The strange bike racing year that is 2020 has seen some confusing things like races with no spectators and Spring Classics in autumn but the weirdest is the overlapping of two Grand Tours as the Giro's final week coincides with the Vuelta's first. But in 1981 only three days separated the two races and Giovanni Battaglin, in the new book “48 Days,” tells the astonishing story of how he won both.
The late 70s and early 80s was a great time for cycling, there were many 'heroes of the road', not just Eddy Merckx, but a load of Belgians and Italians. Johan De Muynck was a classy rider, but he was up against the system that kept the top men... at the top. Ed Hood finds out more.
PEZ Retro: After looking at two climbers in our 'Retro Riders' series, it's time for a sprinter. The fast-finishers have a reputation for fast living and sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to their chosen art. Marino Basso was a typical sprinter, he stabbed his teammate in the back for the 1972 rainbow jersey - but that's what sprinters do. . . Signore 10,000 Volts, a classy rider, but cunning with it.
Aug 22, 2019 - The 2019 Vuelta a España starts on Saturday and we have all the team news from Spain. Will the Giro climb Etna on gravel roads? - Top Story. Race reports from Denmark, Veenendaal and Zottegem. Other cycling news: Tour of Britain riders, rider contracts and transfers, gravel racing in New Zealand and Bianchi's final tribute to Felice Gimondi. Viva la Vuelta!
Obituary: The greatest ever Italian cyclist, Felice Gimondi, passed away on Friday after suffering a heart-attack while swimming in the sea off the Sicilian coast. Ed Hood remembers the always smooth and cool Italian character who was a champion amongst some of the best ever road men.