seems to be a media darling despite few results these days and a controversial past. His profile is bigger than his palmarès and here’s a […]

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