May Video Vault: End of the classics, start of the Giro

This month we highlight videos from Niki Terpstra’s proud parents to stage one of the Giro d’Italia and everything in between including Paul Kimmage in a pink jersey!

If you have a video you think should be included in our monthly round-ups, tweet a link to @kiss_my_panache.

1. Daniele Bennati: Speed and positioning

He might have blocked me for poking fun at his cat, but I love me some Daniele Bennati.

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Giro stage 1 preview

Stage 1: Napoli to Napoli, 130km, flat

This year’s Giro dispenses with an opening prologue and goes straight to the road, giving the sprinters a clear run at the first maglia rosa. The last time Naples saw a Giro start was in 1963 and much has changed in 50 years, so the circuits around the city and seafront are the perfect showcase for the rejuvenated city. Continue reading

10 Wishes: Kiss My Panache

Kiss My Panache came on board as a member of VeloVoices in the summer and has brought a real visual flair to the blog. His day job is as a creative director, he lives on the American East Coast and has two mini-Panaches with his lovely wife, Mrs Panache. If a rider doesn’t have style, Panache doesn’t wanna know … here are his wishes for 2013 (in no particular order, although he says that number ten is the most important). All images are by the man himself.

Ryder Hesjedal (image by Panache)

Wish 1: Ryder Hesjedal pops the top off another jeroboam of Grand Tour champagne

1. Ryder Hesjedal wins another Grand Tour.

2. UCI leadership is completely transformed by replacing Pat McQuaid and sending Hein Verbruggen to the island of Elba.

3. Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans have competitive form for the 100th edition of the Tour de France and they have an epic battle with Alberto Contador on the slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez.

Sylvain Chavanel (image by Panache)

Wish 4: Sylvain Chavanel follows Spartacus’ wheel in the Tour of Flanders

4. Fabian Cancellara wins Roubaix in a nail-biter with Tom Boonen. Sylvain Chavanel wins the Tour of Flanders by following Cancellara and leaving him at the end. [That’s so cruel, Panache – Kitty.]

5. Peter Sagan dominates the Ardennes Classics or becomes road race World Champion. Either would be fine with me.

6. Argos Shimano and Europcar obtain WorldTour licences. [Well, he got one of his wishes already – Ed.]

Image courtesy of Panache

Wish 7: Taylor Phinney gets his revenge …

7. Taylor Phinney podiums at Roubaix and wins the World Championships time trial in Florence.

8. More women’s races are broadcast.

Wish 9: PhilGil's heart softens and he hits 'unblock'

Wish 9: “@Phil_Gilbert1 has sent you a direct message on Twitter”

9. Daniele Benatti and Philippe Gilbert unblock me from Twitter and we start direct messaging each other.

10. I find a dream job of being the creative director of a luxury cycling apparel company, which enables me to move my family to Europe and travel the world. I eat French pastries at a quaint cafe with the entire VeloVoices team at once. [Sounds good to me – Ed.]

10 wishes for 2013

Kitty Fondue