The greatest show on earth

The Tour de France is a ‘bigger’ race than the Giro. It has more media, more commotion, more people making demands on the cyclist’ waning energy. What it doesn’t have is the tifosi.(1)

I discovered my passion for cycling in a very late age. I always enjoyed riding my bicycle starting from my boyhood: I rode for commute, I rode for enjoyment, I even raced a couple of times. But I started riding a road bike in my early 30s. Then I started watching cycling races, and immediately fell in love with.
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Alfonsina Strada, the woman who rode the 1924 Giro d’Italia

1924 Giro d’Italia was very extraordinary. Because, Alfonsina Morini Strada participated in the Giro, and became the only woman to have ridden one of cycling’s three major stage races.
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Slaying the Badger

I finished reading “Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by Herbie Sykes. Now it’s Tour de France time, and I started to reading “Slaying the Badger” by Richard Moore.
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Ponsin, Santisteban, Ravasio and Weylandt

Four cyclists have died during Giro d’Italia: Orfeo Ponsin (a.k.a. Orfeo Ponzin) (1952), Juan Manuel Santisteban (a.k.a. Juan Manuel Santiesteban) (1976), Emilio Ravasio (1986) and Wouter Weylandt (2011).
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Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at Giro d’Italia, by Herbie Sykes

I finished reading “Put me back on my bike” by William Fotheringham, and now started a new book: “Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at Giro d’Italia”, by Herbie Sykes.
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