Any cyclist that has ever raced a criterium or cyclocross race is familiar with one of the final warnings given by the race official "Don't ride backward on the course!" I'm not sure I have ever heard an official at a road race give the same warning.
So, what does that have to do with this week's Lucha Vino challenge? I'm riding backward on the 2017 Giro d' Italia course! My journey started in Piedmont and now I am tracing the route backward to Tuscany.
Stage 11 starts in Firenze (Florence) and travels East to Bagno di Romagna and includes five climbs along the way. These types of stages are often the places that separate the men from the boys, the contenders from the pretenders, the climbers from the sprinters... You get the picture.
This week's Lucha Vino match up features a Washington Sangiovese taking on a Chianti Classico from Tuscany. Which one of these Luchadors will prove to be mightier than the other?
2014 Casa Smith Sangiovese v. 2013 Felsina Chianti Classico