Roche: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Taylor Phinney”

The 2012 Giro d'Italia has been a very exciting race so far, which was perhaps to be expected as it’s such an open race this year. There has been an amazing amount of crashes, which is always understandable at the start of a Grand Tour when all the riders are quite nervous. I think the nerves increase when major tours start abroad, because the surroundings are a unfamiliar and the crowds and sense of expectation are much bigger than you would normally see if the race was starting in Italy.

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In 1987, Stephen Roche won the Giro d'Italia on his way to a famous Triple Crown. Later that year he added the Tour de France and the Road World Championships in what one of the most dominant seasons of the last 30 years. The Irishman always says things how he sees them and is notoriously outspoken on the sport's biggest issues. The Giro d'Italia is a race very close to his heart, and here he shares his thoughts on the 2012 renewal.