GIRO D'ITALIA starts this Saturday, anybody else watching.....

(52 Posts)

...I can't wait. Wiggo thinks he can win it, although I do feel sorry for Chris Froome being sidelined.

I was hoping the MNers who followed Le Tour with me last year when I was pregnant will find this thread (I was CappuccinoCannoliLover then!). smile

Davros Wed 01-May-13 10:57:55

I will try to see some if it. The programmes are so good as well as the cycling and competition. Go Wiggo!

Would be great if he could do it. I'm just sad that we're not out there this year to see a stage. We might try and go next year as DS2 will be nearly 2YO then. DS1 loves all the cycling and has been to two Giro stages in Abruzzo (at 9MO and 21MO!).

This link is good for anyone who wants to know who is racing.

snowbiz Wed 01-May-13 12:32:05

Just checking which channel will be screening it. Looks like all the live stuff will be on Eurosport which we don't get. Will have to make do with highlights.

MyNameIsAnAnagram Wed 01-May-13 12:43:49

Yes, I have very well timed mat leave wink

Eurosport is the only reason we have Sky, but I think cycling should have proper coverage on one of the main channels. It's an even bigger deal since Wiggo and Cav have made the sport popular and more recognised. I think more children would be able to watch it then, which would be a good thing. It annoys me because everything is football, rugby, tennis, cricket and snooker. Cycling is a proper sport and should be treated equally.

MyName brilliant timing! I actually went into labour the day after Wiggo won the Tour (too much excitement and cupcakes in our house!) and I was deliriously telling my consultant if I was having a boy he would be named Bradley Mark Chris..... hmm I gave DS2 a different name thankfully!

Mondrian Wed 01-May-13 12:51:59

Much nicer coverage in euroland, you get the true feel of the atmosphere. Particularly keen on the sites and gastronomy of each region - racing aint bad either.

Yes, it is like a travelogue with fit men in lycra to look at.

snowbiz Wed 01-May-13 12:58:13

Love Wiggo and Cav. Huge admiration for Froomie, but can't get excited about him in the same way. Need a bit more pesonality. How shallow am I?

snowbiz Wed 01-May-13 12:58:44


You're right snow. Chris is a good athlete, but I don't like him like Cav and Wiggo. I hope Tommy Voeckler recovers from his accident before the Tour. He is another fav of my mine. DH says it's because he is small and feisty like me!

snowbiz Wed 01-May-13 13:09:02

Enjoying the debate about who Sky will choose to be their leader for Le Tour. Think route is more suited to Froome but Wiggo is awesome, would love to see him get the support to attempt the double. Don't think Froome will be on board with that. He's desperate to get out of Wiggo's shadow.

I can understand why Froome wants to get the chance, he could do it, but I'm a Wiggo fan!

nappybaglady Wed 01-May-13 14:17:25

Time stands still in the evenings in our house during TdF but I've never watched the Giro. Don't have sky. Does anyone know if highlights are on one of the normal channels? ITV3? Really so excited about Tour de Yorkshire next year.

Go Wiggo!

I just checked for Saturday and there aren't highlights on ITV4 or other main channels, but to highlight my earlier point bloody cricket and snooker is on. Cycling is taken seriously in the rest of Europe, you would think things would change after last year....

snowbiz Wed 01-May-13 14:32:12

Completely agree Bear. What else do they have to do? Joe Public are obviously on board, look at the recent recipients of Sports Personality.
Sure if one of the channels took a chance it would be vindicated.

Yes, I think the BBC should step up to it. The Eurosport presenters are really good because they are/were involved in cycling so they make it entertaining, they know what they're talking about and have a sense of humour. If the Beeb could get the right presenters then I think it would be a success. At the very least there should be proper Tour coverage to start with (ITV4 last year weren't good enough).

MyNameIsAnAnagram Wed 01-May-13 15:57:07

Dh and I do not agree about tommy. V. I like him, dh hates him. Cancellara and voigt are the two main faves in this house though, we have been busy cheering cancellara on in the spring classics grin

I love Fabian! DH looks a bit like him, but not as fast on a bike! grin

snow I just emailed the BBC about the appalling lack of cycling coverage and that they should be televising the Tour at least and I used your very good point about the Sports Personality awards!

Mondrian Wed 01-May-13 18:17:21

Personality wise I like Andre Greipel as I know what he is like in real life - really really nice guy. As for racing style, contador always animates the race (shame about the character). Unfortunately from a viewing perspective Sky don't make the racing all that exciting to watch - perhaps they have taken a leaf out of footballer's manual and are try to fill the front pages to add a bit of excitement so kind of wondering if the spat is for real or just a publicity stunt as Wiggins hasn't got a chance in hell to win due to the course not having enough ITT and too much climbing.

I will tell DH that Andre Greipel is nice. It's hard to tell with some of them. I may have it wrong, but I like Tylar Farrar, Jeremy Roy and Thomas de Gendt too, or they seem nice!

Mondrian Wed 01-May-13 19:06:14

I like de Gent too, as well as Hoogerland don't know what they are like in real life but their DS is a good friend and a really great guy so should ask him about those two. Roy is good too, I like his aggressive style - always makes the race more entertaining.

I haven't forgotten Hoogerland's crash a couple of years ago, the barbed wire! Ouch!

Mondrian Wed 01-May-13 20:04:09

He was amazing afterwards, no fuss and very shy of the media attention. Pity as he had such great form that year.

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 20:07:17

Rather bummed it won't be on Freeview.

I think everyone should be able to watch the cycling, all these other sports, even figure skating are covered. Why no cycling?

I am excited for the May 10th stage, it's 'my' bit of Italy. The stages are so much fun building up to the cyclists arriving, a real party atmosphere, wish we were there now. I still really want to go to a Tour stage one year, the Alps or Pyrenees.

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 06:56:32

Truth is that there is no cycling culture in England, there was Tommy Simpson and that's about it. on the other hand traditional power houses such as France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain can each provide a long list of heroes.

You only need to drive/cycle in Flanders on a Saturday or Sunday morning in January to witness the popularity of cycling, incidentally Belgium has 6000 cycling clubs. This matters as cycling is not a spectator sport and therefore it is only watched by cyclist.

Whilst Wiggins & Co have had a massive effect in bringing cycling to the fore in England it takes time for the effect to roller ball to the same extent and till then cycling will remain in shadow of popular spectator sports.

You're sadly right. When we drive to Italy every Summer, as soon as we leave the UK every country we drive through there are cyclists and cycling clubs on the roads.

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 11:01:12

But all is not lost, cycling in England is growing much faster than any other country in Europe, specialized sell more bikes in UK than they do in rest of Europe! Not sure how long you been a roadie but I hardly ever saw any cyclists on road a few years ago. The numbers seems to multiply every year ... Keep on cycling and make sure you do your bit by introducing more people to the sport of cycling.

Ds2 is a huge fan of road cycling, and I am a huge fan of the Tour de France in particular, and a less huge fan of road cycling in general, so we shall be watching, I expect. I do rather like my men in lycra! Dh has offered to put on his lycra cycling shorts for me, but it's just not the same, somehow. blush

We did go and see a stage of the Tour go past when we were on holiday in France one year, and ds2 and dh have been to see stages of the Tour of Britain.

lljkk Thu 02-May-13 11:55:30

LittleAbruzz: make sure to get some pics of Sir Brad to put on your MN profile!

mummytime Thu 02-May-13 12:01:21

Have you heard about David Millar? His wife being obviously an ideal cycling wife, gave birth this morning, just in time for him to fly to the Giro.

MissRenataFlitworth Thu 02-May-13 12:41:39

I'll be glued to Eurosport HD. The Giro is my favourite Grand Tour. Freeview coverage would usually be on ITV4, but I've checked the listings for next week and there's nothing. I wouldn't watch their coverage anyway as the ad breaks come every five minutes and Phil'n'Paul are well past it and forever misidentifying riders and miscalling tactics.

Can't be doing with Sky and no great fan of Wiggins. I'd like to see Nibali do well. Hope the weather is good and that everyone gets round safe.

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 13:03:43

My money is on Nibali too as he has a nice kick to pick up the time bonuses on this years relatively shorter climbs but expect Wiggins to pick up the pick Jersey after stage 8 (or 2 if team does well) before handing it over to Nibali in the final week.

lljkk Thu 02-May-13 13:30:49

Agree I would bet on Nibali if I bet on anyone.

Last year's Vuelta was punishing, so hilly. And the Spaniards happily ganged up on Froome.

Thing about Italy is, other than a patch up north, it's all frigging hills & mountains. I presume that Brailsford has carefully done the maths & formulae & has worked out which (Froome or Wiggins) has best form for which route this year (Giro vs. Tour). Taking into account Wiggins is keen to have the Giro.

It will be very interesting to look at Giro profiles, see if they suit BW.

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 13:45:42

Last years Tour with 100 km ITT was designed perfect for Wiggins. On the other hand I wonder if Wiggins is at the same condition or as motivated as last year. He also didn't have Contador to worry about so this years Giro & Tour will be a whole new experience and more exciting to watch.

MissRenataFlitworth Thu 02-May-13 14:36:09

I'd certainly rather watch Contador attack than Brailsford's team calculating their marginal gains. Wiggins isn't exactly exciting, is he? Looks as if this Giro is less mountainous and has more TTs than usual: hope they haven't ruined it.

Should be interesting - I see Basso is out with a cyst but that's probably face-saving. He hasn't been in any kind of form recently. Who else might do well? Sanchez? Must admit I have a bit of a soft spot for Euskaltel and used to be a bit of a fan of Iban Mayo back in the day. Scarponi's best days are probably behind him now. I'd love to see a European, and preferably an Italian, win it.

CinnabarRed Thu 02-May-13 14:37:58

I have a thumping great crush on Basso - very sorry to see he won't be there for me to lust over.

I had to laugh when watching the Giro last year, I think it was a stage around Como and someone had painted on the road 'Basso, la farmacia e qui'!

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 17:03:30

Here is my current fav quotation, MUSTAFA SAYAR Winner of ToT "4 OUT OF 5 DOCTORS TOLD ME to abandon CYCLING. THE FIFTH doctor (from Canary Islands) AND ASKED ME what my DOG'S NAME is.

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 17:05:53

The joke is a lot funnier if you had seen him struggle in continental tours ... Now he wins a pro tour out of nowhere!!!

Mondrian Thu 02-May-13 17:08:53

BTW Iban Basso's dog name is/was Birillo.

lljkk Thu 02-May-13 18:03:00

The Comic (Cycling Weekly) has a good stage by stage summary in this week's issue, if anyone else likes to have a paper guide.

rubyrubyruby Thu 02-May-13 18:05:35

I'm here!

Hello ruby! Great, there's a few of us on here now. smile Looking forward to Saturday, although my friend is visiting with her DD. She isn't into cycling, although her DH is. May have to record and avoid the thread until I've watched it.

IShallCallYouSquishy Thu 02-May-13 19:24:43

My husband will be angry

Another good sprint finish yesterday for Cav. I must admit, I thought he had lost it, but he always pulls it out the bag and nice to see him looking so happy. Poor Matthew Goss though! Napoli looked lovely in the sun.

Time trial today. They're not my fav to watch (I love the mountain stages), but I am looking forward to seeing Ischia.

lljkk Sat 11-May-13 15:16:10

Nail biting, sounds like BW not going to do well today sad.
How bad was yesterday's fall for BW, did anyone see it? Off to find some video.

lljkk Sat 11-May-13 15:18:36

Damn, Wiggins will be out of top 10 for today, I reckon. sad

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