Convicts of the Road at the Giro D'Italia.
Three hours standing in the scorching Italian sun with the tension and excitment building. The riders flash past us in a matter of a few seconds but it was well worth the wait.
We're 250m from the finish. As the riders pass, Mark Cavendish is tucked in behind his leadout Mark Renshaw. We can't see the finish but we can hear the loudspeaker commentary. Another stage win for 'Cannonball Cavendish' as the Italians call him.
Our cheers of "Get in!" for Cav are not particularly well received by our Italian Petacchi fan neighbours at the barriers. A bit like cheering for an away goal in the home end....