GIRO 101: CHRIS FROOME’S REMARKABLE FEAT…STAGE & PINK JERSEY! Sidi and the British rider have an awesome day. Watch the video #MadeToBeChampions

Some days are destined to become legendary in sports and cycling; the 19th stage of the 101st Giro D’Italia, from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia for 184 km, was definitely one of these. This wasn’t just any stage, but the “tappa regina”, also known as the Queen Stage for its unique importance: 4 climbs, a steep uphill arrival on the Jafferau and above all, in the middle of everything there was the Colle delle Finestre - the “Cima Coppi” of the 2018 Giro (at an altitude of 2178 metres), featuring an 18.5 km climb of which 8 are on dirt roads.

The biggest star of the stage was Chris Froome. At the start this morning Froome was 3’.22” behind Simon Yates, who was in the pink jersey. In order to turn the Giro around, he had to come up with something big; there was no way he could wait for the final climb.

On the Colle delle Finestre Chris Froome had the strength, and even the audacity to attempt an impressive feat and come up with a number recalling old glories. The British rider took off on the hardest stretch of the climb, at the beginning of the dirt road, when there were still a good 83 km to go to the finish line at Bardonecchia/Jafferau.

The rest is legend…well, actually, a lovely reality. While Yates in the pink jersey started to disappear and the pack was giving chase, Froome rode off all alone towards the finish line and the fantastic dream of the pink jersey. Climbs, descents, flatlands…Froome never ceded or hesitated, and he kept gaining ground, first seconds and then minutes ahead of the group trying to keep up behind him.

Froome has pulled off an extraordinary achievement, built with legs, heart and brains. Froome has done something incredible. His portfolio holds 4 Tours and a Vuelta, but on the roads of the Giro d’Italia perhaps he has written the most fascinating page of his career so far. In addition to today’s victory let’s not forget Froome’s other victory on the Zoncolan, the climb that symbolizes the Giro.     

Today for the first time Chris Froome donned the Maglia Rosa. We don’t know how the Giro will end; tomorrow there are still lots of climbs: the stage is 214 km long, with an altitude change of more than 4000 metres in the last 80 km, featuring an uphill arrival in Cervinia. 

However, for now Sidi is celebrating Chris Froome’s pink jersey and his second stage victory in the Giro. Sidi Shot shoes have been along for the ride with Chris Froome during his triumphant journey.

The new General Classification reads: Chris Froome 1st, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 2nd, 40” behind, and Thibaut Pinot (Fdj) 3rd,  4’.17” back. Froome is also wearing the blue jersey as the best climber. Whichever way things go, this is a day that will go down permanently in the history of cycling. Tomorrow is another day. The pink dream continues…


Sidi & Chris Froome #MadeToBeChampions
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