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GIRO’09 Corsa: Grandissimo!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
By Richard Pestes
Giro Corsa: Like every journey worth taking, it’s not where you start, or end up – but how you get there that makes it worthy. This year’s Giro route from Venice to Roma is like nothing we’ve seen before. RCS Big Boss Zomegnan may have truly defined the blueprint for future Grand Tours with this inspired corsa – Here’s why…
Nothing about this course is what we expect from Grand Tour organizers, not the direction of the race, stage choices, stage lengths, placement of mountains, time trials, the complete lack of ‘boring’ days, we’ve simply not seen a Grand Tour parcours like this before…
The 2009 Giro route is an elixir of such depth, character, and potency, that it should be – nay, must be savored bit by bit. The general route was leaked weeks before the official unveiling, and like teenage boys clamoring for a peek inside the girls’ shower at camp, we couldn’t wait for a look, and now that the curtain has dropped it’s not since that happy summer that we’ve been so gobsmacked – and certainly like never before by any Grand Tour route. (Remember how things were never the same after that …?)
What’s Cool about the 2009 Giro Route
Move Over Le Tour
Giro Boss Angelo Zomegnan talked about this centenary Giro being really a new beginning – his keynote addressed ethics, quality, and globality – as their strategy to grow the Giro into the world’s premiere Grand Tour. Look out Tour de France? I know it seems crazy, and nothing can or will ever be what the Tour already is… but the Giro has been picking up speed for several years, and has now pulled out of the draft and gone 53×11 in terms of staging an epic race – one that could truly redefine its importance with riders and fans alike.
Two key ingredients are thrown together in a bidon, like gasoline and a lit match – and there’s only one result…
More about Giro 2009 Route can be found here: PezCycling News