A brisk morning, with a low of -1C, turned into a beautiful day. I'm sure the riders were pleased that the 133 kms would be run under perfect weather. I decided to wear a Stars and Stripes jersey as many know me as "il americano".
Arriving in Negrar I first ran into Francesco Moser. Moser's lasting accomplishment was in 1984 when he broke the 1972 Hour record of Eddy Merckx. In 1984 he also also won Milan-San Remo and the Giro d'Italia. Among his other victories are 3 consecutive Paris-Roubaix, and Road World Champion.
The race has all the fanfare of a big-time professional race, here the Swiss team signs in
The team presentations. The eventual winner, Gianluca Brambilla (1st left) came from this team, Zalf Desiree Fior
The serious bikes, here's one with SRM and LIGHTWEIGHT wheels
The beautiful setting in Valpolicella
The strong legs needed for the hard climb out of Negrar (in the distance in the 2nd photo) with its pitch of 20% which they get to do 5 times
After that the riders are surely praying for help; next comes the descent that was clocked at 97km/h today
After the last climb Daniela and I rode down into Negrar to find a spot to watch the finish and we did some clowning around
The winner, Gianluca Brambilla, in the last 50 meters with a 1 minute lead, and tears in his eyes. He can't believe it
The awards presentation