Talking Tactics: The road to victory

We’re now at the business end of the Giro, with the next few days set to determine all the major classifications. With that in mind, let’s have a look at what we can expect to happen tactically over the trio of high mountain stages which will be tackled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (assuming this afternoon’s relatively straightforward run to Vicenza doesn’t spring any surprises). Continue reading

Giro stage 15: Visconti in first as peloton stays in neutral

Stage 15: Cesana Torinese to Les Granges du Galibier (Monumento Pantani), 145km

On a snowy and curiously subdued afternoon, Movistar’s Giovanni Visconti took maximum advantage, securing a place in the day’s decisive breakaway and then picking the perfect moment to solo away to victory on the slopes of the Col du Galibier. Continue reading

Talking Tactics: Who will attack in the mountains this week?

With the first high summit finish in the bank, the general classification is now starting to solidify. With a hilly conclusion today and back-to-back summit finishes to tackle over the weekend, what can we expect the key players (and some of the peripheral ones) to do over the rest of this week to try to shake up the existing order? Continue reading