It was a perfect sunny day on the Amalfi Coast yesterday for the Giro d’Italia, and I was happy that those watching the race around the world saw the coastline and Campania at its very best. Yesterday morning a light and refreshing breeze blew away the humid and heavy air of the past week. I arrived in Amalfi just as the riders were going through Maiori, but the crowds in Amalfi were already waiting.
It wasn’t long before the police cars and scooters came through with their sirens and horns announcing the race would be arriving shortly. The first two riders, perhaps Facci and Krivtsov who broke away early, came through and got the crowd all excited.
Shortly after, the rest of the riders came speeding through all at once. I couldn’t believe how fast! They arrived and less than a minute later they were gone. . .
After all the cars carrying extra bikes, tires, and the television crews went through, a van drove through announcing the end of the race. Within a matter of minutes traffic seemed to be flowing normally through Amalfi again. I was on foot, so I am not sure how much of a problem the Giro caused for traffic yesterday along the Amalfi Coast, but it seemed to be over quickly. By the time I arrived at the nearest bar with a TV, the riders were in Conca dei Marini already!
With some time to spare, I headed down to the beach to enjoy the sun and the fresh breeze in Amalfi for a little while. Later, I watched the riders as they climbed Mt. Vesuvius to the finish line on the TV at the Gran Caffè, while enjoying a lovely glass of prosecco. Yes, I am definitely a new fan of the Giro d’Italia! You can read (in English) all about the day yesterday here at La Gazzetta dello Sport.