A tick of ATOC

While Europe is focussed on the Giro d’Italia, the biggest race on the US calendar – the eight-day Amgen Tour of California (ATOC) – kicks off today. We’ll be bringing you a full review at the end of the race, but check back here for quick daily updates (little ticks, if you will) from an event which features star names such as Peter Sagan (winner of five stages last year), Tejay van Garderen, Thomas de Gendt, Dave Zabriskie, Andy Schleck, Philippe Gilbert, Sylvain Chavanel and recent VeloVoices interviewee Jens Voigt. Continue reading

Giro stage 13: Cavendish schools rivals in Sprinting 101

Stage 13: Busseto to Cherasco, 254km

Mark Cavendish isn’t a man who hangs around. Having celebrated his 100th victory on the Giro’s shortest day yesterday, on today’s longest stage he wasted no time in adding to his tally as he taught his rivals another lesson in the art of sprinting to take his total to 101. Continue reading

Friday Feature: Sheree’s Giro diary

Sheree brings us her written, photo and audio diary from her trip to the Giro this week.

I’ve been in north-east Italy to watch stages 10-12 of the Giro d’Italia, which are handily grouped in an area of outstanding beauty, significant historical interest, loads of vineyards and, most importantly, the Dolomites. We arrived on Sunday evening to discover we were sharing our hotel with the leggy hostesses from a number of the Giro’s sponsors – my husband’s eyes lit up! On Monday, I enjoyed the Giro’s first rest day by riding around the countryside but the only team I saw out in the warm sunshine was Cannondale, who made my day when they called out “Ciao Bella!” Italians are sooooo charming. Continue reading