LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/13 -- The adrenaline-fuelled Giro D'Italia is always a highlight of the cycling calendar, but for many participants and spectators 2013 was particularly eventful. Leading cycling holidays operator Neilson gives its opinion of the highs and lows of this year's race.
It was a domestic victory for the Italians this year, with favourite Vincenzo Nabali coming in just four minutes and forty-three seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran to snatch the title. However, the race signalled a real turning point for Brit Mark Cavendish's season and promised big things for the cyclist in this year's Tour de France event. Winning the first and last stages of the Giro, Cavendish cemented his reputation as one of the cycling world's best sprinters, preparing him and his team to go up a level when he comes wheel-to-wheel with cycling greats Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan.
However, it was a different story for British 2012 Olympic multiple gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, who was forced to pull out of the race. A combination of high profile crashes, bad weather and illness led to him being declared unfit by the Team Sky medical team.
Now all eyes are on France, with the country's stunning scenery, comprising lakes and mountains, plus panoramic views across the countryside, promising an exciting race. With Cavendish tipped for a podium finish, hopes are high for a British victory this year.
Those inspired by the latest dramatic turns in the cycling world should look to imitate the adrenaline highs and lows with a cycling holiday this summer. Leading UK holiday operator Neilson offers a number of cycling getaways across Europe, designed to suit all levels of ability and all budgets.
Neilson cyclists can choose their own pace and select from breathtaking landscapes such as the Italian Dolomites, the foothills of Switzerland, or Slovenian National Parks. Those looking to replicate the race for the yellow jersey should consider a French cycling break to Morzine, which is a mecca for walkers and mountain bike lovers alike. One of the most northerly Alpine resorts, Morzine offers a get-away-from-it-all experience that combines adrenaline thrills with true peace and tranquillity.
With expert instruction and guidance, plus bike and helmet hire included in the cost of a Neilson holiday, adventurous holiday makers can explore Europe at their own pace this summer.
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