Saturday, May 10, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 2: First Sprint, First Win

Stage 2 was the first open road stage of the 2014 Giro d'Italia and its relatively flat course out and back to Belfast was destined to be one for the sprinters.  Of the current marquee sprinters of the Pro Tour only Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) has chosen to ride the Giro. The others, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) have opted to race the Tour of California.  So with the first sprint contested it is Kittel one and all of the others, zero.  Although Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) gave it a good show to finish second to the big German.  But it was Michael Matthews' (Orica GreenEdge) eight place finish that was enough for him to take over the race lead and to don the Maglia Rosa and spray the crowd with champagne.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that could be yours by visiting my artist website at or you could just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Thank you and good luck being the first to get this original work of art.'Italia%202014/2362039---198213/Painting.html#.U26z3s_D_IU