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87th Giro d'Italia - Grand Tour

Italy, May 8-30, 2004

Features


Bikes of the Giro

Two phases of the Giro bring out the most interesting bikes: the prolgue and the mountains. In these tech specials we look at some of the bikes used on the first day and the final week of Italy's grand tour, and uncover some secret protos that may or may not one day make it to the shops for the rest of us to sink our heard-earned into.


Trent Wilson diary

Riding his first Giro and first Grand Tour, it's no surprise Willo has a serious case of Giro fever. Follow this good-humoured larrikin Aussie as he embarks on the biggest race of his career thus far.


Dr Michele Ferrari diary

In the 2004 Giro, cycling's most controversial sports doctor will once again provide Cyclingnews readers with his unique insight into the mindset of what makes or breaks a champion.


Giro phase two: The real battle begins

With the 158 riders remaining in the race enjoying their first of two rest days, the real battle for the overall has yet to begin. Tim Maloney, Cyclingnews' European Editor, gives a preview of Stages 10-16.


Rest Day 1: The story so far...

The first 10 days of the 87th Giro d'Italia have been a mixture of sprint and mountain stages, with the true mountain stages in the Dolomites still to come. Cyclingnews' Chief Online Editor, Jeff Jones, takes a look at the story so far.


The contenders

Many of us have already predicted another Simoni-Garzelli showdown in the vein of Armstrong v. Ullrich. If that it is the case, then this alone is reason enough to stay tuned. However, there are a handful of others worth watching out for in the quest for the overall. Anthony Tan reports.


The best of the rest

OK - so we know who's in the battle for the maglia rosa, but what about the other 160-odd riders in this year's Giro? Cyclingnews' European Editor Tim Maloney takes a look at the best of the rest: the sprinters, climbers and opportunists - all of whom are in the hunt for their chance at glory.


Anyone speak English 'round here?

A record ten Anglophones will be participating in this year's Giro d'Italia, with eight Australians, one Brit and an American. Each have their designated roles; most will ride in the service of others, while some will be granted the freedom to go for glory. Cyclingnews' Anthony Tan reports.


Gilberto Simoni interview

Can anyone beat Gilberto Simoni in this year's Giro? If you ask him, then yes it's possible. But Simoni is also confident in himself and his team that he will be able to add a third Giro victory to his palmares.


Brad McGee interview

Brad McGee arrived at the Giro d'Italia as the number one favourite to win the prologue and he did just that. A few more days in the pink jersey and two second place finishes have given the Australian more than he hoped for.