Merckx vs Battaglin on Monte Carpegna, 1973 Giro

If you watch Jørgen Leth’s great documentary about 1973 Giro d’Italia, “Stars and Water Carriers” (Stjernerne og vandbærerne), you may remember Merckx-Battaglin battle at stage 8 on Monte Carpegna. On one of the early climbs of the day, Eddy Merckx escaped bringing Spanish climber José Manuel Fuente (KAS) and the young Italian Giovanni Battaglin (Jollj […]

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 […]

Giro d’Italia 2014 stages

The route of the Giro d’Italia 2014, the 97th edition of the Italian grand tour, has been unveiled. The race will start in Belfast, Ireland, on May 9th, Friday; and finish in Trieste, Italy, on June 01, Sunday. There will be total of 21 stages with three rest days.