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Tour of Italy Bike Race

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Pretty [Fast] in Pink –
96th Giro d'Italia

Story and photos (unless otherwise noted) by Tom Weber

finish line at Vicenza for the 17th stage of the 96th Tour of Italy bike race

or only the third time in the 96-year history of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) bicycle race, my adopted hometown of Vicenza was selected by race organizers to serve as a Città di Tappa (Stage City) for one of the 21 finish lines of the race.

Giovanni Visconti winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia or Tour of Italy
Giovanni Visconti breaks away from the pack and easily wins the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia in Vicenza

A few days ago, under a perfectly painted blue sky dotted with puffy-white clouds, the "City of Palladio" put on quite a show as the 96th "Fight for Pink" snaked around the province and finally raced down Viale Roma, crossing the finish line of the 122-mile-long 17th stage.

a copy of the La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of Italy's 3 daily sports newspapers

So, why pink? Well, the original organizer of Il Giro – the "bridesmaid" cycling event to the more famous Le Tour de France – is La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of Italy's THREE daily sports newspapers. Unlike almost all other daily news rags, La Gazzetta prints on pale-pink paper, and has been doing so since it first went to press way back in 1896. As the then-organizer of the race, coupled with a crafty marketing idea to increase the daily's circulation, La G adopted la maglia rosa (the pink jersey) as the color of the leading cyclist's jersey.

Giro d'Italia tour leader wearing pink jersey
Giro d'Italia – Photo ©2012 Getty Images

The rider that has the lead at the end of the first stage dons the pink and wears it during each stage of the Giro for as long as he remains at the top of the standings. Normally, that pink jersey gets passed around like a hot potato from rider to rider as the race standings change frequently across the 21 stages.

a line of bikers at the Giro d'Italia

Pedaling since 1909 – with a few years off due to two world wars – the 96th edition of the serpentine chase for the prestigious pink jersey lit out from Naples on May 4th with 200+ corridori (riders) and crossed the finish line, 2,116 mi. later, in Brescia on May 26th.

96th Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali on the front page of the La Gazzetta dello Sport
Gazzetta dello Sport front page: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 96th Giro d'Italia

And the winner of this year's Giro? Italy's Vincenzo Nibali. In front of 300,000 rabid fans, wearing la maglia rosa, hoisting the trophy and landing on the front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Nibali looked pretty [fast] in pink.

Related Articles:
The Most Beautiful Race in the World; Vintage Auto Show, Vicenza; Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza; Vicenza: The City of Palladio; Basilica Palladiana;

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

--- David

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

--- Raoul, Whittier, CA

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

--- David

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

--- John, Los Angeles, CA

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Feedback for Destination Southwestern France: Saint-Émilion

Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance, we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!

--- Bobby Harper, Dameron, MD

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Feedback for Vicenza Walks – Monte Berico

I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to 1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladio’s works are amazing. Have been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO where I have some wonderful photos of my family.

--- Dr. Albert Pizzi, Hanover, MA

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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)

Took me back to the plaza.

--- Bill

Feedback for A Canterbury Trail (Sutri)

Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still possible to travel the Francigena trail?

--- Pawel

You can find out more info on walking tours of Via Francigena at this site: Thanks for stopping by and commenting..


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Good article, enjoyed reading it. Saved your recommended sights for future use.

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You're going to be great at this Tom. Congrats.

--- Donna Vissa -Montreal

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