After being in Italy for a week and a half and with eight days of racing completed here at the Giro, I've noticed a thing or two. In fact, based on this list I've compiled, I've noticed at least ten things.
Just over a week ago Team Saxo Bank’s Matthew Goss was anxiously awaiting the start of his first ever grand tour. Goss, of Australia, has decided to share much of his grand tour debut through his own words as recorded within his training journal, along with his power and heart rate data collected from his SRM power meter. Stay tuned for more updates as told by Matthew as he endures one of the world’s hardest sporting events.
Chris Horner is lighting up the 2009 Giro d’Italia.
Just weeks after breaking his collarbone in a horrific crash at the Vuelta al País Vasco in April, Horner is powering through the Giro.
“The form’s been really good. I had fantastic legs at País Vasco,” Horner told VeloNews after Saturday’s stage. “The crash there with the broken collarbone, I thought it might knock me out of the Giro. I kept training on the home trainer all the time. I came in here with good legs.”
Spanish rider Pedro Horrillo (Rabobank) is in a medically-induced coma in a Bergamo hospital Saturday following a horrific crash in which he fell nearly 150 feet into a ravine during the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The 34-year-old crashed about 70km into the 209km stage on the high-speed descent off the Cat. 1 Culmine di San Petro.
It’s unclear what caused the crash, but teammates spotted Horrillo’s bike on the road. Evidently, he struck a guardrail and toppled into the deep ravine.
Garmin-Slipstream team officials say it's too soon to say how Christian Vande Velde's crash at the Giro on Monday will affect his training and the rest of his race season.
Meanwhile, Vande Velde says the pain has gone from "excruciating" to "manageable."
Team doctor Prentice Steffen said Vande Velde broke one rib and received a severe bruise and sprain on his back, as well as a hairline fracture to his pelvic bone.
For a rider who’s made a name for himself on the track, Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) has been surprising just about everyone when the road turns uphill in the Giro d’Italia.
In the opening two climbing stages in the Dolomites, Wiggins has climbed better than ever before, finishing ahead of the likes of Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and Lance Armstrong (Astana).
Columbia-Highroad’s juggernaut at the 2009 Giro d’Italia continued Saturday as Kanstantsin Sivtsov used a bold solo breakaway late in the 208km stage to deliver a stunning solo victory 21 seconds clear of the hungry pack.
Columbia almost made it a podium sweep, with Friday’s winner Edvald Boasson Hagen taking his second runner-up spot in three days while Michael Rogers was pipped by race leader Danilo Di Luca (LPR) for third.
The days have been long but fruitful. We have ridden more kilometers in the last week than most cyclists ride in a month, yet the hours in the saddle still seem to be passing quickly.
The stages raced are slowly becoming a blur as our travel is incessant and every movement begins to blend together. What highlights the stages and separates them in my memory are our triumphs.
It seems that all we have been doing the last week is eating, riding, sitting in the bus and sleeping. And, somehow, it seems we are eating and riding more than we are sitting or sleeping.
The motorcycles, helicopters and stationary cameras of RAI Television bring you the Giro d’Italia up close — the video taken from right next to the riders and from the air and the long shots from the finish line.
Columbia-Highroad knew its young steed Edvald Boasson Hagen would probably win a stage in his Giro d’Italia debut, they just didn’t expect it so soon.
Sport director Ralf Aldag thought Boasson Hagen, who turns 22 on Sunday, would be a factor in breakaways in the second half of the Giro. But just a day after sprinting to second, the tall Norwegian outfoxed a veteran group of five riders to hand Columbia-Highroad another stage victory.