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  • Cavenish wins in Rome after special guest lead-out

    Mark Cavendish won the final Giro d'Italia sprint around Rome with "a little help from his friends." Like the Beatles song with Ringo on lead vocals, Cavendish had plenty of support from a former teammate, his old friend and fellow countryman Geraint Thomas. As the peloton strung out in sprint formation, Cav had a train of two riders, one his [...]

  • Roglic loses chain but wins Giro d’Italia

    It seemed like an almost classic Primož Roglič moment. The oh no, not again kind. Halfway through the stage 20 time trial, momentum was finally on his side. He'd already clawed back 15 seconds of his 26 second deficit to Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers). It appeared Roglic was on a fantastic day and would win the Giro d'Italia on this 18.6km [...]

  • Almeida takes stage, Thomas retakes Giro pink jersey

    The diesel was faster than the sports car. 36 year old Geraint Thomas warmed up the big engine for the final attack on the final Monte Bondone climb. It's his birthday this week but by all appearances the diesel is still humming along just fine. Jumbo Visma tried to wear out Thomas and his Ineos Grenadiers but seemed to only succeed [...]

Cort wins Giro stage from three man break

With 25 kilometers to the finish and a gap of only 90 seconds it appeared the break was doomed. Surely it would come down to a bunch sprint. On board a race moto, Jens Voigt declared he had his money on Astana's Mark Cavendish. "He looks like a grizzly bear just out of hibernation -- hungry, lean and mean," said [...]

May 16th, 2023|

Evenepoel and I both test positive for Covid on same day!

I feel your pain, my Belgian brother. I watched you in the second Giro d'Italia time trial where you looked uncharacteristically exhausted. Like you'd suddenly aged 10 years. Your Soudal Quickstep team could tell something was wrong. Your parents could see you were laboring, lacking your usual power and panache. Somehow, someway you managed to wring yourself inside and out [...]

May 15th, 2023|

Healy goes long and wins solo at Giro.

It was Ben Healy Day in the Giro d'Italia. The EF Education Easypost rider celebrated by taking a solo victory on stage eight into Fossombrone. "I mean I had good legs today, and just gave it a good go," said Healy. "On the first little dig, I could see that I went solo and just pushed onto the finish from [...]

May 13th, 2023|

Giro d’Italia happy hour: The Paper Plane

We are in the Abruzzo region in the Giro d'Italia. Thirsty? In that case, you'll want a stylish cocktail with amaro as an ingredient. Or perhaps just pour yourself a small glass and drink it straight, perhaps on the rocks. Amaro is a type of Italian herbal liqueur that's been around for centuries -- like most things in Italy. The [...]

May 12th, 2023|

Pedersen wins. De Marchi and Clarke heartbroken.

A devastating loss for Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco-AlUla) and Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech). A redemptive victory for Mads Pedersen of Trek Segafredo. The breakaway duo -- and former teammates -- De Marchi and Clarke were out all day, taking a gap of 30 seconds into the final three kilometers. It appeared the sprinters teams had failed their math class. Trek-Segafredo had [...]

May 11th, 2023|

Cavenish takes fourth in Giro sprint, sliding across line after crash

This is why most all of us could never have the speed, guts and bike handling skills to be WorldTour sprinter. In a horrible, wet, miserable sprint stage in the Giro d'Italia. Riders going down right and left. Race leader Evenepoel goes down twice, the first time when a dog wanders into the road and takes down aa dozen guys. [...]

May 10th, 2023|
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