On the track you build up to become better and better from a junior and suddenly you win big races and you do that for a while. It’s totally the same [on the road] - you come from zero. That’s the best thing about being a sportsman. Winning is not the only motivation, there is also the process of improving and being on the road to the top. When you look back, those are the best moments; not necessarily crossing the line in first position or having a lot of people cheering for you, but making those steps.
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The Giro d’Italia is right around the corner, starting this Saturday and continuing till the end of the month. Here’s my not-so-extensive blogroll picks for 2010 Giro previews and coverage so far…
100 Years Of Giro Winners » Cyclocosm celebrates the heritage of the victories of Giros past with the cool graphic above.
Giro d’Italia History » La Gazzetta Della Bici’s history lesson on the Giro. What it is and where it all came from.
Giro d’Italia & Eurosport » La Gazzetta’s guide to watching the Giro televised live on Eurosport (only in Britain of course).
Giro d’Italia Live Dashboard » Keep up with this year’s Giro with Steephill TV’s all-inclusive guide to live, up-to-the-minute coverage including race info, previews, live video, results, photos and highlights.
Stages Of The Giro » Among Cycling Weekly’s Giro coverage is a list and previews of each stage.
Giro d’Italia 2010 Teams/Starting List » Cycling Weekly also brings us the complete list of riders and teams racing in the Giro.
Giromania! » Italian Cycling Journal presents a rough guide to some of the events going on in Amsterdam to celebrate the start of the 2010 Giro d’Italia.
The 101st Giro d’Italia » Well it’s actually the 93rd Giro but the race did start 101 years ago. This is Race Junkie’s predictions and favorites based on different disciplines.
Five Riders To Watch » Pavé’s picks for the hottest young up-and-comers in the Giro. Future Giro winners?
Bianchi: The Winning Story
This is a circa-1993 Bianchi demo video which was probably used for displays at trade shows or bike shops. Lots of great race footage from the olden days.
Coincidentally, there’s an original VHS copy of this video on Ebay right now. I was going to get it and throw it up on the internetz but I guess someone beat me to it.
Found on La Gazzetta. Also check some great photos from the Bianchi archives.
I prefer the regularity of road racing… On the track it’s one big race per season and it’s difficult to focus all year on that. But on the road it’s a totally different lifestyle. You have a target in front of you, and then another and another. If a race doesn’t work out, you have another chance the next day, or the day after.
— Theo Bos on leaving his track racing career for the road.
Hey Boss, maybe you should try coming to California. We’ve got track races all year ‘round for ya!
Fabien Cancellara crossing the Paris-Roubaix finish line at Roubaix Velodrome earlier today. He killed it. Only the 6th racer in history to win both the Tour Of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same season.
Check out a post-victory interview on bicycle.net.
The Queen Of The Classics, The Hell Of The North, A Sunday In Hell. No matter what you call it, it’s one of the most exciting events in cycling. Below are some links to get you hyped for the 108th Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.
VeloNews’ Start List » See who’s racing Paris-Roubaix and for what teams.
VeloNews’ Pavé Gallery » Photos and list of the cobbled sections that racers will have to ride through.
VeloNews’ By The Numbers » A neat collection of statistics about Paris-Roubaix.
Bicycle.net’s Insider Guide » More Paris-Roubaix stats and facts.
Bike Radar’s Preview » Who’s your favorite pick to take the victory on Sunday?
Bike Radar’s Pro Bike Features » Technical details about some of the bikes being (ab)used this year including Juan Antonio Flecha’s Pinarello KOBH 60.1 and William Bonnet’s BBox Colnago Cross Prestige
Pavé’s 2009 Preview To 2010 » A preview of this year’s Paris-Roubaix written last year.
2009 Highlights And Crashes » A short video of last year’s Paris-Roubaix.
Masterlink Films’ Documentary » A 2008 feature-length documentary about Paris-Roubaix.
Tears For Gears’ Vintage Magazine Scans » A week-long countdown to Paris-Roubaix with some great articles scanned from old cycling rags.
La Gazzetta Della Bici’s History » The legends and lore of Paris-Roubaix.
La Gazzetta Della Bici’s Heroes » Some of the riders who’ve helped to make Paris-Roubaix legendary including Hippolyte Aucouturier, Franco Ballerini, and Rik Van Steenbergen.
La Gazzetta Della Bici’s Classic Wins » A collection of videos of Paris-Roubaix victories including 1981 (Bernard Hinault), 1984 (Sean Kelly), 1987 (Eric Vanderaerden), 1989 (Jean-Marie Wampers), 1994 (Andrei Tchmil) and 1996 (Johan Museeuw).
WikiPedia’s Entry » Now even you can become and instant expert on Paris-Roubaix.
And finally, here’s a clip from the 1976 feature-length documentary about Paris-Roubaix, A Sunday In Hell. If you haven’t seen it, see it. Still one of the best cycling movies ever made.
I’ll have one of these in front of me while watching Paris-Roubaix this Sunday.
Found on Cyclocosm.