In celebration of the Giro d’Italia (The Tour of Italy) which ends this Sunday, I’m happy to present this maglia rosa Bianchi Super Sport sent in by Benjamin in Santa Cruz.
If your not aware, the Giro is one of the three Grand Tours of European professional bike racing. Thanks to the miracle of digital broadcast, this is the first time in my life that I have watched all three as they unfold (last year’s Tour de France, last year’s Vuelta a España, and this year’s Giro), and I have to say the Giro is by the best stage race I’ve ever watched. One stage in this years Giro is better the past 5 Tour de France put together. The drama’s on the road not the post race interview; the routes have been creative and technical; the breaks have stuck; every stage is unpredictable, and the fan-demonium is second to none. Just take a look at these crazy Italians! (Oh, and it seems now, no Grand Tour is complete without a Borat appearance.)
I would highly recommend you find your local broadcast of NBC’s Universal Sports channel and start in enjoying the action. The stages are aired live in the morning, typically 8am CT and then re-aired in the evening usually at 7pm CT. In the meantime, take a minute and enjoy this little Italian beaut’ below. VIVA IL GIRO!
Lovely Bianchi 12-speed in deep Cherry/Magenta. 50cm frame decked out in non-original bits including absurd aerodynamic brake levers, and coppery foam bar tape. A real looker no doubt, and ready to hit the streets!
Benjamin in Santa Cruz, CA