27 Jun Giro D’Italia 100th Edition: X30 Captures The Final Individual Time Trial
Milan, May 28, 2017. 33 degrees Celsius. A very insidious curve near the 500 meters sign to the goal line, located in the main square of Milan, Piazza Duomo.
It’s the final day of the 100th edition of Giro d’Italia (http://www.giroditalia.it/eng), one of the most important multiple stage bicycle races. This is the day of cronometro, the individual time trial (29,3 km from Autodromo Nazionale of Monza to Milan center), that will decide the winner of the general classification.
Dutch athlete Tom Dumoulin, Sunweb Team, one of the favorites for victory, is fighting to recapture the first position he lost during the last mountain stages. Colombian Nairo Quintana, of the Movistar Team, Italian Vincenzo Nibali, Bahrain-Merida, and French cyclist Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, were the main competitors.
Columnists of the national sports newspapers all agreed: the 100th edition was the most exciting challenge in the last ten years. We need to go back to Marco Pantani and Miguel Indurain’s times to find such uncertainty of results until the last stage. Historical champions Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali would not have been disappointed. The Giro d’Italia could not celebrate its anniversary better!
It’s not my first report on the racing bicycle world. In the mid Nineties in Paris I recorded with a film camera some frames of the Tour de France, the oldest multiple stage race.
Now, digital technology helps shooters. Freezing the athletes with a compact X30 – the best camera in the X series