The first week of the Giro d' Italia and the Tour of California took place simultaneously during the second week of May. The races were physically separated by thousands of miles. Yet, both featured similar high intensity racing.
Many racers commented that the first week of racing in this year's Giro was the hardest ever. No more showing up and racing into top form during the first week. This year the top riders were doing battle from the very first day.
Meanwhile, over in California the racers were locked in a series of stages featuring long breakaways and intense bunch sprint finishes. Mark Cavendish dominated the sprints taking 4 victories out of the 8 stages.
This week's Lucha Vino matchup features a battle royale of Cabernet heavyweights from Washington and California.
2011 Laurelhurst Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon v. 2011 Kokomo Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon