So we enter into the first of the 2019 Grand Tours with the Giro d’Italia.
Spot prize is an A4 Poster for the Giro as in the picture above. I thought an A4 would be more acceptable to people’s SOs vs taking over a whole wall – so hopefully the winner will get to put it somewhere other than the downstairs loo!
Last year was a classic with Simon Yates setting the running for some 2 weeks before “The Day” with Froome going all in. Call it as you like but the stories from Sky behind the logistics and planning for that day and support staff manning the route with fuel stations was impressive. It showed (to me at least) that had anyone else tried to follow him, they most likely would have bonked at some point. Hopefully we will see more of this in future GTs when contenders gofer the win rather than settling for a placing.
That leaves this year set with some riders with unfinished business to say the least. So, once again, The Giro should serve us up a great race.
Simon Yates has to have learned a lot from last year to temper his enthusiasm for attacking – but let’s hope not by too much, Dumoulin has to want another win (though, by his own admission, he does not seem to have show great form on the run in), Roglic is in top form, Nibali still has the hunger but does he still have the form for a GT, Landa will want to have a good showing (though Movistar are sticking to a 3 leader format!).
Details of the Route and Riders can be found here.
Whatever, I’m sure we are in for a great race once more from the Giro d’Italia.
PS – It also means we will have a couple of weeks with no new races so we will have some Gazzetta on stuff other than the WT events on the middle weekends. We’re always on the lookout for articles so email me or use the Contact Us on the Soigneurs page if you have something we can publish. You only have yourselves to blame if you don’t like my motley pieces!