Today's Giro stage to Grossglockner started in Spilimbergo, a town about 20 miles east of here. So I rode down the plain, and followed the signs to the staging area. There were team buses, team cars covered with spare bikes and wheels, etc. I tried to get pictures of most of the teams' bikes- a few didn't turn out. The riders emerged from their buses and were handed bikes. They rode them up and down the shady street to warm up. The only impression I remember was the Radobank riders- they're very big.
Then I walked into the narrow cobbled section of the centro where the riders were preparing to start. I found a spot along the street near the gate with clock tower and waited for the start. Everyone was laughing and having a good time. Finally dozens of motorcycle police from Italy and Austria came roaring through, followed by race directors' cars and finally the racers. I got a few pictures. After the team cars, the ambulances, the alpine rescue squad, finally the Fine di Gara car passes and everyone swarms into the streets. I hopped on my bike, headed home, and watched the racers in Austria on RAI 3.
|Kuota KOM of AG2R La Mondiale|
|Farnese Vini Cipollini Italian National Champion bike|
|Astana Specialized S- Works|
|Bianche Oltre di Androni Giocattoli|
|Movistar Pinarello Dogma|
|Acqua e Sapone Bottecchia|
|Quick Step Merckx|
|Saxo Bank Specialized S-Works|
|Omega Pharma Lotto rider|
|Acqua e Sapone racer|
|Katusha team member|