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Preparing for the First Grand Tour: Taking a Shower with the Pros

The BORA-hansgrohe team competes at the Giro d’Italia on 11 May.
Schiltach/Bologna May 2019. The102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia is scheduled to start on 11 May in Bologna, Italy. In the three-week Grand Tour cycling stage race, the BORA-hansgrohe cycling team will have to work its way over 3,518 kilometers (2,186 miles) and a total of 21 stages to the finish line in Verona.

Not only does the training have to be right when preparing for the first stage race of the season—the right amount of rest and relaxation is just as important. And the team’s cycling pros have a range of different habits to make sure they get the kind of relaxation they need.

A Shower with the German Champion

After his well-deserved home victory at the spring classic Eschborn-Frankfurt, Pascal Ackermann, the 25-year-old German Champion of the BORA-hansgrohe team, is now a big favorite for the 2019 Giro d’Italia stage wins. This kind of success doesn’t come easy and requires strict discipline and lots of training. The young cycling pro knows that physical fitness doesn’t increase through the sporting activity alone; what comes afterwards is a contributing factor too. He can no longer imagine being without his spa-like wellness bathroom, completely outfitted by hansgrohe; a place of deep relaxation where he can rest and unwind. Pascal’s morning shower plays an important role in his everyday life. And he also finds time to relax in the shower after his intensely active daily routine. In line with his diverse riding style, he loves variety in the shower too. After a long day of training, Pascal enjoys letting the warm water from his hansgrohe Rainmaker Select Showerpipe 460 pamper him with a soothing shower of delicate droplets. Now and then, he uses cold water to refresh and revitalize his muscles. And to get home faster after a long, rigorous race, he gladly takes advantage of the hansgrohe PowderRain shower in the team’s newly equipped bus. Two of his favorite leisure activities are swimming and taking a sauna.

Rudi Selig Likes It Hot and Cold

As one of Pascal Ackermann’s most important lead-out men, Rüdiger—or Rudi as he is usually called—Selig is not going to miss out on the 102nd Giro d’Italia. The 30-year-old pro is well prepared for the current cycling season and already proved his mettle at the great Belgian classics. But riders need to regenerate, which is why the BORA-hansgrohe team member took off to Mallorca and the Baltic Sea with his racing bike during his recovery phase. To recharge his batteries, the cycling pro likes to indulge in an overhead shower, his favorite spray being a powerful and invigorating jet. After a long day’s training, Rudi prefers to shower in the evening to treat his legs to a maximum of regeneration. Alternating hot and cold water is the perfect way to relax his muscles.

Relaxing the Italian Way

Last year, Davide Formolo was already a force to be reckoned with at the Giro d’Italia. This year, the young Italian will once again be on the starting line wearing the BORA-hansgrohe Jersey and aims to deliver a first-class performance in his home country. For Davide showering always follows the same pattern, regardless whether he is training or relaxing. He showers using an overhead shower, warm water and gentle sprays. While he lets the water run through his dark curls, he tries to free his mind of thoughts and concentrate entirely on relaxing – and of course he prefers to do so listening to Italian music.

Giro d’Italia

The 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia comprises 21 stages. The race kicks off on 11 May in Bologna in northern Italy. The riders will cover a total of 3,519 kilometers (2,186 miles) until they reach the end of the tour in Verona on 2 June 2019. The Giro d’Italia isn’t difficult just because of the 46,000 vertical meters (28,5830 vertical miles). The design of the stages is also very challenging for the riders: nine of the stages are more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) in length and riders have to climb 25,000 vertical meters (15,534 vertical miles) in just five stages. A special highlight of this year’s route is the third stage; it starts in the town of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, included to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the racing event can take the hansgrohe Cycling Challenge at www.hansgrohechallenge.com and win exciting prizes.

For more information on hansgrohe’s cycling sponsorship visit www.hansgrohe.com/about-us/sport-sponsorship.

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Laura Dietrich
PR Manager hansgrohe Brand