Tourism does not stop for the event, so part of the fun was watching people and groups see what was going on, then try to understand how they might get from point A to point B on opposite sides of the race course. There are officials and multiple types of police that will tell people where they can cross. Some people want the world to turn for them and are quite put out with the fact of walking an extra 2 or 3 hundred meters to get where they are going. Mostly, people seem to be enjoying the event, and I give the organizers my highest marks for the officials who are helping and directing people. Although I use my Italian to ask directions, they respond first in Italian, then follow up with excellent English. The course is amazing for spectators going through the city center.
The cyclists were all turning pretty big gears, and I was surprised at first not to see faster spins. But thinking about it, they were coming out of a turn, on the cobbled part of the course, and they probably do not want to change gears too often. Anyway, really fun. Below is a video of one of the riders going through along with a few pictures. Ciao.
The course going toward the Piazza del Duomo.
Here comes another rider.
And there he goes!
A little boy watching from the window of his apartment.
Emily made some flags to hang on the railing of our terrace.
One for the US and one for Italia. Go teams!