Giro Analysis: Lee Rodgers takes a look back at the three action packed weeks in the Giro and analyzes the highlights and the lowlights of this great race.
Race Report: After what seems like three weeks of snow, sleet, rain and grey skies, it's beautiful like we always imagine Italy should be. Blue cloudless heavens, sunshine and gorgeous lakeside towns. The 2013 Giro d'Italia ended in a sprinters' firefight, and Cavendish came out on top today. But the overall glory goes to Vincenzo Nibali …
Race Report: Vincenzo Nibali showed today that he is the worthy winner of the 2013 Giro d’Italia with a demolishing ride on the steep slopes of the Dolomites. His pink jersey gleamed through the falling snow at the top of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo for the stage win and confirmation of his superb home victory. Another great day on a brilliant Giro d’Italia.
Race Report: Is it all over bar the shouting? The man that some call ‘Nibbles’ took a big bite out of his Giro d’Italia opposition with a storming uphill TT win to Polsa. As Evans suffered in the rain, the pink-clad panther performed with panache to put himself in a position so comfortable, he could be reclining with a cigar, dressed like Hef, being fed grapes by … well, you get the picture.
Race Report: Another transition stage as the mountains approach but the opinions were divided on how the stage would run out. Bunch sprint, small group sprint, long breakaway? Well what we were treated to was another all out attack fest where the hits just kept coming but once again it was Movistar on top.
Race Report: Today was planned as a transition stage but 238km of racing with attacks flying from the gun meant that this day was anything but easy. GC changes and attacks from most riders in the top 10 highlighted an exciting stage that saw the Giro once again smile on Benat Intxausti.
Race Report: The weather beat everyone in today’s Giro d’Italia, especially the TV cameras. In the end it was an exciting stage, although knowing what was happening was not easy. When the Pink jersey of Vincenzo Nibali came out of the clouds with Mauro Santambrogio we knew there had been a battle royal and the Sicilian had come out on top. Santambrogio took the stage honours and Nibali had the time on his adversaries.
It was a momentous day for one British rider as Mark Cavendish joined the elite club of 100-time professional winners. Big congrats to the Manx Missile, but his success wasn’t the major talking point as it all went horribly wrong for his compatriot Sir Bradley Wiggins.