Alan Marangoni: Heartache and hope

How does it feel to be close to a stage victory in the Giro? So close you can almost feel the prosecco bubbles exploding on your tongue as you take that first sweet sip atop the podium… only to have it all taken away in the last few metres. Heartbreaking hardly describes it, does it? Such was the fate of Cannondale’s  Alan Marangoni on Stage 10 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.
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Giro Tweets: Arrivederci Italia, mille grazie!

The final climbs have been ridden, the final maglia rosa presented to Alberto Contador and the pink confetti has been swept up. Before we say farewell, let’s have one last look at the contortionist face of Fabio Aru, a pink-haired nutter who insisted on riding alongside the peloton, and glorious enthusiasm of Juan Flecha Antonio. Continue reading

Final KM: Giro stage 9; ATOC stage 8

Sunday might be a day of rest for most of us, but it certainly wasn’t for the pelotons in Italy and California. It was another ding-dong battle between the GC contenders in Italy for stage 9, while in LA, the ATOC title was decided by a whisker. Your highlights of the action are here (plus a little treat at the end for you): Continue reading