The Giro Lowdown
The 2012 Giro d'Italia route was announced and while it may be more "human" it still scares riders.
of California, which has attracted some great riders, but frankly not great racing. The marquee riders are still building form for July so this year's event was a RadioShack training ride with Andy Schleck being ridden off the wheel on the Queen stage to the summit of Baldy Mountain. Then, just two months later, it was the opposite with Leipheimer unable to be a factor at all in France's mountains. I guess that's racing - either you're on good form or you're not. With the Amgen Tour of California becoming more popular and the winner of the Giro failing at the Tour, look for the race in the Golden State to become even more popular with European based riders looking for a strong July.
While the Amgen race is still only a baby in terms of racing history and who knows maybe will surpass the Giro in terms of marquee riders, the Giro will always have a rich tradition that few can touch.