“Yes, well, if you can’t drop them on the uphill, try and take them out on the downhill.” The usually deadpan Sean Kelly cracks a joke on Eurosport during Stage 10 of the Giro overnight. He even chuckled.
In a Giro d’Italia that has delivered little more than pain and/or disappointment for several of the most fancied pre-race chances including Porte, Uran and Pozzivivo – and confirmed Alberto Contador’s status as a rider who’s as tough as he is talented – one undoubted shining light has been Astana’s 25-year old Spaniard, Mikel Landa. … More Mikel who?
Sigh. Another spectator has caused another crash on another stage of another bike race. With Alberto Contador’s Giro d’Italia tilt now seemingly hanging by his strained shoulder ligaments and poor Daniele Colli’s arm pointing in the wrong direction, all because some ill-advised clown decided to lean too far over the barriers to get a photo … More Please don’t fence me in
Australians have always loved Italian. Starting on Saturday night we’ll once again be able to gorge ourselves on the stuff for three tantalising weeks, with SBS showing and streaming every Giro stage live. So for no other reason than we’re excited, here are some fearless predictions of what we might be able to expect… Antipasto – … More Pink bits
From the outset you know this is no Hollywood fairytale. There is no happy ending. The guy dies at just 34, depressed, alone and coked out of his mind. But whilst we know precisely where the storyline is heading, this is still a compelling piece of filmmaking from Emmy-nominated director, James Erskine. The powerfully made 90-minute … More Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (REVIEW)
The post, below, is not about Alberto’s bike…merely inspired by the extraordinary sequence of events it triggered. In the past 36 hours, many have been openly wondering why the whole Contador ‘broken bike’ saga took off so explosively during Monday’s Stage 10 and, stoked by evermore articles and photos on social media, still won’t go away. … More The truth is out there, isn’t it?
Mick Rogers added a glittering notch to his palmares on Monte Zoncolan in Stage 20. But not everyone was happy and is has nothing to do with tainted meat. Oh no. With just over 2km to go Rogers and Bardiani-CSF rider Francesco Bongiorno were locked in a ding dong battle at 15%+. Bongiorno was on the Aussie’s … More Bongiorno gets f$#@ed by fan on global TV
Scary incident in last night’s Giro stage. The footage isn’t great but as you can see this poor marshal (Angelo Leone, 55) was hit by one of the TV motos and is apparently now in an induced coma in hospital. Hard to make sense of exactly what was going on, but it looks as though … More Marshal in a coma
To date the 2014 Giro d’Italia has been pretty amazing (if you’re an Australian), with multiple stage wins, pink jerseys and the promise of even more to come. But amidst all the parochial bias, I have to say I think this photo taken a couple of days ago on Stage 9 has been my highlight … More Marriage made in (cycling) heaven
“240km of watching paint dry, 10km of watching Jackson Pollock in action.” After a dramatic finale this was commentator Matt Keenan’s superb description of last night’s Stage 6 at the Giro.