Giro del Trentino review

Pocket rocket Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) took the biggest win of his career  – his first for two years – and recorded a prestigious victory and welcome boost for his ProContinental team ahead of the Giro d’Italia, when he emerged victorious to win the 36th edition of the Giro del Trentino. In addition, he won both the third stage and the mountains classification.

With the exception of the team time trial on stage one, won by BMC, this really was a race for diminutive mountain goats – the more diminutive the better.  On the queen stage three, we were treated to that rare spectacle, riders in 34×29 granny gears, moving as if in slow motion, up the 15% average gradient along little more than a track to Punta Veleno. Runner-up Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) said it was even worse than the Zoncolan! Sylvester Szymd (Liquigas-Cannondale) rewarded his team’s efforts by hanging onto third place overall. Continue reading

Giro del Trentino preview

The Giro del Trentino is a four-day stage race which runs from Tuesday 17th until Friday 20th March in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Suedtirol region of northern Italy. The short sharp course is full of steep climbs and is seen as a good proving ground for Giro d’Italia aspirants. This year’s race, the 36th edition, is being broadcast for the first time by both Rai Sport and Eurosport. Last year it was upgraded to 2.HC status, attracting a more prestigious field, so the race has made big advances in the past two years.

The first edition of the race in 1962 was won by Enzo Moser [now there’s a famous surname – Ed]. After the second edition in 1963, the next edition wasn’t held until 1979. There were races in 1977 and 1978 but there appears to be some dispute over whether or not they were ‘official’. The 1986 race had no individual winner, just a team competition called the ‘Coppa Italia’ which was won by Carrera-Inoxpran. Continue reading