Eric, one of the buyers here at Performance HQ, was lucky enough to fly to Italy last week to check out a few days of the Giro d’Italia, and he shot some amazing video footage that we’re sure you won’t find anywhere else. Eric was able to score a seat in one of the Vittoria neutral support cars during Stage 9, which ended high atop smoldering Mount Etna, and he was doubly lucky to be in the car that followed the leaders for the entire stage!
Eric was there, video camera in hand, to watch the breakaway, along with the mad dance of cars, motorcycles and fans that accompanied them as they led the way up the mountain. And he also had a front-row seat as Alberto Contador launched the attack that would put him in the pink jersey at the end of day (the famed maglia rosa of the overall race leader).
So enjoy our behind-the-scenes view into a day in the life of a Grand Tour stage, as seen from inside the race: