IG Sigma Sport rider gives the lowdown on the first to two mountain stages this weekend… by riding them

This weekend the Giro is in full mountain mode with two big stages both featuring mountain top finishes featuring two climbs that also regularly feature in the Tour de France, the climb up to Sestrierre tomorrow and then the summit finish on the Galibier on Sunday. In the first of two films giving an insight in to what the riders will be facing Dan Lloyd ex of Garmin Cervelo and a man who's raced the Giro rides the climbs and gives us a pro's eye view.

Aside from the info on what it's like to climb for so 30 or so kilometres and then descend for another 20 before hitting another big mountain, as the riders will tomorrow on stage 14 when they will come down from Sestrierre and then have to go up again for a summit finish on the Jufferau, Dan gives us some great little nuggets of info into how the riders will be feeling after two weeks in the saddle. He also reveals that despite the prodigious number of calories a pro riders burn in a grand tour that by this point some will have actually put on weight during the race.


We'll have the second of Dan's two videos tomorrow for Sunday's stage which in many respects will be like a stage of the Tour de France transported from July to mid-May featuring a summit finish on the Galibier preceeded by the race going over the Col de Telegraph.

For an insight in to all the stages in this year's race check out our Giro d'Italia 2013 preview.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.