The Giro d’Italia One Week In

May 17, 2015

The Giro d’Italia opened with a team time trial and for the whole week Astana and Tinkoff-Saxo have kept going in the formation. Day after day the bunch has been driven to exhaustion by a line of sky blue or fluo-yellow jerseys. But for all their efforts there’s little to show with Alberto Contador and […]

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Giro Stage 9 Preview

May 17, 2015

A day for a breakaway with tough terrain all the way to the finish to disrupt any chase. But there’s no script and Astana might fancy another tug of war with Tinkoff-Saxo. Unlikely but the hilly course as means there’s uncertainty.

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Giro Stage 8 Preview

May 16, 2015

If Wednesday’s uphill ride Abetone had a lively finish it was short. Today’s arrival at Campitello Matese is a genuine summit finish with 13km at 7%, enough to scatter the field into small groups. Whoever takes the maglia rosa here can hope to hold it for a week.

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Giro Stage 7 Preview

May 15, 2015

A marathon stage with a strength-sapping uphill finish. Of all the stages to ride after your shoulder has been dislocated and taped up this has to be a tough one. At least there’s no strade bianche portions for Alberto Contador to endure.

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RCS, The Giro and The Gulf

May 14, 2015

This should be a piece detailing the finances of the Giro d’Italia but it turns out the event and its finances are mere footnotes buried with the accounts of RCS Mediagroup, an Italian media conglomerate. As great as the Giro is, it is no money-spinner. Money can be made though and the Giro’s heritage is […]

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Giro Stage 6 Preview

May 14, 2015

Almost a rest day. Certainly fans and grand tour contenders alike can stand down from full alert and watch a sprint finish.

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Geo-Location vs. Guerilla Racing

May 13, 2015

When a breakaway goes clear in a major race like the Giro it can take a long time to identify the riders involved. It’s a problem for TV viewers and teams alike. Viewers can see something is happening but without knowing who is involved and teams have to know what’s going on for tactical reasons. […]

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Giro Stage 5 Preview

May 13, 2015

The first uphill finish of the Giro. The climb to Abetone isn’t normally that selective but the way Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana are riding at the moment we could well see a GC showdown.

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Roads to Ride: Abetone

May 12, 2015

The first summit finish of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, the road up Monte Gomito to Abetone is something to look forward to but also a worry. It’s harder than the profile suggests and coming at the end of Stage 5 it could reveal who will win the race outright. Fanciful? Not really, it’s happened before. […]

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Giro Stage 4 Preview

May 12, 2015

Yesterday’s stage had the action concentrated mid-stage, today’s finish includes a very difficult climb near the finish.

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