Why the Giro d'Italia 2019 failed to deliver the dramatic spectacle it promised

Despite the best efforts of its Ecuadorian winner and a talented new generation, the 2019 Giro failed to rise to the level of recent editions

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When contemplating adjectives that can be applied to the Giro d’Italia, terms such as thrilling, passionate and unpredictable usually spring to mind.

Yet, although the 2019 edition had some thrills, plenty of passion and didn’t follow the expected script, particularly with regard to the overall winner, it was an uncharacteristically plodding affair, a race of what-might-have-beens that failed to live up to the pre-event billing, which had been heightened when so many GC big-hitters opted to focus on the corsa rosa as their main target rather than the Tour de France.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.