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Top Rides: PEZ Vs. La Finestre

Stage 20 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia serves up the 2148m high Colle della Finestre as its final battle ground. I logged one of my all time Top Rides here in 2005 as Il Falco swooped to a 28 second GC victory from Gilberto Simoni. Here's how the day played out...

Grappa d’Italia 7: One More Glass

The jetlag is slowly lifting after a full 24 hour travel day to bring me back to the reality of home, and I’m still sorting through the days, events, and adventures that were my life for the past two weeks at the Giro. I didn’t have time to write about everything, but here are a few final Grappa-worthy moments…

PEZ Interviews: Simoni & Cunego

I was staying in the same hotel as Team Lampre for the second Giro Rest Day, and seized the opp to interview both Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego. Since neither of ‘em speak English, and my Italian is “poco”, I knew it would be a challenge – but I had no idea how confusing a language barrier could be.

Grappa d’Italia 5: PEZ Vs. La Finestre

Saturday’s Giro Stage 20 to Sestriere was epic – as you should already know. But I experienced it first hand as we rode the final 100km of the stage – starting with the 20km climb of Sestriere and then onto the feared 2174m Colle delle Finestre. It was the ride of a lifetime, and a day like none other.

Giro d’Italia: Final Exam

As PEZ has done in the two Rest Days before, we'll take a look back at the final five stages of the 2005 Giro d'Italia, as we begin the long rest until next year's Giro. If next year's Giro can amount to half of the drama of the 2005 edition, we can consider ourselves lucky.

Grappa TT: Petacchi Drops PEZ at 90km/h!

It’s 4:23PM at the Stage 18 TT in Torino, the heat is melting the pavement, and Simoni just left the start house. The past few days have been action-packed as ever, but today was extra-special as we followed Alessandro Petacchi through his entire TT ride – and got the pics to prove it!

Giro Stg. 18 – Back To Back For Basso

Can he make it three in a row tomorrow? It's all Basso all the time now. It appears that Basso gave the top 4 on GC most likely the biggest gift of their careers when he fell ill (albeit unintentionally) - there's no doubt as to who the strongest rider in this year's Giro is. Savoldelli, though under a pressure a bit in the last few days, rode excellently and put decent time into his nearest rivals - Simoni, Rujano, and Di Luca.