No Cigars | Kilometre 0

Twelve teams have won stages at the Giro d’Italia, which means that ten have not. In this episode we hear from some of those who are set to go home empty handed, including Doug Ryder and Ben O’Connor of Dimension Data, whose run of bad luck and poor results predates the Giro. We also hear […]

The Yellow Jumper | Kilometre 0

In only his fourth Grand Tour, Primoz Roglic enters the final stages of the Giro d’Italia still with a chance of winning. His back story is well known by now but the sheer speed of his progress is sometimes overlooked. Having started racing in 2013 he took his first win the following year – the […]

Il Mortirolo | Kilometre 0

Tuesday’s 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia has given up the Gavia but the riders in the race would have preferred the bad weather to spare them the Mortirolo. The first of the ‘Corsa Rosa’s’ überclimbs, an evil mineshaft cut through forests once supposedly roamed by witches & brigands, it remains one of cycling’s most […]

The vegan pro | Kilometre 0

Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal follows a plant-based diet. Being lactose intolerant he cut out dairy products years ago and stopped eating meat a couple of seasons back. But is a meat-free diet compatible with the rigours of professional cycling? We hear Hansen talk about his reasons for following a vegan diet, how he feels and […]

Hail, Cesare! | Kilometre 0

On long, flat – dare we say it, slightly boring – days like the tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia you will often see the peloton led for kilometre after kilometre by one rider from the team of the dominant sprinter. On Tuesday’s stage to Modena, it was Cesare Benedetti of Bora-Hansgrohe who sat on […]

La Girina | Kilometre 0

At a race that glories in its traditions and sometimes its dogmas, Giusy Virelli, a 34-year-old from an Italian cycling backwater in the deep south, is something of a trailblazer. If Mauro Vegni, the race director, is the architect of the “Corsa Rosa”, Virelli has become one of its key project managers, the most important […]

Clear Eyes, Full Heart – The Filippo Simeoni Story | Kilometre 0

Filippo Simeoni wishes his career was remembered for his stage wins in the Vuelta a España or his Italian national championship title in 2008. Instead, as of a day in late July 2004, he became synonymous with an incident that had nothing to do with winning races and instead caused him to lose some of […]

Padri d’Italia – Cycling and fatherhood | Kilometre 0

Ten days before the Giro d’Italia started, Conor Dunne became a father for the first time. Having missed out on all the grand tours last season when he was with the soon-to-implode Aqua Blue team, he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to ride the Giro d’Italia. But it meant leaving his newborn baby and […]

La Grassa – The Fat One | Kilometre 0

For the Grande Partenza of its 102nd edition, the Giro picked a grand old Italian city: Bologna. Famed for its cuisine, its scholars and the porticos that stage 1 to the Madonna di San Luca showcased in all of their glory, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region sits at the crossroads of Italy. Meanwhile, abroad, […]

Kilometre 0 Worlds Stories: Never too late

Edwige Pitel competed at the world road race championship in Innsbruck for France. She has been racing for 15 years, including at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and was French road race champion in 2016. She was 49 then and is 51 now — and still riding at the highest level. She also works as […]