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Giro06 St.12 – Ultimo Chilometro Brilliance

Stage 12 was a transitional stage from Livorno to Sestri-Levante - it was intended to be a stage for Alessandro Petacchi, as it rolled right through his hometown, but alas, a kneecap fracture will keep the best of us from racing. Instead, the race was left to the mettle of a stage-long break - there was a stage and time to be had, how would the break finish? Could they hold off the field led by CSC?

Dario’s Giro: Rockin’ The TT

It was a day of mixed fortunes in the 50 kilometre “cronometro individuale” at Pontedera - Jan Ulrich roared back into the headlines but the climbers were bludgeoned; our man Dario Cioni was happy with his ride though – scoring a top 10 placing…

Giro 06 Stg 11: Is Jan Still The Man?

Well, well. Just when you start to write the man off, back he comes. If this is how to use the Giro for training then both Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are looking pretty sharp already for the Tour de France in July. The headline acts in this year's Giro took out a neat 1-2 in the longest TT of the race.

Giro06: The Real Race Starts Now

Ten stages down, and still 11 straight to go. The real fight starts now, as the true race begins tomorrow with a TT and then heads into the mountains for day after day of pain and suffering - Basso is in command, but anything can happen over the 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes. The fun is just getting started – here’s where the real racing starts…

Dario’s Giro: Rest Day Resolve

When we last spoke to Dario just after stage seven, he had lost 20 minutes and Liquigas team-leader Danilo Di Luca had gone deep into the red to limit his losses. But like the words of 'In the Ghetto' say; 'and the world turns' . . .

Giro06: Rest Day Review #2

The 2006 Giro is barely half-way in and far from over. The time gaps are already B I G and after today's rest, it'll be all work until Milano. Not to say it's been an easy ride so far, and the seconds earned have been paid in full - here's how it's taken shape...

Grappa Di Pez: A Day In Saltara

Chasing a Grand Tour you soon realize that every day is somehow better than the last, and around each corner new adventure awaits… Stage 7 to Saltara was no different, as our man Ale Federico reports on a successful sojourn complete with start line nerves, finishline frenzy, and many distractions in between…

Giro06 St.10: Liquigas Pulls A Fast One!

A tough rolling stage leading into the final Rest Day provided ample opportunities for soldiers of fortune. Will a break manage to go the distance or will the favorites duke it out on the fast, twisty slopes of the finishing 1.5k hill, which hits up to a mean 10%?

Dario’s Giro: Catria Catastrophe

The thing about doing a “diary” piece with a rider is that there are two sides to the coin. If you like the man and have “connected” with him then you can’t help but share in the optimism and elation of a good day; on the days when it’s not going so well though, you can’t avoid the disappointment and hollowness.