Stage 12: Fougeres to Tours, 218km, flat
Unlike this year’s Giro, the speed demons of the peloton are well catered for in this Tour. With no climbs, wide, straight roads and the intermediate sprint at the 166km mark, if this isn’t a bunch sprint, I’ll eat my Paul Smith bowler hat. Continue reading
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
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