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Monday, June 2, 2014

Quintana Wins Giro d'Italia; Exploring The Tech Side Of Giro

The Giro d'Italia wrapped up yesterday with Nairo Quintana of Colombia winning its 97th edition. Countryman Rigoberto Uran took second spot while Italian young star Fabio Aru finished third overall. Another Italian, Domenico Pozzovino was one of several riders thought to be favorites to win (including the Colombians) rounded up the top five.

Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal of Canada came in ninth capping yet another excellent result at Giro. Especially considering a crash for his Garmin-Sharp team early in the race in Belfast had him in 165th position. Remarkable.

It was a strong showing for French riders as well with Pierre Rolland taking 4th and Nacer Bouhanni winning three stages as well as the points classification.

Other pre-race favorites were Rafal Majka of Poland and Australian stud Cadel Evans each earning the sixth and eighth spots respectively.

While the riders are the stars of cycling, it's always cool to consider the equipment. Notably the bicycles of Giro d'Italia and accessories.

RCUK website looked at the tech side of Giro. Some Italian brands featured were Bianchi, Vittoria tyres and Cento1AIR. Liked the California rim maker Bontrager pic.

Meanwhile, you can get a glimpse of Pinarello (alongside bikes like Belgian manufacturer Ridley - a bike I considered purchasing - and Shimano, SRM, Cannondale, Look,Trek, Speedplay pedals and Specialized) and Prologo saddles at Road CC.

As you can tell, American bikes and parts are well represented. More bikes though not necessarily Italian.

Still more tech sightings over at cyclingtips. Scott had a nice one.

Not featured were Colnago and one of many sponsors Selle Italia.

Last but not least, Campagnolo introduced a prototype group.