2014 Giro d'Italia DVD - 2.5 Hour Official Race Review
From Belfast's Big Start to the arduous climbs of the Alps and the Dolomites the 2014 Giro had it all.
The 2014 Giro paid tribute to former winner Marco Pantani with three climbs in his honour. Ten years on from his tragic death, the Giro visited Pantani's favourite training climb, Monte Carpegna, and summit finishes at the sites of two of his most memorable victories - Oropa and Montecampione.
The 2014 Giro started in Belfast, raced from the south to north of Italy, included a 46.4-kilometre time trial in Barolo and climbed the Zoncolan before finishing in Trieste. 21 stages and three rest days, in a sleek, all-white former ice rink - the ice palace. It started rolling from Northern Ireland with a team time trial.
After the 46.4-kilometre time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo, Piedmont's wine famous regions, summit finishes dot the menu. In the nine days of racing from Barolo to Trieste six end on a high note. The weekend before the races finished, the Giro climbs to Santuario di Oropa in Piedmont and Montecampione, north of Bergamo. It rests the next day - the unusual third of three - and continues to Val Martello Panarotta and Zoncolan in Italy's north east.
The Colombians came to the fore in the battle for the maglia rosa, with Nairo Quintana racing against Rigoberto Uran, as he realised his potential as a Grand Tour contender while Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni took his chance to dominate in the battle of the sprinters. Difficult weather conditions and even more difficult parcours made this edition of the Giro a fight to the very end, and certainly a race to remember.
Commentary by Daniel Lloyd & Carlton Kirby
R/T: 150 mins
DVD Region: Region (0) Worldwide