The situation behind the finish line at the Giro Rosa is always tricky. The near-complete lack of enforcement of the rules mean that the organisers not only place the photographers line way too close to the finish line itself in case a sprint stage, but there is also very little control over who gets to be there and who doesn’t.
The rule of thumb is that (almost) anybody can be there. Are you a VIP with a camera phone? Sure, join the fun. Are you a member of the public with a semi-pro camera? Why not, stay where your are, what is the worst that can happen? It not only makes our lives harder as we jostle for places, but most of these people haven’t been doing this for years, so they have no idea what to expect when the race gets there.
It was almost amusing to watch today, as the organisers were trying to eject a chap in cycling gear and a camera from behind the finish line, and the chap was most upset. It seemed it was his solid belief that it is a basic human right to stand behind the finish line and a measly little race organiser will tell him otherwise.
Welcome to the Giro Rosa.
Have you checked out our Kickstarter campaign? We want to publish a book celebrating the women’s road cycling season. You can find out more here.
As you’ve made it this far you’ll definitely enjoy our women’s cycling photo book, but we need your help to make it happen. You can find out more and support the book on Kickstarter. We have a bunch of cool rewards including a copy of the book with your name in, a book and a wall calendar or even a photo shoot with us. But don’t wait too long, if we don’t hit the target by 22nd July then the book won’t happen.