What a Giro Rosa this year! This week Sarah and I talk about the spectacular racing, with several surprises. Among the reasons to celebrate, we enjoy the fact that the race is big enough to now generate International Fan Polemica ™ about tactics! How cool is that?! We do take the time to break down our view of events on the “controversial” stage 9 (spoiler alert: we didn’t find it that controversial really). BUT, even if all this does is encourage more international fans to love their favourite riders even more and wish for victory over their apparent nemeses, then YAY! In addition to recapping the rest of the Giro, we also talk European Championships and go through the first couple of stages from Thüringen Rundfahrt (a race close to Dan’s beer-soaked heart) and note the huge range of races coming up shortly, including La Course by the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games. It’s a huge episode, but it’s worth the listen, if only to make comprehensive notes to tell Sarah and Dan exactly why they’re wrong about everything. (Warning: if you’re new to our ‘cast, it does have a bit of swearing!) (1:32:46 MIN / 89.06 MB)
Cool stuff to check out:
First off, we loved this great video from Specialized-lululemon about the love of the bike and why they do what they do
Also, this great video from Specialized NLBE with the Boels-Dolmans team about their equipment, goals and motivations
One of our favourite races, Thüringen-Rundfahrt, is on now – here’s the Podium Café race thread, where Loren Rowney and Lisa Brennauer preview the race for us.
Here’s the finish of the European Championships. The picture tells the story:
— ProCyclingStats.com (@ProCyclingStats) July 12, 2014
Don’t forget the post-Giro interview Sarah’s done with Emma Pooley here – and she ask Rabo DS Koos Moerenhout some questions about the Madonna del Ghisallo controversy – read it on Podium Café.
And, for all the video highlights, check out the links to each stage:
And Stage 9 Videos
And of course, our podcast-recap of the first five days.