The weather in the south of Italy looks great, but some of the riders aren't too happy about the early start on their rest day

The Giro d’Italia has packed up in the Netherlands and is shipping itself down to the south of Italy to resume on Tuesday with stage four.

The long transfer gives the riders an early rest day, but gives race organisers and team logisticians a bit of a nightmare about how to transfer all the riders, vehicles, staff and kit from one country to another.

Many of the teams have sent their support staff on the 2,100km drive from Arnhem to Catanzaro giving them just one-and-a-half days to do it in.

The riders, meanwhile were treated to an early flight from Amsterdam airport and they were keen to send a few tweets along the way.

1. Marcel Kittel opted for team kit over donning the pink jersey for his flight. The German will hang on to the jersey until at least Tuesday, but may struggle to keep hold of it on a rolling stage four.

2. The car park was full of team vehicles – some of which will drive down to Italy today. Team Sky, though, will be using different vehicles in Italy to those they used in the Netherlands, which are already in Catanzaro.

3. Team Katusha decided to go on a package holiday instead.

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4. The weather in the south of Italy looks pretty appealing. Whether or not the sun will be shining in the northern mountains is yet to be seen.

5. BMC‘s Daniel Oss is a big name in his homeland.


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6. Quite a few riders had their family with them for the three days in the Netherlands, but many will have to leave them behind for the next three weeks in Italy.

7. Ag2r La Mondiale still found time for a few selfies.

8. But Alexander Kolobnev revealed it’s not much of a ‘rest’ day, with his team having to get up at 6am to get to the airport.

9. Team Sky didn’t waste any time in getting out for a training ride.

More to come throughout the day.

  • noob_sauce

    Damn, Greipel’s boy knows how to rock a cap.

  • Rich Wake

    not really, they’re still at “work” they’re being paid for their rdst day

  • Faulkner Orkney

    Err…on their rest day it would seem a bit unreasonable.

  • Adam Beevers

    it must be hard having to wake up at 6am to go to work. Poor bloke!