Israel Cycling Academy celebrates Giro invite
News, results, commentary, and photos from Italy’s grand tour.
- FloBikes to offer less-expensive broadcast of Giro, other events
- Aru returns to Tour of the Alps with eye on Giro pink
- VeloNews to publish official Giro d'Italia guide through 2019
- Giro d'Italia defies trend, keeps podium girls
- Israeli officials invite Pope Francis to Giro start
- Israel Cycling Academy takes step toward Tour with Giro invite
- Roche eyes Giro glory alongside BMC teammate Dennis
- Giro director leans on UCI for guidance in Froome case
- Giro-Tour double back in fashion for 2018
- French hope Thibaut Pinot to ride Giro
- The Outer Line: Explaining sudden cardiac death in pro cycling
- Transformed Froome prepares for run at Giro’s pink jersey
- BMC Racing owner Andy Rihs dies
- Alaphilippe tops Valverde at Fleche Wallonne
- Sagan’s spring was built around Paris-Roubaix
- The Nitty-gritty: Racing the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride
- Review: Garmin Vector 3
- Garmin’s got goodies: New Edge 130, Edge 520 Plus, and Varia radar
- Mavic goes all-in on gravel with Allroad wheels, tires, and apparel
- Armstrong settles federal lawsuit for $5 million; will pay $1.65 million to cover Landis legal costs
- Gallery: Bikes galore on day 1 at Sea Otter
- Sea Otter daily debrief: Wood bikes, carbon cockpits, and The Dude
- Sea Otter: Syncros takes XC seriously with one-piece wheels
- Sea Otter: New Enve M-series bars are stiff... But not too stiff
- Buyer's Guide: How light is too light?
- Garmin's got goodies: New Edge 130, Edge 520 Plus, and Varia radar
- Review: Garmin Vector 3
- Mavic goes all-in on gravel with Allroad
- Week in Tech: Shades from Roka and 100%; forks from Fox and Marzocchi; new bikes galore
- Buyer's Guide: Where you find your next bike
- Pinot claims overall victory at Tour of the Alps
- Tour of the Gila: Blevins, Dygert take stage 2 wins
- Tour of the Alps: Sanchez solos to stage 4 win
- Tour of the Gila: Sanchez, Hall win opening stage
- Alaphilippe denies Valverde at Fleche Wallonne
- Van der Breggen defends women's Fleche Wallonne title
- Tour of the Alps: O'Connor wins stage 3, Pinot takes race lead
- Tour of the Alps: Lopez climbs to stage 2 victory; Sosa takes lead
- Tour of the Alps, stage 1: Astana goes 1-2; Froome fifth
- Amstel Gold: Valgren upsets favorites with late attack
Pro Continental teams anxiously await Giro wildcard reveal
Dutch Journalist: Dumoulin’s Giro decision will give Dutch cycling a boost
VeloNews awards 2017: Giro stage 16 is race of the year
Giro organizers consider ‘plan B’ due to Jerusalem turmoil
A Tour de France victory does not guarantee success at the Giro d’Italia.
Just ask Louison Bobet.
In the mid 1950s Bobet was the world’s top stage racer, having become the first man to win three consecutive Tours de France in the postwar period (1953, 1954, 1955). For 1957, Bobet set upon a new challenge. He wanted to become the first Frenchman to win the Giro d’Italia, opting to race the Italian tour instead of the Tour de France that year. Bobet had previously struggled at the Giro, finishing 7th in 1951 and abandoning in 1953. This time, however, he had a plan.
Bobet took the lead early in the race, and eventually surrendered the maglia rosa to alleviate the pressure on his team. He planned to win it back during the race’s final week, which featured punishing stages in the Alps.
On the final climbing stage, Bobet dropped race leader, Italian Gastone Nencini, on the steep summit finish to Monte Bondone. The Giro seemed to be in his hands. And then, the tides turned. First, Italian tifosi began to push Nencini up the steep slopes. And then, Luxembourger Charly Gaul dropped back to pace the Italian rider up to Bobet—it was revenge for Bobet attacking Gaul during a nature break several stages before.
Bobet lost the Giro by just 19 seconds, and learned a valuable lesson: Tour de France winners are fair game at the Giro.
Such a lesson could be on display in 2018 as Chris Froome looks to add a Giro d’Italia victory to his growing palmares. Froome is on a mission to rewrite history. A Giro d’Italia win would mark his third-straight grand tour victory. It would also elevate him into the elite class of men to have won all three grand tours: Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali.
On paper, Froome enters the race as the outright favorite. His Sky team boasts the largest budget in the WorldTour; some of his domestiques are strong enough to themselves challenge for grand tour glory. And Froome’s four Tour de France and one Vuelta a España victories are proof that he has the legs, lungs, and temperament to win any grand tour.
But this is the Giro—the race of chaos.
One could write thousands of words about the Giro’s long history of bedlam and unforeseen disasters. The Italian peloton attacks with relentless aggression. Pacts are made on the road. And every year the Italian grand tour serves up unpredictable hurdles that can derail even the most seasoned stage racers. While other races have strived for control and calm,
|1||05/04/2018||Jerusalem to Jerusalem||9.7km||DETAILS|
|2||05/05/2018||Haifa to Tel Aviv, Israel||167km||DETAILS|
|3||05/06/2018||Be'er Sheva to Eilat, Israel||229km||DETAILS|
|4||05/08/2018||Catania to Caltagirone||191km||DETAILS|
|5||05/09/2018||Agrigento to Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice)||152km||DETAILS|
|6||05/10/2018||Caltanissetta to Etna||163km||DETAILS|
|7||05/11/2018||Pizzo to Praia a Mare||159km||DETAILS|
|8||05/12/2018||Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano||208km||DETAILS|
|9||05/13/2018||Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore)||224km||DETAILS|
|10||05/15/2018||Penne to Gualdo Tadino||239km||DETAILS|
|11||05/16/2018||Assisi to Osimo||156km||DETAILS|
|12||05/17/2018||Osimo to Imola||213km||DETAILS|
|13||05/18/2018||Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia||180km||DETAILS|
|14||05/19/2018||San Vito al Tagliamento to Monte Zoncolan||181km||DETAILS|
|15||05/20/2018||Tolmezzo to Sappada||176km||DETAILS|
|16||05/22/2018||Trento to Rovereto (time trial)||34.5km||DETAILS|
|17||05/23/2018||Riva del Garda to Iseo||155km||DETAILS|
|18||05/24/2018||Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso||196km||DETAILS|
|19||05/25/2018||Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia||181km||DETAILS|
|20||05/26/2018||Susa to Cervinia||214km||DETAILS|
|21||05/27/2018||Roma to Roma||118km||DETAILS|
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