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

What’s happening in April?

Welcome to our preview of what’s happening in the world of road cycling in April. With the first of this year’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, just around the corner, this is a busy month for the professional peloton, featuring no fewer than seven WorldTour events – five one-day Classics (including three of the five ‘monuments’) and two six-day stage races – comprising exactly a quarter of the 28 WorldTour races for 2012. Continue reading