106th Giro d’Italia 2023 – Stage 16 Grand Tours possess the unique ability to create heroes out of athletes who might never fight for an overall win.
And while this year’s Giro d’Italia will always be remembered for its final thrills—for Roglič’s dropped chain and his ultimate triumph, for Cav’s final Roman sprint—it was also the race where a few names became ones we likely won’t soon forget , where a pair of young riders became heroes, thanks to their fearless displays of guts and relentless attempts to win. Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost)
Ben Healy started making some waves this spring. Video player poster image The diminutive young Irish cyclist, who races for EF Education-EasyPost, hinted at a style of racing throughout the Flemish and Ardennes classics that endeared cycling fans to him. Unafraid of the break, he seemed almost comfortable with long days spent suffering.
Plus, he could climb .
The twenty-two-year-old finished second in Brabantse Pijl, second in Amstel Gold Race , and fourth at Liège-Bastogne-Liège , making his a name to watch as the first Grand Tour approached.
And then, after a few inauspicious and relatively flat stages to open the Giro , Ben Healy broke out. It was in stage eight, fifty kilometers and plenty of climbing between him and the finish, that Healy attacked. No way he could stay away that long, everyone thought.
Except he could. And on his maiden Grand Tour, Ben Healy became a stage winner. Related Story Stage 5 of the Giro: Did That Just […]