2013 Giro d’Italia
2013 Giro d’Italia
It won’t be too long before the start of what many consider to be cycling’s second biggest event, the Giro d’Italia, on May 4th. Can Bradley Wiggins win another Grand Tour?
Last year’s Tour de France winner was of course British and this year Bradley Wiggins has ‘opted’ to try and conquer the Giro in May and then to support Chris Froome in the Tour de France in July. Despite not enjoying the early season success of last year and with some questions hanging over Team SKY’s preparation in the aftermath of what many pundits have termed a disastrous Classics campaign for the team, the signs are currently promising for Wiggins as his race form has started to emerge, most recently at the Giro del Trentino, mechanical issues notwithstanding.
To get you ready for the Giro we have a brief introduction to Bradley Wiggins and his main rivals as seen by the organisers. There’s last year’s winner, Ryder Hesjedal, who seems to be hitting form just in time after animating Liege-Bastogne-Liege beautifully yesterday on the way to setting up his teammate Dan Martin for a glorious win. Then there’s Italian favourites Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso, and Spaniard Samuel Sanchez. Note that though not in this video, Rodriguez and Katusha, after securing their World Tour licence, are now back in the frey…
From the race start in Naples to the finish on May 26th in Brescia, this next video covers the 21 stages of the Giro d’Italia 2013.
2. Ischia-Forio (TTT/Cronometro a squadre)
3. Sorrento-Marina di Ascea
4. Policastro Bussentino-Serra San Bruno
6. Mola di Bari-Margherita di Savoia
7. San Salvo-Pescara
8. Gabicce Mare-Saltara (ITT/Cronometro individuale)
10. Cordenons-Altopiano del Montasio
11. Tarvisio (Cave del Predil)-Vajont 1963/2013 (Erto e Casso)
15. Cesana Torinese-Col du Galibier (Valloire)
18. Mori-Polsa (ITT-Cronometro individuale)
19. Ponte di Legno-Val Martello/Martelltat
20. Silandro/Schalanders-Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Auronzo di Cadore)
21. Riese Pio X-Brescia
On stage 19 the race will tackle the fearsome Stelvio pass which climbs to over 2750 metres. Here’s an interesting video from cyclingthealps.com of the Stelvio climb put together using Google streetmap If you like switchbacks then this is the climb for you to have a crack at, and the video gives you an idea of what is in store for the pros…
Excitement for the race is high with British interest not just in the riders; Sir Paul Smith designed the Santini race leaders’ jerseys. If you are a massive Giro fan then Vittoria have just the Rubino tyre for you as well…