I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is a report circulating around Rome that Girbecco, the official mascot of the Giro d'Italia, went missing yesterday and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Girbecco was last seen at the Xacobeo-Galicia post-Giro party in the Campo de' Fiori neighborhood of Rome, which was reported to have run deep into the night. I don't have a lot of information right now, and I will be traveling in the morning, but will do what I can to find out what is happening and pass along information to you as it becomes known. Police in Rome are rounding up the usual suspects (Lazio fans), so hopefully this will be solved quickly and Girbecco will be found. Remember, he's a mountain creature from rural Abruzzi, so it's not out of the question that he has gotten lost or has slipped away out of sight on purpose, after a month in the spotlight. In any event, please keep Girbecco in your thoughts tonight. Thanks.