Apart from the physical endeavor, one of the things that has always attracted me to cycling is the beauty and pageantry of it all.
As a youngster growing up in Zimbabwe, the images I saw on the television of my heroes as they raced around France on the television every year in July will stick with me forever. Not only did you have the colours and excitement of all the different team kits, bicycles and following vehicles, but it was also all the shots of the beautiful surrounding countryside, mountains, villages and the people watching the race. What’s not to love.
Giro d’Italia – the most beautiful tour?
Whilst you can debate for hours which grand tour is the best, hardest or most exciting, for my money it is the Giro d’Italia that always seems to provide the the stage that is the most beautiful. Don’t get me wrong the backdrops to the Vuelta and the Tour de France are not lost on me and indeed are also stunning, but I just feel that it is the Giro that has the slight edge when it comes what I feels is my idea as to the perfect tour in terms of the sights, sounds and smells.
Take the main title image of this post for example, taken on stage 11 by Cor Vos or below for another few examples as to exactly what I mean:
As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, well for me, this single photo represents so much and in a way almost singularly defines how the 2016 was won.
Taken by www.gruberimages.pro, it is of race winner Vincenzo Nibali as he solo’s away from his main rivals to take the leaders pink jersey on the short 134km 20th stage from Guillestre to Sant’Anna di Vinadio.
For more examples, please do visit these galleries: