Susie Hartigan

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Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Milano for Stage 21


                     A moment of exultation for Contador in front of Milano's Duomo marked the end of a beautiful, tragic, controversial Giro. More pics on the flip... Milano's magnificent...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene at Nevegal for Stage Sixteen


          Now that the Giro's over :-(, and I've had time to catch my breath, I'll post the rest of my stage reports over the next few days.  This report from the mountain time trial really held...

Eddy Merckx talks to Podium Cafe


Yesterday in San Pellegrino Terme, I ran into Eddy Merckx in the cafe outside the stage headquarters, and he graciously agreed to answer a few questions.  Unfortunately, it's a bit difficult to...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in San Pellegrino Terme for Stage 18


                I still have photos to post from the past two days, but I'm doing this post out of order because I got a some cool pictures of Eros Capecchi just after he won the stage, and I...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene at Rifuggio Gardeccia for Stage Fifteen


                         With Nieve's victory at Rifuggio Gardeccia, the Basque team went two for two on the Giro's hardest Dolomiti stages (and biggest thunderstorms).    More pics on the...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene at Monte Zoncolan for Stage Fourteen


               The riders finished the Monte Zoncolan climb in a full-on, Minnesota-style thunderstorm.  Between the darkness, the pouring rain, and the chaos, most of my photos, like this one of...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Spilimbergo for Stage Thirteen


               I've had a busy few days here at the Giro, so I'll use the rest day to catch up on my reporting.  I caught up with Peter Stetina at the start of stage 13, where he was in good...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Castelfidardo for Stage Eleven


                         It was another day in pink for Alberto Contador in Castelfidardo, despite the valiant effort of Christophe Le Mevel to relieve him of the maglia rosa. More pics on the...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Teramo for Stage Ten


           Mark Cavendish finally had his day at stage ten in Teramo, and he seemed to enjoy every minute of it. More pics on the flip...  My view of the finish line:   Contador and...

Giro d'Italia: On the scene at Montevergine for the first mountaintop finish


            The stage seven climb to Montevergine wasn't exactly Monte Zoncolan, but a high finish there was no cakewalk.  Just ask Christophe Le Mevel, seen here moments after he finished in the...

Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Orvieto for Stages Five and Six


        The Umbrian hilltown of Orvieto, known for its white wine and its unparalleled duomo (cathedral), was home to the Giro for 24 hours, hosting both the finish of stage five and the start of...

Mario Cipollini talks to Podium Cafe (!!!)


I caught up with the Lion King at the start of stage three in Reggio Emilia. Translation on the flip Here's the translation: Me: Mario, what did you think of yesterday's sprint? Cipo: A very...

Giro d'Italia, On the Scene at Stages 1-4


               It's been a rough couple of days at the Giro, so I haven't posted in a while, but here are a few shots from the past four days.  Now I'm off to Orvieto, where I hope to have time...

Giro d'Italia: Scenes from a teams presentation (that wasn't)


         This was my first time at a Giro teams presentation, and I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected.  And I don't think I was alone. More pics and story on the flip... Things...

Video from HTC-Highroad pre-Giro Press Conference


I went to the HTC-Highroad pre-race press conference yesterday, and I got the chance to ask Mark Renshaw, Patrick Gretsch, Alex Rasmussen, and Mark Cavendish a few questions.    Word of warning...

Photos from Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege


           Patrick Verhoest sent us these fantastic pictures from the Ardennes classics.  Lots more pics on the flip...  Fleche Wallone:                       ...


Any other Podium Cafe folks coming to the Giro?

I'll be in Italy for the entire Giro this year, and I plan to be at either the start or finish of all but three or four stages.  If you're coming to the Giro and would like to meet up at one of the...


Photos from Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix

                               My friend Patrick Verhoest sent me some of his pictures from the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.


Photos from Cyclo-cross World Championships

                 My friend Patrick in Belgium sent these fantastic pictures from the CX World Championships.  


Pictures from QuickStep Team Presentation

                       My friend Patrick (lucky dog!) went to the QuickStep team presentation yesterday, and he sent these cool photos. 

Giro pre-race fireworks


Mount Etna erupted last night.


Cycling in Abruzzo, Italy

    While waiting for the Giro to arrive in Italy this year, I spent some time in the Abruzzo region with my brother, cycling and exploring. Abruzzo is a perfect place for a cycling holiday,...


Photos from Superprestige Hamme-Zogge by Patrick Verhoest

       My friend Patrick Verhoest in Belgium took these pictures at last Sunday's Superprestige race in Hamme-Zogge.


Nature Valley Grand Prix photos; Women's Minneapolis Criterium

The Nature Valley Grand Prix came to my neighborhood on Friday evening.  My neighbors down on the corner had a race-watching party in their yard, so I took a bunch photos of the women's...

Giro d'Italia; On the scene in Verona for Stage 21


                       Ivan Basso and his trophy glistened in the sunlight at the Arena of Verona, a beautiful finale to a fantastic Giro.   More photos on the flip... Gilberto Simoni closed...

Giro d'Italia; On the scene at Passo Tonale for Stage 20


                    "Peccato, ma è la vita," (It's too bad, but that's life), Simoni said to the press after missing out on his last chance at a Giro stage win. Basso, Arroyo, and Daniele...

Giro d'Italia; On the scene in Aprica for Stage 19


   It wasn't just Ivan Basso who celebrated his maglia rosa at the Aprica press conference.  The prodigal son had returned to brilliant (but not too brilliant) form, and the Italian press were...

Giro d'Italia; On the scene at Plan de Corones for Stage 16


                 Stefano Garzelli was king at Plan de Corones.    More photos on the flip... I had planned to watch the Plan de Corones crono somewhere along last kilometer of sterrata, but...

Brent Bookwalter Interview, Giro d'Italia, Stage 17


I caught up with Brent Bookwalter in Brunico, at the start of stage 17, and had the chance to ask him a couple of questions. After the interview, Brent asked me to thank everyone at...

Giro d'Italia; On the scene at Monte Zoncolan for Stage Fifteen


      The climb we'd all been waiting for, Monte Zoncolan, did not disappoint.  Both spectacular and decisive, the Zoncolan stage was everything a grand tour mountain stage should be.  And it made...

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