Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Giro d'Italia and Veneto, a 100 Year Relationship


Announced today at the Veneto Region headquarters are the stages of the 2015 Giro d’Italia that will be raced in the Veneto region. The relationship between the Corsa Rosa and Veneto,  the area famous for its champions and cycling aficionados, has been going strong for more than 100 years: since 1912 when Giovanni Micheletto won the first stage of the fourth edition of the Giro d’Italia, which ended in Padua. In the 2015 Giro there will be two stages raced entirely on Veneto soil, while another stage will end in Veneto – Vicenza – and one more will start from the region: Marostica.

Thursday 21st May – Imola – Vicenza 190km (mountain finish)
This is a stage with two very different characteristics. The first 130km are perfectly flat, crossing the Pianura Padana to reach the Colli Euganei (Castelnuovo) and the Monti Berici. From here it’s up the Crosara climb from Mossano – 1500m long and with a gradient between 12 and 15% (max 18%) – and the Fimon-Perarolo climb will take the group towards the Monte Berico Sanctuary, at the top of the final climb which is slightly longer than 1km and with peak gradient of 10%.

Friday 22nd May – Montecchio Maggiore – Jesolo 153km (for sprinters)
This stage is perfectly suited to sprinters. It’s short, fast and entirely flat until the finale where a bunch sprint is almost assured.

Saturday 23rd May – Treviso – Valdobbiadene 59,2km (Individual Time Trial)
The time trial is divided clearly in two parts: the first 30km is entirely flat, whilst the second half – of almost the same length – is characterized by continuous technical climbs and descents. Some of them are demanding, and KOM classification points will be awarded for the first climb after Conegliano. This long and unusual time trial will test the riders’ energy management.

Sunday 24th May – Marostica – Madonna di Campiglio 165km (mountain finish)
Starting from the City of Chess, the first 50km of this stage is in Veneto territory, up until Lastebasse. It’s a mountain stage with a total of around 4000m of climbing, all in three ascents: the Fricca in the first part of the stage, then the Passo Daone (max gradient 14%) and the Madonna di Campiglio one after the other, in the second part.

Giro d’Italia Director Mauro Vegni said, "The relationship between the Giro d’Italia and Veneto has a story that goes back more than 100 years. This is a land that gave cycling great champions and whose people has an incomparable passion for cycling. We are sure that the four Veneto stages will be, from the media, technical and participation perspectives, a great success – as is historically the case when the “Corsa Rosa” arrives in this wonderful region."

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Monday, October 6, 2014

2015 Giro d'Italia Race Route and Details


The 98th Giro d’Italia, organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, scheduled for 9-31 May 2015, was unveiled in Milan today,

The philosophy behind the race route is balance, in line with recent years, with fewer transfers and an approach geared up for modern cycling. In summary: 1 team time trial, 1 individual time trial, 5 high mountain stages, 7 flatter stages and 7 medium mountain stages.

Like an inverted, three-week Classicissima, the 2015 Giro starts near Sanremo in Riviera dei Fiori (Liguria) and finishes in Milan. Along the way, it tells a story with social, cultural, historical dimensions.

Final stage from Turin to Milan: Turin, the 2015 European Capital of Sport, and Milan, the host of Expo 2015, book-end the final stage.

Celebrating the career of Cadel Evans
During the Giro ceremony, Cadel Evans was invited to take to the stage for a presentation in recognition of his career. The Corsa Rosa and the invited audience gave him a standing ovation.

The Giro d’italia remembers Alfredo Martini
Respected former rider and coach Alfredo Martini (1921-2014) died in August. During his 23-year tenure as Italian national selector, he guided his riders to 6 World Championship wins. He will be commemorated during the Giro.

The Gran Fondo along a Giro stage route is to be revived in 2015
It will take place on Sunday 24 May, starting and finishing at Aprica and including the climb of the grueling Mortirolo.

The presentation included a performance by the young British singer Jasmine Thompson of her hit song ‘Let Her Go.’

Brian Cookson, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling’s world governing body, attended the Giro presentation, and commented: "I am delighted to see that the 2015 Giro d’Italia will go through some of Italy’s most iconic regions and cities. It reminds me of some of the great battles of past editions. The Giro d’Italia is a true legend in our sport and an important race for the future of road cycling. I believe that this 2015 edition will be extremely challenging, combining some testing early stages together with the highest mountains in the last week. I really cannot wait for May 2015."

THE 98TH GIRO D’ITALIA IN NUMBERS

1 – National border crossing (Switzerland)
2 – Rest Days (Monday 18 May, Monday 25 May)
4 – Giro race starts in Liguria (Genoa 1980, 1992, 2004; Sanremo 1987)
5 – Mountain stages (Fiuggi-Campitello Matese, Marostica-Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo-Aprica, Gravellona Toce-Cervinia, Saint Vincent-Sestriere)
7 – Sprint stages (Albenga-Genova, Montecatini Terme-Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto-Fiuggi, Civitanova Marche-Forlì, Montecchio Maggiore-Jesolo, Tirano-Lugano, Turin-Milan);
7 – Medium mountain stages (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Chiavari-La Spezia, La Spezia-Abetone, Benevento-San Giorgio del Sannio, Forlì-Imola (Enzo & Dino Ferrari Autodrome), Imola-Vicenza (Monte Berico), Melide-Verbania)
7 – Uphill finishes (Abetone, Campitello Matese, Vicenza (Monte Berico), Madonna di Campiglio, Aprica, Cervinia, Sestriere)
29 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by non-Italians
68 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by Italians
76.8 – Kilometres of time trials (17.6 km “Riviera dei Fiori” team time trial, 59,2 individual time trial Treviso - Valdobbiadene)
136 – Length of the two shortest road stages in kilometers (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Tirano-Lugano)
152 – Kilometers in the stage dedicated to Gino Bartali, La Spezia – Abetone
263 – Kilometers in the longest stage (Grosseto – Fiuggi)
1,854 – the altitude, in meters, of the Mortirolo, the Montagna Pantani in the 2015 Giro
2,178 – the altitude, in meters, of the Colle delle Finestre, the Cima Coppi in the 2015 Giro
3,481.8 - the total length of the Giro, in kilometers
43,000 – vertical meters climbed during the 2015 Giro

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Colnago Cycling Festival 2015, Registration is Open

Fan of Colnago? Registration is now open for the Colnago Cycling Festival 2015 which will be held in Desenzano del Garda (BS), on beautiful Lake Garda, on 15, 16 and 17 May 2015.

Entry forms are available on the official website www.colnagocyclingfestival.com along with all the detailed information about the different events.

The schedule of 2015 edition is really rich. On Friday, May 15, Expo area with the most prestigious names in the world of two wheels will be opened and the bib numbers will be distributed (note: that all applications received by 10 April 2015 will have a personalized bib with name and surname).

The real party will be inaugurated by the Desenzano del Garda Cycling White Night Festival promoted by Desenzano del Garda Tourism Development.

Saturday, May 16, morning will take place the Tour of Lake Garda Randonee while in the afternoon there will be the Baby Bike event for children. In the evening there will be a gala dinner with the Colnago family, authorities and prominent guests from the world of sport and beyond.

Sunday, May 17, the Garda Legend is reserved for vintage bikes will start. Also, on the final day, the Gran Fondo Colnago, which this year features three completely new routes compared to previous editions. 159 km and 2044 meters of altitude for the “queen race”, the Gran Fondo; 110 km and 1384 meters of altitude for the Medio Fondo and 77 kilometers and 940 meters for the short course.

You want to miss this?


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

2015 Maratona dles Dolomites: Registration Opens October 15th


The Maratona dles Dolomites - Enel 2015 will be held July 5, 2015. Registration is open from October 15 to November 5, 2014; read carefully "How to Register" here.

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108th IL Lombardia: Sunday, October 5

The 108th Il Lombardia, from Como to Bergamo across 254km, will be held on Sunday, October 5th. The UCI WorldTour race is organized by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport.

At the Bergamo finish line the challenge will be on between the new UCI Road World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, and the other Ponferrada protagonists, including Alejandro Valverde, Philippe Gilbert, Tony Gallopin and Fabio Aru. The other big names taking part are Joaquim Rodriguez, winner of the last two editions of the race, Alberto Contador, winner of the recent Vuelta a España and French riders Jean Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot, respectively second and third in the overall classification at this year Tour de France.

THE ROUTE
Taking in over 3,000m of climbing, the race will start in Como, the autumn classic will take in the villages of Cantù, Erba, Asso and Onno before hitting Bellagio at 58km and the start of the Madonna del Ghisallo (754m), a beautiful and challenging 10.6km climb with gradients over 14 per cent.

The race will then continue through Asso, Pusiano, Oggiono, Galbiate and the first feeding zone at Pescate before the Alta Brianza and Meratese areas and into the Bergamo province in Calusco d’Adda.

After a first passage through the city of Bergamo, the race will begin a loop back with a series of testing climbs that will decide the final winner.

Riders will then face the Colle dei Pasta (413m), Colle Gallo (763m) and, after the second feeding zone in Cene, the Passo di Ganda (1060m), which featured in the 18th stage of Giro 2011.

After a fast descent through Selvino and Rigosa towards the bottom of the valley, the road will climb back towards Bracca (600m) and take in the technical descent towards Zogno and Brembilla. Riders will then begin the classic climb of Berbenno (695m), just 26km from the finish.

A fast descent towards Almenno San Salvatore takes the riders through Almè and back to Bergamo to face the final kilometres through the old Città Alta to the finish on the Sentierone.

FINAL KILOMETERS
The route to the finish line climbs towards Bergamo Alta, entering at Porta Garibaldi, up the Boccola ascent and its 200m of cobblestones towards Largo Colle Aperto, a climb that doesn’t drop below 10%, and includes peaks of 12%. The final descent is wide with a flat surface.

The final two kilometers takes in three technical turns, a 90 degree bend at 1800m with the road narrowing under Porta Sant’Agostino, a left turn at 1000m and at 250m from the line, driving towards the grand finale.

THE TEAMS
25 teams, 18 UCI ProTeams and 7 wildcards will start, each with 8 riders:
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA) – Peraud and Betancur
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - VENEZUELA (ITA) – Pellizzotti e Rosa
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ) – Aru and Scarponi
BARDIANI CSF (ITA) – Battaglin and Pirazzi
BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM (NED) – Kelderman and Mollema
BMC RACING TEAM (USA) – Gilbert and Van Garderen
CAJA RURAL - SEGUROS RGA (ESP) – L.L. Sanchez and Arroyo
CANNONDALE (ITA) – Basso and De Marchi
COLOMBIA (COL) – Duarte and Quintero
FDJ.fr (FRA) – Pinot and Roy
GARMIN SHARP (USA) – Hesjedal and Martin
IAM CYCLING (SUI) – Brandle and Pineau
LAMPRE-MERIDA (ITA) – Rui Costa and Bono
LOTTO BELISOL (BEL) – Gallopin and Wellens
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP) – Valverde and Visconti
NERI SOTTOLI (ITA) – Ponzi and Taborre
OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM (BEL) – Kwiatkowski and Uran
ORICA GreenEDGE (AUS) – Albasini and Yates
TEAM EUROPCAR (FRA) – Gautier and Cousin
TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO (NED) – Barguil and Dumoulin
TEAM KATUSHA (RUS) – Rodriguez and Moreno
TEAM NETAPP - ENDURA (GER) – Konig and Machado
TEAM SKY (GBR) – Cataldo and Swift
TINKOFF-SAXO (RUS) – Contador and Zaugg
TREK FACTORY RACING (USA) – F. Schleck and Arredondo

RECENT WINNERS – LAST 10 EDITIONS
2004 – Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2005 – Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2006 – Paolo Bettini (ITA)
2007 – Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2008 – Damiano Cunego (ITA)
2009 – Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2010 – Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
2011 – Oliver Zaugg (SUI)
2012 – Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP)
2013 – Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP)

Photo: LaPresse

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Pinarello Fan: Miguel Indurain

In Spanish (Indurain's discussion of his bikes and trophies begins at 19 minutes):



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book: Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days



During the 1920s and 1930s, cycling was the world's most popular sport. The races were impossibly difficult, the riders larger than life. All of Europe anticipated every race report in breathtaking newspaper accounts. This September, newly restored photographs in Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days celebrate the grit and determination of bicycling's earliest heroes. Goggles & Dust is available now in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Preview a selection of the book's vintage cycling photographs at www.velopress.com/goggles.

Ottavio Bottecchia, Eugène Christophe, Henri Pélissier, André Leducq, René Vietto-the daring spirit of these cycling pioneers was perhaps matched only by the remarkable photographers who prevailed in all conditions to capture striking portraits of the racers at work and play.

Curated from the original silver gelatin prints in The Horton Collection, the gorgeous restored portraits and landscapes in Goggles & Dust-most unseen since their original publication in the newspapers and magazines of the day-provide an indelible record of a more carefree and adventurous time.

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days
The Horton Collection
Hardcover with 100 photographs throughout
8" x 7", 120 pp., $16.95, 9781937715298

* Drawn from over 170,000 original vintage cycling photographs in The Horton Collection
* Features fine-art quality photographs from cycling's early history
* Carefully restored, preserving their authenticity
* Priced affordably as a gift for photography and cycling enthusiasts

The Horton Collection is one of the world's finest collections of cycling memorabilia. Over the course of twenty-five years, Shelly and Brett Horton have amassed an unprecedented 15,000 objects and 170,000 original vintage cycling photographs. Their passion for the sport and its legacy have led them to the world's greatest races, and many of the sport's living legends have entrusted their own treasures to the care of The Horton Collection. See artifacts from The Horton Collection at www.hortoncollection.com.

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