The Giro holds a special place for everyone at PEZ, it has something the other Tours don't - and we don't just mean grappa! This year's Giro looks to be an incredible knife fight with tough time trials and harder mountain stages - PEZ takes a look at the possible contenders to bring home the Maglia Rosa when the 06 Edition ends in Milano.
You could argue that this year’s Grand Tour season begins May 13th, with the Giro’s great 7th stage. The peloton will climb the brutal Monte Catria before approaching a steep uphill finish at the village of Saltara, which is hosting its first Giro finish. PEZ’s Alessandro Federico tested his early season legs and discovered Saltara’ all-pervasive passion for cycling.
Last week PEZ’s man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, responded to the Siren call of world class cycling journo-ism for the unveiling of the 2006 Giro route in Milano. As usual, we got right into the ‘shwing’: consoling Petacchi, advising DiLuca, seeing a few sights in Milano, flirting with some girls, befriending an over-stuffed Giro mascot, and reflecting on the coming winter and what makes the Giro special.
The stage layout for the ’06 Giro d’Italia is more confusing than Italian lovers' quarrel: on the one hand it’s a perfect setting for epic battles and the most deserving winner, on the other, the tough corsa could destroy the fighting spirit before it even starts – creating a dull race indeed. But anything can happen, so here’s our best guess at what to expect…