If the nervous sprint stages and the gruelling mountains weren’t enough for the riders to deal with at this year’s Giro d’Italia, the organisers decided to throw in a 58.2km individual time trial just for the fun of it.
It’s quite rare for a Grand Tour to feature such a long individual test (the last time the Giro featured such a distance was in 2009 with a 60.6km course), and presents a bit more of a headache for the riders as they try to consider a variety of factors including nutrition, equipment and how they pace themselves for such lengthy stint on the TT bike.
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But who better to give you a run down of all the variables than CW columnist and time trialing aficianado Michael Hutchinson who, in this video, heads out on a rainy South London day to share an insight in to what the riders will be going through on Saturday’s mammoth time trial.