Until the 1920s, cycling had more in common with feats of heroic resistance than high speed racing. It was less about aerodynamic dynamism than it was about doggedly "never giving up." Today, the Giro d'italia reverted to those pioneering times.
There is something supremely honest about Remco Evenepoel. Before the stage, asked just how strong he felt after impressing Filippo Ganna yesterday by climbing on the big ring, he played it down.
“I don’t know. Maybe I just forgot to shift the gear.”
With 20 km to go in today’s stage, the camera peered through the rain at Remco’s face. He was wearing no dark glasses, and the black stress lines under his eyes were plainly visible. Only then did it become clear what we were looking at: an excruciating, old-fashioned ordeal.