"The sun is shining and there is a strong sea breeze as we arrive in the port town of San Lorenzo al Mare. White sailboats bob against the deep blue sea of the Mediterranean."
The team buses are parked in the marina and I get news that the bus drivers had to get in early to pick a prime location. Apparently Astana had arrived a the day before - to get jetties as a back drop for the warm-up area. Not that they could see much as a crowd of Italian fans mob in, hoping to catch a glimpse of Fabio Aru. Welcome to the Giro d'Italia.
Shooting a team TT is challenging. It’s short and you need to maximise your time – running up and down the course looking of spots.
I can see a great spot but it’s quite high up. I grab hold of a pole to hoist myself and rip one leg of my shorts. All the way to the waist band. The rest of the race I’m getting strange looks.
Scouring the race handbook I noticed a tunnel on the route. Trampling through the bushes I stumble across a road the takes me close to the tunnel entrance.
There is a taped-off section which I jump and make my way to the top of the tunnel just in time to see Giant Alpecin team coming around the corner. Just as I line them up in the viewfinder I hear a voice shouting in Italian. I know the game is up but just keep shooting, click click click. Someone grabs my shirt and I turn around. The officer is all red in the face and yelling at me. I show him my media pass and I tell him I’m just taking some pictures – but he quickly escorts me back to the road.
How many times can you be told ‘no’? For me (today) it was 7. The rules are fairly flexible in Italy, so you always need to push just to see what’s possible.
“Aussie Watch, Pt. 1”
The BMC car pulls up, the door flings open and Cadel Evans jumps out to get his photo taken at the accreditation area. I yell out to him and grab a photo before he jumps back in the car and speeds away. That’s how he rolls.
Thanks to Calvin Watson, Richie Porte and Heinrich Haussler – even in the stress and chaos of the Giro it means a lot that you still take the time to say g’day.
See beardy’s coverage of previous stages below.