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Pizza Time

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12 September 2016

Every year after the end of the Vuelta there is this feeling of sadness. Not because the Vuelta was boring. Not at all. The many attacks in the mountains, the strong comebacks of Froome and Chaves and the exciting sprints made this Vuelta one of the best grand Tours of the year. No, the feeling of sadness sets in, because there will be no grand Tour anymore this year. Also, the end of the Vuelta means that the season is almost over. Only a few more weeks to go. But most of the riders are looking forward to the end of the season. Some of them were even riding their final ride yesterday. For instance, Chris Froome is not coming in action anymore this season. So now I understand why he was already eating a pizza with Esteban Chaves from Orica-BikeExchange. It is because he can.

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The final grand Tour is over. That means that also the final big ceremony is done. The organisation of the Vuelta a España sure did everything to make it a perfect one. They even made the riders ride one extra lap in the last stage, so that the ceremony would be in the dark. Now that is insane. Not that the thousands of Colombians along the roads minded. They were happy to see their heroes pass by one extra round. Two Colombians on the podium, they can be very proud.

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© Graham Watson

Well, who would have thought? The BMC Racing team beats the Movistar Team and goes home with the award for best team of the Vuelta. What an achievement. If I were them, I would go party and have a couple of drinks. Or a pizza. Or both. Ask Christopher Froome for more details, he knows where to get one!

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Wonderful


The Giro d’Italia. It is almost over. After the incredible start in the Netherlands, the magnicifent sprint stages and the amazing stages in the mountains, there are only a few days left. If you are still in denial that the Giro d’Italia is not one of the best races in the world, then change your mind right now. You have not change your mind? Then I will present you ten photos that were taken in this year’s Giro to show you why the Giro d’Italia is such a good  and wonderful race.

Giro Tom GiroGelderland
© Giro Gelderland

1. The start in the Netherlands. What a start was that! The weather was nice, the people were kind, the riders were happy. Lots and lots of people aside the roads. Beat that, Tour de France! And Holland got what it wanted: Tom Dumoulin won the first stage in Apeldoorn and got to wear the pink jersey. As you can see for yourself, he and his team Giant-Alpecin were happy with it too.

Giro bus OGE Brian Nygaard
© Orica GreenEDGE

2. Bus drama. Oh no, Orica – GreenEDGE again! They probably thought that it was also allowed in the Giro d’Italia. Stuck under the finish line in the Tour de France, stuck under the finish line in the Giro d’Italia. In Australia they would say: ‘it happens, mate.’

Giro Zoidl Trek Segafredo
© Trek – Segafredo

3. New bus drivers. Riccardo Zoidl already has a job when he decides to quit cycling. He will become the new bus driver. Well, my point is that there is plenty of time to joke around in the Giro d’Italia.

Giro Rojas
© José Joaquin Rojas

4. Bed scenes. Sleep tight! Or otherwise together? The boys from Team Movistar thought that it was a good idea to sleep in one bed. It seems that it is the bed of Andrey Amador and it looks like the other boys crashed into his bed. Bed scenes also let us discover what the riders are wearing when they are sleeping. Purple pants? Lovely.

Giro BBQ Lotto Soudal
© Team Lotto – Soudal

5.  Rest days. Lots and lots of photos on the rest days of this Giro. And this year we have three of them. Photos of riders on their bike, photos of riders on the massage table (why?) and photos with kids and dogs. Team Lotto-Soudal thought on the third rest day that it was time for a barbeque. And why not. If the meat is there and the mood is good, bring out the food!

Giro Lupo Wolfie Team Sky
© Team Sky

6. Lupo Wolfie. A mascotte in a Grand Tour? That is new. But Lupo Wolfie has managed to get into the hearts of the fans of the Giro d’Italia. And the riders like him too. In fact, who does not love Lupo Wolfie?

Giro Sacha Modolo
© Valentina Saccon

7. Weird faces. Sacha Modolo. Do I need to say more? This can only happen in the Giro d’Italia. Riders are relaxed and almost always in a good or goofy mood.

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© Sam Bewley

8. Every number counts. The Italian people cheer for every rider in the peloton. They don’t care if you are in second place or in the 138th position. So Sam, don’t be jealous. The press will come to you… in a minute. Or ten.

Giro Simon Clarke
© Simon Clarke

9. The view. Old Italian village. Mountains. Blue sky. Do I need to repeat myself?

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© Tim de Waele

10. The podium. It is classic. The riders have to walk through a wall that opens up and then they have to stand on a little podium. It is all glitter and glamour, there is champagne, there are red lip marks on the cheeks of the riders. It is fun to watch, so dear Giro, do not change this protocol.

Ten good reasons why the Giro d’Italia is a great race.

Dancing in Croatia

Dance moves are rare in cycling. The riders usually don’t dance before a race or after winning a race. They wave sometimes or act funny (remember all the ‘wheelies’ from Peter Sagan?), but we don’t know anything about the dancing skills in the peloton. Of course, there are some exceptions. The Australian rider Michael Matthews already showed his dance moves to the fans in 2011. A few years later he showed it again in another video. This time with some of his teammates from Orica-GreenEDGE. Nevertheless, Michael has some serious competition from now on. It comes from the Norwegian rider Sondre Holst Enger. He won the last stage in the Tour of Croatia today. He was happy with the win and on the podium he celebrated this by doing a little dance. Well, a little dance? He made quite a show of it. It looks like he has been practising to do this for a long time. Maybe some of the other riders in the peloton will see his dance moves too. Maybe it will give them some ideas about how to celebrate a win. I will not be surprised if there will be some more dance moves from other riders this season. Bring on the dance moves!