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Eros Poli at the Giro d’Italia: Stage 19 preview for inCycle TV



Our very own Eros Poli has been back in action for inCycle TV, previewing what should be one of the most decisive days at this year’s Giro d’Italia.

With the help of the inGamba mechanical team, Poli headed to the Valle d’Aosta region in Italy’s extreme northwest to reveal the key points on this gruelling stage from Gravellona Toce to Cervinia.

It’s the first time that the Corsa Rosa has come to Gravellona Toce, but the finish in Cervinia will be very familiar to fans of Italian cycling. It first featured in 1960, when a little known Addo Kazianka beat the likes of Charly Gaul and Jacques Anquetil to take the biggest win of his career. Most recently, Movistar’s Andrey Amador won with a gutsy sprint to the line in 2012.

Undoubtedly the climb’s most famous moment happened in 1997, however, when Saeco’s Ivan Gotti used the climb to wrestle the maglia rosa from Pavel Tonkov. The Russian was the favourite that year, having also won in 1996, but he was put to the sword on the ascent to Cervinia by Gotti who overcame a 67 second deficit to give the local Tifosi something to cheer about.






This year, the 19th day of the Giro should again be decisive. It’s 236km in total, with around 4,800 m of climbing, most of which is tackled in the last 100km on three huge, back-to-back climbs. The St. Barthélemy ascent (20 km at a 5.6% gradient) comes first, followed by St. Pantaléon (a harsher climb: 16.5 km at a 7.2% gradient) and as the grand finale, the 19km-long climb to Cervinia, which has an average 5% gradient but ramps up to 12% in places.

Here’s what Eros has to say about it.


Eros Poli features on inCycle TV for Giro d’Italia preview



Our very own Eros Poli is working hard at the Giro d’Italia right now, but he took time to collaborate with inCycle TV to create a series of previews for the most demanding stages of this year’s Corsa Rosa. 

There will be exciting previews of stages 19 and 20 to come, when Eros analyse two difficult days of climbing on some of the most iconic ascents in the Alps, but first up is stage 16 from Pinzolo to Aprica.

A high mountain stage with five KOM climbs, the peloton will cover a total of 174km and 4,500m of vertical. The route starts uphill in Pinzolo and tackles the Campo Carlo Magno climb – which also features on stage 15 – before a fast descent into Dimaro.

From there, the road goes up again to the famous Passo del Tonale. The stage then drops down into Ponte di Legno and Edolo, then takes in the first climb towards Aprica, through the village of Santicolo – where the gradient peaks at 15% in the first stretch. After rolling past Corteno Golgi, the route heads for the first passage on the finish line. The following descent is initially wide and fast, and turns narrower and more technical all the way up to Stazzona.




The road then levels out briefly while running through Tirano – the only flat sector of the stage – then it tackles the Mortirolo climb along the traditional Mazzo di Valtellina slope, with an average 12.2% gradient along the six kilometres of the central sector, and highs of 18%. This is followed by a technical descent to Monno and then to Edolo, where the route will retrace the 14km to Aprica.

Mortirolo is this year’s “Montagna Pantani”, celebrating the great success of 4 June 1994, when the great Marco Pantani clinched a masterful solo win – his second consecutive stage win that year – to announce his talent to the world and secure a place on the Giro’s podium behind Evgeni Berzin and ahead of Miguel Indurain.


Find form with inGamba: Our Chianti Training Program



No one provides the pro experience better than inGamba. Whether its our fleet of race-ready Pinarello F8s, our team of professional soigneurs and mechanics who are veterans of the World Tour or the special relationships we enjoy with partners like Zipp and Giordana, we offer the kind of equipment and support that wouldn’t look out of place in the peloton at a Grand Tour.




Off the bike, we do things a little differently though. There’s no weight watching allowed, no daily allowances of goodies and definitely no alcohol or dessert embargoes. We fuel for the ride the old fashioned way: by grabbing the tastiest thing we can find.




We like to joke with our guests that regardless of how many kilometres they ride or how many calories they burn while they’re with us in Tuscany, they’ll go home heavier than they came. That’s because at the heart of most inGamba trip, there’s a balance between the bike and the table tends to tilt towards the latter. Ride hard, sure, but save your energy for the sprint to the dinner table.

Our Chianti Training Program is a little different. There will still be a bounty of the finest food and wine that Tuscany has to offer, but the focus is more on fitness and the kind of long rides that build speed, tone legs and make lasting memories.




We normally travel to a selection of Chianti’s best eateries because, put simply, no one know’s the region’s restaurants better than us. Our regular spots are a result of years of intensive research and hard work, suffering through countless bottles of fine wines and plate after plate of delicacies.

But it’s also true that there’s no place like home, and home for us is Borgolecchi, where the kitchen and Morgaro’s culinary skills have legendary status among inGamba regulars and the pro teams that join us whenever they’re in need of a proper feed. There’s just no better place to experience traditional Tuscan cooking.

Staying close to home means that there’ll be more time for recovery and more time to let our team of professional soigneurs work their magic on tired muscles. Once the day’s ride is done, there’s nothing left for an athlete to do but put up their feet, wait for a massage and then chill until it’s time for dinner. That might be homemade pasta, or Morgaro’s famous peposa, it might be a Tuscan bean stew, or an almost impossibly juicy Florentine steak. It might be all of those things together. But whatever it is, we can promise you, it will be delicious.



To find out more about this unique trip in Tuscany, click here to see the complete program. And to register, just click here.  

Miguel Indurain: An exclusive chance to ride with a legend

Indurain TT Giro

Miguel Indurain. Miguelon. Big Mig. Eighty kilos and 1.88m of power and class, a rider blessed not only with intelligence but with the patience needed to make the most of it. A reticent champion, who could still carry a look of timidity while savaging the peloton. A symbol of the new democratic Spain, its youth and its potential, its eagerness to be a part of Europe and the wider world. The first – the only, now – man to win five consecutive Tours de France.

As a professional cyclist, Indurain was many things. And there were some things he was not. The Spaniard was never flashy, and what few critics he had confused that with a lack of panache. The thing is, you don’t need to be ostentatious when you’re the complete package. Miguelon could devour mountains and tear up time trials. On the flat, ascending, descending, in a group, on his own; it didn’t matter. He could – and usually did – win every which way. He was rarely flamboyant, but he was never fearful, either.

Greg LeMond’s back-to-back victories in 1989 and ’90 were big news in the English-speaking world, but in Spain all they only mattered in the context of Indurain. Had he not been riding for Pedro Delgado, the ’88 maillot jaune, could he have beaten the American? Had Spain’s beloved Perico – an anachronistic rider that lived to attack, to entertain and surprise and who often lost because of it – got in the way?

They’d get their answer the next year. Promoted to leader, Indurain showed the world just what he was capable of. Stage 13 from Jaca to Val-Louron included an ascent of the Tourmalet. LeMond had escaped at the bottom of the climb, but Indurain soon overcame gravity and his opponent’s enormous talent to real the American in and leave him behind with ferocious aplomb. After the summit, LeMond used his descending skills to close the gap, but when the road tilted skyward again on the Col d’Aspin, Indurain twisted the knife and increased his lead. Then, upon hearing that the dogged Italian Claudio Chiappucci was in pursuit, he waited. Two heads are better than one against the wind, after all. The pair rallied to the finish, where El Diablo took the stage and Miguelon donned the yellow jersey. It would be his for the next four years.

Writing at the time, the French newspaper L’Equipe documented the move with typical style:

Everything turned around up there, amid the infernal noise of klaxons and helicopters, in that incomporable cacophony of the maddest moments of the Tour de France. Everything was sewn up there, on the last 500 metres of the Tourmalet, on this thread of narrow road, in the midst of the fists and the arms, those thousands of faces deformed by excitement. There were 500 metres and Greg Lemond was hunched savagely on his saddle. He got up. He sat down again. Got up again. He couldn’t pedal any harder. It wasn’t a pretty thing to watch, Lemond, in those moments… “

Watching LeMond, himself a great champion, suffer might not have been pretty, but seeing Indurain take control of the Tour de France was a captivating sight. It set the tone for half a decade. Like a force of nature, like a tidal wave in yellow, he swept up all before him. He won five Tours in a row, at one point wearing the leader’s jersey for an incredible 60 days running. He also won the Giro d’Italia twice – two rare Giro-Tour doubles that would, even had he won nothing else, make him a colossus in the sport. He beat Graeme Obree’s Hour Record. He was time-trial champion at the ’95 Worlds, and added a gold medal to his palmarès in the same discipline at the ’96 Olympics.

Indurain was a rider blessed with tack-sharp acumen and an abundance of race craft, full of time trialling prowess and climbing style, an almost inexhaustible talent, hidden behind a crooked smile and a shy demeanour, even under the brightest and hottest of spotlights. It will be a long time before we see his like again.


As part of our partnership with Pinarello and Hotel La Perla, inGamba is offering an exclusive opportunity to ride with Miguel Indurain this summer, surrounded by the splendour of the Dolomites. 

The package Includes:

  • Miguel Indurain (5-time Tour de France Winner) led daily ride
  • Pinarello Dogma F8 bike with Shimano Di2 and Zipp wheels*
  • A professional mechanic to fine tune and wash your bike daily
  • Team car support on rides with mechanic
  • Professional cycling soigneur for post ride massages*
  • Daily prepared ride food including energy drinks, bars and gels
  • Garmin 810 with pre-downloaded routes or files for your GPS*
  • Pocket size ride map with daily ride and elevation profile
  • Recovery drink and light lunch upon return to Pinarello Dogma lounge
  • A Giordana FR-C Cycling kit with jersey and bib shorts
  • Daily wash & fold service for your riding kit

You can find out more about this unforgettable experience here.