Weekend Motivation: Giro d’Italia Fever Heats Up

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It’s Friday, and if you’re not heading off for a tortuous ride, you just aren’t doing it right. 

It’s the calm before the storm as Michigan’s best mountain bikers get ready for Mud, Sweat and Beers May 5. It is a very important Cinco de Mayo, with both MSB and the 2012 Giro d’Italia kicking off. The Tour of Turkey and Tour of Romandie will both conclude this weekend, resulting in a relatively light week of race watching.

It’s a big weekend to get in some serious training, and to prepare for the Giro. We take a look back at one of the Giro’s most amazing climbs, Monte Zoncolan. It’s steep, unbelievably steep. With multiple ramps hitting 15% and sections in between staying around 8%, it was seen as one of the few opportunities to attack Contador once he was isolated. “El Pistolero” was having none of it. With Igor Anton well behind in the GC and well ahead up the road, Contador bided his time on the wheel of Vicenzo Nibali, the one man tough enough to attack him. He never quite got a gap, and Contador’s eventual counter essentially ended any hope for any rider against a rampaging Alberto Contador.

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