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Garden Kitty
05-07-2010, 05:00 PM
Wheeeee, Giro starts tomorrow, with team presentations today. Pellizotti has been invited not to ride because of some dodgey passport values. Freire is out with allergies and Bennati out with an injury (sniffle, sniffle).

Some of the other people you'd normally see there will be sitting it since the Tour of California conflicts with the Giro for the first time. But there will still be plenty of good riders and fun in Italy.

The TdF is a much bigger deal, but I love the Giro - such pageantry, passion and usually infighting. Simoni signed with a new team just to ride the Giro one last time, and we know how well it worked out when he road with Cunego before :lol:

Plus the race kicks off in Amsterdam this year, so we get the sight of GT clmby types trying to make their way over cobbles! Imagine the fun.

ETA: Stage summary for the Giro (http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cycling/columns/story?columnist=ford_bonnie_d&id=5171064)

edited again: Team Presentations, Giro style (which involves the riders signing the model's shirts) (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=8215&status=True&catname=Latest%20News)

Garden Kitty
05-10-2010, 04:03 PM
A crash filled 3 days of the Giro in Amsterdam. Poor Christian VandeVelde once again drops out of the Giro with an injury on Stage 3 - looks like a broken collarbone.

3 days and three different leaders and the crashes helped really split out the peloton. Wiggins lost 4 minutes today on a flat stage (thanks, mainly to his second crash of the race) but it doesn't look like he really cared. Perhaps he means it when he says he's here just to tune up for the TdF. Evans also lost time today due to a crash, but he was riding very hard to make up the time.

Thor Hushovd also broke a collarbone on a training ride when he crashed with a little girl. He reports the little girl is fine. She must be one strong little girl!

Tour of Cali starts next week, and already some of the Euro riders are heading over to get some training time in before the race.

05-11-2010, 04:29 PM
Cannot wait for ToC!!! I am going to be at at least three stages, possibly more. WHEEEEEE!!!

Garden Kitty
05-12-2010, 11:47 PM
Cannot wait for ToC!!! I am going to be at at least three stages, possibly more. WHEEEEEE!!!

Very jealous! Looking forward to any reports you may have. :)

ETA: Sexy Back joins "bike to work" day in Morgan Hill, CA (http://twitpic.com/1ng7zv) :lol:

Garden Kitty
05-15-2010, 04:05 PM
Today was by far the best Giro stage yet, and one of the best days of racing this year. The Giro went over some dirt roads with a 16% gradient - and there was rain and wet roads to add to the fun. It was like a spring classic, except better than this year's classics.

Some really gutsy riding, and major shakeups on the GC. Some contenders Giro are probably over after this stage. And while I haven't been a big Vino fan after his suspension, credit to him for trying to slow down the breakaway after the maglia rosa crashed.

SPOILER: a very messy stage winner (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/167859/Evans.png)

ETA: Amazing pics at Cyclingnews from the stage. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/93rd-giro-ditalia-gt/stage-7/photos) It looks like then end of a muddy Paris-Roubaix. These poor riders have 9 more days including Zoncolan before their next rest day.

Nibali and Basso (http://twitpic.com/1o1nlh)

Garden Kitty
05-16-2010, 04:47 PM
Saxo Bank press conference at Specialized HQ (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6892220) - with the Tour of Cali team decked out in cowboy hats and mustaches. Bobby Julich introduces the team and conducts the Q and A. You have to wait a minute for the sound to start.

Garden Kitty
05-17-2010, 03:02 PM
This Giro keeps getting more amazing. Today they're riding through heavy rain - just look at this screen shot (http://i41.tinypic.com/fmigcp.jpg):eek:

Another one (http://i41.tinypic.com/ndkm54.jpg)

I'm amazed anyone can stay on (http://i41.tinypic.com/doqhip.jpg)

05-17-2010, 06:15 PM
wow! haven't had a chance to check out today's stage yet- way too much cycling going on right now, it's hard to keep up. the mud-fest was insane.

Garden Kitty
05-18-2010, 07:58 PM
Meanwhile, some of the Saxo riders are enjoying the view in California (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_OvfK9eklqkw/S_C9X_4ZIgI/AAAAAAAAAEY/QEnEC3SNevU/s1280/Podium%20Look%20TOC%20Stage%201%20037.JPG) :lol:

05-18-2010, 08:09 PM
Meanwhile, some of the Saxo riders are enjoying the view in California (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_OvfK9eklqkw/S_C9X_4ZIgI/AAAAAAAAAEY/QEnEC3SNevU/s1280/Podium%20Look%20TOC%20Stage%201%20037.JPG) :lol:

Wow, way to be subtle there, guys. That episode of "my eyes are up here" is almost as classic as this one:


05-18-2010, 11:41 PM
ToC Live!


05-19-2010, 01:45 AM
ooh- thanks. I'm going to try and hit at least one stage this weekend.

I loved that both of yesterday's main cycling events were underwater- :lol::lol::lol: at riders in Italy doing the breaststroke and watching Phil and Paul filling airtime because they couldn't get any pictures from California.

Garden Kitty
05-19-2010, 04:14 PM
Just when you think this Giro can't get any more amazing, another stunning day on what is supposed to be a quiet transitional stage. This has got to be the best GT in ages, and we've only had one relatively minor climbing day so far with most of the big days to come next week.

05-19-2010, 06:14 PM

tons of links to watch the Giro! Tylar Farrar suddenly got very hot :swoon: When did that happen? hmmm...

Dave Z!!!!!! Another one of my favorites.

I am sooo excited. I might get Friday off work and I will be at one of the KOM points for the Queen stage!!

I will be at the LA TT for sure, after that I am going to see the Chasing Legends (http://chasinglegends.com/)

Not sure where I am going to be on Sunday, probably the Rock Store climb I've done that climb, it's brutal....I can't wait to see the pros do it about ten times faster!

05-19-2010, 06:18 PM
AAAAAAARGH! I wish I could get Friday off- I'd love to see that stage. I also will be at the time trial- where do you think will be bes to watch?

my friend mentioned the Rock Store, too. I'll have to try it sometime.