PEZ didn’t make day one, but it ended with Franco (Marvellous) Marvulli in the lead, partnered by big strong Dutch GreenEdge recruit, Jens Mouris. Franco is in the PEZ cabin along with Jesper Morkov and a ‘back to the fold’ Alex Rasmussen. Let's head back into the trenches into the singular world of the six day!
The period from just before Christmas to New Year’s is the Holy Week of cyclocross in Belgium, with a flurry of races to whip up a last bit of form before the national champs and tapering for the Worlds. What better way to celebrate the holidays than to take the family to the races?
The crowd went home happy, 'Home Boy' Marvulli won, partnered by 'Golden Boy' Iljo; and not only that, there was a another Suisse on the podium - Silvan Dillier in second spot, paired with Aussie Glenn O'Shea, who was looking much sharper that he did in Gent. Let's go back to the final two nights of racing to see how Mavelous and Golden Boy took the top step.
Traditionally, it doesn't get any better than the Gent Six. The racing, the atmosphere, the fans, the music, the history - all of these elements combine to make what's simply the King of Sixes. Of course, Ed Hood was in attendance and hard at work for the final two days of racing. Let's take a closer look!
After a well deserved giorno della riposa in Limone sul Garda (on the shores of beautiful lago di Garda), the Giro begins its final week and 6 stages that should decide the race. The week offers up 3 mountain days with 2 summit finishes, and three flat days including the individual time trial to close the show in Milano.
With four days down, the Grenoble Six comes into the final stretch. Two more nights to settle the score, two more nights of full-on racing, two more long, long nights for our man on the scene, Ed Hood, to get through. Let's see what happens in the two deciding evenings of racing!
Adriano Baffi was in the stade last night, I snapped Duclos Lasalle, but didn't get a shot of the little Italian, he was a dazzling roadman sprinter and top six day man, he won here in Grenoble four times. His face is beaming out from the front of today's Speed Gazette, the race's daily news sheet. I'm finding the rhythm of the race, now - I slept well and didn't stumble too much on the way across the car park to the bakers. The Grenoble Six rolls on...
The second week of the 2012 Giro takes in a big swing south to the ankle of the boot, hangs a quick U-eee and starts a 6 stage run north that eventually lands in the northwest corner within sight of the Swiss border. Tapping into over 51 Giro’s worth of knowledge, here’s a look at what you don’t already know about the Week 2 corsa…