This was my first time at a Giro teams presentation, and I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected. And I don't think I was alone.
More pics and story on the flip...
Things started off in Piazza Carignano, where the teams were unceremoniously trotted out for quick photo-ops.
Everyone was still in good spirits at that point.
After the photo op, the riders made their way to Piazza San Carlo, two blocks away.
(And my little niece is right, they are kinda hot.)
Things weren't moving quickly enough, apparently, and this woman shouted at the last few teams to get a move on.
It was imperative that they get over to Piazza San Carlo in time to stand around,
and see a parade,
and then stand around some more.
Places to sit down were at a premium.
And then we were on the move again, for a parade down Via Roma to Piazza Castello.
The riders took their time leaving Piazza San Carlo, moving at texting speed.
Arriving at Piazza Castello, I still held out some hope that there might be an actual presentation of the teams, as the riders were pushed back to the perimeter of the plazza to make room for...
well, nothing, as it turned out.
And the standing around recommenced.
Scarponi mugged for a fan's camera, fluffing his hair, showing his best "fashion model" face, and then casting a critical eye on the results.
There was a brief, very cool air show
followed by, you guessed it, more standing around.
Scarponi was the first rider to sit down.
Then a few Liquigas riders.
Then the whole Liquigas team.
A good idea travels quckly.
Thomas Lofkvist and the entire HTC team broke ranks completely and found seats on a nearby monument.
After a (long) while, this guy ran over and frantically exhorted the riders to stand up, because "comincia la cerimonia!" (the ceremony is beginning!). The riders were like, "whatever, dude."
Turns out the "cerimonia" had nothing to do with the riders, but consisted instead of some speeches from a little stage the riders probably couldn't even see from where they were standing.
I love the expressions in this shot:
Finally, it was time to leave, and there was much rejoicing!
Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe