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Video: Giro d'Italia Stage 14 Insight from Dan Lloyd

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.'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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