Sunday, 2 June 2013
No Wiggo but Cav takes the Red Jersey and stage win - Giro d'italia 2013
A few days in Verona enabled me to witness the last stage of the 2013 Giro d'italia in Brescia. I have been fortunate enough to see stages of the Tour of Britain but this was a far different experience. Arriving in Brescia in the morning, being able to walk the route of the last seven laps of the city route and witness the big stands, crowds, free gifts and the Italian love for cycling.
A number of Brits were in town, many in Sky shirts - guessing many had booked early hoping to see a Sir Brad Wiggins win. But Bradley had departed Italy weeks earlier his race ruined by injury and the weather. But there was still plenty for the British to cheer. As Mark Cavendish not only won the stage but also regained the Red Jersey.
So we had come to witness the 'Paul Weller' of cycling, Sir Bradley Wiggins win the pink jersey but ended up cheering the 'Manx Missile' as he won red.
Next year we have the Giro starting in Belfast, the Tour in Yorkshire and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - 2014 looks like it will be yet another great year for British cycling.