Of course, my daily cycling fix is on with the 2006 Giro d’Italia. After le Tour de France, the tours of Italy and Spain are the most important races with history saying they are more important than the world championships. In order the win any of these three races one has to be a complete rider meaning, good on the flats, good but not great sprinter, good in the mountains and a good time trialist. Even with one area of weakness a cyclist might jeaopardize their chances to win. For instance, in this year’s race Gilberto Simoni, a great climber but a weak (comparatively speaking, of course) time trialist, has already lost time for the overall win because of a time trial. This year’s version will be very mountainous during the final week. We are in the first of three weeks of racing so, Simoni has a chance to make up the time. But, two minutes might not be that easy to make up and then gain more time for a winning margin. We will see. I wish I was in Italy because they will be racing near where I stayed at the foothills of the Dolomites at the beginning of the final week.