Giro d’Italia 2014

The Giro d’Italia is the first leg of cycling’s three “Grand Tours.” This is road bicycle racing at it best.
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For the past three weeks, with two “rest” days, all 21 phases of endurance have been met and completed. The winning rider and team were announced after their final lap in Gemona del Friuli Trieste, Italy. The race began on May 9th in Belfast, Ireland and continued on until June 1st through both flat and mountainous terrain. Don’t be fooled by the flat terrain as the can be a bit of a challenge also.

Organized in 1909, the Giro d’Italia has been held annually with the exceptions of during both World Wars. The format of the race has stayed s the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, although the route does change on occasion. However, a passage through the mountains of the Alps is always incorporated into the race.
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The other legs of the prestigious Grand Tours will commence with Tour de France in July and Vuelta a Espana in September. All three three-week races push the professional peloton to the limit, and each year attracts many of the best teams and riders.

It is presented in a ceremony at the end of the race although several riders may get the honor of wearing the jersey while winning at different stages of the race. All stages are timed to the finish. All stages are based on the lowest cumulative time for the race, and overall average decides the current race leader in each of the twenty-first stages. The winner of the race is the rider with the lowest cumulative time for all of the stages raced.

The ultimate goal connected to the winner of the Giro d’Italia is receiving and wearing the ‘maglia rosa’ or commonly known as the ‘Pink Jersey.’

Yesterday’s results designated the winner of the Giro d’Italia 2014 tour was Nair Quintana and his Movistar team. He won the first Grand Tour of his career and is the first achiever of the victory in this celebrated race from his native country Columbia.

Luk Benies AFP Getty ImagesPhoto courtesy of Luk Benies AFP Getty Images

It is uncommon for cyclists to ride all grand tours in the same year. Now it’s on to the Tour de France.

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