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Chris Froome 'feeling better' after tough Giro d'Italia stage
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The scars and grazes on his right knee from two Giro d'Italia crashes remained clearly visible as Chris Froome warmed down after stage 10. But the Briton came through a fraught stage of racing unscathed and feeling "better" than he had done earlier in the Giro d'Italia. Froome was watched by an unusually large crowd of tifosi and an unusually small number of journalists as he did his usual post-stage warm down, with the unfolding story of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) plummet down the GC rankings attracting the bulk of the Giro media's attention.ADVERTISEMENT After his tough first nine stages, Froome felt that the Giro's longest day had gone well for him, despite the intensity of the racing. "Better, better," he said in Italian as he dismounted from his warm-down and headed for the team bus. Speaking briefly to reporters beforehand, Froome said: "It was a very hard stage, everybody was feeling fresh and there was a lot of action at the start of the day. "But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]. It was a tough day, and that's racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru: What can I say, I'm only human
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The verdict was already being written up in the sala stampa as Fabio Aru descended from the summit of Gran Sasso d'Italia in a cable car, where he was doubtless hoping to avoid the crew from RAI television who had secured passage in the same cabin. "Aru, the excuses are over: Think about the Tour," read the banner headline in Tuttobici on Sunday evening, summing up the general feeling that the Italian champion's Giro d'Italia may already be run even before the race has truly begun. There had been mitigating factors behind much of the time lost by general classification contenders in the opening week of racing in Israel and Sicily, but on the sparse and exposed slopes of Gran Sasso d'Italia, there was no longer any hiding place.ADVERTISEMENT The pace-making of Aru's former squad Astana and the Mitchelton-Scott team of maglia rosa Simon Yates had already whittled down the leading group by the time the race hit the snow-banked upper reaches of the climb, and Aru was already flagging even before he lost contact with the group with a little over two kilometres to race. It will be of scant consolation that Chris Froome was distanced at more or less the same point and conceded more or less the same kind of time: for now, at least, the Sky rider is not the Briton to follow on this Giro. Aru crested the summit in 24th place on the stage, some 1:14 down on the stage winner Yates. In the overall standings, he is now 2:36 off the pace in 15th place. "It didn't go very well," Aru said with considerable understatement after his cable car had reached its terminus in the village of Assergi at the base of the climb. "Today was obviously a negative day for me. My legs weren't turning over well, otherwise, I wouldn't have been dropped. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Pinot continues strong showing in first week
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could well be forgiven for any uncertainty over whether his glass is half full or half empty as the Giro d'Italia reaches its second rest day. After a solid but unremarkable opening time trial performance, the French champion has ridden a very strong first week, and as a result, he remains fourth overall on GC, 45 seconds down. But as Pinot pointed out after finishing second on the Gran Sasso, beaten in an uphill sprint by Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): "That's my third podium stage finish this week without winning, and I'd love a stage win. But it was very windy and finally, it came down to a sprint." Third on Mount Etna, second on the Mercogliano climb and second again on the Gran Sasso, Pinot has been within sight of a repeat of his 2017 Giro stage win in Asiago ever since the race returned to Italy last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT "My aim of the podium remains intact, and that's great," Pinot told reporters after another frustrating near miss as he stood at the end of the fenced-off finishing area, a scarf already tucked into his jersey to keep him warm in the icy wind. "Froome? I'm more worried about myself. But it's evidently better to be ahead of him than behind. And the legs are there, and I can take encouragement from that." As the stage to Gran Sasso reached the decisive last two kilometres, Pinot moved into the leading position on the small group of favourites. Then when Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) launched a blistering attack in the last 600 metres, the Frenchman was there alongside Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Yates and Esteban Chaves. In the last dash for the line, he ran Yates the closest, but the Briton was unstoppable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Debris flow damage forces Tour of California to tweak Gibraltar stage
May 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amgen Tour of California organisers today confirmed that they had to make changes to the Queen stage on the second day of the race because of road damage remaining from the deadly debris flows that claimed 21 lives in Montecito last January. The change comes toward the end of the 155km second stage that starts in Ventura and finishes near the top of Gibraltar Road just outside of Santa Barbara. Approaching Montecito from the southeast, the race will skip the original route on Highway 192 that passed through some of the affected hillside residential neighborhoods, choosing instead to take a road through the centre of Montecito near Highway 1 and meeting up with the original route on the other side of town. The area suffered two major natural disasters last winter. In December, the largest wildfire on record in Southern California swept through Ventura County where the race starts. In January, heavy rains battered the damaged landscape, causing massive mudslides in Montecito that washed away homes and damaged roadways in a deadly wake of destruction.ADVERTISEMENT "Once we saw the fire come through the whole route we knew we had a lot of work to do," said Eric Smith, the Tour of California's course director. Smith and his crew immediately drove the affected roads to check for any damage. Initially, everything on the route was OK. Then the rains came. "Once that happened we were checking with the county and checking with Caltrans and found all the damage and the roads that were closed," Smith said. "We quickly made an assessment that they wouldn't be reopening that road [Highway 192] until well after the race." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
2018 Giro d'Italia - Rest Day 1 Recap
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the 2018 edition of the Giro d'Italia pauses to recover from a hecticGrande Partenza inIsrael, take a walk down the lanes of recent memory as Cyclingnews looks back at the three opening stages. Before the race even got underway, Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) was out due to a crash in the time trial course preview. Chris Froome (Team Sky), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)also crashed on the first day. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), however, picked up where he left off in last year's race, pulling on the leader's maglia rosa after claiming a hard-fought win in the stage 1 individual time trial. But having won by two thin seconds overBMC's Rohan Dennis, his lead was vulnerable to attack.ADVERTISEMENT BMC made their intentions clear on the first road stage, pulling back the breakaway to set upDennis for the time bonus at the intermediate sprint. The plan was perfectly executed, and Dennis scored the three-second bonus in Caesarea to take the race lead. From there on out, it was the Elia Viviani show, with Quick-Step Floors delivering the Italian to back-to-back stage victories. Stage 1:Jerusalem (Individual time trial), 9.7km | Report &results Chris Froome crashes in Giro d'Italia time trial recon Siutsou out of Giro d'Italia after TT recon crash, Siutsou out for three months after vertebrae fracture in Giro d'Italia TT recon crash Chris Froome ready to battle on in Giro d'Italia despite crash and TT setback Tom Dumoulin: The victory was more important than the time gained Pinot underwhelmed by solid opening Giro d'Italia TT performance Dennis: I did everything I could but Dumoulin was better Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground Simon Yates beats expectations in Giro d'Italia opener Viviani: My first goal is to win a stage Chris Froome: The Giro d'Italia isn't won in the prologue Stage 2:Haifa - Tel Aviv, 167km |Report &results Dennis nets Giro d'Italia lead with time-bonus sprint Giro d'Italia: Stage 2 finish line quotes Giro d'Italia: Loss of pink jersey is no hardship for Tom Dumoulin Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start Lopez suffers early setbacks at Giro d'Italia Stage 3: Be'er Sheva - Eilat, 229km | Report &results Giro d'Italia: Stage 3 finish line quotes Dennis: I'm going to race as if I'm trying to win the Giro d'Italia Viviani: I was looking to come of age at this Giro d'Italia Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in Giro d'Italia: Opportunities for Simon Yates in first week in Italy Giro d'Italia: Boivin shows his colours with double breakaway efforts You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Dumoulin and Froome endure stressful Eilat run-in
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin needed some time to himself to unwind after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. It was that kind of a day, and that kind of a finale. And so, after speaking to reporters on the finish line in Eilat, Dumoulin opted to warm down by soft-pedalling alone through the quiet streets in the hotel quarter of the Red Sea resort. "Tom, it's over there!" a Sunweb soigneur called out in surprise as Dumoulin glided past. "I know," he responded as he set out for another solo lap around the houses. For a defending Giro champion, such moments of solitude are rare over the three weeks of the corsa rosa. Once he reaches Italy on Monday, after all, Dumoulin knows he will scarcely be able to budge beyond the finish line without youthful bands of tifosi cheerfully attempting to sequester the bottles from his cages. The low density of the crowds in Eilat offered a chance to spin his legs on the road rather than on the rollers.ADVERTISEMENT "It was the most stressful sprint stage I've ever done," said Dumoulin, who remains second overall, a second behind Rohan Dennis (BMC), after finishing safely in the main peloton. "I looked at the weather beforehand and I saw there was a tailwind in the finale and slightly downhill, so we were riding at 70 kph like wild bulls coming into the town." The third and final instalment of the Giro's Israeli Grande Partenza brought the peloton on a seeming interminable trek from Beer Sheva through the haunting Negev desert to Eilat. At some 229 kilometres in length, it was the second longest stage of the entire Giro, and while the forecast of extreme temperatures of 40 degrees never quite materialised, the tailwind and slightly downhill run to the finish made for a most trying afternoon. "With all the roundabouts and corners, it was very dangerous, but you knew you had to be up there to avoid losing time," Dumoulin said. "I feel tired now like I would normally feel after a mountain stage, not a sprint stage." Froome's Giro d'Italia begins with a setback You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Modolo rues near misses in Giro d'Italia sprints
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Close but not close enough. EF Education First-Drapac sprinter Sacha Modolo put a brave face on defeat for a second day running in the Giro d'Italia, following up his fifth place in Tel Aviv on stage 2, with second in Eilat on stage 3. The winner of two stages in the Giro d'Italia back in 2015, Modolo said he was "more annoyed for the team than I am for myself, they've been doing a brilliant job for me, Tom Van Asbroeck put me in a great spot, but I couldn't quite finish it off. "I got blocked in," the 30-year-old explained to a small group of reporters at the finish line. "It was all going great, and then in the last 200 metres, it went terribly.ADVERTISEMENT "Yesterday [stage 2] I waited for too long in the sprint, this time I went for it just when I needed to. But then [Elia] Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) went left, and I got sandwiched by some guy from Lotto, and I had to stop short, or I would have lost it all. "I had to brake, accelerate again, and I was coming up fine afterwards. But you don't win after something happens like that. I got second, which was as good as it could get. That's how it goes." On the plus side, Viviani said, he leaves Israel convinced that he has shown that he can give Viviani, now a double stage winner, a run for his money. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sam Bennett: If we keep knocking, the door will open at the Giro d'Italia
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Too soon. Sam Bennett shook his head glumly as a Bora-Hansgrohe soigneur helped beat a path for him through the bodies and bikes clogging up the finish area in Eilat after stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia. Too soon to talk about going too soon in the sprint. After swinging off the bustling Kamen Street and onto a quieter side street, Bennett was able to put some words on his disappointment at placing third for the second successive day in a bunch sprint won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). "I went too early, I basically gave Viviani a free win, that's it," Bennett said softly as he pedalled gingerly towards his night's lodgings on the Red Sea coast.ADVERTISEMENT Bennett was sitting in fourth wheel when the peloton slowed to negotiate the final, sharp right-hander with a shade under 250 metres to go, and he opted to open his sprint immediately on emerging from the bend. Bennett opened an early gap, but Viviani quickly moved onto his rear wheel, and then squeezed between the Irishman and the barriers to come past inside the final 80 metres, while Sacha Modolo (EF-Drapac) powered through to claim second place. "It was just too early, especially when you're coming out of a corner that slow," Bennett said. "But I know that if we were coming in at speed, I had the power to hold off anyone there." Deviation While Bennett was making his way towards his hotel, the UCIs video commissaire was reviewing footage of the finishing sprint and, in particular, his deviation across the road in the final 100 metres. At one point, it appeared as though Bennett might close Viviani against the barriers, but the echoes of a fellow Carrick-on-Suir man's clashes with Eric Vanderaerden in the 1980s faded as he shifted his line in time to allow the maglia ciclamino to come by. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Betancur looks to key mountain stages after a strong early start
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Not that he's complaining, but such was the strength of Carlos Betancur's performance in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia that the Colombian says it took even him by surprise. The 28-year-old, who rides for Movistar, clinched a strong 11th place in the hilly time trial, placing him amongst the front-runners in the early overall classification, and raising the question: what could he be capable of achieving when the race hits the terrain he normally shines on - the mountains? "I have to be very pleased, it all turned out much better than I expected," Betancur told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 2. At the end of the stage, he finished in the main pack, and held his 11th place in the overall classification. "It's very motivating for what's to come in this year's race.ADVERTISEMENT "It's true that a course as hilly as that suited me a lot, but at the same time, you had to be good to be ahead." Betancur was surprised, too, because he said he had done well in the training rides but that had not transferred over to the races. "In the training rides I'd been going well, but in the races, the results weren't as good as I wanted. I certainly wasn't where I wanted to be in the Ardennes Classics, but then in Romandie, I was up there a bit more, and that motivated me." He ended up leaving that race early on stage 4. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani: Early Giro d'Italia win takes away a lot of the pressure
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When Elia Viviani claimed the maiden Giro d'Italia stage victory of his career on the opening weekend in Genoa in 2015, he could hardly have expected to have to wait another three years to add to his tally, but then the Italian, winner of stage 2 in Tel Aviv on Saturday, has followed roads less travelled in the period since. In 2016, Viviani raced the Corsa Rosa with one eye already firmly fixed on the Olympic Games, and he finished outside the time limit on stage 8, a setback long forgotten by the time he stood atop the podium in Rio with the Omnium gold medal around his neck three months later. Viviani's Giro disappointment from a year ago was rather more lasting, however, as he was deemed surplus to requirements in a Team Sky line-up built around the doomed overall aspirations of Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas.ADVERTISEMENT Rumours soon abounded that Viviani would seek to dissolve his contract with Sky a year early, and the reports gathered greater urgency when Chris Froome's decision to ride the Vuelta a Espaa meant that he was bumped from the roster for the Spanish race to boot. By mid-August, Viviani had agreed terms with Quick-Step Floors. "Being kept home from the Giro last year certainly wasn't a good moment, especially as since the Olympics, I had been focused 100 per cent on the road," Viviani said in Tel Aviv on Saturday. "That was the first point I considered leaving the team, and then, later on, with Froome doing other Grand Tours, it meant that I could miss out on going to the Giro again, so I looked to find a mutual agreement with the team to dissolve my contract." While Sky's devotion to overall victory in the Grand Tours has undoubtedly stymied the development of some riders in the set-up over the years, curiously few have succeeded in finding success on leaving for pastures new. Viviani, who has already won seven races this year in Quick-Step blue, is a rare exception to that rule, though he was at pains to stress that his departure from Sky had not been a rancorous one. Forgetting Gent-Wevelgem You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Loss of pink jersey is no hardship for Tom Dumoulin
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) did not look altogether disappointed to have conceded the maglia rosa as he slowed to a halt on Tel Aviv's Kaufmann Street following stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia, though he gently dismissed the idea that he had deliberately sought to lose the race lead. The Dutchman finished safely in the main peloton on a stage won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and now lies second overall, a second behind Rohan Dennis (BMC), who picked up a time bonus at the intermediate sprint in Caesarea to move into the pink jersey. "Other teams had a strategy to take it; we had a strategy not to spend a lot of energy. It was not my plan to lose it; other teams made me lose it," Dumoulin explained neatly to the knot of reporters that drew tightly around him past the finish line.ADVERTISEMENT After winning the opening time trial in Jerusalem on Friday, Dumoulin set out from Haifa with a buffer of two seconds over Dennis and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All), and it was notable that his Sunweb team made no effort to prevent Campenaerts' attempt to bridge across to the day's early break. BMC, on the other hand, worked to shut down the European time trial champion's move, signalling Dennis' designs on the pink jersey. The Australian went on to claim a three-second time bonus in Caesarea, where Dumoulin preferred to observe proceedings from a safe remove. By day's end, perhaps sooner than even he had anticipated, Dumoulin was relieved of the burden of carrying the race lead. "Victor Campenaerts tried to go in the breakaway, but BMC closed it every time, so then I knew they were going to go for the intermediate sprint to try to take the seconds there," Dumoulin said. Dennis' chances at overall victory You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wrong turns doom breakaway in Yorkshire
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire has so far been all about the breakaways. But after stage 1's surprise victory for the break, it was an altogether different story on Friday's second stage. Forty kilometres from the hilltop finish in Ilkley, the leading organiser's car took a wrong turn, leading the four-man break off the race route. Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) was the first man out front, counter-attacking after a fast start meant that no break would be fully established until 50km into the day. Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi-Murias), Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling) and Tobyn Horton (Madison-Genesis) joined the Frenchman, with the group enjoying a two-minute lead as they headed into the sharp end of the stage. However, the group's chances of replicating Harry Tanfield's stage 1 heroics took a hit as the lead car headed off-route at a junction, taking the riders with it. Only their quick reactions saw them avoid the queue of parked cars waiting for the race to pass, and by the time they had turned around more than 30 seconds had been wiped from their advantage.ADVERTISEMENT The ASO press office later commented on the incident, outlining what went wrong. "There was a big crowd at the side of the road, and the [race direction] arrows were not very visible. Moreover, the marshal with the flag at this point did not have a very clear sign.As a result, the first motorbike took the wrong direction. Then the lead car and the riders just be-hind [followed]." Four kilometres later, lightning struck twice, as three of the riders turned left at a tight right-hand bend, with only Horton managing to follow the route. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Neben claims automatic Worlds spot after winning Pan-American Championship TT
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Amber Neben, a former two-time world champion in the time trial, and Lauren Stephens topped the podium Friday in the individual time trial at the 2018 Pan American Road Cycling Championships in San Juan, Argentina. Neben won gold with a time of 25:30 on the 19km course, and Stephens finished in 25:53 for silver. Neben's victory gives her an automatic spot on the team to be selected for the time trial at theWorld Championships in Austria, along with an additional spot for the US team in the event. "The race went exceedingly well today," said Jack Seehafer, USA Cycling Women's Endurance Program Manager, in a press release. "Both riders knew the high importance of the race and were focused on taking home the win. I am extremely proud of their results and the fact we have added another start position for the TT at Worlds."ADVERTISEMENT Neben and Stephens, both members of the USA Cycling National Team, challenged the course among a field of 21 total riders representing 13 countries. Colombias Ana Sanabria finished third at 26:24. It marked Nebens third ITT win at the Pan American Championships, which includes victories in 2012 and 2006. With her win, Neben qualified to race at the World Championships this September held in Innsbruck-Tirol. Her continental title also adds another starter to the team quota for the World Championships, increasing US rider individual time trial entries to three. "Amber's win is significant as it earns her a direct entry to World Championships while increasing our team quota, giving additional talented American women a shot at the World Championship podium, said Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Cycling Vice President of Elite Athletics, in a press release. "We are extremely proud of both Amber and Lauren's achievements today." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Reading too much into the runes of the short opening time trial of a Grand Tour can sometimes be a fool's errand. There are, after all, still 3,512 kilometres of racing left in this Giro d'Italia, and one explosive 13-minute effort is hardly a firm indicator of performance in the marathon slog through the Alps in the final week. And yet, the hilly nature of the Jerusalem parcours meant that it had the feel of a rather weightier test than a traditional, city-centre prologue, and the time gaps between the favourites for final overall victory are certainly notable after just 9.7 kilometres of racing. As well as striking an obvious psychological blow by claiming the first maglia rosa of this Giro, defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has something even more tangible to show from the first instalment of the GC battle " a 37-second head start over Chris Froome (Team Sky). He also gained 33 seconds over Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), and almost a minute on Fabio Aru (UAE-Team Emirates) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).ADVERTISEMENT Dumoulin insisted afterwards that he was more pleased with the stage win and the maglia rosa than he was with the time gained on his rivals, but while he might have expected beforehand to pick up that much ground on Pinot, Aru and Lopez, banking such an early lead on Froome must surely have come as a surprise. After holding the maglia rosa for extended spells in 2016 and 2017, Dumoulin is familiar with the demands of the garment, during and after the stage. One can expect the Dutchman to look to farm out the responsibility at the earliest opportunity, perhaps on the Giro's return to Italy on stage 4, where the leg to Caltagirone seems well-suited to an early break. "We won't defend the jersey with everything we have," Dumoulin admitted. "But I'm in a good situation now, and I don't want to lose time to the other GC riders." Froome Pozzovivo and Yates impress You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia teams presented in Israel - Gallery
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The 22 teams and 176 riders of the 2018 Giro d'Italia were given an enthusiastic welcome by the crowd at the presentation in Jerusalem's SafraSquare on Thursday as the Italian Grand Tour prepares to start for the first time outside of Europe. The 101st edition of the race begins with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem, followed by two mass-start stages before a rest day during which the riders and their gear will head to Sicily for stage 4. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), is a favourite for the opening stage as the reigning time trial world champion and defending champion in the Giro d'Italia, but is up against a strong field and a twisting, technical, punchy course.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Froome (Team Sky) greeted the fans as he rode onto the stage from the infinity symbol-shaped ramp.He also starts as a favourite after winning last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espaa, but his bid to become only the third rider in history to simultaneously hold all three Grand Tour titles has been clouded by a too-high test for his asthma drug salbutamol last year.He stands to lose his results should he be found in violation of the anti-doping rules. Friday's time trial starts at 13:50 local time, with FabioSabatini (Quick-Step Floors) the first rider off. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No limits for Pozzovivo ahead of Giro d'Italia
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Few riders carry the same treasury of experience into this year's Giro d'Italia as Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). The Basilicata native has lined out in the corsa rosa in all bar two editions since his debut in 2005, and has found over the years that his condition in late April has proved a reliable indicator for what he can achieve in May. After catching the eye at last month's Tour of the Alps, Pozzovivo quietly inserted himself near the head of the list of challengers looking to upset the anticipated duel between defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). In following second place in that race with 5th at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Pozzovivo only further highlighted his credentials. "My sensations coming into this race are in keeping with my best Giri, including last year," Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews as he waited to go onstage at the team presentation in Safra Square on Thursday. "I'll hope to improve a bit in the classification too, maybe even finish on the podium if everything goes as it should. I did a few extra days of altitude training this year and I hope the condition can last to the finish."ADVERTISEMENT Pozzovivo was beaten only by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the Tour of the Alps, and he highlighted the Frenchman an obvious dangerman, particularly on the Giro's early summit finishes at Mount Etna, Montevergine and Gran Sasso d'Italia. "The overall level of performance was very high at the Tour of the Alps, and obviously, the winner, Pinot, was the one who looked the best. I think on the first climbs, he'll be the hardest rider to beat," Pozzovivo said. "But I expect Froome and [Fabio] Aru will improve, and [Miguel Angel] Lopez has been good since the start of the season, and I think he'll do a very strong Giro." There were murmurs that Froome had deliberately ridden within himself en route to his fourth place overall at the Tour of the Alps, but, having observed the Briton at close quarters, Pozzovivo is not a subscriber to the theory. Froome lines out at the Giro despite his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, and " contrary to Thursday's declaration from race director Mauro Vegni " risks losing his eventual result from the Giro if he is sanctioned for a doping offence. Time trial You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Upbeat Simon Yates 'chomping at the bit' for Giro d'Italia debut
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Four years after racing his first Tour de France and two years after his first Vuelta a Espaa, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will start to complete his Grand Tour 'set' with a debut in the Giro d'Italia on Friday. But as the 25-year-old tells Cyclingnews, racing in Italy will be more of a voyage in the dark than some might think. "I've barely raced there in the past, I know almost nothing about it. I've done a few one-day races in Italy, I've never done any stage races there. It's a completely different experience," he told Cyclingnews. "I watch the Giro every year on TV, it's a very exciting race, a lot of passion from the race, with a great history behind it. And I've spoken to Adam about the Giro, too."ADVERTISEMENT His twin brother was in the best young rider's jersey and third overall when he crashed along with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa on the stage to Blockhaus, but still finished in the top 10 overall. "But each race is different. Of course, he's given me some advice, but that advice doesn't mean so much when you've done five hours and several passes and are on the limit. He can't ride the bike for me - unfortunately!" Yates has done just one reconnaissance of stage 18 to Pratonevoso - but is phlegmatic about the consequences. "Ten kilometres at ten percent is the same wherever you are," he reasons, and it's difficult to argue with that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia 2018 preview - Podcast
May 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the 2018 Giro d'Italia less than 24 hours away,Cyclingnews and Procycling look ahead to the first Grand Tour of the season. Analyzing the route with Giro d'Italia European Editor, Stephen Farrand, and featuring Chris Froome and defending champion Tom Dumoulin, we look ahead to the next three weeks, with the Giro starting in Israel on Friday with a 9.7km time trial. The race heads to Sicily after Monday's first rest day, before arriving on the Italian mainland for stage 7. It's a route that's designed to with both the climbers and time trialists in mind, and the start list is packed with stars. The race contains eight mountain stages, with Etna, the Monte Zoncolan, and three back-to-back stages in the mountains in the final week set to decide the race. Away from Froome and Dumoulin, Italy's hopes rest on Fabio Aru " who has made the podium on two occasions. Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez, Simon Yates, Michael Woods, Rohan Dennis, Thibaut Pinot and Davide Formolo are also in the mix. The CN and Pro teams look at the strengths and weakness of all the potential contenders and make some bold predictions when it comes to the final podium for Rome on May 27.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. Click here to subscribe. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy honour Gino Bartali at Yad Vashem memorial
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Two days before the Giro d'Italia is set to start in Jerusalem, the Israel Cycling Academy spent Wednesday afternoon visiting the official Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem for a ceremony honouring Gino Bartali and his efforts to save Jews during World War II. During the ceremony, Bartali, who was previously named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, was given honorary Israeli citizenship. The war-era cyclist, who won the Giro d'Italia three times and the Tour de France twice, used his fame and relative freedom of movement during the war to smuggle documents for forged papers that helped persecuted Jews move throughout the country to safety. The team have been retracing Bartali's training routes as part of their own yearly tribute to the man, and they were the only team attending the Yad Vashem event. "We adopted the story of Bartali from the day we founded the team and see it as our obligation to keep his memory alive," said team General Manager Ran Margaliot. "Honorary citizenship was a must, a way to pay respect and be ambassadors and a bridge between our people."ADVERTISEMENT Israel Cycling Academy secured a wildcard invitation to the historic Giro start in Israel and will field a roster that includes two Israelis, Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, both of whom will make history as the first Israeli pros to start a Grand Tour. The team also features Italian sprinter Kristian Sbaragli, who said that as an Italian the ceremony was especially significant. "He was a great Italian, and I have always admired him," Sbaragli said. "Being an Italian on an Israeli team makes this very special and emotional for me." Sagiv took stock in the history of the moment, honouring an Italian champion just days before the 101st Giro d'Italia starts in Jerusalem. " Italy in Israel (@ItalyinIsrael) May 2, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome not relying on time trials for Giro d'Italia title
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has begun his final countdown to the Giro dItalia seemingly determined to keep the issues with his salbutamol test at bay and focussed fully on racing. Froome admitted that with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) as a new rival for the GC battle, he will have to take a different tactic than he has in his four Tour de France victories. "I'm not going to be able to rely on time trialling to win the Giro. The race [route] is extremely well-balanced, there are a lot of time trials, but also mountains. There's not going to be one terrain that wins this Giro, it's going to have to be a different tactic. "It's special for me to come here and target the Giro for the first time," Froome continued. "My career started in Italy, my first few years were living in Italy and it's special to be here. This has never been a big goal of mine 'til now, but from the feeling I had at the Tour of the Alps, I feel I'm ready for this, and I've got a fantastic team to support me. I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt."ADVERTISEMENT The Briton could not avoid repeated questions about his case again at the pre-race press conference, but he gave answers almost identical to those he has provided since the start of the season and his first race of the year at the Ruta del Sol. Flanked by his seven teammates for the Giro, as well as chief sports director for the race, Nicolas Portal, and Team Principal David Brailsford at the end of the line, Froome came out with the same lines as before: I can understand the frustration, nothing says I shouldn't be here racing, this was supposed to be a confidential process. But the first question, asked almost apologetically by an Italian journalist, nonetheless went straight to the heart of an issue that may hang over this Giro d'Italia all the way from Jerusalem to Rome and possibly beyond: How did Froome handle the risk that his Giro d'Italia result could be cancelled, as had happened in the past, with Alberto Contador? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tom Dumoulin: Chris Froome uncertainty benefits nobody ahead of Giro d'Italia
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
"That's a nice one to start with" Tom Dumoulin smiled as he reached for the microphone at his pre-Giro d'Italia press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon. Ordinarily, a defending champion might expect a tame opening gambit about his condition in such a situation, but this is no ordinary edition of the Corsa Rosa. The presence of Chris Froome (Team Sky) has seen to that. Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol at last year's Vuelta a Espaa, but has chosen not to recuse himself from racing while the case is being resolved. Dumoulin, of course, has been answering variations on the same question since the Sunweb team presentation in Berlin in January, and he trotted out a road-tested response one more time for the sizeable media presence in a ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Such careful diplomacy might run counter to Dumoulin's usually forthright nature, but he is increasingly aware of the weight his words now carry in the wake of his 2017 Giro win.ADVERTISEMENT "It's his decision to be here," Dumoulin said of Froome's participation. "Like I've said before, my team is part of the MPCC [the Movement for Credible Cycling - ed.] If I was in the same situation as him, I would not be here. But that's his decision, and it's not up to me to have an opinion about it." Although the backdrop is different, there is one very distinct similarity between this Israeli Grande Partenza and the 2011 start in Turin, where Alberto Contador's presence " despite his positive test for clenbuterol the previous year " was the overriding question at pre-race press conferences. The Spaniard proceeded to win that Giro only to be stripped of the title when his positive test was later confirmed. With Froome on board, this edition sets out amid similar uncertainty. "It's not good for cycling in general that it's not solved before the Giro," Dumoulin said. "Everybody's a bit uncertain. Let's say he wins, what will happen if he gets positive afterwards. Does he lose his Vuelta title from last year? Does he lose the Giro title? There's so much uncertainty; I think nobody benefits from that, also not Chris Froome. But he has the right to race here, and that's his choice to make. It's not up to me to think something about that." Looking to double up Time trial You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hannah Barnes hoping for birthday win in Tour de Yorkshire
May 02, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Hannah Barnes will return to home soil to compete in the women's Tour de Yorkshire, held on May 3 and 4 in Great Britain. She celebrates her 25th birthday on the second and final stage, and will lead the six-riderCanyon-SRAM team in hope of securing the overall title. "The second stage falls on my birthday and starts in Barnsley so I would like to do well there," Barnes said. "I've pre-ridden the stage and it's very challenging. It's great that the organisers have extended the race to two days and with the live broadcast I'm sure that fans will see an exciting race." Barnes was fifth in last year's one-day event, won by Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans). This edition of the Tour de Yorkshire hosts two stages; stage 1 will be 132.5km from Beverley to Doncaster and is expected to be one for the sprinters, while stage 2 is 124km from Barnsley to Ilkley and caters to the climbers.ADVERTISEMENT Although Barnes is better known for her sprint, she proved her climbing abilities when she won the overall title at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in February in Spain. She will be joined by a strong team that includes her sister, Alice Barnes, Alena Amialiusik, Tiffany Cromwell, Tanja Erath, and Alexis Ryan. "It's a home race which adds a huge amount of excitement but with that also comes some extra pressure," Barnes said. "I had a good race last year and this year our team is stronger so I know that we can be very aggressive in the race." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Woods to lead EF Education First-Drapac at Giro d'Italia
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
EF Education First-Drapac announced Tuesday their roster that will compete in the upcoming Giro d'Italia set to start in Jerusalem with a 9.7km time trial on May 4. Canadian Michael Woods will lead the eight-man team that includes a handful of climbers, a few rouleurs, and a sprinter, according to a press release on the team's website. "My big goal for this Giro is to get a stage win," Woods said. "I haven't won a WorldTour race yet, and with 21 stages on tap, I'm hoping I can win one of them." The team noted that the squad for this year's Giro d'Italia is made for the mountains but deep enough to contest an array of stages, from lumpy profiles to sprint finishes.ADVERTISEMENT Woods placed seventh overall at the Vuelta a Espaa last year and recently placed second at Lige-Bastogne-Lige. "The Giro is going to be another step in Mike's career. After a difficult start for him this season, I think he arrives in Israel exactly as we wanted. If he enjoys every day, if he continues to feel like he is living his dream, I believe this next month will be a really successful one," said the team's director Juanma Garate. In the mountains, Woods will have support from Nathan Brown and Hugh Carthy. "My goal is to support the team's goals in helping Mike achieve a high position on the general classification. I'd like to play an important role for him in the high mountains and show what I'm capable on over the steepest terrain. If I get the opportunity to have my own success on individual stages, I will take it and race aggressively," Carthy said. Brown, who is starting his third Giro d'Italia, said that he would like to help Woods finish strong. "My personal ambitions center around helping Woods however I can. He's riding super well, and I would love to help him get a result. If the team gives me the opportunity to get into a break or two, I would love to win a stage." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Murphy and Schneider take early leads in Cyclingnews' Bell Lap series
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
John Murphy (Holowesko-Citadel) and Samantha Schneider (Iscorp Pro Cycling) took the early leads in Cyclingnews' brand new criterium series - TheBell Lap- after the opening round at Athens Twilight Criteriumin Georgia on April 28. Murphy relied on his Holowesko-Citadel teammates to provide him a perfectly timed lead-out to win the men's race, while his teammate Bryan Gomez finished second and Frank Travieso (EDA-Evolution Cycling Team) finished third. In winning Athens Twilight, Murphy secured 25 points toward The Bell Lap series and took the overall lead. His teammate Gomez sits in second place with 18 points and Travieso is third with 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT In the women's race, Schneider out-sprinted US professional criterium champion Erica Allar (Rally Cycling) and Harriet Owen (The Meteor-Intelligentsia). Schneider now leads The Bell Lap series with 25 points, Allar is in second with 18 points and Owen is in third with 15 points. Cyclingnews created The Bell Lap point series to highlight the most important, historic and challenging races on the criterium circuit. Athens Twilight was the first race of the series whereby points are awarded to the top 10 men and women throughout the 16 events (19 race days). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Israel Cycling Academy riding Giro d'Italia to inspire next generation
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Israel Cycling Academy riders are using the historic Giro d'Italia start in Israel not only as an opportunity to add to their own palmares and to boost their cycling team, but their hope is the spectacle of the Grande Partenza in Jerusalem will provide inspiration for a new generation of cyclists. With two Israeli riders, Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, making the first Grand Tour starts for any Israeli rider, the team is sharing their focus on achieving a stage win along with the goal of seeing Sagiv and Liv through to the finish. "The concept was to use this beautiful platform, these great athletes, this amazing opportunity from the media, and this special edition of the Giro to inspire an entire generation of new cyclists," team General Manager Ran Margaliot said in the pre-race press conference Tuesday evening, adding that the team will dedicate a lot of energy to making sure they are "guiding the young guys."ADVERTISEMENT The selection of both Sagiv, 23, and Niv, 24, for the Giro roster was a bit of a surprise after the team added considerably more experienced riders in the off-season. But the team's mission is to grow the sport in Israel while providing opportunities to riders from countries that are underrepresented in the peloton. Putting the two Israeli riders in their first Grand Tours and the first for any Israeli riders fulfills that mission on several points. "It's a great opportunity for me," said Niv, who was a professional mountain biker before taking up road racing last season. "I'm really excited, but I'm here not only to ride well for my team but also to hopefully be an inspiration to young Israeli riders who will see us racing this weekend. We hope the Giro will change the culture of Israeli cycling over the next few years." Sagiv said the opportunity to start the Giro was "triple excitement." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island. Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flche Wallonne and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival,her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Lige-Bastogne-Lige, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, have helped her climb up to fourth place.ADVERTISEMENT With Chongming Island a race focused on the sprinters, the likes of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Kasia Niewiadoma slipped down a few places in the standings. Charlotte Becker (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) had only competed in two WorldTour races ahead of her appearance at Chongming, but her stage and overall win were enough to give her 230 points and give her a debut position in the rankings of 16th. Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) also moved into the top 20 after winning the opening stage. With three riders in the top 10, including Ronde van Drenthe winner Amy Pieters, Boels Dolmans are streets ahead of the rest in the team competition. A massive 748 points lie between the Dutch squad and Mitchelton-Scott, while Canyon-SRAM are a further 338 behind them. There was no change in the top 10 after Chongming, but Cylance, Valcar PBM and Hitech Products climbed up the standings to 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively. The next round of the WorldTour is the Tour of California from May 17-19. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Meintjes first to arrive in Israel for Giro d'Italia - News Shorts
May 01, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dimension Datas Louis Meintjeswas one of the first riders to travel to Israel ahead of the start of this year's Giro dItalia as the final countdown to the Friday's first stage began. South African Meintjes, who flew in to Tel Aviv on Monday, is team principal Doug Ryders big hope for cultivating a Grand Tour winner at Dimension Data in the coming years, and this year's Giro d'Italia will be an opportunity for him to shine. With the rest of the 2018 Giro peloton set to start arrive on Tuesday evening, attention will quickly turn to acclimatising to temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s this week, as well as shrugging off any minor jet-lag ahead of Friday's opening 9.7km individual time trial in Jerusalem.ADVERTISEMENT All the 176 riders will undergo pre-race anti-doping tests by the UCI Anti-Doping Foundation on Wednesday morning. The teams will train on the road in Israel and hold press conferences and events on Wednesday and Thursday, with the official team presentation on Thursday evening. Training is allowed on the time trial course on Friday morning with the first rider kicking-off the 2018 Giro d'Italia at 13:50 local time. Lotto Soudal change name to Lotto-Fix ALL during Giro d'Italia Belgian squad Lotto Soudal will be known as Lotto-Fix ALL for the duration of the Giro d'Italia, and the change brings with it a new jersey, with a blue-green design replacing the normally predominantly red jersey. Bouhanni back to racing Bakelants has 'hardware' removed from back " Jan Bakelants (@Jan_Bakelants) April 29, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin: I just need to add consistency to Romandie form
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin was content with his Tour de Romandie debut, where he finished 10th overall. The Irishman was a creditable eight in the mountain time trial to Villars but was unable to follow the attacks on the following mountain stage to Sion, and finished 22nd. That result saw him drop from eight to 10th on GC, but he still made the podium on the final stage after UAE Team Emirates picked up the team prize in Geneva. Romandie marked the last race in Martin's block of Spring races, before he takes a break and returns to the Criterium du Dauphine in June. "What we've got out of this week has almost been better than we expected at the start," Martin told Cyclingnews as he waited to step onto the podium.ADVERTISEMENT "It's funny that my first podium with the team is a team prize. Hopefully that the sign of things to come. I've been limping through the week with illness since the Classics but it's just the consistency that I need to add. This is also been the end of a really long block of racing for me but it's been a good one for the Tour." Martin was unable to follow the accelerations of Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and eventual race winner Primoz Roglic (LottoNl Jumbo) on the final climb of the queen stage, but he still finds positive signs in his performance. "With all the issues I've had this year I'm happy to have made that really big effort on the queen stage. I really pushed myself to the limit and gone beyond that limit. I found out where that was yesterday on the climbs." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chris Froome's road to the Giro d'Italia - Video
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With less than one week to go before the start of the Giro d'Italia, Team Sky have released a video highlighting the preparations done by ChrisFroome ahead of his historic GrandTour attempt. Froome heads to the small Italian town of Ovaro to preview the MonteZoncolan, finding that the climbs en route to the final climb are also painfully steep. The Briton is heading to Israel this week to start his bid to be one of the three riders in history who have held all three Grand Tour titles simultaneously. Only Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx have won all three in a row when the Vuelta aEspaa was in April.ADVERTISEMENT Froome reveals that he had his doubts when the team hatched the plan after he won last year's Tour deFrance and Vuelta a Espaa. "Initially when the team asked me about the Giro, my reaction was no. I really wanted to focus on doing a fifth Tour de France. In my mind, the goal all along was to try and get to that point,"Froome says. "There's an element of risk involved in targeting the Giro-Tour, but I think I'd regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't give it a go. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quick-Step Floors target Giro d'Italia sprints with Viviani
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors have confirmed they focus on stages victories rather than the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia, with Elia Viviani confirmed as team leader, with the other riders selected to provide him with a strong lead-out train and target individual success. Bob Jungles led Quick-Step Floors at the 2016 and 2017 Giro d'Italia, finishing sixth and eighth overall and wearing the leader's pink jersey for five days last year. However, the Luxembourg national champion ended his spring campaign with victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige and will focus on the Tour de France this summer. Joining Viviani at the Giro d'Italia is experienced riders Eros Capecchi, Michael Mrkv, and Fabio Sabatini,Dwars door West-Vlaanderen winner Rmi Cavagna, talented young German Maximilian Schachmann, Florian Snchal and Classics veteran Zdenek Stybar. Davide Bramati is lead directeur sportif; he rode 12 editions of the Corsa Rosa during his own career.ADVERTISEMENT Several big-name sprinters have opted to skip this year's Giro d'Italia due to the limited opportunities for sprinters. On paper, there are only a handful of flat stage finishes, with late climbs and hilly profiles meaning the sprinter's team will have to work hard for any success. Viviani is happy just to be back at his home Grand Tour after being snubbed for a place while with Team Sky in 2017. He moved to Quick-Step Floors to share the sprinting responsibilities with Fernando Gaviria and has taken advantage of the Belgian's strong team tactics to win six races so far this season. He suffered during the recent Tour de Romandie, missing the time cut in the stage 3 mountain time trial, but is confident he can be competitive in the Giro d'Italia. If he rides well in Friday's opening time trial in Jerusalem, he could even close in on the pink jersey thanks to the 10-6-4 second time bonuses awarded at on each stage. Viviani won a stage to Genoa at the 2016 Giro d'Italia and Quick-Step Floors hopes the team can continue their run of success after an incredible spring campaign that netted 27 victories, including the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs, Flche-Wallonne and Lige-Bastogne-Lige. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia fills Boeing 747 cargo plane with bikes and equipment bound for Israel
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Giro d'Italia begins on Friday with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem but the logistical operation for the first ever Grand Tour start outside of Europe began on Monday with a Boeing 747 cargo plane transporting equipment and the 22 teams' bikes from Italy to Israel. A first wave of staff is also travelling to Israel today before the riders and the rest of the race caravan arrive on Tuesday evening. All the equipment will also be flown the 2000km from Israel to Sicily next Sunday when the Giro dItalia transfers from Israel to Catania for the remaining stages in Italy. The riders and race caravan will travel to Sicily on four charter flights on Monday ready for when the Giro d'Italia starts again on Tuesday with stage 4 to Caltagirone.ADVERTISEMENT Giro dItalia organiser RCS Sport has been planning the complex logistical operation for months, liaising with teams at regular intervals. Fortunately the growing number of races held outside Europe mean teams are used to flying long distances to races and operating without their usual infrastructure. The teams have reportedly been paid bigger race fees to cover their own extra expenses for the Israel Grande Partenza. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, each team will take a tonne of bikes and equipment to Israel, with space for a total of 880 bikes and 2700 wheels. Each of the 175 riders rider will probably have up to five bikes (three roads bikes and two time trial bikes). Teams will also transport the mechanics tools and equipment, massage tables, extra clothing, food and drinks for race, spare parts and even turbo trainers so riders can warm-up for Fridays time trial. Everything else has been sourced in Israel, with RCS Sports usual race equipment and each teams buses and cars greeting the race in Catania. Teams will be provided with a truck for the mechanics, a minibus for the riders, a truck for equipment and four team cars in Israel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sunweb secure long-term future with indefinite sponsorship agreement
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sunweb have secured their long-term future, signing an unprecedented new agreement with title sponsor Sunweb that will see the holiday company back the team on an indefinite basis. Sunweb signed up as lead title sponsor of the German-registered team from 2017, and when that contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, a new, unlimited rolling deal will come into force. If the two parties decide to terminate the agreement at any point, it would still run for two full years, plus the remainder of the year in which the release clause was triggered. Tom Dumoulin extended his contract with the team until 2022 last summer after winning the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The team's current rosters include Michael Matthews, Wilco Kelderman, Coryn Rivera, Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand.ADVERTISEMENT "We keep shaping our future with our new Sunweb agreement and that's a big compliment to the team, which I am extremely proud of," said Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. "With this stability, our organizational focus can shift to many, many years into the future. It offers us the opportunity to not only think long-term but also to actually shape our future, ultimately becoming a durable elite cycling establishment for both men and women." There is no shortage of evidence when it comes to the precarious nature of the business model that underpins professional cycling teams; Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream Sports set-up came close to folding last year, while the BMC Racing team are currently looking for backing to keep the team afloat in 2019 and beyond. Overcoming loss of sponsorship, building for the future You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte: Its crunch time to find a sponsor
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte has reiterated that its now crunch time as BMC Racing look to secure their future beyond this year. Porte, who finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season, with BMC yet to confirm if they will support a WorldTour team in 2019. In February, Porte told Cyclingnews that the team had until May to finalise their plans before he began looking at other team options for next year. After wrapping up third at Romandie, Porte also confirmed that he is unlikely to return to the Tour Down Under in 2019. The Australian has made that race his season-opener over the last few years, winning the overall in 2017, and six stages over the years. The immediate future, however, will revolve around his contractual situation with BMC Racing.ADVERTISEMENT I dont want to lie, it is a little bit stressful. We ride our bikes and it is the managements job to find a sponsor for us next year. It would be sad to see BMC go. Theyre a great team and Ive had a great couple of years here. Now is crunch time, he told Cyclingnews. When asked if he had already received offers from rival teams, Porte added: To be honest Im not sure. Youd have to ask my manager Andrew McQuaid. Ive not had much contact with him this week. Hes let me do my race but fingers crossed theres a BMC team next year. It hurts to have lost Andy Rihs last week. This team was his passion and we want to keep that going. Portes Romandie result signifies his best result of the season since the Tour Down Under in January. The Australian was hit by flu when returning to Europe and missed Tirreno-Adriatico as a result. With just the Tour de Suisse on his programme between now and the Tour de France, Romandie represents a significant step forward. Tour Down Under You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roglic looking to target three-week races after Tour de Romandie win
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has said that he would like to target three-week races after he claimed his second consecutive general classification win this season at the Tour de Romandie. A late-comer to cycling after starting his sporting career in ski jumping, Roglic says that it will take time to turn him into a Grand Tour rider. The Swiss race victory comes just a couple of weeks after he beat Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. At Romandie, he held his own against a very strong Egan Bernal (Team Sky) to best him by just eight seconds in the overall standings. For sure I would like to give myself a try for the biggest races in cycling but as we all know it doesnt come overnight or in one season, you have to give it time, Roglic said after the Tour de Romandies final stage. This year was really focused. I already saw last year that I could be really close in one-week races and this year I really focused on trying to win those races. For sure, in the future, I will try on those races.ADVERTISEMENT Roglic has ridden just two Grand Tours since turning professional in 2016, after starting the Giro dItalia just months into his debut season. He returned the faith of his team by coming within a second of victory in the prologue before going on to win the main time trial. Last year, he rode the Tour de France for the first time and came home with a stage win after a long-range solo break that included a trip over the Col du Galibier. He will ride the Grand Boucle again this season, but will first take some time to himself after a busy start to the season. First holidays and then I will do the Tour of Slovenia and then the Tour de France, he said, adding after he was asked of his ambitions for the Tour de France, I have been doing what I wanted for this season. I have achieved my goal with Pais Basque and now with Romandie, but still, I think of course there are really big challenges coming. Of course, I will try to take some rest and not think about cycling too much and then I will focus on trying to be at my best at the Tour de France. With two major victories under his belt this season, Roglic says that there is still plenty for him to work on, particularly his positioning and jostling in the bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsangs class, Bernals promise and Roglics resolve - Romandie Podcast
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In our final instalment of the Cyclingnews podcast from the Tour de Romandie, we hear from stage 4 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and climbing sensation Egan Bernal (Team Sky). With one stage to go, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) leads Bernal by eight seconds, with last years winner Richie Porte (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium. Philippa York and Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson look back at Saturdays key mountain stage and analyse the performances from the top GC riders. We discuss why Fuglsang has enjoyed such a successful 12 months, where BMCs Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte go from here, and the future of Bernal and Roglic's Grand Tour ambitions. We also hear from the Colombian and Fuglsang, before concluding our final podcast from this years race.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis and Porte continue to show good signs at Romandie
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing pair, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis finished fifth and sixth respectively on the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie, with both riders solidifying their top-10 places ahead of Sundays final stage. Initially, neither rider was able to live with the attacks from Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final ascent of the day but Porte latched onto the leaders on the descent towards the finish in Sion and finished fifth on the stage, with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) taking the win. Dennis finished over a minute down, leading home a group of climbers that included Pierre Latour and Jaime Roson. The result leaves Porte in third overall, with Dennis four places back in seventh. Although both riders are targeting different races this season " Dennis will lead at the Giro dItalia and Porte at the Tour de France " they both put in respectable performances.ADVERTISEMENT I was hoping that wouldnt have to go as deep as I did today, Dennis told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers outside the BMC Racing team bus. Tomorrow is still going to be tough. Its still Romandie and its always aggressive even if the profile doesnt say it. Im sure it will be tough. And then its about recovery before the Giro. I tried to sit on a pace that I could hold until the top and not completely explode. I eventually ground my way back towards the front group just before the top, which in the end wasnt really that important because nearly everyone came back. In the end, Bernal and Roglic were too strong for everyone on the climbs and if they wanted to I think they could have gone 1-2 by themselves. Porte came into the race needing a morale-boosting performance after a spring that was blighted by flu and mediocre results. He finished third in the key uphill time trial at Villars, and while he could not initially respond to Bernals powerful attacks on Les Collons he set his own pace and made it into the lead group on the descent. He will not be able to defend his 2017 Romandie crown, with Roglic set to seal that on Sunday, but the Australian has shown enough to indicate that his Tour de France challenge is back on track. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Westra admits using TUEs for performance enhancement
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new book coming out next week, former pro Lieuwe Westra says he used cortisone regularly during his career and that he relied on Therapeutic Use Exemptions from the UCI to get past anti-doping tests.Coritsones are forbidden for use in competition without a TUE. In an article in the Leeuwarder Courant posted Saturday morning, Westra is quoted as saying in the book that he had used knee pain as an excuse to obtain TUEs that allowed him to target cortisone use during Important peak times in his season. "The medical certificate I received often with a feigned injury, for example an inflammation in the knee," Westra says in the book. "It took years to recover an injury to the knee.ADVERTISEMENT "I shot it in my own body to cycle faster, to grab prizes, to receive compliments.In my first professional year it became clear to me that with only hard training no victories were achieved," Westra admits in the book. "If you wanted to join the big boys, you had to look up the limits of the permissible.'' Written by author Thomas Sijtsma, the book,The Beast, the cycling life of Lieuwe Westra, tells the story of Westra's time in the peloton, where he rode from 2006 through 2016 and then retired following three seasons with Astana. Westra chronicles his battles with alcohol and depression as well as his use of cortisone. In the book, Westra says he is lucky his pro career started after the EPO era had faded. "I am happy today that my professional career started in 2009 [with Vacansoleil - ed.]," Westra says. "Had I made the switch from the amateurs before, the temptation would have been too strong for me. My hand would have grabbed to EPO or a variant of it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin climbs Tour de Romandie standings after strong time trial ride
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) put in a more than respectable ride to finish eighth in the uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. The result catapulted him up the overall standing to eighth, 1:42 down on race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), and with a morale-boosting performance behind him the Irishman is focused on Saturdays last decisive stage for GC. Martin briefly held the hot seat during Fridays 9.9km test to Villars, but was eventually pushed down the standings, with Team Skys Egan Bernal winning the stage and moving into second on GC. Martin paced his effort up the climb, and although he finished 1:28 behind the young Colombian, he was more than content with his ride. Its been a tough few weeks for the Irishman, who raced all three races in the Ardennes, before arriving in Switzerland. Its funny, and I didnt want to tempt fate, because my first big result as a rider U23 was in a 10km uphill time trial in the Alps. That was definitely going through my mind this morning, but so too was just how tired I was from Liege. I had a really bad day on Thursday, but I woke up better today. If someone beats my time, thats okay but I paced it really well and thats all you can do, Martin told Cyclingnews after briefly leading the stage standings.ADVERTISEMENT Im happy. I came here knowing that it would be hard after the Classics, but with this stage being the deciding one in the general classification, it was a real opportunity to come here and get a result. When the route was announced we decided to come and do it, because of this time trial. As has been documented in virtually every single interview and article on Martin since the turn of the year, he moved teams from Quick-Step Floors to UAE Team Emirates over the winter. The transition has taken time, as most do, and Martin has been beset with bad luck and illness at times. He has not yet reached his best condition or turned in a race-winning performance, but the former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner is remaining patient. Form is a bit unknown. It shows up but Ive been a bit unfortunate this year. Im also learning to work with these guys. I had a really good day at Liege but like at the final day at Catalunya, I was caught out by bad luck. Paris-Nice was the same. I was feeling good and then got sick. The most important thing is that were learning all the time. Were building towards July, and ironing out mistakes is a two-way thing. I knew that it was going to be a big change coming to this team but were getting there. I feel good here, and hopefully we can try and improve our GC. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte shows improving form in Romandie TT
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) put in his best performance since the Tour Down Under to finish third in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian finished behind stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) and climbed to third overall as a result. But while Porte was leading the race at the 4.4km time check, with around 2,000m to go on the 9.9km climb, he began to crack. Despite the late wobble, the 2017 Tour de Romandie champion is back on course for a podium on Sunday " a much-needed result after two months of illness and resulting poor form. "I felt good until about 2km to go and then I exploded but I was happy to finish off how I did. All of us are extra motivated with the passing of team owner Andy Rihs last week. It's nice to come to his backyard and have a good ride. I'm happy," Porte said at the line. The Australian was on his way to the proverbial hot seat when first Bernal and then Roglic nudged him down to third but Porte was pleased with his effort. On Thursday he told Cyclingnews that he needed to use the time trial in order to lay down a marker ahead of the Tour de France. Although there is still plenty of ground still to make up, Porte has certainly shown signs of improvement.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a strong ride but normally I don't think that I would have blown up as badly as I did with 2km to go. The team has been great and we're motivated to finish off the race well," he said. Before making his way down the climb from Villars, Porte added that his enforced time on the sidelines due to illness could prove to be a blessing in disguise, as he looks to peak his form for July. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but the Australian is at least moving in the right direction. "It's nice to do well at Tour Down Under and normally it's the early part of the season when I'm going the strongest. To get sick like I did and scrub some form off maybe isn't such a bad thing for July." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Romandie: Mountain time trial analysis - Podcast
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In tonight's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at an exciting stage 3 at the Tour de Romandie. The stage was won by Egan Bernal of Team Sky, while Primoz Roglic finished second, and just held onto his race lead. Bernal was the fastest up the 9.9km mountain time trial but his teammate Geraint Thomas suffered on the climb, losing well over two minutes and his chances of a high overall place. In this episode, we hear from both Team Sky riders on their mixed fortunes, while we also check in with Richie Porte. The Australian has struggled for form in recent months but finished third on the stage, and is now third overall with two days to go. Although the defending champion admitted to cracking inside the final two kilometres, his result today will give him confidence ahead of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Along with hearing from the riders, Daniel Benson and Philippa York analyze the race, and of course look ahead to stage 4, the key mountain stage in this year's race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crashes turn Tour of Chongming Island upside down
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Going into the Tour of Chongming Island, there were three big favourites for the sprints: Defending champion Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), and Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini). But a crash-marred final sprint in the opening stage brought down the main contenders, and the stage was won by former double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling). Not being able to contest the final sprint meant that the three sprinters lost valuable time bonuses, which could have had an impact on the overall outcome of the race come Saturday's finale, had stage 2 not been decided by a breakaway that gained over a minute on the field. Cylance Pro Cycling sports director Manel Lacambra told Cyclingnews how he experienced the finale. "We had two of our riders involved in the first crash, but they are okay. Our train was in a good position, we wanted to take a clean line to avoid any crashes. They did a very good job, and in the final we had Marta Tagliaferro putting Giorgia in a good position, and then Sheyla Gutirrez did the last lead-out from 400m to go to the line."ADVERTISEMENT Each stage of the Tour of Chongming Island offers two intermediate sprints for time bonuses, and bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively, for the top three finishers of the stage. Lacambra continued that the team's goal was to win a stage. "That's why Giorgia didn't do any bonus sprints. We got what we wanted, now we have no pressure,"he said. "We will continue to race, but the other teams also need to take the responsibility." There was a first crash inside three kilometres to go that brought down the sprint trains of Al Cipollini, riding for Hosking, and Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank that support Kendall Ryan. The US team had had a good day until then with two riders in the breakaway and the team well-placed in the sprint preparation until the crash put a stop to their ambitions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte searching for confidence boost in Romandie time trial
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will be looking to set the tone for the rest of his season with a strong performance in the 9.9km uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. With just two more stage races - including Romandie - before his Tour de France challenge in July, Porte is aware that an impressive ride in the Romandie TT will provide a much-needed boost in confidence after a difficult few months. Porte came into the Tour de Romandie without a win since a stage at the Tour Down Under, and he has seen his form affected by illness throughout the spring. He was forced to miss Tirreno-Adriatico in March before pulling out of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco on the final day of racing. "The Tour Down Under was the last time I was in really good shape. I went to Pais Vasco and got an absolute thumping and that wasn't good for the morale, even though that was the reason I was there," Porte told Cyclingnews ahead of the time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "That's not where you want to be, and this is a crucial year with the Tour, so now's the time to get it together." Porte's case of flu in March not only hit his form but also contributed to a change in race programme. Pais Vasco and Romandie were brought in, while he and his wife are expecting their first child next month. It's a busy time on and off the bike, and while defending his Romandie crown isn't the most important priority, testing himself against some of his Tour de France rivals certainly is. "For me, the time trial a good marker to see where I'm at. I wouldn't say that this race is crucial, because I still don't know where I'm at, but it's going to show me. I'd say I'd look at both the performance and the result," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal lights up Romandie but Roglic holds firm
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As impressive as Egan Bernals wining ride in the uphill time trial was on stage 3, the sight of him lighting up the field on Les Collons during stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie was truly something to behold. The 21-year-old had experienced riders in Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)scrambling for cover with at least three race-splitting attacks, each more impressive than the last. As so many rivals commented this week, Bernal is the real deal. Unfortunately for the young Team Sky rider, the primary target for his aggression, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo), held firm and eventually stole two seconds on the line to move his race lead out to eight seconds. With one stage remaining, the Slovenian is on course to seal the overall, but Bernal has once again shown that he is every bit a WorldTour star.ADVERTISEMENT I dont know how many times I tried, Bernal told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after the stage. I gave my best and Primoz Roglic is a very good rider. Hes now stronger than me. I tried for my team because they did a good job for me. Now Im happy because although I didnt win I attacked a lot of times. Thats good for cycling. Only six seconds separated Roglic and Bernal ahead of the stage, and Team Sky began to set the pace on the penultimate climb. They lined out the bunch and then ensured that Jonathan Castroviejo laid the ground work for Bernal with an injection of pace. When Bernal made his first move Roglic responded, but the rest of GC contenders were not so lucky. Porte tried to move across but soon relented as Bernal and Roglic went by the remnants of the early break as if they were statues. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsang: I wasn't the strongest, but I played my tactics
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a performance that echoed similarities to his 2017 Criterium du Dauhpine win, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took a fine mountain stage at this years Tour de Romandie. The Dane attacked with roughly 15km to go on stage 4 into Sion and held off a late chase from the GC contenders to take his first victory of the season. However, as impressive as Fuglsangs late attack was, his ride until that point was just as crucial, and after crossing the finish line the Dane admitted to Cyclingnews that his tactics had been his strongest ally. The Astana leader came into the key mountain stage over two minutes down on the race lead, and in 15th place overall. With yellow jersey Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) and second place Egan Bernal (Team Sky) locked in their own battle for the yellow jersey, Fuglsang looked to exploit an opening. His first move came after Bernal had blown the race apart on the lower slopes of the final climb of Les Collons.ADVERTISEMENT The Colombians four vicious accelerations were closed down by Roglic on each occasion, and with 3km until the summit a regrouping had taken place. Fuglsang and UAEs Rui Costa had made the juncture, and the pair duly slipped off the front as the GC contenders caught their breath. The move, however, was short lived, with Roglic and Bernal once again going toe-to-toe. By the time the pair had reached the summit they were clear, with Fuglsang dropped but riding at his own pace. On the long descent into Sion, third place Richie Porte (BMC Racing)and Costa made contact with Bernal and Roglic, with Fuglsang at nine seconds. The Dane took his share of risks but finally made contact, and at a key point, as the race flattened and then briefly climbed, he rose out of the saddle and accelerated away. The leaders were all caught out. Porte had just closed a gap, and Roglic and Bernal were only concerned with each other. Only Costa was obliged to react. However, when the chase did eventually start it came too late. Its nice to win alone and win like this after going away, Fuglsang told Cyclingnews as cycling photographers swarmed him at the finish. It was about tactics. Maybe I wasnt the strongest in the group, but I could profit from the tactics that the other guys were riding to because they were looking at GC. That was my advantage today. I knew it was possible, but I didnt know that the downhill was so easy for the rest of the way. Basically, it was difficult for the others to make a difference in that part, but the flat section in end had a quite strong headwind. When I hit that section with five kilometers to go and heard that I had 35-40 seconds, I thought, OK, if I do a good pace and keep the power on then the win was possible. When I first went away on the climb I wanted to go from distance. I thought I could profit because I wasnt high on GC. Rui Costa was really strong, and of course Roglic and Bernal were flying. When they closed I couldnt follow but I kept going with everything that I had, and then I managed to catch them on the downhill. There was a bit of looking and strategy, and I chose the right moment, coming from behind at the right moment on that little kicker. Fuglsang, now 33, has enjoyed a fine 12 months with a winning habit finally added to his already proven consistency. Last years Dauphine triumph " in which he won two stages and the overall " appeared to be a breakthrough for a rider who has always been on the cusp of major WorldTour victories, but never quite made it. Three top-10 rides in the Ardennes earlier this month proved that the form was there, but today, as he showed at the Dauphine, superior tactics won out. Its a really nice feeling. Its the second last day of the first part of the season for me. Ive been feeling really good, and had really good shape but I didnt get anything out of it in terms of victories. Coming into Romandie I was a bit tired after Liege, so to win like this, its really special. This was the plan from this morning but its one thing to plan, its another thing to make it work out. I realized that it would be up to Rui Costa to close, as he would probably be the fastest in the sprint. I had a long period before the Dauphine when I had no victories," he said. "This year I had good form but no victories. To end this part of the season with a victory is super nice and Im very happy. There will be no Dauphine defense for the Dane. Next up is the Tour de Suisse, before another Tour de France challenge. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wild dedicates Chongming sprint victory to her team
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The final stage of the Tour of Chongming Island brought the big sprint that everyone was waiting for. After crashes took out several of the top sprinters on stage 1 and a breakaway held off the pack on stage 2, nothing was going to stop the sprinters on the stage 3 circuit race. Hitec Products-Birk Sport kept the race together to the very end in support of Charlotte Becker, who took the overall victory after her stage 2 win. The sprint trains took over in the final kilometres, and it was Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) who could raise her arms at the finish. The Dutchwoman was happy to win on Chongming Island. "It's a WorldTour race, so we were competing against the best sprinters," Wild said. "This is quite a high-level race in terms of sprinters, so it's nice to get the win. We had good communication, and it was a team win, and that makes it really special. Everybody had a big part in this win. You can't win a sprint alone and the whole team is really happy about it."ADVERTISEMENT Wild was one of the stage 1 crash victims, taking a tumble with the finish line in sight. "I think I underestimated the effects of the crash a bit," she said. "The muscle in my leg hurts quite a lot, and I hit my head on the ground, so my neck and my shoulder are sore, and I have bruises everywhere." The Wiggle High5 sprinter was not among the best three in the two intermediate sprints during the stage. But in the final Wild was unbeatable, not least due to her team's leadout. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fabio Aru leads UAE Team Emirates - Giro d'Italia shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UAE Team Emirates confirmed Friday their roster that will support Fabio Aru at the Giro d'Italia that starts on May 4 in Israel. Aru announced that he would target the Italian Grand Tour in February and has steadily improved his form in select races this spring. The Sardinian climber was second in the 2015 Giro and will have support in his bid for overall victory from teammates Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen. Joxean Fernandez Matxin, Marco Marzano, Mario Scirea and Paolo Tiralongo will direct the team over the three weeks. "Fabio is going to the Giro dItalia with a huge desire to make an impact, said General Manager Giuseppe Saronni. This feeling of strong sentiment towards the Corsa Rosa will allow him to give his best in every situation. At his side are a group of riders who share the same emotions and are able to manage the possible scenarios correctly. Italians, four of them, give this roster a strong local flavour to honour the Giro dItalia and give the most attention to our fifth Italian, the national champion in the tricolour jersey, Fabio Aru.ADVERTISEMENT "The three non-Italians Atapuma, Laengen and Polanc have shown their love for this race and their ability to contribute enthusiastically to the group. And lets not forget that these riders know about success, just think of the six stage wins by Ulissi, two by Polanc and three by Aru. And Aru has been on the podium twice. These are the details that can make the difference over three weeks of a grand tour even in the face of teams that look stronger on paper." UAE Team Emirates for the Giro d'Italia: Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Diego Ulissi, Valerio Conti, Manuele Mori, Marco Marcato, Jan Polanc, and Vegard Stake Laengen Movistar bring mountain-focused team to Giro d'Italia Pozzovivo leads Bahrain-Merida at Giro d'Italia Trek-Segafredo looking for opportunities in Giro d'Italia You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Campenaerts struggles on full TT rig - Tour de Romandie shorts
April 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) took the surprising decision to ride a full TT set up for Friday's 9.9 kilometre mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The European TT champion's choice had little to do with his effort in Switzerland, however, with the Belgian looking to use the race as a testing ground for the Giro d'Italia. The vast majority of the peloton rode regular road bikes, with a few modifications over wheels and groupsets, but Campenaerts is targeting the opening time trial at the Giro and felt that the extra time on his TT bike could payoff next month. "I know that on a parcours like this I'm not going to win the TT. I've not done so many mountain time trials before but it doesn't really matter to me, whether I'm 10th or 100th today. It does matter which position I finish in at the time trial in Jerusalem. That's why I wanted to do a half hour effort on the TT bike because that could make the difference between winning and losing in Jerusalem," Campenaerts told Cyclingnews as he zipped up his jacket in preparation for his descent.ADVERTISEMENT The Belgian had been in the break on stage 2 and was instrumental in setting up teammate Thomas de Gendt for the victory. That effort caught up with Campenaerts today. "I had a plan to go full gas today and try and do 400 watts as an average but yesterday was a hard day with De Gendt on the attack. I started today but after five minutes I knew that I was fucked. From there, I just tried to make it up the climb. My legs were so bad. I can't really say any more." From here Campenaerts will go home as planned, despite two stages still to race in Romandie. The Lotto Soudal rider is clearly determined to fully focus on the opening stage in the Giro. Gaviria misses time cut Boom targets Tour de France Rosskoff targets California TT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Becker takes rare breakaway victory at Tour of Chongming Island
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It's rare for a race on Chongming Island not to finish in a mass sprint. On Friday'sstage 2of the Tour of Chongming Island, however, a strong breakaway scuppered the plans of sprint favourites Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance). And it wasCharlotte Beckerwho led the winning breakaway to the finish line to claimHitec Products-Birk Sport's first win of the season and the overall race lead. Since the first edition of the race in 2007, a winning breakaway has happened only four times. Two of those were in the first two years when the race was classified UCI 2.2. In 2013, a lone rider won the World Cup race after the peloton was misled into the convoy deviation in the final. Finally, the breakaway that beat the peloton in 2011 included virtually all race favourites and was helped by strong winds. This time, Becker was one of five riders that escaped with 62km to go and built an advantage of up to 3:34, and for a long time, much of the peloton seemed uninterested in controlling the race. The Cylance team of stage 1 winner Bronzini led the peloton, but they were not going to pull back the break all by themselves, sports director Manel Lacambra said to Cyclingnews after the stage.ADVERTISEMENT "I put two riders in front of the peloton to work, but I knew we could not control the race alone. The other teams also needed to work. Kirsten Wild took the first intermediate sprint yesterday, today Jolien D'hoore won a bonus sprint, so they had shown they were stronger. "In my opinion, it is then the responsibility of their teams to chase. But the other teams did not want to work, and the gap kept growing and growing. They only put their riders to work late and did not go all-out. We kept the points jersey for Giorgia, and we already have a stage win." D'hoore won the sprint from the peloton for sixth place and expressed her disappointment on the team website after the stage. "Nobody expected that the breakaway should stay away until the finish. We were pulling with the team but we didn't get that much help from other teams. It seems like nobody wanted to sprint for victory, which was a shame. I felt a lot stronger than yesterday and my legs feel powerful." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bernal: I'll try to attack Roglic in Romandie but he's a complete rider
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) claimed his maiden WorldTour win with an impressive ride in the mountain time trial on stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie. The Colombian set a time of 25:10 over the 9.9km course, and pushed race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) into second place, four seconds down. The win moved Bernal into second overall, and the 21-year-old sits just six seconds off Roglic's lead with two stages remaining. Saturday's stage will decide the overall standings, and while the 149km effort that starts and finishes in Sion lacks a summit finish, it represents the last opportunity to rattle Roglic. Stage 4 includes five major climbs, although the final summit comes almost 30 kilometres from the finish. The chance of creating significant gaps before the finish is slim, with Roglic stating that he expects riders to come back after the final climb. Bernal has already exceeded expectations this year, but the inevitable question is whether he will look to dislodge Roglic or settle for a place on the podium. As the Colombian explained after today's stage, the situation was far more complex than just a straight fight between the current top two.ADVERTISEMENT "I'd like to attack but it depends on a lot of things," Bernal told Cyclingnews as he strolled out of the press conference. "I hope to feel good, and if I feel good I'll try something but after such a hard stage, tomorrow could be difficult for me too. Just to be second on GC could be difficult for me so it depends on a lot of things. "I think we'll look at the situation and make some plans but Roglic is in great condition. He won Pais Vasco and this course suits him. He climbs, he time trials, he's a complete rider. It'll be hard but there's no pressure. Now I've won a stage. I've already done a great race. If I abandon tomorrow it's not a problem." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis takes positives from Romandie TT ahead of Giro d'Italia
April 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished a creditable seventh in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie, and despite admitting that his pacing could have been better over the 9.9km test, he added that his ride had given him a confidence boost ahead of next month's Giro d'Italia. Dennis, one of the best time triallist in the world over flatter courses, was using the Romandie mountain time trial to gauge his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia, where he will lead the line for BMC Racing. Like most of the competition, he raced on a standard road bike, without aero bars. The Australian was seventh fastest at the intermediate time check at 4.4km, 38 seconds down on early pace-setter and teammate Richie Porte. By the time Dennis reached the line, he had conceded 1:26 to stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) but remains in the top 10 and 1:22 off the time of race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo). Saturday's mountain stage will provide Dennis with another pre-Giro examination, but for now, he appears content despite the small errors.ADVERTISEMENT "It's a good confidence boost. What I did today, I normally wouldn't be able to on a hilly time trial. Normally I would put out more power on my time trial bike. We have decreased the gap between the two (road and TT bike)," he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down. "I think I may have gone out too hard. But I was nervous about it being steeper at the start and losing time on the slowest part. In those parts, you could lose time or maybe gain time. And I paid for it in the end. "I had a good rhythm between the five-to-three kilometre mark but then it got steeper and I realised what I'd done at the start. I just had to suffer from there. I was hoping for a top five and I think I was seventh. I'm pretty happy with the climb. The power I had up there I was happy with, considering I didn't pace it well, to be honest." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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