Alberto Bettiol lead the Italians and Iván Cortina García heads up Spain as both nations race Sunday in the unfamiliar role as outsiders in the elite men's road race.
The Outer Line checked in with members of the pro cycling community in northern Italy, to get a sense of the situation on the ground there.
Andorra joins Spain in banning cycling during crisis, while pros can still ride in Italy, but often to nasty looks and rude comments
We travel to Italy to visit Gaerne, DMT, Cipollini, and Selle SMP to see Italian manufacturing firsthand.
Chris Case recounts seven days of beautiful riding in Italy's Dolomites, from the Stelvio to the Zoncolon and beyond.
It's been nearly 10 years since an Italian won a major cobblestone classic, and it appears likely the streak will continue this season.
Bettini may be preparing to join Formula One driver Alonso's squad, said to be preparing a 2015 debut
Nibali won the Giro d’Italia last month but the captain for Italy’s national team at worlds has not yet been chosen