From Strade Bianche to Lombardia via Rome, Tirreno-Adriatico, Sanremo and the Giro

'Tis the season for race promo vids... yesterday, as ASO issued its cracking trailer for this year's Tour de France, Giro d'Italia organisers RCS Sport put out a video showcasing all six of its races this season, three of which are held over the next week or so.

It's not quite in chronological order - Sunday's Roma Maxima precedes Saturday's Strade Bianche in the film - but that's only a minor quibble.

Add in some great footage of Tirenno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo, the Giro d'Italia and the Giro di Lombardia, fantastic scenery, assorted random facts - see the picture above - and a suitably epic soundtrack (Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi), and it's a winner.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.