The Giro this year has been exceedingly boring. Contador (32 y.o.) has won on a course where mountain climbing has been reduced to a minimum, unless he falls off his bike during today's parade.
Contador has cracked in the final days of what mountain climbing remained, while Aru (24 y.o.), the new great young cyclist from Sardinia was 'fined' 2 minutes for a triviality.
Thus, Aru would have won by seven seconds but for that fine.
Almost all Contador's advantage is down to a long time trial day (stage 14) where he gained nearly 3 minutes on Aru and 4 minutes on Landa.
Without that, it is unlikely Contador could have done better than 3rd.
Landa (24 y.o.) from Basqueland, is the great new find of the tour, others trailing behind.
The Giro d’Italia, the Tour of Italy, is the first
of the major three-week tours - The Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, the Vuelta d'Espana - in the annual repertoire of international cycle
This year, the Corsa Rosa (Pink race), the Giro d’Italia, takes place
from the 9th May to 31st May 2015,
starting in Sanremo with a 17.6 km team time trial along a dramatic coastal cycle path.
For 2015, the Giro will remain entirely in Italy, but it will not go further south than San Georgio del Sannio.
As with the 2014 Vuelta a España and this year's Tour de France, this year's Giro is constructed within the constraints of austerity where towns cannot afford to welcome the race, despite the financial benefits it does bring. So here in Italy, the race does not go muche further south than Naples, so not visiting the poorest regions in the south, including Sicily. (This is fairly usual for the Giro.)
The 2015 Giro extends over 3482 km, averaging about 166 km a day.
The race will finish in the northern city of Milan, after an absence of two years, this stage including a seven-lap city circuit.
There's also a long 59.2 km, individual time trial with a varied profile, the longest for several years.
Seven mountain finishes (high mountain stages in bold):
• Stage 5: Abetone in the central Apennines between Florence and Bologna,
• Stage 8: Campitello Matese near Naples,
• Stage 9: San Giorgio Del Sannio
• Stage 15: Madonna di Campiglio,
• Stage 16: Aprica, after climbing the Mortirolo,
• Stage 19: Cervinia in the Alps,
• Stage 20: Sestriere, after the unpaved track to the 2,178m summit of the Colle delle Finestre.
Being the highest point in this year's Giro, the Cima Coppi prize will be won here.
By ensuring that the highest point is only at 2,178m , the organisers, RCS Sport, are avoiding the probability the sort of bad weather and subsequent contentions that occurred last year on the Passo Stelvio (Stage 16) where there were very treacherous conditions and confusion over quickly instigated safety instructions.
Six stages for the sprinters:
Stages 2, 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21,
plus Stage 11 to Imola that includes three 16.9km circuits and the finish in the motor racing circuit named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari.
Transfer distances between stages are being limited to less than 1,000 km. This includes a 350 km transfer to San Giorgio del Sannio after Stage 9, but the next day is a rest day. Thus, generally riders should be in their hotels within an hour after finishing most stages.
21 stages are planned, with
four high mountain stages, three medium
one individual time trial (stages14), a team time trial (stage 1) and eight stages for sprinters. There will be two rest days. All other days are flat stages. The total distance ridden will be 3,482 km, or roughly 2,164 miles.
San Lorenzo Al Mare - Sanremo
9 May [17.6 km] team time trial
Imola - Vicenza (Monte Berico),
21 May [190 km]
Albenga - Genoa
10 May [173 km] sprinter's stage
Montecchio Maggiore - Jesolo
22 May [153 km] sprinter's stage
Rapallo - Sestri Levante
11 May [136 km
Treviso - Valdobbiadene
23 May [59.2 km individual time trial
Stage 4: Chiavari - La Spezia
12 May [150 km
Marostica - Madonna Di Campiglio
24 May [165 km] summit finish - 1298 m
La Spezia - Abetone
13 May [152 km] summit finish - 1386 m
Montecatini Terme - Castiglione Della Pescaia
14 May [181 km] sprinter's stage
Pinzolo - Aprica
26 May [175 km] summit finish - 1883 m
Grosseto - Fiuggi
15 May [263 km] sprinter's stage
Tirano - Lugano
27 May [136 km] sprinter's stage
Fiuggi - Campitello Matese
16 May [188 km] summit finish - 1430 m
Melide - Verbania
28 May [172 km]
Benevento - San Giorgio Del Sannio
17 May [212 km] summit finish - 1240 m
Gravellona Toce - Cervinia
29 May [236 km] summit finish - 1664 m
Saint-Vincent - Sestriere
30 May [196 km] summit finish - 1712 m
Civitanova Marche - Forlì
19 May [195 km] sprinter's stage
Turin - Milan
31 May [ 185 km] sprinter's stage
Forlì - Imola (Autodromo Ferrari)
20 May [147 km]
mountain stages - summit and uphill finishes
To some, yet another summit finish after a long ride may become tiresomely repetitious, but the spectacular scenery behind and around the riders is worth watching, while the riders' skill in retaining sufficient energy for climbs that can have a gradient of 13% or more makes for exciting watching.
Here we show the profiles for the summit and uphill finishes, together with the gradient figures.
Stage 5 La Spezia - Abetone
final climb: 17.3 km,
climbing 928 m,
av. gradient: 5.4%,
max. grad.: 10%
Fuiggi - Campitello Matese
final climb: 13 km,
climbing 919 m,
av. gradient: 6.9%,
max. grad.: 12%
Stage 9 Benevento - San Giorgio Del Sannio
Monte Termino, first intermediate climb:
climbing 833 m,
av. gradient: 4.2%,
max. grad.: 9% Colle Molella, second intermediate climb:
climbing 597 m,
av. gradient: 6.2%,
max. grad.: 12%
Stage 15 Marostica - Madonna Di Campiglio
Passo Daone, intermediate climb:
av. gradient: 9.2%,
max. grad.: 14%, second Madonna Di Campiglio, finishing climb:
av. gradient: 9.2%,
max. grad.: 14%
Stage 16 Pinzola - Aprica
Passo del Tonale, first intermediate climb:
climb: 15.3 km, climbing 926 m, av. gradient: 6.1%,
max. grad.: 10% Passo del Mortirolo, second intermediate climb:
climb: 12.8 km, climbing 1289 m, av. gradient: 10.1%,
max. grad.: 18% Aprica, finishing climb:
13.9 km, climbing 485 m, av. gradient: 3.4%,
max. grad.: 15%
Stage 19 Gravellona Toce - Cervinia
Saint-Barthélemy, first intermediate climb:
climb: 20.1km, climbing 1,116 m, av. gradient: 5.6%,
max. grad.: 13% Col de Saint-Pantaléon, second intermediate climb:
climb: 16.5 km, climbing 1,184 m, av. gradient: 7.2%,
max. grad.: 12%
Cervina, finishing climb:
19.2 km, climbing 961 m, av. gradient: 5.0%,
max. grad.: 12%
Stage 20 Saint-Vincent - Sestriere
Colle delle Finestre - the ' Cima Coppi ', intermediate climb:
18.45 km, climbing 1,694 m, av. gradient: 9.2%,
max. grad.: 14% Sestriere, finishing climb:
9.2 km, climbing 493 m, av. gradient: 5.4%,
max. grad.: 9%
Colle delle Finestre - the ' Cima Coppi
this year’s favourites
Favourites for 2014 include Cadel Evans (BMC), Nairo Quintana (MOV), Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT), Rigoberto Urán (OPQ).
Other possible contenders are Ivan Basso (CAN), Rafał Majka (TCS), Dan Martin (GRS), Przemysław Niemiec (LAM), Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM) and Michele Scarponi (AST).
first ten riders in the 2014 giro
Nairo Quintana | COL| MOV | 88h 14' 32"
Rigoberto Urán | COL | OPQ | + 2' 58"
Fabio Aru | ITA | AST | + 4' 04"
Pierre Rolland | FRA | Team Europcar | + 5' 46"
Domenico Pozzovivo | ITA | ALM | + 6' 32"
Rafal Majka | POL | Tinkoff-Saxo | + 7' 04"
Wilco Kelderman | NED | BEL | + 11' 00"
Cadel Evans | AUS | BMC | + 11' 51"
Ryder Hesjedal | CAN | Garmin-Sharp | + 13' 35"
Robert Kišerlovski | CRO | Trek Factory Racing | + 15' 49"
the classification jerseys
Here are the four classification jerseys for the 2015 Giro.
The overall winner’s jersey is pink, like the paper on which the sponsoring newspaper is printed.
The points jersey is red to illustrate the fiery passion of the fight for points.
The best climber’s jersey is the blue of the sky to which they are climbing.
The best young rider’s jersey is white like the innocence of youth.
There are 22 teams this year, 17 professional teams and five wildcard teams:
Bardiani-CSF, CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice, Southeast Pro Cycling, Nippo-Vini Fantini.
AG2R LA MONDIALE
ASTANA PRO TEAM
BMC RACING TEAM
Southeast Pro Cycling*
TREK FACTORY RACING
Watching the Giro - on the roadside, on TV
Watching the Giro in Italy is very similar to watching
the Tour in France. abelard.org has several pages giving general advice on how to be a
effective road-side spectator.
Daily live TV coverage will be available from British Eurosport, who will provide daily live coverage from all stages of this year’s Giro d'Italia.
One or other of Sky Sports channels is showing highlights during the evening.
This web site is created by La Gazzetta dello
Sport, an Italian sports newspaper, that has
been the organisers of Le Giro cycle race since 1909.
To find details of a stage [tappa], use the navigation bar, that’s the circles and dots, near the top of the page
Note the response time will probably be very slow, this site appears to be regularly overloaded at the moment.
The navigation pop-up at the bottom of the window just gives basic details of a stage - date, distance and difficulty, start and end towns.
While a stge is is actually taking place, this pop-up bar changes and includes the word LIVE!, here indicated with an arrow:
Clicking on LIVE! changes the page to a display like below (for a rainy stage 9):
Clicking on the time splits changes the road to show the cyclists on the road (the display reverts to just the road when the site is not keeping up):
Clicking on the road gives a close-up of the cyclists, with the Maglia Rosa group highlighted:
For classification information, you must first choose Classifiche from Giro 2013 dropdown menu on the pink navigation bar.
Then when the page updates, there is a new array of navigation choices a bit further down the page:
Tappa - stage, Generali - general, Retrati - retired; tapa golosa - feeding station