Daniel Lloyd (Team IG-Sigma Sport) gives another fascinating insight into the 2012 Giro d’Italia.
Lloyd turns his attention this time to the twentieth and penultimate stage, a 218km slog over five mountains from Caldes/Val di Sole to the Passo dello Stelvio, the most iconic climb in Italian cycling.
Uniquely in the 103-year history of the race, the route of this stage has been chosen by the fans, and that includes the infamous Motorilo, whose slopes reach gradients of 22 per cent.
Lloyd takes to his bike to deliver a first hand account from the iconic slopes of the Stelvio.
He describes the physiological effect on the riders from the fatigue of riding an average of 160km each day for nearly three weeks with only two rest days.
This penultimate stage, the Queen stage of the race, and the final stage on the road, could decide the 2012 Giro d’Italia.
“You only need to win it once to become a legend of the sport,” says Lloyd of the Giro. “One Giro d’Italia means everything in cycling.”
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