Countdown to the Giro d’Italia | It’s always a fight for pink at the Giro

In less than a week, the 2013 Giro d’Italia will kick off in Naples. In Brescia, on May 26th, we’ll find out if Ryder Hesjedal can repeat on his history-making victory in last year’s Giro or if Sir Bradley Wiggins can add the 2013 Maglia Rosa of the Tour of Italy to his 2012 Maillot Jaune from the Tour de France. For the rest of the week, before the flag drops in Naples, we’ll remind you just how epic the Giro d’Italia can be.

In the miracle 1987 season that brought the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Championship road race to Stephen Roche’s noteworthy palmarès, the silky-smooth Irish bike racer first had to defeat his own teammate, Roberto Visenti--and most of the rest of his Carrera team--en route to the final Maglia Rosa.

Interesting note: Check the two top riders on the leader board at the end of the final time trial--both have sons racing now in the pro peloton.