This week's topic is the result of a lot of mixed emotions for me. I had planned for some time to share photos I'd taken at the start of Stage Three of the Giro d'Italia. Unfortunately, the tragic events prior to the stage's end gave me pause.
In the end, as you can see, I've opted to share the photos after all. After a neutralized stage in Wouter's honor on Tuesday, the race is on in full as of Wednesday. I offer these photos in that same spirit.
So, here we have
13 Photos From the Start of
Stage Three of the Giro d'Italia.
The trophy for the Giro, along with the jerseys of the various leaders: Pink for the overall leader, Green for the mountains leader, White for the best young rider and Red for the points leader.
Alessandro Petacchi - points leader after Stage Two.
Doogie Howser! No, wait, it's Vasili Kiryienka of Team Movistar.
Brice Feillu, post-sign-in.
A leap of leopards: Davide Vigano', Oliver Zaugg and Bruno Pires of Leopard Trek. Monday was also Oliver's birthday.
Alberto Contador, winner of the 2008 Giro.
Mark Cavendish, overall leader after Stage Two, with his Ombrellina (umbrella girl) to keep him company before the race start.
The riders chat while waiting at the start line.
The final three shots I'd like to share are my photos of Wouter Weylandt. He died after his crash on the descent of the Passo del Bocco, just a few hours after these photos were taken.
There's no eye candy this week, but I hope for a more festive posting next week.
Ciao for now...