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Giro d’Italia, II

Tyler Farrar winning stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia, in Utrecht

I’ve been asleep at the handlebars! The Giro d’Italia started last Saturday and I didn’t even know until Joel told me a half hour ago. It doesn’t help that there’s been no coverage in the papers. Last year was different. All it took was Lance deciding to ride in it as preparation for the Tour de France, and suddenly there was daily coverage in the NYT. (I complained in a post last year about the sudden appearance of the Giro in the news. And remember, Americans have been in the Giro before. They’ve even done well before, with Andy Hampsten winning in 1988.) Now we’re back to business as usual. No Lance; no coverage.

Nonetheless, whether we’re paying attention in the States, they’re riding. The Giro held its opening three days in the Netherlands, rested yesterday, and picked up today with a team time trial from Savigliano to Cuneo. Perhaps I haven’t missed too much. Coverage is on Universal Sports, which is part of our cable package, and today’s stage will be re-broadcast at 7:00 PM. I hope the Penguins-Canadiens seventh game is over by then. I don’t know who won yet, thanks to a non-spoiler mode at the Giro website. Past days results are shown, but you have to click the appropriate link to find out today’s results.

Reviewing the results of those earlier days in the Netherlands, I see that I missed two of my favorite riders taking the opening stages. The British rider Bradley Wiggins took the very short (8.4k) time trial in Amsterdam on Saturday by 2 seconds over Brent Bookwalter and Cadel Evans. And local (Washington State) hero Tyler Farrar won the 210k stage from Amsterdam to Utrecht Sunday in the sprint finish shown at top.

I’ll be paying attention the rest of the way.

Categories: Cycling, Sports
  1. ljkarst
    May 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Allez, Tyler! (You do know, I assume, that he’s the son of a friend of Tobae’s.)

    • Ron
      May 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM

      Yes, that’s right. Russ told me. But it had slipped my mind when I wrote the post yesterday.

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