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Video: Giro d'Italia Stage 15 insight - Dan Lloyd rides the Telegraph & Galibier

Ex-Garmin Cervelo rider Dan Lloyd recces what could be one of the pivotal stages of this year's race...

The Col du Galibier looks like it will play its part in stage 15 of this year's Giro d'Italia so what does the stage have in store for the riders, Dan Lloyd got on his bike to recce the stage and give us an idea.

Mind you, the ex-Garmin Cervelo pro didn't manage to get to the summit of the Galibier either the last seven kilometres to the top was still out of bounds when he did his recce ride - the French were trying to clear the remainder of the route to the top using a combination of snow ploughs and explosives… presumably not at the same time.

The sunshine of Naples will seem like a very distant memory for the riders tackling the snowy conditions they are likely to encounter on tomorrow's stage, as Lloyd's film demonstrates and even if you weren't interested in the race it's still worth a watching just for a glimpse of the wintery desolation that still holds sway on the high alpine passes in May. Respect too to Dan Lloyd for doing a piece to camera while riding up the Col du Telegraphe pushing a 34 x 19.

Before the riders get to the Galibier they will also have climbed the almost as fearsome 1556m Col duTelegraphe which hits 11 per cent in places there is a descent from the Telegraphe to the Galibier but it's short and fast - so short explains Dan that for the pros the two almost count as one climb and he's got some definite ideas about who that favours.'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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