I’m a little late with this, but I’ve been working on an impossible deadline for the past two weeks, so you’ll forgive me, I hope (and I’m still working on it, but a week must not go by without a new blog post!).
Next year’s Giro (May 9-June 1) starts in Belfast. With all the recent Grand Tour starts in the UK and Ireland it’s not hard to see where the cycling money is in Europe these days.
After a few days up there, the peloton flies down to the bottom of the boot for its long ride up the leg. There are plenty of mountain-top finishes (9), lots for the sprinters (8) and a couple of ITTs, plus one TTT. A nice mixed bag, I’d say.
Proving that the organizers have a healthy sense of irony, coupled with the weirdest timing ever, next year’s Giro is dedicated to Marco Pantani, probably the most juiced-up rider of his generation, if you include off the bike as well.
Still, I know I’ll be watching, maybe even live, if I’m deadline free in May.