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Cycling: George Bennett stays in top 10 at Giro d'Italia after exciting finish
May 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has remained ensconced in the top 10 at the Giro d'Italia after an entertaining finish on stage eight.Bennett has finished in 15th on the summit finish of Montevergine di Mercogliano, coming home in the main group... More...
Graeme Simpson: Rosebank trail is history at every turn
May 12, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It may only be a kilometre long. However, Rosebank trail in the Whakarewarewa Forest has history at every corner.It was part of the initial wave of trails pioneered by Fred Christensen more than 20 years ago.That started with... More...
Bennett wins 7th stage as Yates maintains Giro d'Italia lead
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PRAIA A MARE, Italy (AP) " Sam Bennett timed his sprint to perfection to win the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, while British rider Simon Yates remained in the overall lead as the race went over to the Italian mainland on Friday.Bennett... More...
Cycling: George Bennett stays in top 10 at Giro d'Italia ahead of testing weekend
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has safely navigated through stage seven of the Giro d'Italia, but the real challenges await in the next two days.Bennett has finished comfortably in the peloton in 30th position on the stage for the sprinters, a... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A 159-kilometer (99-mile) route along the Calabrian coast from Pizzo to Praia a Mare:1. Sam Bennett, Ireland, Bora-Hansgrohe 3:45:27.2. Elia Viviani, Italy, Quick-Step Floors, same time.3. Niccolo Bonifazio, Italy, Bahrain-Merida,... More...
Yates moves into overall lead of Giro, Chaves wins stage 6
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ETNA, Sicily (AP) " Simon Yates took the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday after the British rider finished second on stage six, just behind Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves on the summit of Mount Etna.Yates... More...
Cycling: George Bennett shines on first mountain test at the Giro d'Italia
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett underwent his first real test at the Giro d'Italia this morning, and he has passed with flying colours.A supremely strong ride from the Kiwi climber has seen him claim fourth place on stage six, a result which leaps... More...
Battaglin wins 5th stage as Dennis maintains Giro lead
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA NINFA, Sicily (AP) " Enrico Battaglin surged ahead at the perfect moment to win the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as Chris Froome and most of the other favorites finished in the main pack.Rohan Dennis held... More...
Cycling: George Bennett into top 20 as big test looms at Giro d'Italia
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett had two reasons to celebrate when he crossed the line on stage five of the Giro d'Italia.First and foremost, his arm was raised in triumph for his teammate, Enrico Battaglin, who sprinted away from Giovanni Visconti... More...
Cycling: Giro d'Italia - Kiwi riders look forward to Italian leg after 'tough' start in Israel
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Giro d'Italia has moved back to traditional territory in Italy from its grand start in Israel, but the lingering impression is that the Middle East country embraced the multi-stage cycle race with a fervour.Israelis lined the... More...
Cyclist Karl Murray's eight-year ban for doping one of NZ's longest
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand cyclist Karl Murray faces one of the longest bans handed down to a New Zealand athlete after being found guilty of multiple doping violations.Murray, already serving a two-year ban, will now serve an eight-year ban that... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A 202-kilometer (126-mile) leg from Catania to Caltagirone:1. Tim Wellens, Belgium, Lotto Fix All, 5:17:34.2. Michael Woods, Canada, EF Education First-Drapac, same time.3. Enrico Battaglin, Italy, LottoNL-Jumbo, same time.4.... More...
Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALTAGIRONE, Sicily (AP) " Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Froom finished 21 seconds behind Wellens, pushing the four-time Tour... More...
Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALTAGIRONE, Sicily (AP) " Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Team Sky reported that Froome finished 23 seconds behind Wellens as... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up slightly after stage four of Giro d'Italia
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has moved up the general classification after a busy finish to stage four of the Giro d'Italia.Bennett crossed the line in 14th on the stage, 10 seconds behind the winner - a finish which saw him beat... More...
BMX: Sarah Walker crashes out of Supercross event
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
London Olympic medallist Sarah Walker secured two semifinal performances but suffered a crash in the UCI BMX World Cup Supercross event in the Netherlands yesterday.She was able to walk away after crashing off the side of the track,... More...
2 Argentine cyclists suspended for positive doping tests
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The International Cycling Union says two Argentine riders tested positive for doping at the second-tier Tour of San Juan stage race.Race winner Gonzalo Najar tested positive for CERA, an advanced version... More...
Viviani wins 3rd stage as Giro bids farewell to Israel
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EILAT, Israel (AP) " Elia Viviani won the third stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia on Sunday for his second bunch sprint finish victory in as many days as the Grand Tour race bid farewell to its historic start in Israel.The Italian... More...
Cycling: Now, the Giro d'Italia truly begins
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Giro d'Italia's Israeli excursion is over, and now the excitement begins.With the opening time trial and two sprint stages complete, the Giro will head to hillier territory as the riders travel to Italy, where the contenders... More...
Cycling the light fantastic in Whanganui
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Light Up Bike Spectacle held in Whanganui on Friday night was a huge success and organiser Riah King Wall said there was an "incredible turnout."The family-friendly event was organised by Whanganui District Council in conjunction... More...
Dennis nabs Giro pink jersey, Viviani takes 2nd stage
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) " A day after his opening stage lead slipped away to Giro d'Italia defending champion Tom Dumoulin " the last of the 175 riders in the individual time trial " Rohan Dennis got a measure of revenge by taking the... More...
Cycling: New leader in Giro d'Italia as George Bennett stays safe
May 11, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There is a new leader after stage two of the 2018 Giro d'Italia, and the old leader couldn't be happier about it.Such is life in the world of cycling, where the leader's jersey at a major tour can lead to an unwanted workload for... More...
Battaglin wins 5th stage as Dennis maintains Giro lead
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA NINFA, Sicily (AP) " Enrico Battaglin surged ahead at the perfect moment to win the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as Chris Froome and most of the other favorites finished in the main pack.Rohan Dennis held... More...
Cycling: George Bennett into top 20 as big test looms at Giro d'Italia
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett had two reasons to celebrate when he crossed the line on stage five of the Giro d'Italia.First and foremost, his arm was raised in triumph for his teammate, Enrico Battaglin, who sprinted away from Giovanni Visconti... More...
Cycling: Giro d'Italia - Kiwi riders look forward to Italian leg after 'tough' start in Israel
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Giro d'Italia has moved back to traditional territory in Italy from its grand start in Israel, but the lingering impression is that the Middle East country embraced the multi-stage cycle race with a fervour.Israelis lined the... More...
Cyclist Karl Murray's eight-year ban for doping one of NZ's longest
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand cyclist Karl Murray faces one of the longest bans handed down to a New Zealand athlete after being found guilty of multiple doping violations.Murray, already serving a two-year ban, will now serve an eight-year ban that... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A 202-kilometer (126-mile) leg from Catania to Caltagirone:1. Tim Wellens, Belgium, Lotto Fix All, 5:17:34.2. Michael Woods, Canada, EF Education First-Drapac, same time.3. Enrico Battaglin, Italy, LottoNL-Jumbo, same time.4.... More...
Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALTAGIRONE, Sicily (AP) " Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Froom finished 21 seconds behind Wellens, pushing the four-time Tour... More...
Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CALTAGIRONE, Sicily (AP) " Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Team Sky reported that Froome finished 23 seconds behind Wellens as... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up slightly after stage four of Giro d'Italia
May 09, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has moved up the general classification after a busy finish to stage four of the Giro d'Italia.Bennett crossed the line in 14th on the stage, 10 seconds behind the winner - a finish which saw him beat... 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...
BMX: Sarah Walker crashes out of Supercross event
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
London Olympic medallist Sarah Walker secured two semifinal performances but suffered a crash in the UCI BMX World Cup Supercross event in the Netherlands yesterday.She was able to walk away after crashing off the side of the track,... More...
2 Argentine cyclists suspended for positive doping tests
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) " The International Cycling Union says two Argentine riders tested positive for doping at the second-tier Tour of San Juan stage race.Race winner Gonzalo Najar tested positive for CERA, an advanced version... More...
Tour de Yorkshire volunteer narrowly avoids horrific crash with out of control Team Astana car
May 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Phillip Sullivan was stood on the traffic island waving a luminous flag when he was forced to dive out of the way of the oncoming vehicle 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...
Viviani wins 3rd stage as Giro bids farewell to Israel
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EILAT, Israel (AP) " Elia Viviani won the third stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia on Sunday for his second bunch sprint finish victory in as many days as the Grand Tour race bid farewell to its historic start in Israel.The Italian... More...
Cycling: Now, the Giro d'Italia truly begins
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Giro d'Italia's Israeli excursion is over, and now the excitement begins.With the opening time trial and two sprint stages complete, the Giro will head to hillier territory as the riders travel to Italy, where the contenders... More...
Cycling the light fantastic in Whanganui
May 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Light Up Bike Spectacle held in Whanganui on Friday night was a huge success and organiser Riah King Wall said there was an "incredible turnout."The family-friendly event was organised by Whanganui District Council in conjunction... 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...
Dennis nabs Giro pink jersey, Viviani takes 2nd stage
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) " A day after his opening stage lead slipped away to Giro d'Italia defending champion Tom Dumoulin " the last of the 175 riders in the individual time trial " Rohan Dennis got a measure of revenge by taking the... More...
Cycling: New leader in Giro d'Italia as George Bennett stays safe
May 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
There is a new leader after stage two of the 2018 Giro d'Italia, and the old leader couldn't be happier about it.Such is life in the world of cycling, where the leader's jersey at a major tour can lead to an unwanted workload for... 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...
Graeme Simpson: Banged up but in one piece after mountain bike crash
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Can any good come from a mountain bike crash?Damage to the bike is never good (unless you're in the market for a new one). Broken bones? No. Deep tissue injuries, which can take a long time to heal? The same.On Waitangi Day, I... More...
Cycling: Catching up with the Kiwis at Giro d'Italia
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The iconic city of Jerusalem has never seen a cycling race of this magnitude go through their historic streets before. Crowds line the sidewalk to get a glimpse of the racing. The Giro d'Italia has made a bold statement; it is the... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Team Sunweb, 12 minutes, 2 seconds.2. Rohan Dennis, Australia, BMC Racing Team, 2 seconds behind.3. Victor Campenaerts, Belgium, Lotto Soudal, same time.4. Jos Gonalves, Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin,... More...
Dumoulin wins opening stage of Giro d'Italia, Froome 21st
May 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JERUSALEM (AP) " With Chris Froome likely feeling the ill effects of a training crash, defending champion Tom Dumoulin won the opening stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia on Friday.Froome, who bloodied his right knee and ripped his... More...

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