Giro stage 20 preview

Stage 20: Silandro to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 210km, high mountains

Again the weather has sadly robbed us of one of the Dolomites’ most legendary climbs as the day’s route has had to be dramatically altered. Gone is the Passo Giau which, along with a couple of earlier cat 2 climbs, would have provided a testing approach to the concluding Tre Cime (‘three peaks’) di Lavaredo. Continue reading

Friday Feature: The faces of the Giro

One of our regular VeloEyes, Davide Calabresi, was at the Giro last weekend and has shared some of his fantastic pictures with us. I really love Davide’s work – I think he gets to the heart of the sport by capturing so much expression on the cyclists’ faces. This set is no exception, especially Cav after his sprint win on stage 13 and that brutal stage 14 up to Jafferau. Enjoy! (All photographs ©Davide Calabresi)

Stage 13: Cav wins the sprint finish

Giro Stage 13 sprint CREDIT DAVIDE CALABRESI

Stage 13: Cavendish wins his 4th stage in this year’s Giro

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Giro stage 19 preview: STAGE CANCELLED

Stage 19: Ponte di Legno to Val Martello/Martelltal, 160km, high mountains

UPDATE 0840 BST: Today’s stage has been cancelled due to snow and extreme cold.

The Giro continues to be plagued by poor weather, as a result of which today’s stage has had to be rerouted at the expense of two of the race’s most iconic climbs, the Passo di Gavia and Passo dello Stelvio. Instead we have a longer route and two new climbs, the Passo del Tonale and Passo Castrin which, while not as high as those they replace, will still be extremely challenging in the anticipated cold conditions. The Tonale is ‘only’ classified as a cat 2 but is 8.3km long with an average gradient of 7.5%, rising to a maximum of 10%. The Castrin is deemed a cat 1 climb: similar in length to the Tonale at 8.4km but noticeably steeper with a 9.5% average including a section at 13%.

The final 55km is basically all uphill, culminating in the final 22km climb to the summit of Val Martello, which is making its Giro debut. It averages 6.4% but the steepest sections of 14% come towards the summit, either side of a lake-side plateau. Continue reading