Talking Tactics: Giro d’Italia – how the jerseys were won

The dust – or should that be snow? – has finally settled on this year’s Giro, so I’m devoting this week’s Talking Tactics to an examination of how each of the four major jerseys – overall, points, mountains and best young rider – were won. Continue reading

Talking Tactics: How Luca Paolini became the maglia rosa

In last week’s Talking Tactics I looked at how different teams’ objectives influence their rider selection for the Giro, depending on which of the many races within the race they are focussing on: general classification, climbing, sprints, individual stage victories and so on. Today I’m following on from that to explore how team tactics can influence the outcome of individual stages, depending on whether their agendas align or conflict – in particular the chain of events which led to Luca Paolini winning a thrilling stage three and taking the overall lead.

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Tweets of the Week: Lipstick, road rash and Farnese glow

Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 13th May 2012.

Lipstick on your collar

It’s been an eventful week in the Giro – let’s start out with Hollywood Phinney. Not only is he coming into his own as a rider, but he tweets like a pro as well. But let’s see him in the pink – I’m fairly sure that podium girl makes sure she gets a perfect kiss imprint on the maglia rosa‘s face.

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