The Giro d’Italia is the first of the three grand tours in calendar, and generally regarded as the second most important race in cycling. Here is a short Giro d’Italia History with numbers. Overall winners, mountain, points, young rider and team classifications.
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“Il Lombardia” (the new name for the Giro di Lombardia), “Classica delle foglie morte” (the classic of the dead [falling] leaves), is traditionally the last of the five ‘Monuments’ of the cycling season.
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Dura-Ace is the admiral ship of Shimano, the Japanese (now multinational) manufacturer of cycling components (and some other things like fishing tackle and rowing equipment). Here is a brief Dura-Ace history.
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Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali: two cycling legends of Italy. The rivalry between them is maybe the most famous sporting duel in history. It has been started during the World War II, and continued afterward.
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Here are the top
ten thirteen fastest Paris-Roubaix editions:
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In the recent years, fat tire bikes are getting quite popular. Before 2006, They were made only by custom frame-builders who liked to pedal in snow (or sand, like beaches). Then, in 2006, a Minnesota based bike manufacturer, Surly Bikes, which mass-produced the first notable bike in the “fat” genre with its Pugsley frame. They still build a lot of fat-tire bicycle models.
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Today’s historic photo of the day: during the penultimate (14th) stage of the 1921 Tour de France, Léon Scieur, the Belgian rider of La Sportive team carries his own wheel to the finish line. Scieur won the 1921 Tour de France when he was 33-year-old, along with stages 3 and 10.
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Today’s historic photo of the day: Italian cyclist Bartolomeo Aimo (sometimes written Bartolomeo Aymo) leading a greatly reduced peloton over the Allos at stage 13 of the Tour de France 1925.
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Today’s historic photo of the day: KAS rider Alfred Achermann crashes heavily and retires from the race on the Paris-Roubaix cobbles, in the Arenberg Forest. 86th edition of the “Queen of the classics”, Sunday, April 10, 1988.
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Today’s historic photo of the day: Serse Coppi kisses his elder brother Fausto Coppi after winning Paris-Roubaix 1949 edition.
For the first and only time in history, there were two winner in Paris-Roubaix, and Serse was one of them. The other was team Stella-Dunlop’s French rider André Mahé.
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