Up close and personal at the Giro

Today I felt like I died and landed in cycling heaven…Oh the bikes, the boys, the bodies, and the buses. All the big name teams are here – except Radio Shack – they just finished the Tour of California and are saving up for the big one. I found the action real quick – and hung out with the boys for a bit before the big event – the final 15K TT starting and finishing in Verona.

The boys – I won’t introduce each of these fine young men – because I have no idea who they are…only that they are fit, young, and lean.

Getting focused

Wonder what he's listening to? Ramping up or mellowing down?

Gianni -the head masseuse for Milram invited me to the team bus for cafe

Jean Pierre - the lead mechanic for Milram

I think he's still in high school

Vinokourov - not time to warm-up yet. Chatting with the fans

Gotta love these boys

Now for  the bodies!!!

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Nice side view of those muscular and sculpted thighs

Love those skin suits!

Oh my!!!

Long and lean

Must be a sprinter - just look at that calf and hamstring!

Shaved down

HMMM - not sure what the hands are doing - must not be hanging right...

These look like climbing legs

Oh yea!!!!

I could draft this for a while 🙂

OK for all you gear heads – here’s the bikes

Look at these LOOKS

The bikes of Columbia High Road - that disk wheel sure is pretty

Just a few wheels laying around

The bikes of Saxo Bank

Hey Dave - check out this mechanics work shop

Fine tuning

Ready for the warm-up

Now that's an interesting wheel

A stunning display of aerodynamics and art

The crowd was swarming the Liqigas buses in hopes of watching Basso warm up

These guys are so fast that if you blinked when they rode by you missed em.

Vinokourov just out of the shoot

The noise from my balcone was deafening – helicopters hovering overhead, the announcers shouting out the next rider across the finish, the music, and the crowds wildly banging on the side boards lining the route – Que follia (what craziness). I watched in awe as the creme de la creme of cycling blazed just below me – Damiano Cunego, Carlos Sastre, Cadell Evans, Marco Pinotti, Vinokourov (the crowd went wild), Marco Scaponi and the Giro d’Italia champion Ivan Basso – the crowd was thunderous!!!

Ivan Basso bringing it home for victory

Questo e incedible (This is incredible). What an unforgetable day!

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