Giro d’Italia – Visit to ‘Slovenian’ stages 10 and 11

One of the benefits of Slovenia is that the country is so close to Italy. For two days I have been immersed in the world of Giro d’Italia. The Italian cycling circus was the last two days close to the border of my new home country. It was an excellent opportunity to go and feel the vibe of this stylish race for a pink jersey.
Today the Giro started in the old mining hamlet Cave de Predil, just across the border. Yesterday the finish was on the Altopiano del Montasio where on the 20 % steep slopes riders got some help from the crowds. Hundreds of Slovenians cheered, screamed and lent a helping hand on the Altopiano del Montasio.

Stage 11 start hamlet Cave de Predil. Home of an old abandoned mine.
Stage 11 start hamlet Cave de Predil. Home of an old abandoned mine.
A military marching band in Cave de Predil.
A military marching band in Cave de Predil.

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Cadel Evans struggled with his radio before the start of stage 11.
Cadel Evans struggled with his radio before the start of stage 11.

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There is no shortage of attention for the classification leaders at the start of stage 11.
There is no shortage of attention for the classification leaders at the start of stage 11.

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Hello, hello? Cadel Evans kept struggling with his radio.
Hello, hello? Cadel Evans kept struggling with his radio.

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The Cannondale team go for a coffee before the start.
The Cannondale team go for a coffee before the start.

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The old mining complex of Cave de Predil.
The old mining complex of Cave de Predil.

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A little help from countrymen for Slovenia's Robert Vrecer on stage 10.
A little help from countrymen for Slovenia’s Robert Vrecer on stage 10.

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Grega Bole of Vacansoleil leads the bus in stage 10.
Grega Bole of Vacansoleil leads the bus in stage 10.

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