Welcome to the 2016 Rouleur Online Photo Annual.
Over the New Year period, contributing photographers for Rouleur will be selecting their favourite images from the cycling season.
This week, long time Rouleur photographer Paolo Ciaberta recalls snowy spring days in May spent chasing the Giro d’Italia as it passed over the high passes of the Western Italian Alps.
2016 was also the year that he photographed two iconic Italian cyclists: Felice Gimondi and Mario Cipollini.
Mikel Nieve rides alone on the Col de la Bonette in the 2016 Giro d’Italia.
The 2016 Giro peloton on the Bonette.
43 years on: Felice Gimondi in the rainbow stripes he earned in 1973.
Fans brave the hibernal conditions on the Colle dell’Agnello during the 2016 Giro.
Out of his natural habitat: an Australian fan embraces the snow…
…while others embrace the festivities, here on the Alpe di Siusi.
Shot for Rouleur 62: Mario Cipollini.
Faliero Masi at the inauguration of the newly refurbished Vigorelli velodrome.
Vincenzo Nibali and his daughter Emma on the Giro podium in Turin.
A lone Sicilian flag flutters in the icy breeze on the Col de la Bonette.
About Paolo Ciaberta:
“Based in Italy I started working in the field of photography in 2000 as a theatre photographer. Over the years I’ve developed a particular interest in setting up more exclusive and behind the scenes coverage, which I’ve integrated into the projects I work on.
My experience varies from journalism to covering theatre shows and from visualising sports to commercial business. Nowadays I often work on behalf of leading international magazines, focused on sports, culture and society.