Of the 21 stages at this year’s eventful Giro, SCICON partnered teams managed to bag no less than 14 of them – perhaps traveling and staying organized with Scicon Bags could be the secret to success.
With a race start in Jerusalem, a first for any Grand Tour to start outside of Europe, it was set to be a spectacular grand tour from the off. This also meant that teams and staff were under travel and organizational pressure from the off. Three days in Israel flew by, with two wins for SCICON Ambassador Elia Viviani, Quick-Step Floors, setting his sights on the Maglia Ciclamino jersey early.
Over the following weeks Viviani found a new sprint rival in Sam Bennett, BORA-hansgrohe, who bested the Italian three times, making Bennett the most successful Irish rider in Giro d’Italia history. Three visits to the top step of the podium weren’t enough however to outdo his Quick-Step Floors rival Viviani who took four wins and secured the sprinter’s jersey in Rome.
In the battle for GC, once again the Giro provided a spectacular battle fought out over the mountains, with the final blow only being dealt in the final days of the race. After the teams had packed their bike bags and left Israel for Sicily, it was Mitchelton-Scott who took command early in the race on stage 6, as Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates took flight to finish 1-2 atop Mount Etna, the first uphill battle of the race. The result, Yates in pink.
The Briton went on to win three stages in the leader’s jersey and fend off his competitors convincingly in the race’s long time trial. A Scicon Bags supported rider taking home the pink jersey once again was looking more and more likely. That was until an epic stage 19.
Chris Froome’s audacious 80km solo attack set the race on fire and turned it on its head. Yates fell apart early in the stage, dropping out of the top-10, whilst Froome ahead never faltered and rode himself into pink. A defensive day followed for Froome on the final mountain test seeing the Team Sky rider secure a historic Grand Tour victory treble.
Of the teams at the race using Scicon Bags, Mitchelton-Scott and Quick-Step Floors were the most successful with five stage wins a-piece. BORA-hansgrohe took three, while Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling taking one stage win as well, making it an impressive two-thirds of stage wins going to teams partnered with Scicon Bags.