Cycling: Adam’s love and hate relationship with Giro

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The Giro d’Italia begins again today after a rest day yesterday with Sheffield’s Adam Blythe determined to finish the race.

The 23-year-old from Dronfield has been part of a gruelling fortnight of racing which has seen torrential rain making descents hazardous and freezing weather meaning some mountain top finishes have been inaccessible.

But as Blythe and his BMC Racing colleagues try to aid their team leader Cadel Evans’ attempt to chase down maglia rosa wearer Vincenzo Nibali he said the Giro is an amazing experience.

“Sometimes I love it and sometimes I really hate it,” he told The Star.

“There have been times when I’ve seriously wondered whether it has been doing my health any good.

“But there are other occasions when the group is going on well and you look around and you think ‘this is the Giro!’

“It’s another hard week in front of us but we have a chance with Cadel near the front. I’m enjoying it.”

Evans is one minute 26 seconds behind Nibali heading into today’s 216 kilometre stage from Valloire to Ivrea.

The race ends in Brescia on Sunday.

Blythe joked: “There aren’t many sprinters stages left apart from the last one. I might have a go there, unless I’m just surviving!”