This is an annual (re. mindlessly repetitive) rite here at the Podium Cafe: where I insist everyone get a copy of Dino Buzzati's Giro d'Italia.
I'll keep it brief this time, and promise not to speak of it again this month. But here are a few excerpts of note...
... on the significance of starting in Palermo, as this year's race is.
... on the dreams of the gregario.
... on the travails of the journalist.
Also, here's a site with a little more background. There, my work is done.