Images: Yuzuru Sunada
The 2011 Giro d'Italia provided three weeks of determination, tragedy, suffering, and glory for the riders and tifosi alike. Alberto Contador emerged victorious through a dominance displayed throughout the entire event. Revelations included a rejuvenated Jose Rujano, John Gadret, and Mikel Nieve. Sadness overwhelmed the sport with the fatal crash of Wouter Weylandt. For three weeks, through it all, fans rallied behind the riders as they tackled one of the toughest grand tour courses in recent memory.