The Giro d’Italia 2013 came to Piemonte on 17th May and proved to be an entertaining day out.
The Giro was passing through some of the most picturesque towns in the Langhe such as Alba, Treiso, Rodello, Barolo and finally Cherasco. I have to admit, as a cyclist myself, I felt sorry for the riders as the weather conditions were particularly bad especially at the start of the day where in fact several riders were wearing full leggings. Luckily by the time they reached the Lange the sun had come out.
The day had started out with the disappointing news that Bradley Wiggins had pulled out due to a chest infection but at least Mark Cavendish was still there, and what a ride he had!
We went down to our local village Ricca and had some lunch and then waited for the riders to pass by. I thought the build up before the riders came through was not up to it’s usual high standards, this may be a sign of the times and in fact I know some of the team sponsors are pulling out for next year.
Anyhow the breakaway pack came through followed by the Peloton which included Mark Cavendish, he certainly had a lot of work to do a that point, which he eventually accomplished to win the stage. Well done Mark, I’m proud to be British.
I have to admit that all in all it was a tremendous day out and I look forward to doing it again next year. I’ve put up a few pictures that I literally managed to snatch as the riders raced by.