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Issue 34 Feature Lifestyle

The Confounding Charm of the Tour of Italy

The most beautiful (and most fraught) bike race in the world

August 4, 2015

Since 1909, cyclists in the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia) have been winding their way through medieval villages, lush citrus orchards, glacial river valleys, Roman castle fortresses, and impossibly pristine farmland with sweeping panoramic views. The Tour of Italy is perhaps the most beautiful bike race in the world, but, increasingly, one of the sport’s most fraught. Last year, after being banned from the sport, cyclist Danilo Di Luca made the audacious claim that one could not finish among the top 10 competitors of the race without using performance enhancers, and this year, coverage of the event was plagued by rumors of battery-operated motors concealed within bicycle frames. The images that follow of the storied Giro raise important questions about our relationship with competitive sports today: To what extent can we separate the pleasure of watching with the success-at-any-price actions of its competitors? Can we just sit back and enjoy the ride? Bet you can’t find the white dog.

The Marche stage, Castelfidardo
Abruzzo and Molise stage, Campitello Matese
Lombardia stage, Edolo, Val Camonica

Photos by Riverboom/INSTITUTE

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The Confounding Charm of the Tour of Italy The most beautiful (and most fraught) bike race in the world