What Have We Learned at the 2013 Giro so far?

 Stage 1

Cav is still the fastest sprinter in the world.

Giro d'Italia Stage 1 Cavendish

Mark Cavendish – Winner Stage 1.

Stage 2

Just because your team are world champions in a discipline doesn’t always mean you’re going to win in that discipline

Team OmegaPharma-QuickStep

Omega Pharma Quickstep, 2012 World Team Time Trial Champions, place a very disappointing 17th in the Giro’s Team Time Trial

Stage 3

Hard shell helmets seem to have gone back 20 years aesthetically.

American Flyers

Stage winner Luca Paolini points to his lid which is considered state of the art in aero terms for modern road helmets but we can’t help but thinking it looks like one from 20 years ago!

Stage 4

Even the professionals can get the distance to go wrong in races

Sir Bradley Wiggins - Giro d'Italia Stage 4

Sir Bradley Wiggins loses time due to being held up by a crash outside the 3km’s to go mark

(In flat stages of Grand Tours there is a rule that in the event that a rider or riders suffer a fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last 3 kilometres of a stage and such an incident is duly recognised, the rider or riders involved are credited with the same finishing time of the rider or riders they were with at the time of the incident.) Wiggins thought he was inside the 3km to go mark so didn’t mind not crossing the line with the lead group after being held up by a crash. Oops…

Stage 5

Rain + corner + paint on the road can catch out even the best bike handlers in the world.

Stage 5 Giro d'Italia Crash

Just add rain and wait…

Massive crash near the finish of the stage holds up virtually the entire peloton.

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