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Let the tours begin


May 01. 2013 11:14AM

By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com






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Ah, it's May Day.
And, of course, that means something a little more than the Cinco de Mayo celebrations are just around the corner to those of us that keep an eye on professional cycling.
May means it's time for the Giro d'Itali. In case I had forgotten (which I didn't), I found a giant reminder on a trip to New York City this past weekend with my good friends Drew and Amy as you can see by the picture at right.
OK, it was really an ad for the New York City five borough ride which is sponsored by the Giro, but it served its purpose.
This year's race, which starts Saturday, should be a fun one to follow with plenty of story lines to follow.
Can American Tyler Phinney grab the pink jersey for a few days again? Will Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins dominate the race the way the did in last year's Tour de France? Can Ryder Hesjedal defend his title? Can anyone challenge Mark Cavendish in the sprint finishes? Will that app that Facebook is telling me to download be in English?
OK, I can answer one question right now. No, no one can touch Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish.
No matter what it should make for a interesting three weeks.
Of course, the United States has its own stage race during May with the Amgen Tour of California. The eight-day stage race starts on May 12.
And why we are on the subject of the grand tours, there is already drama brewing for the Tour de France.
Team Sky teammates Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are sniping at each other in the press over who will be the team leader come July.
Froome claims he was told by team management that Tour would be his to win this year. Wiggins, on the other hand, says the situation will be much more fluid with the stronger of the two riders emerging as the team leader.
Considering that many thought Froome was the stronger of the two riders last year and held back to support Wiggins, it should make for a very interesting race.
Getting back to that New York City five borough ride, if any local riders are participating this year, I would love to talk to you for an upcoming Cycling Scene column. Drop me a line at jsoprano@timesleader.com if you plan on riding in the event this year.
Well that's it for today. Remember to check out www.timesleader.com throughout the summer for cycling updates.



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