Tag: "giro"

Happy Holidays!

by Jack  

Boy! What a year this has been for the pro peloton! One thing is for sure, all of the excitement that was generated in 2008 will be carried through into 2009 and more so. Is anyone else excited about next year!!?? The 2009 season could not be packed… more »

Pro Tour Expands to...Russia?

by Jack  

The UCI is expanding the Pro Tour to Russia in 2009 by including a tour of the Sochi region. (This happens to be the site of the 2014 winter Olympic games.) What the heck is the UCI thinking? I'm usually a pretty big supporter of the UCI (as evidenced… more »

91st Giro Final Assessment

by Jack  

Now that the race is over, you might be thinking to yourself, what have we learned from this year's Giro? Well, let's see! Here's a list, but in no particular order. 1. ASO sucks. 2. The Giro is harder, at least on paper, than the Tour de France. 3.… more »

91st Giro - Stage 21: Contador!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) sealed the deal by winning the 2008 Giro d'Italia, finishing 11th on today's final time trial stage into Milan. Confirming that the best man won, he was by far the fastest of the top GC contenders in today's stage and increased… more »

91st Giro - Stage 20 Genius!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) successfully defended his maglia rosa on the last mountain stage of this year's Giro. In what was a brilliant display of tactics by Johan Bruyneel and Sean Yates in the team car, Astana was able to manipulate the outcome of the… more »

91st Giro - Stage 19: Wow!!

by Jack  

Italian Danilo Di Luca (Team LPR Brakes) finally put his legs where his mouth was by setting off on a dramatic escape 50 km from the finish during the descent of the 3rd to last climb. With the help of his teammate, Il Falco Paolo Savoldelli, the two… more »

91st Giro - Stage 18: Big Jens!

by Jack  

German tank Jens Voigt (Team CSC) won today's stage after leaving his breakaway companions with about 36 km to go. Stage 18 traversed over this year's world road race championships course and was dominated by a big breakaway that included both Paolo… more »

91st Giro - Stage 17: High Road!

by Jack  

Team High Road dominated today's mass sprint to take the top 2 spots in the standings. Brit Mark Cavendish, in a very charitable way, gifted the win to his German teammate André Greipel by not overtaking his final lead out man. As a result, both Daniele… more »

Stage 16: Plan de Corones Video

by Jack  

Here's a video of the epic time trial stage. I believe this is in German. Enjoy! Giro d`Italia 2008 - 16.Etappe Plan de Corones more »

91st Giro - Stage 16: Pellizotti?

by Jack  

Italian Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) pulled a coup by taking the win on one of the hardest time trials any cyclist will ever face. Pellizotti won by 6 seconds over, who seems to be the Italian hero of this year's Giro, Emanuele Sella (CSF Group… more »

91st Giro - Stage 15: Contador!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) finally did what most expected of him in this year's Giro. He took over as leader of the race but it wasn't easy and it definitely is not final. Italian Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare) won his second straight stage by… more »

91st Giro - Stage 14: Menchov!

by Jack  

Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) proved today that he is not just here to train for the Tour de France. First among the big GC favorites to come home, he showed that he has the will and the form to challenge for this year's Giro after a monstrous stage… more »

91st Giro - Stage 13: Cavendish x2!

by Jack  

Mark Cavendish (High Road) won a relatively uneventful stage 13 in a sprint over yesterday's winner Daniele Bennati (Liquigas). Two main news points today include Mr. Cocky, Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) attempting a breakaway at km 26. Can we please… more »

91st Giro - Stage 12: Photo!

by Jack  

Italian Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) won a controversial photo finish over Brit Mark Cavendish (High Road) in today's 12th stage. Race officials awarded the win to Bennati after analyzing the photo. What makes it controversial is that a lot of people… more »

91st Giro - Stage 11: Etiquette

by Jack  

Today's post will talk about one of the most important cycling traditions still existing in the pro peloton; what should not happen when the leader of the race (or any other potential contender) crashes. Team LPR Brakes and Riccardo Riccò (Saunier… more »

91st Giro - Stage 10: Bruseghin!

by Jack  

Italian time trial specialist Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) was a surprise winner in today's 10th stage. He managed to hold off the Astana strong men by 8 seconds over Spain's Alberto Contador and 20 seconds over German Andreas Klöden. American Levi… more »

91st Giro: Broken Contador!

by Jack  

We found out today that defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Astana) has a slight fracture in his elbow. This diagnosis was made during today's rest day following his crash on Saturday's stage. Contador promises to continue but admitted… more »

91st Giro - Stage 9: Benatti x2!

by Jack  

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) took his second stage of this year's Giro after a closely fought sprint between him and fellow Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick Step). Australian Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) looks to be back in form as he took a well placed 3rd.… more »

91st Giro - Stage 8: Riccò Suavé!

by Jack  

Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) showed today that perhaps he is the leading candidate for this year's Giro. He stormed out of the peloton to claim today's 8th Stage, his second this year. He outkicked compatriot Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and… more »

Petacchi Out!!!

by Jack  

Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) was fired yesterday by his team after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against him when he tested positive during last year's Giro for high levels of salbutamol, an asthma medication. Although the court… more »

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