The Sicily bound ships have sailed off into the night. Il Grande Giro blew in and out of Sardegna with some, in many ways, benign yet somehow highly eventful racing to usher in the three-week 2017 opera d’ciclismo.
Dennis Triepels has been lurking in the paddocks and the piazzi to bring us a few shots of the bike sprezz and festivities of this Sardinian Sojourn
Tappa 1 had it’s bag snatched in the final 3km by new Googlesearch sensation of the press-room, Lukas Pöstlberger. The accidental attack left many confused and bemused, not least Pösti himself, but was heralded as the ‘greatest start to a Giro, ever!’ here in casa Ciclissimo! – that’s what happens when you live in a 50% Österreicher household…
I was hoping for a bit of a knife-fight straight from the gun through the mountainous island terrain on the seconda tappa but it turned out to be a veritable slow burner in terms of both narrative and velocity. Not that the next time I manage to finish a ride with a 34kph or whatever it was average I’ll shut-up about how full-gas it all was for hours, of course.
Stage Highlight: Team Dimension Data’s Daniel Teklehaimanot taking the Maglia Azzura. We like that – Forza Lucca Boys!
The howling gale of tappa tre had the white horses charging across the mediterranean sea and crashing over the peloton in waves of echelons right on cue as the race hit the coast in the final 10km. The Quick Step Floors masterclass on wringing a race dry by putting it in the gutter was inevitable and a joy to watch; if you don’t love it when the ‘nailed-on sprint stage’ script gets chucked in the shredder you have no soul.
Stage Highlight: Nathan Haas playing the only hand he had in the final couple hundred metres in the face of Gaviria and Nizzolo after being one of the very few to gate-crash the Quick Step Floors thumb-screws party. Nathan Haas is going to land a big one very soon…