In cycling the Giro is right up these only just behind the Tour de France in prestige. To win the Giro is a massive achievement against some of the very best riders in the world.
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So what on earth has that got to do with continuous improvement. Ryder's margin of win was 16 seconds. That is 16 seconds out of 91 hours 39 minutes and 02 seconds. That comes out at 0.0048% a very small margin. If you are racing for 3 weeks and winning (brilliantly) by seconds the smallest difference make the difference. The time gab between winning and not making the podium was 100 secs.
Garmin-Barracuda has a strong reputation for pushing the limits on technology and innovation. There are dozens of tiny improvements that our sponsors and sports science director Robby Ketchell have developed that could have made up the 16 seconds that finally delivered the victory.
Personally, I think that a big part of the final 16-second gap can be found somewhere else. It is in the people. I strongly believe that good people in the right jobs are what make the difference. - Garmin-Barracuda sports director Charly Wegelius
Small changes in life and work are often overlooked, they should not be. Added together as we see they make a wonderful difference.