The images you see here are not meant to be the chronicle of any particular stage of the Giro d’Italia.  They are only a collection of images, expectations and situations of a faithful public-audience that awaits the passage of the athletes in one of the most challenging legs of the race, the final stage of the Monte Zoncolan, the hardest climb in all Europe.

Monte Zoncolan signs

Sings heading to the Monte Zoncolan leg of the race

 

Warning signs

Warnings for Monte Zoncolan

 

Perched almost anywhere, people carves out space in the most unexpected places to see the caravan show go by, and I have to admit, to my big surprise, that they are all extremely nice, hospitable, kind, there’s always someone who prepares coffee for you or even something to eat along the way, all of which while you have the chance to meet others fan, people who, like yourself, share the same passion that you have for this sport, a really hard one but yet so rewarding! Coraggio! Cheer up!

Cyclism supporter

Home supporter

 

The door to hell!

Entrance to hell

Hell's door at Monte Zoncolan

 

 

Things change all of a sudden when the first “plotone” of athletes arrive; the public wakes up and transform their being tired, their restlesness into a big ball of energy just to to support cyclists, covering them with shouts of encouragement …. and also with some boost!

Italian cyclist on pause

Cyclist on the track's side

 

Cyclism passionate

Sunbathe on the track

 

Followers on the track's side

Nicola Boccaccini Shot

 

Supporter pushing the bike

Real support from a peasant

 

The faces of the “climbers” are marked by expressions of fatigue, their looks seems to be lost in space, they remind us the ancient way of doing things, suffering all the way through, pushing their effort to the max … and only those who manage to maintain a clear head will be able to resist and take the advantage of the race, thanks to a decisive moment in time. Maybe even La MAGLIA ROSA, the pink jersey of the leader.

Cyclist from below

Fatigue expression on the face of a cyclist

 

Monte Zoncolan's slope

Climbing the Monte Zoncolan

 

Racing in the nature

Cyclists at Monte Zoncolan

 

Some people say that cycling is similar to life, accompanied by joy and sorrow, with its hard times but also with its rewarding moments.

Fan

Masked fan

 

Fans supporting cyclists

Fans cheering cyclists

 

Side stop

A cyclist at Monte Zoncolan

 

Cyclist on a little hill

Cyclists stop at Monte Zoncolan

 

Spending a day immersed in this surreal atmosphere that continually enhances these feelings is a privilege, an unforgettable experience, I can say that a stage at the Giro d’Italia is surely the best opportunity to leave behind the daily routine for an experience that brings to you genuine vitality!

The corsa rosa concludes with a 32.8km individual time trial that finishes in the shadow of the spectacular Milan Duomo on Sunday, May 29.

Fans escape from the rain

Under the rain

 

Ciao, Nicola.

www.nicolaboccaccini.com

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