Doppio – Edizione Due

Welcome to the Doppio, Rapha’s double-shot of road racing reportage. Like a foamy cappuccino without the chocolate sprinkles, this week was missing a certain something. In a seismic early warning, Lukas Pöstlberger and Fernando Gaviria shook us up ready for some lava-hot action on the slopes of Etna. Alas, Stage 4 turned out as tepid as a day old bath with Bauke Mollema. Fear not, racing fans, this is just the beginning and there’s bound to be an eruption before long. Enjoy.

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Maglia Racer

Our Maglia Racer award goes to… the Maglia Rosa, Bob Jungels. While an obvious pick, our favourite Luxembourger since Charly Gaul (sorry Andy) has been all class since day one of the Giro, and the strongest rider. While Jungels’ massive displays have been more down to his tree-trunk leg power than panache, there’s a certain style to the way the 24-year-old goes about his work. Watch him sit on the front and split the peloton like he’s popping to the shops on his BMX. Watch him sit in with the climbers like the cool kid at school who’s just had a fag behind the bike sheds. And then watch him gel his hair back after the stage to look like Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
Che classe, Roberto!

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The Jersey Judgement

Like a mob capo presiding over a deadly wheelie-off, we haughtily rate the Giro’s many maglie. Presented in no order and nearly as nonsensical as a solo break for the line on the penultimate lap.

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MAGLIA ROSA


Simple and effective, like the small button on your handlebars that turns on the motor.

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QUICK-STEP FLOORS


As classic as Boonen’s cobble collection. If by ‘classic’ you mean “was really cool in 1996”.

WILIER TRIESTINA


It wouldn’t be the Giro without an Italian team that has more sponsors than riders. There’s a kit under there somewhere...

MAGLIA ROSA


Simple and effective, like the small button on your handlebars that turns on the motor.

QUICK-STEP FLOORS


As classic as Boonen’s cobble collection. If by ‘classic’ you mean “was really cool in 1996”.

WILIER TRIESTINA


It wouldn’t be the Giro without an Italian team that has more sponsors than riders. There’s a kit under there somewhere...

TREK - SEGAFREDO


Do you remember when pinstripes were cool? Spartacus does. Not Fabian Cancellara, we mean Kirk Douglas.

AG2R LA MONDIALE


Brown bib shorts are pretty contentious, but we like them. Great for doing skids in.

FDJ


White bib shorts are very contentious. When it rains you can see your lunch. Terrible for doing skids in.

TREK - SEGAFREDO


Do you remember when pinstripes were cool? Spartacus does. Not Fabian Cancellara, we mean Kirk Douglas.

AG2R LA MONDIALE


Brown bib shorts are pretty contentious, but we like them. Great for doing skids in.

FDJ


White bib shorts are very contentious. When it rains you can see your lunch. Terrible for doing skids in.

TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO


Cool as a pair of old slippers, but combined with celeste bikes sporting yellow sidewalls it all comes together in a curiously compelling cocktail.

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TEAM SUNWEB


Legendary football referee Pierluigi Collina’s old kit. Wear this in a Foot Locker and you’ll probably get asked for a size.

TEAM SKY


We’re unable to comment. What we can say is it’s a cycling kit, and the riders can ride in that kit. One thing we know for sure: this is the Giro d’Italia.

TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO


Cool as a pair of old slippers, but combined with celeste bikes sporting yellow sidewalls it all comes together in a curiously compelling cocktail.

TEAM SUNWEB


Legendary football referee Pierluigi Collina’s old kit. Wear this in a Foot Locker and you’ll probably get asked for a size.

TEAM SKY


We’re unable to comment. What we can say is it’s a cycling kit, and the riders can ride in that kit. One thing we know for sure: this is the Giro d’Italia.

TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN


It’s got red on it. And that’s about it.

GAZPROM - RUSVELO


Classic, charming... clearly not owned by an oligarch. What about that chamois though, which looks like it’s been sewn on the outside by mistake.

ASTANA PRO TEAM


It’s no secret, we love a tight fade. This one’s as cool as an ice cube.

TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN


It’s got red on it. And that’s about it.

GAZPROM - RUSVELO


Classic, charming... clearly not owned by an oligarch. What about that chamois though, which looks like it’s been sewn on the outside by mistake.

ASTANA PRO TEAM


It’s no secret, we love a tight fade. This one’s as cool as an ice cube.

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BORA - HANSGROHE


The BORA extractor draws vapours and odours downwards exactly where they arise, a bit like a chamois pad. The kit looks great, especially with the rainbow bands.

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BAHRAIN - MERIDA


One of the best looking kits in the peloton this year, but that’s no surprise. Where have we seen this one before?

UAE TEAM EMIRATES


Here’s one you might see on a local club ride, worn a size too big, pockets sagging over backside.

BORA - HANSGROHE


The BORA extractor draws vapours and odours downwards exactly where they arise, a bit like a chamois pad. The kit looks great, especially with the rainbow bands.

BAHRAIN - MERIDA


One of the best looking kits in the peloton this year, but that’s no surprise. Where have we seen this one before?

UAE TEAM EMIRATES


Here’s one you might see on a local club ride, worn a size too big, pockets sagging over backside.

ORICA - SCOTT


Orica Scott’s kit launch photos makes you wonder what it would be like if Michael Bay directed Adam Sandler in a direct to Netflix comedy nightmare.

TEAM DIMENSION DATA


Daniel Teklehaimanot likes the kit so much he couldn’t wait to get into the blue jersey. Still, this jersey saves lives, and it matches Cav’s sunglasses. What’s not to like?

LOTTO SOUDAL


Credit where credit’s due, this kit is wunderbar - especially if you’re the German chimp.

ORICA - SCOTT


Orica Scott’s kit launch photos makes you wonder what it would be like if Michael Bay directed Adam Sandler in a direct to Netflix comedy nightmare.

TEAM DIMENSION DATA


Daniel Teklehaimanot likes the kit so much he couldn’t wait to get into the blue jersey. Still, this jersey saves lives, and it matches Cav’s sunglasses. What’s not to like?

LOTTO SOUDAL


Credit where credit’s due, this kit is wunderbar - especially if you’re the German chimp.

CANNONDALE-DRAPAC


Remember what crayons tasted like? Those were simpler times. Here are two of our favourite waxy colours combined.

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BMC RACING TEAM


It’s not often you can say your outfit has been ruined by a luxury watch.

MOVISTAR TEAM


Turning logos up to 11.

CANNONDALE-DRAPAC


Remember what crayons tasted like? Those were simpler times. Here are two of our favourite waxy colours combined.

BMC RACING TEAM


It’s not often you can say your outfit has been ruined by a luxury watch.

MOVISTAR TEAM


Turning logos up to 11.

CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE


All orange everything. On the fake tan front this is less high school cheerleader, more how did I get to be world leader.

BARDIANI CSF


Squint your eyes and recall the Liquigas glory days. Otherwise it looks like the Irish national champ’s kit.

CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE


All orange everything. On the fake tan front this is less high school cheerleader, more how did I get to be world leader.

BARDIANI CSF


Squint your eyes and recall the Liquigas glory days. Otherwise it looks like the Irish national champ’s kit.

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“Only God can judge me”

‒ Pippo Pozzato's back tattoo

Owner of the coolest bike at the Giro is part-time pro rider, full-time playboy Pippo Pozzato. The Italian’s Wilier Cento10AIR has a special edition 'cromovelato ramato' (Italian for copper-plated chrome) finish to celebrate heritage, or something. Apart from amassing a cult social media following, we’re not sure why the self-proclaimed ‘maestro’ gets the privilege of riding such a beautiful steed. He’s got more chance of winning the next Italian election than a stage at this year’s Giro (so quite a good chance then).

King Of Pain-Ache

Poor Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett suffered from a case of the over-exaggerations last weekend, writing in his entertaining columns for the Irish Independent that he thought he “was going to die” during a long night perched on the porcelain throne. “Sitting down to breakfast a full three kilos lighter than I had been the previous morning, I knew I was going to have a hard time,” he continued, detailing the stomach bug that almost took him out of the Giro. Still, we’re happy to see he’s back at race weight and swapping stickers with his teammates on the bus. Oh, and he got third on Wednesday’s sprint stage too. Nice one Sammy.

The Cycling Podcast

Are you a fan of proper race reporting and commentary? Leave this page immediately and head straight to The Cycling Podcast, who are providing superb daily updates from the roadsides. What’s more, if you’re a member of the Rapha Cycling Club, you’ll get exclusive podcasts too (the out-takes and bits that Lionel and Richard recorded while stuck in traffic jams). This week’s episode features an interview with the Doppio’s Maglia Racer, Bob Jungels.

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