Ah yes, the Giro. With all its wonderful fireworks, trials, tribulations, glory and anguish. This was the exciting race to watch when we endured the rather boring years of Juan Pelota’s dominance in the Tour. Yeah, I said it.
And it starts next week. Check this: http://www.steephill.tv/giro-d-italia/.
A little bit of glory from years past. 2005 was a cracker!
Stage 19 – Saturday, May 28: Savigliano-Sestriere (Le Valli Olimpiche), 190km
The penultimate stage of the 88th Giro d’Italia celebrates the Olympic Valleys of Sestrieres that will host the 2006 Winter Olympics and the riders who take the start will celebrate a world of pain. Starting in Savigliano south of Torino, Stage 19 makes a long, gradual 45km climb up to Sestrieres after 101km. After a long descent to Susa, the final 45km of this stage is simply brutal. The never-before used climb of the Colle della Finestre is a 18.5km monster, with an average gradient of 9.2%. Said to be harder than the Passo Gavia, the final 7.9km of Finestre is on a gravel “strada bianca” that will make the the climb even more difficult. Once over the Finestre, there’s another descent and the final 12km climb back up to Sestrieres.
Map and profile here: http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2005//giro05/?id=stages/giro0519.
Results here: http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2005//giro05/?id=results/giro0519.
About the video:
Video of the final, unpaved, kilometers of the Colle delle Finestre during the 2005 Giro d’Italia. This was the first year the road was used in the Giro. The video is a re-broadcast by SPORZA so it is not in English but definitely worth watching for the action and scenery.
Yes, it is awesome. If this doesn’t make you want to stuff up all of your responsibilities for the day and just go ride your bike instead, I don’t know what will.
And, I should make mentions, I found the video here: http://hampsten.blogspot.com/2011/02/giro-ditalia-2005-climb-of-colle-delle.html.
Enjoy the day, folks. Keep the rubber side down.by