Rick Zabel, Giro's youngest rider, survives "longest day"

Even a famous surname can't take the pain out of the Giro d'Italia's mammoth 264km stage

Rick Zabel, son of sprint legend Erik (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Rick Zabel, the Giro d'Italia's youngest rider and son of sprint great Erik Zabel, completed the longest day of his life on the bike today in the Giro d'Italia.

Arriving in Fiuggi, south of Rome, BMC Racing's 21-year-old survived 264 kilometres, or a seven-hour, 40-minute stage.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.