The Darkside of Sardinia 


Stage 2 – 221 km from Oliba to Tortoli


Now that was a tough stage for us as a quintet, especially following yesterday. We haven’t really had time to feel our way into this Giro. It’s been a two tough days in tandem and with 5 guys of varying abilities and levels of fitness this stage so early on was always going to be a big day out regardless.


The Road surfaces went from alabaster smooth to rough as the proverbial bears, however the route was stunning albeit sloping upwards right from the start.


Running almost entirely through inland Sardinia. First a rolling section across the district of Nuoro with three long climbs: Bitti and Orune (non-categorised climb), Nuoro (a steeper, categorised climb) and Passo di Gen- na Silana (cat. climb). Past Genna Silana was a long, fast-running descent, over 20 km, quite bumpy at points, on wide, well-surfaced roads.

 The ride topped out at 1017m but this was pretty much a big ring climb.​

We took a pretty major detour this morning  coupled with 3560m of climbing over some tough roads, time caught up with the group and following a foggy Cattle lined descent into darkness


The organiser made the decision to stop the stage just 13km shy of the official finish. It pains me to say (as I still had a lot in the tank, the racer in me wanted to push on hours ago) but it was 💯% correct decision, this isn’t a race and we all stick together. As a group we are stronger, so my thoughts in reflection over a 10.40pm team dinner turned to the African proverb –


From a race day perspective this has all the ingredients for a favourite to lose some serious time if they get caught out, so an exciting days racing.

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Thanks from all at Cureleukeamia

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~ by theboxterboy on May 6, 2017.

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