WHEN THE ROAD GOES UPHILL SIDI RESPONDS - Sidi Sport champions are major players in the first two serious mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia.

The first two real mountain stages in the Giro d’Italia brought tremendous satisfaction to the Sidi Sport colours. Once the roads of the Giro started to hit some serious climbs, Sidi champions were all in.

The first thrust came on Friday, May 20th, in the 13th stage from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli, covering 170 km and 3 GPMs. Victory belonged to Spain’s Mikel Nieve, whose success gave a nice confidence boost to the entire Team Sky, after their captain, Mikel Landa, who could have been a serious contender for the final maglia rosa, unfortunately had to withdraw due to health issues. Nieve has returned to shine on the roads of the Pink race after his victory at the 2011 Giro, always in the Dolomites, when he won the stage with the finish line in Gardeccia.

The following day brought an immediate repeat. On Saturday, May 21st, the major Dolomite stage for the 2016 Giro, stage number 14 from Alpago to Corvara covered 210 km and 6 GPMs (with the mountain passes of Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Giau and Falzarego), for an altitude difference of more than 5000 metres. Here it was Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE) who claimed the day’s victory on the finish line in Corvara; a thrilling achievement, especially since he has made a reservation for the final podium in the Giro and willbeable to contend for the grand prize of the maglia rosa.

Furthermore, in the week that just wrapped up, Sidi had the pleasure of watching the Giro d’Italia pass right in front of their headquarters in Maser (Treviso), on Wednesday, May 18th, during the 11th stage from Modena to Asolo. It was a memorable occasion not to be missed for the entire Sidi Sport staff, who stood by the road and cheered on their family of champions, also applauding all the pink pack, because the Giro is first and foremost a party.


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