"Gobsmackingly Brilliant" rides of 2000
Garzelli's Giro. What a young man with a lot of class. The way he rode in that final time trial to defeat Casagrande was unbelievable and so unexpected. I'll be watching him next year on Mapei.
Garzelli chasing back almost single-handedly on the run-in to Bormio to finish only fifteen seconds down on Simoni/Casagrande when he could easily have lost the Giro.
So many great races are worth noting: Of course Zabel's World Cup and Green jersey campaigns, Museeuw's awesome Roubaix and embarrasing motorcycle crash, McKenzie's & Merckx's Giro victories, Triple Dekker + San Sebastian, Armstrong (of course), the Olympics...er, Van Moorsel's Olympics...a few other notables were in Sydney, too, Tafi's "in your face" Paris-Tours, Petrov's absolute dominance at Worlds.... But, I'm shocked to see that I'm the only fanatic out there that thinks Stefano Garzelli's Giro victory is worthy of praise!! His ruthless time trial attack on Casagrande at Sestriere is great story material for years to come! I think next year's battle at the Giro will be much more exciting compared to who's going to win the Tour. After Armstrong & Ullrich get done with the Tour, everyone else will be fighting for the scraps. BUT, who will take the 2001 Giro? Casagrande, Pantani, Garzelli will definitely be ready for battle. Will there be a new comer? Garzelli gets my vote for ride of the year.