Lockdown Diaries – Day 63

In yesterday’s post, I was quite bullish with regards to my feelings around football returning.

The sanitised, fan free version that is.

Today, I offer a confession.

I would kill (metaphorically, not through the transmission of a virus) to be able to see professional cycling again. I bloody miss it. Especially at this time of year, where there are usually two or three races a day on Eurosport.

None more important than the Giro d’Italia.

It is the race to watch. Beyond the Tour. Edging out the Vuelta. Where the big teams send their second nines (real, not false), so that it creates a positive and competitive environment.

No Sky/Ineos trains at the front. Until they went on to win it. Stealing some of the joy from the race.

So even if today would have been a rest day – terrible words when combined – it’s hard not to really miss it. Miss seeing the fight for the pink jersey of the race leader. The rolling countryside. The excuse to find a regional dish or bottle of wine to sample, because it brought you closer to the race. Closer to the country I love.

Which is why I am thankful for the likes of The Cycling Podcast – who have created a Giro of memories, thoughts and ideas. That whilst they don’t replace the actual race, fill a gap that needed to be filled. More so with the cooking and wine sections with Daniel Friebe, Lionel Birnie and Felicity Cloake.

Or to Daniel Lloyd and Eurosport for showing highlights of the brilliant stages, of recent years. With names of the past and faces of the future. Again, it’s not the same, but it is a taste. A reminder of how great the race is. A reminder of how good a commentator Rob Hatch is.

So whilst I still agree that professional sport returning should still be some way off, I will admit to hoping the riders will be back on the road, sometime soon(ish).

Until then – Buon appetito é Salute

Image: A selection of Italian wines from Wayward Wines, The Wine Society and Italvinus – mostly low intervention; mapped (roughly) in their regions

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