Beardy’s Caravan Giro d’Italia 2017
Beardy’s Caravan has brought out its Sunday best (including a fresh lick of pink paint) to bring you the festivities as the Giro turns 100. Welcome aboard.
CONGRATULATIONS FLAVIO GEROSA, WINNER OF THE SANTINI CYCLING KIT
CONGRATULATIONS FLAVIO GEROSA, WINNER OF THE SANTINI CYCLING KIT
CONGRATULATIONS BELINDA CURRIE, WINNER OF THE PRO CARBON AERO HANDLEBARS
CONGRATULATIONS BELINDA CURRIE, WINNER OF THE PRO CARBON AERO HANDLEBARS
SIGNUP TO THE CARAVAN below
Teams Presentation
Stage 1: ALGHERO - OLBIA
Stage 2: OLBIA – TORTOLÌ
Stage 3: TORTOLÌ - CAGLIARI
Rest Day 1: PALERMO
Stage 4: CEFALÙ - ETNA
Stage 5: PEDARA - MESSINA
Stage 6: REGGIO CALABRIA - TERME LUIGIANE
Stage 7: CASTROVILLARI - ALBEROBELLO
Stage 8: MOLFETTA - PESCHICI
Stage 9: MONTENERO DI BISACCIA - BLOCKHAUS
Rest Day 2: BLOCKHAUS
Stage 10: FOLIGNO - MONTEFALCO
Stage 11: Firenze (Ponte a Ema) to Bagno di Romagna
Stage 12: FORLÌ - REGGIO EMILIA
Stage 13: REGGIO EMILIA - TORTONA
Stage 14: CASTELLANIA - OROPA (BIELLA)
Stage 15: VALDENGO - BERGAMO
Rest Day 3: Stelvio Santini
Stage 16: Tirano - Canazei
Stage 17: TIRANO – CANAZEI
Stage 18: MOENA - ORTISEI/ST. ULRICH
Stage 19: SAN CANDIDO/INNICHEN - PIANCAVALLO
Stage 20: PORDENONE - ASIAGO
Stage 21: MONZA - MILANO
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Fun facts about the Giro



Some of the stuff that may or may not make it into the cycling news...


Italy has the most wins by a country, with 41 Italian cyclists winning 68 Giros between them. If an Italian wins in this centenary year - the country will go nuts. If an Italian DOESN’T win - errr, same result. Either way, Vincenzo Nibali will be nervous.


La Gazzetta dello Sport offered Alfredo Binda 22,000 lira to take a dive in 1930 and not beat up on his competition (he had won 8 consecutive stages in 1929, on the way to his 3rd consecutive Giro). He refused, but still failed to win (you don’t mess with the family, apparently).


The Italians had a black jersey, the ‘maglia nera’, awarded to the rider who accumulated the most time in the saddle (and, therefore, came last in the general classification). Much more desirable and stylish (not to mention slimming) than any lanterne rouge, it was introduced in 1946 before being ignominiously dumped in 1951 after it turned out riders were deliberately wasting time to win the infamous award. The last ‘winner’ of the maglia nera was Giovanni Pinarello. Yes, THAT Pinarello.


Apparently time penalties experience deflation. In 2015, Richie Porte was penalised 2 minutes for taking Simon Clarke’s wheel, costing him a chance at victory. In 1922, Giovanni Brunero was sanctioned an astonishing 25 minutes for the same offence (borrowing a wheel from a teammate this time). However, in true Italian fashion, he contemptuously went on and won the race anyway.


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