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No More Giro

And that’s the end of the Giro for 2013, really enjoyed the coverage offered by Carlton Kirby and Daniel Lloyd, hope to hear their voices again soon.

Congratulations to Mark Cavendish on an incredible Giro! Woohoo! 

Now, to catch up on our Belgian beer drinking, we will turn to TiVo for our Tour of Belgium catch up sessions. Stay tuned for a fun diversion from all this pro road cycling…

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All Cavendish all the time

Well, perhaps not alllll the time, but we’re so chuffed that Cavendish has cleaned up on the Giro d’Italia so far. Well done! Most of the time our own Cavendish is sound asleep on the couch but when he hears the tv screaming his name he becomes quite animated. We’re finding ourselves developing new GC favorites, Cadel is doing nicely, Niboli should learn how to smile to prove he’s not just an automaton. The field is full of unfamiliar names. But the BIG highlight of this year’s Giro has to be the announcers on BeIn Sport….Daniel Lloyd and Carlton Kirby are terrific! Funny, wry, informative, great rapport with each other. Once we got them to turn up their mics and turn down the motorcycle roar we find ourselves getting more used to their soft spoken British ways….and we love it! I’ll have another pint on that, mate.

It does seem that the pressure was too much for Bradley Wiggins, tough luck. Hard to not perform well with all eyes turned your way. (not that we’d know anything about that…but we surmise). It will be interesting to see what happens to Sky come the Tour. Mark Cavendish proves time and again that he is the most generous cyclist on the road, never fails to credit his team mates. Cheers to you Cav. 

We’re not quite through the Giro, but it has been entertaining with truly horrible weather, some lovely scenery of some very out of the way places. Hard to know what to drink along with images of Alpine mountains and rolling fields planted with grapes. ice wine maybe?

Giro d’Italia #1 hmmm or rather #3

Well, whew, after last minute, or more post-minute scrambling we found coverage of the Giro on beIN network…never heard of it before but, ok, we’ll check it out. No thanks to Universal for neglecting to fess up that they didn’t get the coverage contract. Can there be a silver lining to the pink jersey? We’ll see. We, sadly, missed Cavendish winning a stage…but we’ll move forward with the viewing hoping to see more of him.

Or we would except that it is nearly impossible to hear what the announcers are saying….dudes! the ‘background’ grinding of the motorcycles or helicopters is supposed to be….hello…..just that….BACKGROUND. What we can glean seems like the guys, still can’t catch their names, are pretty funny in their own Brit ways…chatty, informative…just turn off the fucking noise will you please???

And, well, it’s Italy. So the scenery is, well, Italian…hillsides dotted with stucco and tile villas, narrow roads, not too many fans along the roads but those who are there are adamant.

It is great to have a third access of coverage of cycling…Universal, NBCSports and now BEIN…not bad, more races than we’ve ever had before, doesn’t make us complacent, mind, we still want excellence, but we’re researching Italian wines and will be in touch shortly with appropriate advice for the future stages dining experience.

Who won Stage 3? Check in yourself and find out.