When the 100th Edition of the Giro d’Italia was released all cycling fans were excited, the route, the riders the complex and unique way in which the Italians can put together an amazing show on the roads of their beautiful landscape!
Spending the majority of our cycling time a short hop over the frontier in Annecy, France, it’s great when you get one of those instant flash backs to a cycling time and place. I guess it’s why we travel by bike…
8th July 1999
Pronto, (hello all)
We are currently in Italy; it is day 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (1213km, 12 stages) and I’m surviving JUST!!! The terrain is very cruel, we have had one flat day and I managed 10th in the sprint, very fast with no lead out. Only 85 riders left, 140 started, the European teams are extremely strong (they obviously have good recovery?????). The Italian team Master Molteni I am riding for is fantastic 8 of us started only 4 of us left; you must make the time cut off each day to be able to continue the next stage. The food is great they really look after you, massage every night, it’s just the basics to keep you going. Now it is just survival, a relatively flat stage tomorrow so I’ll try for the sprint in the finish. I’ve managed a 2nd and 3rd in two of the hot spot sprints so we’ll see?
I have also been asked to ride the Tour de France Feminine for this Italian team in 4 weeks, 12 days of racing, nothing like making the most of it!!!
We struggled with the language for the 1st couple of days, but you sure learn fast if you want something. Paul has been great assisting the team as assistant Director Sportive, they do things very differently to us, a couple of times I’ve told him to CALM DOWN the Italians give him the shits no one understands each other, organised chaos. I’m so tired just trying to communicate it requires lots of energy.
We have not had internet communication for 2 weeks so it is great to finally send an email.
I am looking forward to some easy riding for a couple of weeks and enjoying the cafe scene and some sun baking by Lac Annecy in France, the whether here is beautiful hot, but not humid.
Hope you are all well in Australia keep training hard cause you won’t be able to keep up with us when we return.