Pellaud rides with 'free spirit and tranquility' at Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia 2020 - 103th Edition - 7th stage Matera - Brindisi 143 km - 09/10/2020 - Marco Frapporti (ITA - Vini Zabu’ - KTM) - Simon Pellaud (SUI - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2020
The stage 7 breakaway included Switzerland’s Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec manager Gianni Savio, the Giro d’Italia is a social event as well as a bike race. He usually can’t go more than a few metres at a stage start without spotting an old friend. In Matera on Friday morning, he must have walked up and down Via Lucana four times without meeting a soul. Such are the realities of even the greatest human festivals in a time of physical distancing.

An autumn Giro in the middle of a pandemic is rather different in feel, but some aspects of the corsa rosa remain unchanged. Giro stages still have breakaways, and Giro breakaways always have Androni-Sidermec riders. 

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