It all started off in Ireland, but is now very Italian. This week is Italian week. The Giro is here!
Toady’s Stage number 13, may have been unlucky for the usual suspects of sprinters, but it was all skill for a select few. The trio tore through to maintain a highly successful break away. And unlike most cycling escape artists, it was a day that they would triumph. It was of such gargantuan and Barouderus proportions, made even more compelling as all three riders came from the smaller teams.
Marco Canola of team Bardani-CSF was the big winner. Canola beat Jackson Rodriguez of Androni Giocattoli to the line, but it was close. It was a terrific effort, with the peloton closing the gap, and breathing down their necks with only 800 metres to the finish.
Success is also accredited to Rigoberto Uran, for his win in yesterday’s individual time trial. The Colombian, former Team-Sky rider is now bringing his talent to OPQS. He knocked over a minute over his nearest rival, Ulissi, and now wears the Maglia Rosa!
Now with only 8 stages to go, the Giro heads to the mountains – serious mountains. This is where the race will be won or lost in the most trying conditions.
Hollis to Hollywood. You do us proud!
It’s an inspirational week for all Baroudeurs. For those in the pro-peloton and mere mortals likes us – The London Baroudeurs in Hollywood and Singapore, it’s inspiring stuff!
Congratulations to Mr. Paul Hollywood and Mr Big Chase on their efforts. The former, hot on the heels of the Tour of California, and the latter, racing to 5th place. Not bad after 2 weeks of Honeymooning!