17 May 2016 - 12:12 PM 

 

Who's been the best so far? Who's been the worst? The rest day gives an opportunity to take a step back from the constant action from the Giro and take a look at each team's overall performance.

The Best: Etixx-Quickstep could barely have imagined a better start to this year's Giro. Two stage wins for Marcel Kittel in addition to his strong opening prologue put him in the maglia rosa for a day.

Then came the superb breakaway win for Gianluca Brambilla, showing tremendous strength over the white gravel on Stage 8 to take the win and catapult himself into the race lead. He then pulled out a great time trial to keep himself in pink.

His nearest rival is team-mate and under-the-radar performer Bob Jungels, who has been in the white jersey since Stage 4. He's a young star of the sport and now the favourite to wear the white jersey atop the podium in Turin. It will be very interesting to see how he goes in the high mountains and if he can maintain a lofty overall position.

Honourable mentions to Lotto Soudal with their hat-trick of stage wins and Giant-Alpecin's run in pink with Tom Dumoulin.  

The Worst:A bit harsh perhaps, but as there haven't been any teams which have entirely fallen apart at the Giro yet, the commemorative Dami Im 'Sound of Silence' award for the team we've heard the least from will go to Gazprom-Rusvelo. 

A wildcard entry to the Grand Tours is supposed to liven the race up with attacks and moves which will get their sponsors some air time, but the Russian squad has only made it into one break so far in the race. They've yet to post a top ten result and their protected rider, Sergey Firsanov, is currently sitting in an anonymous 19th overall.

Probably the most noticeable thing they've done is let the race organisers stick a camera on one of their bikes.

 

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was taking in the sights during the Giro's second rest day. The massive structure that many people believe is connected to the divine took a picture of himself with a cathedral.