There's so much more to the story of a Grand Tour than simply who won it. Every day brings its own unique narrative, and every rider has their part to play in that narrative.
This year's Giro d'Italia showed just how beautiful bike racing can be, but also how unforgiving. For Steven Kruijswijk, the intense high of leading the race into the final few stages was in sharp contrast with the intense low of crashing out of contention at a pivotal moment. For Vincenzo Nibali, the final few days provided an about-face of a different kind, as the Italian moved towards his second overall victory.
In the gallery you see below, we share some of our favourite images from the 99th edition of the Giro d'Italia. These images don't just capture the beauty of the season's first Grand Tour, they also show the emotion the Giro rouses in the riders and in those of us looking in from the outside. We hope you enjoy.
Words by Matt de Neef | Photography by Kristof Ramon, Jered & Ashley Gruber and Cor Vos