A day at Giro d’Italia for Nick
Imagine getting the chance to experience first hand an unforgettable day in the heart of the race. This dream came true for Nick Jeitner, winner of the first Elite Sior 2010 Contest, the initiative dedicated to the British market buying Sior, the new innovative, light and resistant Elite water bottle made in carbon and titanium. Nick got the chance to follow the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia directly from the HTC-Columbia flagship vehicle. It was one of the most spectacular stages, starting in Mestre, just a few kilometres from Elite headquarters in Fontaniva (PD), and arriving at the top of the Monte Zoncolan, the hardest climb in Italy and perhaps even in Europe, with an average gradient of 7% and stretches with inclines surpassing 23%.
“For a fan like me – explains Nick -. It was an extraordinary experience. I was side by side with the sports director, who was guiding the riders with his valuable advice throughout the race. I saw spectacular scenes when the mechanic intervened on the fly to change a rider’s tire after a flat; then he worked on the bike while leaning out of the window in the middle of the race.” The refuelling phases were also impressive, with the riders coming up alongside the flagship car to stock up on water bottles. “It’s incredible – says Nick-. Even on the up hill the best team players splinter away from the group and manage to take on up to 8 water bottles, slipping them in to any available space, in their pockets and under their jerseys, to then catch up to their group again and bring water to their team mates.”
At the end of the stage Nick had the chance to meet and shake hands with all the riders on Team HTC-Columbia. “After the Zoncolan they were all shattered – explains Nick -. And nevertheless they were all very nice to me, posing for photos and signing autographs. I was especially impressed with the great Marco Pinotti, who is proving to be in top form for this Giro. Even if he’s more of a passer than a climber, on the ramps at the Zoncolan he did quite well for himself, eking out an 8th place finish.”