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We’re only one day away from the 95th Giro d’Italia and I couldn’t be more excited. The Giro has an Italian flavour that sets it apart from all other races. It’s colorful, beautiful, unpredictable, chaotic, and gruelling. Today, I present to you a quiz written by Jamie Jowett to test your knowledge of the Giro. Try to see how many you can answer without Googling….
1. The Giro starts in another country, with that city being the birthplace of which current team Directeur Sportif?
A. Herning, Denmark; Bjarne Riis.
B. Izegem, Belgium; Johan Bruyneel
C. Haelen, Netherlands; Frans Maassen
D. St. Catharines, Ontario; Steve Bauer
2. Four teams have a wild card entry to this year’s Giro, including Colnago-CSF Inox and Androni Giocottoli. Name either of the two other teams with a wild card?
A. Team Net App (GER)
B. Faranese Vini (GB).
C. Vacansoleil-DCM (NL)
D. 1T4i (NL)
E. Porsche-Drapac (AUS)
3. In the 2010 Giro, what was the special connection for the winners of the KOM, Best Young Rider, and Points jersey?
A. They were all under 50kg
B. They all used Speedplay pedals
C. They were all Aussies
D. They were all Italians
4. Why is the leader’s jersey (Maglia Rosa) pink?
A. It’s Mario Cipollini’s favorite color.
B. To match the color of Italy’s national flower.
C. To match the colour of the sponsor’s newspaper.
5. Forienzo Magni was famous for racing on in 1956 despite a broken collarbone. What technique did he use to keep riding?
A. He held a piece of tape between his teeth that was tied to the handlebars, for leverage.
B. He masked the pain with amphetamines.
C. He strapped his arm to his chest and rode with one hand.
6. On the Zoncolan climb in 2011, the Race organisers banned what things from the stage?
A. Race Radios.
B. Team cars.
C. Gelati vans.
7. Cadel Evans first wore the Maglia Rosa in which year?
8. How many days did Richie Porte wear the Maglia Rosa in 2010?
9. Brad McGee wore the Maglia Rosa for two stages in 2004, finishing 8th overall that year. After McGee, Evans and Porte, name one only other Aussie to have worn the Maglia Rosa, and in what sort of stage did he win it?
A. Brett Lancaster, in 2005 after the 1.15km prologue ITT.
B. Michael Wilson in 1985 after the Team Time Trial
C. Matty Lloyd in 2010 after winning a fluke sprint finish
10. What is the name given to the highest point in the Giro d’Italia each year (which also carries higher KOM points), Cimo….?
11. What is the nickname of Damiano Cunego, winner of the 2004 Giro?
A. The Little Devil.
B. The Little Prince.
C. Il poco merda.
D. The Little Princess
12. How many times has Ivan Basso won the Giro?
C. Three times.
13. Which current Green Edge rider had his stage win taken off him and was disqualified in 2005 along with Paolo Bettini for clashing in the final sprint?
A. Baden Cooke.
B. Robbie McEwen
C. Stuart O’Grady
D. Matty Wilson
14. How many times has local Melbourne legend Tom Leaper raced the Giro?
C. Three times.
15. The only time the Giro has been won on the final stage was in 1984 by Francesco Moser. He took 80 sec’s and the win from Laurent Fignon, who later complained of:
A. Moser receiving assistance from the helicopter above.
B. Being directed the wrong way by police.
C. Saddle sores.
16. Who is the officially winner of the 2011 Giro?
A. Michele Scarponi.
B. Alberto Contador.
C. Dennis Menchov.
17. In the 1956 Giro, Charly Gaul won the race with a magnificent win two stages from the end. Going into the 2nd last stage, he was placed:
A. 24th and 16 minutes off the pace.
B. 2nd and 16 seconds behind.
C. 104th and 116 minutes off the pace.
18. The 2010 edition of the Giro featured an epic classic gravel stage in Tuscany called the…?
A. Strada Bianchi
B. Monte Zoncolan
C. Colle delle Finestre
19. Cadel Evans won that muddy stage into Montalcino, but who wore the Maglia Rosa that night?
A. Alexander Vinokourov.
B. Vincenzo Nibali.
C. David Arroyo.
20. In 1998 Marco Pantani won with a magnificent climb to Montecampione, putting 30 minutes into his nearest rival Alex Zulle. What else did Pantani win that year?
A. The Tour de France
B. The World Championships
C. La Vuelta
D. The Hour Record
21. How many stages of the Giro did Mario Cippolini win?
22. How many stages in the Giro has Robbie McEwen won?
D. Should have been 31 but it was always someone else’s fault
23. Ten Australians in total have won a stage in the Giro. Name them?
24. Green Edge is the first Aussie team to compete in a Grand Tour. Name the two Canucks selected on the team?
25. Three riders have won five Giro’s each; name two?
26. The fastest average speed in a Giro stage was in 1981 by Miltono Pridemore over 126 km’s at an average of…?
A. 38 km’s/hr
B. 49 km’s/hr.
C. 46 km’s/hr.
27. Name the Aussie rider on Saxo Bank’s team in this year’s Giro?
A. Luke Roberts
B. Jonathan Cantwell
C. David Tanner
28. Who has won the most ‘Maglia Rosa’s (leader’s jerseys), with 76?
A. Alfredo Binda
B. Eddy Merckx
C. Fausto Coppi
29. The winner of the famous 1988 Passo di Gavia stage in the snow was…?
A. Erik Breukink
B. Andy Hampsten
C. Greg LeMond
30. True or False? Greg LeMond joined Andy Hampsten as the two US winners of the Giro