Stage 15 looked simple enough; a long, flat section with 2 shorter climbs and a finish in the old town of Bergamo.
Yet, somehow it became a day full of surprises. Firstly, the realisation as to just how close we were to the mountains. Looking out at the snow-capped peaks in the distance I couldn’t be more excited about tomorrow’s rest day ride up Stelvio Pass with the Stuntman, before downing bikes and shooting the riders following the same route the following day for stage 16.
The next surprise was how we only just made our second location, sight unseen. The riders were really flying.
If you look closely you can see a BMC rider adding another notch to the #bidonwatch tally.
Streets of Bergamo
The third surprise was an unexpected section of steep road through the old town of Bergamo. It was only after Special Kei told me it was part of the Giro di Lombardia that I realised what all the fuss was about, finally recognising those polished marbles that pass for cobblestones.
We weren’t the only photographers skipping the climbs and heading straight to the finish for this nasty little section of road. The crowd had got the memo too - the place was packed!
The final surprise was just how quickly the riders covered the 199km course, taking just 4 hours and 15 minutes in what was the 11th fastest stage ever recorded at the Giro. With an average speed of 46.5km/h, they must have been as keen to get to the rest day as we were!