Giro Rosa 2017 - Stage 2

Sometimes you have to improvise. Not long after the Ronde, our moto pilot, Chris, informed us, that due to a health issue, he will not be able to continue to take us around on his motorbike anymore. We were saddened by the news and we looked into sorting out a moto pilot for the rest of the season. One of the exceptions was the Giro Rosa. We figured that we could cover a fair amount of ground in two cars and that was how we planned covering the ten stages. Then a few weeks ago, while chatting to the Giro organisers, we mentioned that we won’t be bringing a moto pilot this year. They said that they might be able to help us out, but they wouldn’t know until the day of the first stage. Yesterday, they still didn’t know. They said they would know by this morning. Then this morning, we were informed, that no, there won’t be a motorbike provided for us. Which meant that we needed an extra car – but we didn’t have time to pick one up in Venice. So we had to improvise.

Looking back at today, I think we did well, I especially like the featured image above, Sean’s photo of the peloton riding through the dry riverbed. And tomorrow, we shall get a second car. And if need to, we will improvise again.

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A local resident prepares for Stage 2

Thomas Campana & Cecile Uttrup Ludwig talk about the plan for the stage

Cylance’s Cannondale bikes are ready

Cecile Uttrup Ludwig prepares for the stage

Emilie Moberg (NOR) of Hitec Products Cycling Team rides past sign made by local school children

Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team riders and DS Thomas Campana share a joke about ‘Weltmeisters’ and Jagermeisters

Lisa Klein (GER) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team signs on

Nicole Hanselmann (SUI) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team signs on

Nikki Brammeier (GBR) of Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team rides mid-pack as the peloton rides through San Vito al Tagliamento

The peloton rides through Valvasone

Lucinda Brand leads Coryn Rivera back to the bunch

The peloton speed underneath on their approach to the climb

The future of the pink jersey lies in the mountains

Alexandra Manly (AUS) of Orica Scott Cycling Team rides the day’s main climb

The grupetto rides the day’s main climb

Leah Thorvilson (USA) of CANYON//SRAM Racing

Kids play in the water near the finish of Stage 2

Elisa Longo-Borghini (ITA) of Wiggle Hi5 Cycling Team and Anna van der Breggen (NED) of Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team cool down after finishing Stage 2

Lucinda Brand & Arlenis Sierra sprint it out for the minor placings

Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates the stage win

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