Cunego keeps the faith at the Giro d’Italia

Two kilometres from the end of stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, with the pink jersey group deadlocked as it approached the summit of Campitello Matese, a figure in garish navy and orange kit bounded clear alone. The colours were unfamiliar but the style was recognisable, and after a pause, the speaker at the finish line identified him: “Scatto di Damiano Cunego!” The crowds beneath the podium cheered. For a moment, it was yesterday.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.