Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Victory for Sweden in Italy

Last night after spinning class, I tuned into coverage of the Giro D'Italia just in time to watch a Swedish cycling great take the overall lead (perfect inspiration for my next spinning class). Thomas Lövkvist wins the "pink jersey" following stage 4 of the event in the Dolomites of Italy (still snow capped at this time of year). I became familiar with Lövkvist during last year's Tour de France.

Nicknamed Gotland and known for his sprinting skills, he's expected to compete with Lance Armstrong in July at the Tour de France. Lövkvist made the "Top 50" at the 2008 Tour de France, finishing in 41st place overall with a 6th place finish among the "Young Riders."

He's an exciting Swede to watch at the Giro D'Italia and ended Stage 5 in second place overall, after today's climb up the Alpe di Siusi. He's only 5 seconds off the pace. (In case you're wondering, Armstrong is now 3:34 off the lead.) The 100th edition of the 21-stage Giro D'Italia, with 6 six mountaintop finishes, comes to a close on May 31st in Rome.

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