Doppio – Edizione Tre

Welcome to the Doppio, Rapha’s double-shot of racing reportage. After eight stages of plain vanilla the race finally got its long-awaited caffeine injection with three back-to-back treats on stages 9, 10, and 11. Invigorating, smooth and creamy - like being fed a moonlight affogato by Mario Cipollini - the race is serving up some proper gelato goodness… take a scoop.

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Flavours of the week

While Sean Kelly’s out getting the cones in, we’ve been greedily gleaning all the flavour Italy has to offer. Step into our parlour and try a few of our favourites.

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Caleb Ewan

Mr Whippy


Have you ever dropped a freshly made whippy on the roadside? Caleb has. You should always back the dog who goes number two before the race, and this thoroughbred went on to win the stage.

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Giacomo Nizzolo

Neapolitan


It’s easy to think three is better than one, but you soon tire of its all flash no flavour approach and, just like the Italian champion who has withdrawn from the race, it blends into the back of the freezer, forgotten, stuck to a bag of broad beans.

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Fernando Gaviria

Strawberries & Cream


Like orthodontic braces, it’s no surprise this one’s popular amongst teenage girls. Still, we can’t deny it’s a winning flavour.

Caleb Ewan

Mr Whippy


Have you ever dropped a freshly made whippy on the roadside? Caleb has. You should always back the dog who goes number two before the race, and this thoroughbred went on to win the stage.

Giacomo Nizzolo

Neapolitan


It’s easy to think three is better than one, but you soon tire of its all flash no flavour approach and, just like the Italian champion who has withdrawn from the race, it blends into the back of the freezer, forgotten, stuck to a bag of broad beans.

Fernando Gaviria

Strawberries & Cream


Like orthodontic braces, it’s no surprise this one’s popular amongst teenage girls. Still, we can’t deny it’s a winning flavour.

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The Giro Trophy

Ice Cream Sundae


When I was a boy, mamma used to say… Behave yourself and you’ll get your hands on the ice-cream holy grail. Only the very best will be laying his hands on this Sundae come Sunday.

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Juan Antonio Flecha

Rum & Raisin


This flavour has been around for a little while, but we love it. Stirring our amore infinito further, his stage recon segments on Eurosport are a little fruity, with a heady twist. Once you’ve had Juan scoop you’ll want another.

The Giro Trophy

Ice Cream Sundae


When I was a boy, mamma used to say… Behave yourself and you’ll get your hands on the ice-cream holy grail. Only the very best will be laying his hands on this Sundae come Sunday.

Juan Antonio Flecha

Rum & Raisin


This flavour has been around for a little while, but we love it. Stirring our amore infinito further, his stage recon segments on Eurosport are a little fruity, with a heady twist. Once you’ve had Juan scoop you’ll want another.

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Nairo Quintana

The Ice Pole


This icy Coolombian refuses to melt even when things get really hot. Tricky to take seriously in his all-pink packet, though.

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Tom Dumoulin

Choc Ice


Look at his beautiful face - that chiseled jaw belongs on the silver screen. A man this handsome would fit right in a sixty year old black and white photograph, sharing a joke with Il Campionissimo.

Nairo Quintana

The Ice Pole


This icy Coolombian refuses to melt even when things get really hot. Tricky to take seriously in his all-pink packet, though.

Tom Dumoulin

Choc Ice


Look at his beautiful face - that chiseled jaw belongs on the silver screen. A man this handsome would fit right in a sixty year old black and white photograph, sharing a joke with Il Campionissimo.

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The Doppio’s weekly award for una tappa corsa con classe.

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Anything but Fraile, Omar

Looking like the grungy lead singer of a Spanish Limp Bizkit cover band, Dimension-Data’s Omar Fraile rocked the Giro to win Stage 11. The Spaniard had the legs - and the cojones - to attack with Mikel Landa over 100km out, and then, when he and Landa were caught, still found the energy to beat his breakaway rivals up over the final climb. And then, as he approached the finish line in a group of four, he still had the legs to hold on and beat them in the sprint. Not the most stylish rider, Fraile demonstrated a painface that made it look like he was going to break stuff, but he just kept on rollin’, baby.

Honourable mention

Not the Winner, Anacona



A doff of the Doppio cap to Nairo Quintana’s domestique deluxe, Winner Anacona. The snaky Colombian rattled the front group to pieces before the Iceman’s win on Blockhaus. On Wednesday he kept Quintana on ice, protecting his little leader with some big pulls as the race hotted up. He also gets top marks for a winning mullet, and for being named after Dutch cyclist Peter Winnen, with the wrong spelling… He didn’t win a stage, but he did Winner hearts.

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The Ghost of Italian Cycling

We’re twelve stages into the 100th edition of the Giro and it seems that spectres of champions past have been haunting the Italian racers - there hasn’t been a single home stage winner yet. Valerio Conti came close on Sunday but a spot of telekinesis ended in a tryst with the tarmac, letting Spaniard Gorka Iza-ghoulie float off to victory. Pippo Pozzato’s been ghosted by Pavarotti’s phantasm, presumably incensed that he would dare to call himself Maestro. The most likely sources of spiritual awakening look to be Davide Formolo or Vincenzo Nibali, but so far they’ve failed to fully materialise. Where’s the friendly Enrico Casper-otto when you need him?

The Cycling Podcast

The indefatigable Cycling Podcast team continue to serve up perfectly proportioned portions of audio delights from the Giro. Listen to their half an hour daily dispatches - now featuring the always tutti frutti Ciro Scognamiglio - and if you’re in the Rapha Cycling Club, we recommend the latest members’ special featuring former pro and Team Sky directeur sportif Brett Lancaster.

Como si dice ‘pedaleur de charme’ in italiano?

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