Giro d’Italia the hardest Grand Tour of recent years, says Rogers

Nowadays, there are numbers to back up the feelings. As Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) wheeled across the line at the end of stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia in San Giorgio del Sannio, a glance at his power-meter confirmed the impressions he had formed out on the road. This has, he said, been the toughest opening act to a three-week stage race in recent memory.

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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.