The Giro starts tomorrow May 4th!
Here is my list of recommended fan viewing and reading to get you prepared for the race. I have tried to gather a sampling from various sources across the internet, rather than the typical leading cycling magazines. But if you want those typical articles, you can find them listed on this page. I think this selection below should nicely prepare you to watch the race as a fan.
Learn about the time bonuses, mountain top finishes, history, prize money and more. Read: Giro d'Italia 2013: 10 things you need to know, By Simon Richardson and Gregor Brown in Naples for CyclingWeekly. Did you know, the winner of the Giro will earn €90,000.
|2013 Giro d'Italia Percorso|
Read a 2013 Giro Route Preview: Giro d'Italia 2013: Stage-by-stage guide,
Or clink the stage link for details of each stage with a preview by CyclingNews.com:
|Stage 1||May 4||Naples||130 km|
|Stage 2||May 5||Ischia - Forio (TTT)||17.4 km|
|Stage 3||May 6||Sorrento - Marina di Ascea||222 km|
|Stage 4||May 7||Policastro - Serra San Bruno||246 km|
|Stage 5||May 8||Cosenza - Matera||203 km|
|Stage 6||May 9||Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia||169 km|
|Stage 7||May 10||San Salvo - Pescara||177 km|
|Stage 8||May 11||Gabicce Mare - Saltara (ITT)||54.8 km|
|Stage 9||May 12||Sansepolcro - Firenze||170 km|
|Rest day||May 13|
|Stage 10||May 14||Cordenons - Montasio||167 km|
|Stage 11||May 15||Tarvisio - Vajont (Erto e Casso)||182 km|
|Stage 12||May 16||Longarone - Treviso||134 km|
|Stage 13||May 17||Busseto - Cherasco||254 km|
|Stage 14||May 18||Cervere - Bardonecchia||168 km|
|Stage 15||May 19||Cesana Torinese - Col du Galibier||149 km|
|Rest Day 2||May 20|
|Stage 16||May 21||Valloire - Ivrea||238 km|
|Stage 17||May 22||Caravaggio - Vicenza||214 km|
|Stage 18||May 23||Mori - Polsa (ITT)||20.6 km|
|Stage 19||May 24||Ponte di Legno - Val Martello||139 km|
|Stage 20||May 25||Silandro - Tre Cime di Lavaredo||203 km|
|Stage 21||May 26||Riese Pio X - Brescia||197 km|
View video preview of the route, featuring Daniel Lloyd:
2013 Giro d'Italia - Mountains Preview, By Podium Cafe
Twenty-three teams of 9 riders each representing 54 nations. See the Team Roster list of riders Giro d'Italia 2013: An Overview & Team lists, By Ciclismo
View Riders at the 2013 Giro d'Italia (photos), By Pedal Dancer
For a list of the usual suspects, read: Giro d'Italia. Contender short-takes. By Twisted Spoke.
Or read Giro d’Italia 2013 - Preview & Favorites, By C-Cycling.
|2013 Giro Classification jerseys by Paul Smith |
(Red: sprint; Pink: general; Blue: mountain, White: best young)
Read: Great Moments in Giro d'Italia History, By Cycling Tips
Think Pink! By adamblythe89
View the Garmin-Sharp team gallery of photos from the team presentation
|Ryder Hesjedal, last year's winner|
The Italian's have a way with their promotional videos, I half giggle and half get shivers down my spine. No denying it, I love bike racing!
And here is one for the Fans
Facebook - giroditalia
Twitter - @giroditalia #GIRO
Google plus - Giro d'Italia
Instagram - @giroditalia
Official website: http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2013/en/
Watch the race LIVE
According to Steve at Steephill.TV, we can begin watching the race tomorrow online. Visit Steephill.TV daily for LIVE links to watching the race.
Stage 1 start time: Saturday 14:20 CET (6:20:00 AM MDT); Weather for Napoli, Italy
Earliest live video: 14:00 CET (6:00:00 AM MDT); Live/delayed coverage options
Approximate finish: 17:14 CET (9:14:00 AM MDT); Weather for Napoli, Italy
And to round out your cultural education, learn a new vocabulary of Italian cycling term PEZ Speak: Italian For Cyclists, By PezCycling News.
Terms to know:
Grand Tour - The Giro d'Italia is one of the 3 Grand Tours together with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.
Maglia Rosa - the Leader's jersey (yes it's pink!)>
Percorso - route
Corso Rosa - the affectionate name for the race route
Giro Rosa - the women's version of the Giro race
Gruppo compacto - everyone is back together, no gaps
Gruppo - peloton
Grupetto - the group in the back
Nella scia - in the wake (slipstream) - Team Time Trial!
Arm Warmers - Manicotti (!)
Tifosi - fans
Dai - go!
Related posts by Pedal Dancer:
Word of the Day: Passista, Scattista, Velocista
Word of the day: tifosi