Friday Feature: Sheree’s Giro diary

Sheree brings us her written, photo and audio diary from her trip to the Giro this week.

I’ve been in north-east Italy to watch stages 10-12 of the Giro d’Italia, which are handily grouped in an area of outstanding beauty, significant historical interest, loads of vineyards and, most importantly, the Dolomites. We arrived on Sunday evening to discover we were sharing our hotel with the leggy hostesses from a number of the Giro’s sponsors – my husband’s eyes lit up! On Monday, I enjoyed the Giro’s first rest day by riding around the countryside but the only team I saw out in the warm sunshine was Cannondale, who made my day when they called out “Ciao Bella!” Italians are sooooo charming. Continue reading

Giro stage 12: Centurion Cav

Stage 12: Longarone to Treviso, 134km

Mark Cavendish withstood torrential rain to take a convincing victory in Treviso on the shortest road stage (134km) of this year’s Giro. It was his third victory and his 100th in total as a pro. His Omega Pharma-Quick Step team sat on the front of the peloton all day as Gert Steegmans reeled in the last remnants of the day’s five-man break with just 350 metres to go, then dropped him off in pole position at the 200-metre board. Game over, as Cav won handily by 1½ bike lengths. Continue reading