What Won’t Happen In The Giro This Week (3)

The Giro d’Italia in an alternative universe.

Belt up. The final week is here. Today’s stage is a monster with a trifecta of huge ascents in the Mortirolo, Stelvio and Umbrail Pass. Wednesday is weird with a long false flat to the line posing no real difficulty. It’s non-stop climbing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Milan hosts a 30k time trial to bring proceedings to a close.

Tom Dumoulin’s flying, Vincenzo Nibali’s still playing poker, nobody can gauge Nairo Quintana and Thibaut Pinot hasn’t fully popped yet. The only thing we can be sure of is Victor Campenaerts’ ability to secure a date.

Pinot

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What Won’t Happen in The Giro This Week (2)

The Giro d’Italia in an alternative universe.

The Giro d’italia trundled through its first week proper with Bob Jungels seizing the Maglia Rosa on Mt.Etna and holding it for four days before cracking on Blockhaus. Boredom reached channel-switching levels on Stage 7 as approximately nothing happened for 223km before Caleb Ewan, Fernando Gaviria and Sam Bennett took part in a three-man drag race. Things heated up on Stage 8 and the route from Molfetta to Peschici served as fantastic antipasti for the following day’s big summit finish. On Blockhaus, Geraint Thomas was involved in a terrible crash (a moto was involved, again) before Nairo Quintana danced away for victory and Tom Dumoulin hauled himself into contention.

But what’s going to happen this week…

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What Won’t Happen At The Giro This Week

The Giro d’Italia in an alternative universe.

This week’s Giro d’Italia has plenty in store. Today’s rest day sees riders travel from Cagliari down to Palermo. You could be forgiven for thinking there was no need for a full day’s rest but the two Island capitals are further apart than you’d think. Flying seems the only option with the Tirrenia ferry company promoting an eleven hour boat trip. Surely one of the remaining 195 riders would moan about a possible day at sea?

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God’s Own Race: Tour de Yorkshire 2017

This piece was originally written for and published on Cycling Torque. Visit http://www.cyclingtorque.com/blogs/tour-de-yorkshire-2/ to read my full post.

I doubt that many of the Yorkshire folk who pitched up at road side would know that mountains classification winner Pieter Weening took a fantastic Tour de France stage win in 2005 millimetres ahead of Andres Kloden – but I’m not sure how much that matters. The Tour de Yorkshire was far more than a 2.1 UCI road race; it was a showcase for ‘God’s own country’ and an example of how to host a fully-fledged sporting event just three years after inauguration.

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Quick Picks: The Ardennes Classics

Why do I still love the Ardennes? I know Paris-Roubaix is the best classic, I know Flanders is the second best and I’m quickly beginning to think Strade Bianche is the third. Nevertheless, I always look forward to the Ardennes week. Perhaps it’s due to the Sunday-Wednesday-Sunday structure we’ve seen organisers adopt in recent years. Maybe it’s because the trio of races have been won by some of my favourite riders (Dekker, Cunego, Schleck, Martin…). It’s most likely got something to do with the day I spent watching my first live Monument in the cold Liege rain. I’m smart enough to realise they haven’t been great in recent years, but not quite smart enough to adjust my expectations ahead of this year’s races. Here’s all my quick picks, rolled into one big post.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2016

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