October 25, 2013 0 Comments
The Madonna del Ghisallo is the small chapel above Lake Como which sits alongside the route of the Giro di Lombardia.
A local priest, Father Ermelindo Vigano, proposed that Madonna del Ghisallo (the apparition) be declared the patroness of cyclists. This was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. The shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo contains a small cycling museum with photos and artifacts from the sport.
At the finish of the Giro, we stood in the rain waiting for 33 minutes for the last two riders to complete the course. The rest of the media contingent had left, either for the warmth of the bar or the press conference with the winner. The second last rider was in his last race as a professional and the last rider was in his first World Tour race. We were very happy to interview both.
Once we finished the interviews, we ran back to the car to find the famous chapel on the hill. With only a rudimentary map to guide us, we found the chapel at dusk after we drove up the climb from Bellagio on Lake Como in the twilight. Below are some of the images. The chapel is part cycling curiosity, part museum and part place of worship. It is magnificent. Where else can you see such a concentration of cycling history of biblical proportions?
April 30, 2021 0 Comments
Mark Cavendish’s welcome return to victory has led to calls for the Briton to be selected for the Tour de France, including the #CavToTheTour push on Twitter. There is a considerable emotional appeal to him taking part, but is it practical?
April 23, 2021 0 Comments
Earlier this week l’Equipe reported that last year’s Tour runner-up Primož Roglič would have a two month break from racing prior to the French event. That approach goes against the trend of all recent Tour winners, yet Jumbo-Visma believes that this route is the best one to take. Is the team right?
April 16, 2021 0 Comments
The Richard Freeman investigation may have concluded, but there is a sense that questions about British Cycling may only be multiplying. As WADA begins to delve into the federation’s past, Conquista speaks to one whistleblower about his ongoing concerns and where he believes previous enquiries have fallen short.