Eddie Dunbar: Final week of Giro d’Italia will see the real fireworks

CRANS-MONTANA, SWITZERLAND - MAY 19: (L-R) Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers - Pink Leader Jersey and Eddie Dunbar of Ireland and Team Jayco AlUla cross the finish line during the 106th Giro d'Italia 2023, Stage 13 a 75km stage from Le Chable to Crans-Montana - Valais 1456m - Stage shortened due to the adverse weather conditions / #UCIWT / on May 19, 2023 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,)
Eddie Dunbar of Ireland and Team Jayco AlUla cross the finish line on stage 13 at Crans Montana, Switzerland in eighth place (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Most mornings when Eddie Dunbar walks into the mixed zone at the Giro d’Italia, somebody invariably suggests that a man from Banteer in County Cork should be revelling in the rain that has so conditioned this race.  

His own view is more nuanced. “I tolerate it,” Dunbar told Cyclingnews. “Obviously, I grew up with bad weather, but I don’t want to race in it, nobody does. Anyone who says they do is talking shite, basically.”

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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.