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This episode of Our Giro looks at the relationship between the Giro d’Italia and the literary tradition of journalists, writers and poets covering the race.

We look at the 1949 Giro and the continuing rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali through the pages of a collection of writing by novelist and poet Dino Buzzati.

Daniel speaks to Filippo Cauz and Leonardo Piccione, two young writers who are seeking to capture the poetry and emotion of the Giro in their collection of writing, Bidon.

We also revisit the work of Gianni Mura and some of the other great writers who have added a literary flourish to their coverage of the race.

Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe for Tales of the Tappe.

The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

The title music for Our Giro coverage is called Cozze by Amaraterra.


Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi, by William Fotheringham
The 1949 Giro d’Italia, by Dino Buzzati
Catastrophe and other stories, by Dino Buzzati
Road to Valour: Gino Bartali – Tour de France Legend And World War Two Hero
Across the River and Into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway
Bidon – (In Italian)

We look back at the sensational final Friday of the 2018 Giro d’Italia when Chris Froome launched a long-range attack, cracking an already faltering Simon Yates and setting himself up to win the race overall. We speak to Froome, Yates, Dumoulin and the other chief protagonists.
What is the best-looking Italian cycling jersey of all-time? You decide. Starting tomorrow on our Twitter page is the Coppa Italia of Italian cycling jerseys. Vote for your favourites in the group stage now.

While we’ve been doing Our Giro, Mitch Docker and his old Orica-GreenEdge teammates have been remembering Their Giro when they won the opening team time trial of the 2014 race in Belfast.

Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes.

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Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at with the code SISCP25

This episode is also supported by Laka, a community of cyclists all working together to provide insurance cover for their bikes and equipment. To find out more, go to

If you have a smart turbo trainer, you can ride Our Giro on the RGT digital platform. Each stage is around 30 kilometres long and will be online for three days. Go to for details of how to download the app and sign up. Thanks to RGT and for helping us create Our Giro.

You may have to be quick but the first batch of Stacy Snyder’s Giro d’Italia mugs and cappuccino cups go on sale as soon as this episode finishes (assuming you started listening when it was first uploaded). This year, we are raising money for the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene, near Bergamo. This is a cycling school in one of the areas worst hit by the coronavirus crisis and a cause suggested by Team CCC’s performance coach Marco Pinotti in a recent episode. Go to Stacy’s Etsy page to buy the cups.

Our friends at have put together a ‘Selezione Our Giro’ case of 12 wines from around Italy. There’s also a ‘Baby Giro’ case of six bottles. Use the code ‘Our Giro’ when ordering. Cases can be delivered in the UK, excluding the Highlands and Northern Ireland, and a donation from each case will be made to the Scuola Ciclismo in Cene.