The Giro d’Italia arrived in Modena, home of Luciano Pavarotti and balsamic vinegar and on the doorstep of the Ferrari Formula 1 team on the day that their former world champion Niki Lauda died.

Join Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for an unexpected, uncharacteristic but very welcome post stage G&T as they discuss the winners and losers of a crash-affected sprint finish.

We hear from the Groupama-FDJ team-mates of stage winner Arnaud Demare and discuss which of the sprinters can win in tomorrow’s last chance saloon and whether Italian champion Elia Viviani can save his Giro at the last moment.

In the second part we take a trip to Cesenatico and the Marco Pantani museum as the Giro approaches the 20th anniversary of his great downfall at Madonna di Campiglio. We also eat piadine at the family-owned sandwich shop.

In part three we discuss the theory of de-training during a relatively easy opening week and get the opinion of Team Sunweb’s race coach Matt Winston, then hear from the young Welshman making his Grand Tour debut, Scott Davies.

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