Stage 1: Belfast to Belfast, 21.7km team time trial
Orica-GreenEDGE dominated the opening team time trial stage to put birthday boy Svein Tuft into the maglia rosa. But in front of enthusiastic Belfast crowds, who were undeterred by rain which began to fall shortly after the start, Irish star Dan Martin slid out on the wet roads and was forced to abandon with a collarbone injury.
Stage 6: Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia, 154km
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took his second win, finishing well ahead of runner-up Elia Viviani (Cannondale) – once more a bridesmaid – and Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE). Continue reading
Today is the second anniversary of the death of Wouter Weylandt. The 26-year-old Leopard Trek rider died from injuries sustained in a crash on stage three of the 2011 Giro.
His death occurred the day before the first anniversary of his sole Giro victory, coincidentally also stage three. Here’s how he won that day. It’s how I choose to remember him.