‘Campionissimo’ – the name given to only a very few cyclists in Italian history – the elite who rose above ‘normal’ champions – the best of the best. Fausto Coppi is perhaps the best known campionissimo, and his legend is as much a part of his country’s cycling sport as the bicycle itself. PEZ’s Alessandro Federico talked recently with Angelo Coppi – the son of Fausto.
The Grand Tours are already upon us, starting with the Giro prologue in Seraing, Belgium this coming Saturday. Prologues and time trials are a different breed of effort, requiring high pain threshold and perfect pacing. What are some pacing strategies that we should be looking out for?
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.