CYCLING - Alex Dowsett and Sir Bradley Wiggins finished first and second respectively in Saturday’s individual time trial in the Giro d’Italia. Before July 2012, British riders had never recorded 1-2 finishes in individual time trials in Grand Tours. Now, this feat has been achieved three times in the last 10 months.
CYCLING - On Saturday, the 96th Giro d’Italia starts in Naples. Mark Cavendish has won 36 stages in all three Grand Tours combined and needs one more stage win to equal Rik Van Looy on eighth place on the all-time list. See below the infographic who are ahead of the Briton. Pink stands for Giro stage wins, yellow for tour stage wins and red for Vuelta stage wins.
CYCLING - Gino Bartali would have been 98 years old if he were alive today. One of the greatest treasures in cycling history, one is only left to wonder what Bartali’s list of honours would have looked like had there not been a World War II. Bartali won five Grand Tours and he won the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia before and after the war.
Shares birthday with: Nelson Mandela, John Glenn, Richard Branson
CYCLING – Ryder Hesjedal won the 2012 Giro d’Italia after overtaking Joaquim Rodríguez in the final stage, an individual time trial over 28.2 kilometres. Hesjedal had a deficit of 31 seconds and turned it into a lead of 16 seconds on Rodríguez.
CYCLING – With only the individual time trial of 30.1 kilometres left, the Giro d’Italia will be decided on the final day in Milan on Sunday. Joaquim Rodríguez holds a lead of 31 seconds over Ryder Hesjedal. There have been 21 individual time trials in which both riders have taken part. Hesjedal leads the head-to-head by 13-7. In one ITT, both riders recored precisely the same time.
CYCLING - Roman Kreuziger triumphed in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia to give the Czech Republic their first stage win in one of three Grand Tours since 2001, when Tomás Konecný won the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España. In the Giro, no Czech rider had collected a stage win since Jan Hruska in 2000 (Stage 20, ITT).
CYCLING - Andrea Guardini outsprinted Mark Cavendish in the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia which turned out to have become the fastest stage in line (excluding time trials) in the history of the race. It was completed at an average speed of 49.429 kilometres an hour, surpassing the former record of 48.830 which was set 46 years ago.
CYCLING - Matteo Rabottini is the winner of Stage 15 of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, which only narrowly saw the 24-year-old fend off an attack by Joaquim Rodríguez. The victory drew up memories of his father, Luciano Rabottini, who won the 1st stage and the general classification of the 1986 Tirreno Adriatico after a long breakaway. Senior also finished the Giro on nine separate occasions.
CYCLING - Andrey Amador has become the first cyclist from Costa Rica to win a stage in one of the three Grand Tours, as he emerged victorious in the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday. The 25-year-old Movistar rider had already finished third in Thursday’s stage to Sestri Levante and now sees the hard work pay off.
CYCLING - Precisely one year ago, Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt tragically lost his life in the third stage of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, crashing to his death in the descent of the Passo del Bocco. Weylandt was only 26 years old. The dossard 108 he wore shall never been worn again in the Giro, which in its history mourned three other fatalities. This is a tribute to him.
CYCLING - Matthew Goss has become only the third Australia rider to win multiple Giro d’Italia stages. The rider for Team Orica was also the last Australian to win a Giro stage in 2010. The only other Australians to win more than one Gio stage are Robbie McEwen (12) and Phil Anderson (2).
CYCLING - Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia making him the first reigning world champion to win a Giro stage since Cadel Evans on 15 May 2010. Cavendish earned his 31st stage victory in Grand Tours (8 Giro, 20 Tour and 3 Vuelta), bring him level with Fausto Coppi in joint 10th place all-time
Taylor Phinney won the first stage in the 2012 Giro d’Italia, and Individual time trial in Herning, Denmark. At age 21 years and 313 days, he becomes the youngest rider since 1982 to wear the pink jersey in this race.
The 2012 Giro d’Italia will start in Herning (DEN) with an Individual Time Trial on Saturday May 5. If Ivan Basso wins the general classification on May 27, he will be 34 years and 183 days old and become the oldest ever Giro winner. The record belongs to Fiorenzo Magni, who was 34 years and 180 days in 1955.