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Gallery: Giro d'Italia time trials
May 23, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Since 1933, time trials have been a regular feature of theGiro d'Italia. Over the part ten years, the race against the clock has been crucial in deciding the overall winner of the race with uphill time trials a regular occurrence. In 2014, Nairo Quintana's win on Monte Grappa in the maglia rosa helped to cement his overall victory just as Vincenzo Nibali did so a year previously on the climb toPolsa. In 2008, Alberto Contador's time trial up the unpavedPlan de Corones saw him put serious time into his main challengers before sealing the overall win with a commanding final day race against the clock in Milan. The Giro has also witnessed dramatic final day time trial's in recent years. in 2009, Dennis Menchov crashed on the slippery cobbles around the Colosseum in Rome while wearing the maglia rosa in the final kilometre of the14.4 km stage. A quick bike change and Menchov was back on the road, sealing a 41 second victory over Danilo Di Luca and his second career Grand Tour victory.ADVERTISEMENT Equally dramatic was the final day 2012 time trial in Milan asRyder Hesjedal turned a 31 second deficit into a 16 second advantage over Joaquim Rodrguez on the 28.2km course to become the first Canadian winner of the Giro. The two riders had swapped the pink jersey from stage 7 whenHesjedal wore pink for the first time with the time trial the deciding factor in the overall classification. Stage 14 of the Giro, from Treviso to Valdobbiadene, is one of the longest time trial's in recent grand tour history at59.4 kilometres in length and is sure to see the first serious time gaps open up on the general classification. Cyclingnews will have live coverage of the stage, but first have a look through our gallery of the last ten year's of time trilling at the Giro. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Contador back in pink with sparkling time trial (Reuters)
May 23, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds quotes) May 23 (Reuters) - Alberto Contador took a commanding lead in the Giro d'Italia on Saturday with a strong performance in the 14th stage, a 59.4-km individual time trial won by Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus. After losing the pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after a crash on Friday, the Spaniard finished third on the day, 14 seconds behind Team Sky's Kiryienka, who clocked a best time of one hour 17 minutes 52 seconds. Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) took second place, 12 seconds off the pace. More...
Cycling-Contador back in pink with sparkling time trial performance (Reuters)
May 23, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 23 (Reuters) - Alberto Contador took a commanding lead in the Giro d'Italia on Saturday with a strong performance in the 14th stage, a 59.4-km individual time trial won by Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus. After losing the pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after a crash on Friday, the Spaniard finished third on the day, 14 seconds behind Team Sky's Kiryienka, who clocked a best time of one hour 17 minutes 52 seconds. Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) took second place, 12 seconds off the pace. ... More...
Contador reclaims Giro lead from Aru after time trial
May 23, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (AP) " Alberto Contador outclassed his rivals on a tough individual time trial Saturday to reclaim the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia after the 14th stage, which was won by Vasil Kiryienka.Contador started... More...
Cycling-Contador back in pink with sparkling time trial performance (Reuters)
May 23, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 23 (Reuters) - Alberto Contador took a commanding lead in the Giro d'Italia on Saturday with a strong performance in the 14th stage, a 59.4-km individual time trial won by Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus. After losing the pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after a crash on Friday, the Spaniard finished third on the day, 14 seconds behind Team Sky's Kiryienka, who clocked a best time of one hour 17 minutes 52 seconds. Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) took second place, 12 seconds off the pace. ... More...
Contador reclaims Giro lead from Aru after time trial (The Associated Press)
May 23, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
VALDOBBIADENE, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador outclassed his rivals on a tough individual time trial Saturday to reclaim the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia after the 14th stage, which was won by Vasil Kiryienka. More...
Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru on 13th Giro stage (The Associated Press)
May 23, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of Friday's 13th stage, which was won by Sacha Modolo. Aru escaped the crash which took out a number of cyclists just outside the final three kilometers (two miles) to move 19 seconds ahead of Contador. Mikel Landa moved third, 1 minute,14 seconds behind the Italian. More...
Cycling-Contador loses Giro lead to Aru after crash (Reuters)
May 23, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador lost the Giro d'Italia overall leader's pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after being involved a crash in the finale of the 13th stage on Friday. The Spaniard, looking to become the first rider to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year since 1998, lost 40 seconds to stage winner Sacha Modolo of Italy. Giacomo Nizzolo took second place ahead of fellow Italian Elia Viviani. More...
Giro dItalia: Contador loses jersey but saves race after Jesolo crash
May 22, 2015 (23:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
You cant put a price on the strength of street knowledge. Alberto Contador conceded the maglia rosa after he fell in the finale of stage 13 of the Giro dItalia to Jesolo, but he remains in the hunt for final overall victory thanks in no small part to the quick thinking of his Tinkoff-Saxo teammate, Matteo Tosatto. Tosatto has ridden 31 Grand Tours over the course of his professional career, and he brought all of his experience to bear when Contador was brought down in a crash just before the three kilometres to go banner. Spotting Contador on the ground, Tosatto skidded to a halt and carried his bike through the tumult like a cyclo-cross rider, before handing it to the Spaniard and pushing him on his way. Contador succeeded in limiting his losses on the stage to 38 seconds and though he now trails Fabio Aru (Astana) by 19 seconds overall, the damage could have been far, far worse. Richie Porte, for one, came down in the same incident but hesitancy over how best to replace his bike " he eventually took Vasil Kiryienkas " saw him lose more than two minutes and drop to 5:05 off the overall lead.ADVERTISEMENT When I fell, my first thought was to find a bike to get to the finish, Contador said afterwards. Enter Tosatto, the man designated by Tinkoff-Saxo as his bodyguard in the peloton on flat stages. Hardly coincidentally, RAI television would later delight in showing repeated slow-motion replays of his actions that would not have been at all out of place in a Kevin Costner vehicle. Contador was speaking to reporters after showering and changing aboard the Tinkoff-Saxo bus, his first time without the podium and press conference duties of the pink jersey since stage 4. Indeed, it marked the first time in his career that he has ever lost the overall lead during a Grand Tour " before now, only the Court of Arbitration for Sport had ever succeeded in stripping him of a leaders jersey. The Spaniard did not seem unduly concerned at breaking a run that stretches back to the 2007 Tour de France, reasoning, perhaps, that his deficit to Aru is eminently manageable. I dont think I lost too much in the end, only around 35 seconds or so, he said. Of greater concern, however, is the blow Contador suffered to his left leg in the fall, as well as the lingering effects of the shoulder injury he suffered when he crashed at Castiglione della Pescaia on stage 6. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru savours becoming the first ever Sardinian in pink at the Giro dItalia
May 22, 2015 (21:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
What a difference a day makes. Especially at the 2015 Giro dItalia. On Thursday Fabio Aru (Astana) crossed the finish line with a grimace on his face after losing time to Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). Twenty-four hours later the battle for the pink jersey had flipped yet again after a high-speed crash 3.2km from the finish in Jesolo. Contador was delayed, losing 40 seconds and so Aru pulled on the maglia rosa. Aru celebrated on the podium but continued to warn that the Giro dItalia only ends in Milan on May 31, knowing that Contador is likely to take back pink in Saturday's 59.4km time trial, while he could suffer and lose several minutes. However for now, his grimace was replaced by a smile as he became the first Sardinian rider to ever pull on the maglia rosa. During the 21 days of the Giro anything can happen he said in the post-race press conference. I went close to taking it many times on different stages and never got it. The weather makes what seem like easy stages very complicated. I knew I had to stay up front with my teammates and I managed to avoid the crash. Its incredible to have the maglia rosa. When I started racing in 2005 and then on road in 2009, you fall in love with it and dream about pulling it on one day. I know that all of Sardinia is following me and people in Italy too. Its nice and I hope that it helps young people start cycling. Theres a sea between Sardinia and the mainland but I hope Im shoeing that if make the sacrifices you can make it.Mysterious problems on the road to Imola Aru now leads Contador by 19 seconds, with teammate Mikel Kanda third overall at 1:14. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep) also avoided the crash and is now sixth overall, 2:02 back and still an overall contender, with Saturdays time trial in his favour. Aru seemed on the ropes after the stage to Vicenza, revealing that his SRM data indicated it had been one of the toughest stages of the entire Giro. He admitted that he "hadnt been well two days ago" but then corrected himself after some kind of Freudian lapsus. Lets say I had a lack of sugars, a lack of energy, Uran said. I made a mistake when I said two days ago. You cant drop your guard in stages like this at the Giro. According to my SRM data, the Imola stage was when we went the hardest and it was in the rain. But Im still up there and anything can happen.Pessimistic about the time trial Aru will start Saturdays time trial last of all and have the marginal advantage of knowing his rivals' times at the intermediate checks. He also no longer has to fear Contador catching him during the stage, with the Spaniard now starting three minutes ahead of him. Despite having the pink jersey, Aru remained remarkably pessimistic about holding onto it after the time trial. I dont know what happen, he said. Ive worked for the time trial, its a different time trial to those of recent years. Its long and usual. We also ride it after 13 hard stages, in the heat and now in the cold. I think itll all depend on what energy he have in our legs at the start. I'll give it everything but well only know what will happen after the stage, not before it. Its an advantage to know the times of the riders who start before me but everyone will give it their all. The differences will depend on the energy you have in your legs. The pink jersey wont make a big difference.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crash upsets general classification on Giro d'Italia stage 13
May 22, 2015 (21:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On what was supposed to be the easiest day of the Giro dItalia so far, the General Classification was turned on its head with a crash just outside the three kilometres to go banner. As a result, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had to hand his pink jersey over to Fabio Aru (Astana) " the first time hes ever lost a Grand Tour leaders jersey. Contador now trails Aru by 19 seconds in the overall classification. Richie Portes (Team Sky) dismal week continued as he too was caught up in the incident and lost more than two minutes to the stage winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida). Porte already lost time to a puncture and a penalty earlier in the race and this has more than likely ended his GC hopes. Today was very hard, in bad weather, on a route that was flat but with lots of roundabouts and other paraphernalia, Aru said at the finish. I was always at the front, in a good position to avoid possible falls, and what happened, happened. Now I'm just thinking of tomorrow. It is going to be a very important stage. I will give it everything. But the Giro ends next Sunday in Milan, not before.ADVERTISEMENT The crash occurred when two riders touched wheels on the left side of the road as the peloton approached the three-kilometre marker. Inside that marker, riders are safe from losing time should a crash or a mechanical occur but they were not protected by this rule when the incident happened just 3.2km from the finish. It was contained at first but as riders pushed forwards it spilled across the road, with race leader Contador coming off his bike. Its the second crash that Contador has suffered in the latter kilometres of a stage. He dislocated his shoulder on stage 6 of the race but was able to take the start the following day. After stage 13, the Spaniard confirmed that he hadnt fallen again on his shoulder. Fortunately for Contador, teammate Matteo Tosatto was nearby and he was able to take the Italians bike to complete the stage. Porte wasnt so lucky and he had to wait around much longer to get a bike from his teammate Vasil Kiriyenka. Despite a frantic chase, the Australian crossed the line 2:08 behind the leaders and now languishes down in 17th spot in the overall classification at 5:05 behind Aru. Team Skys other contender, Leopold Knig, left his leader in the finishing straight to gain a couple of seconds but only sits two positions above Porte in the GC. After a bad day on the bike during stage 12, Aru had luck on his side. He was momentarily held up by the incident but only lost four seconds on the line, thrusting him into the maglia rosa for the first time. Astana now have two riders in the top three with Mikel Landa sitting in third place at 1:14 down. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Contador loses Giro lead to Aru after crash (Reuters)
May 22, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador lost the Giro d'Italia overall leader's pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after being involved a crash in the finale of the 13th stage on Friday. The Spaniard, looking to become the first rider to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year since 1998, lost 40 seconds to stage winner Sacha Modolo of Italy. Giacomo Nizzolo took second place ahead of fellow Italian Elia Viviani. More...
Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru on 13th Giro stage
May 22, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
JESOLO, Italy (AP) " Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of Friday's rainy 13th stage, which was won by Sacha Modolo.Aru escaped the crash, which... More...
Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru on 13th Giro stage (The Associated Press)
May 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of Friday's rainy 13th stage, which was won by Sacha Modolo. Aru escaped the crash, which took out a number of cyclists just outside the final three kilometers (two miles) to move 19 seconds ahead of Contador. Mikel Landa moved into third, 1 minute, 14 seconds behind the Italian. More...
Aru puts on a brave face after a losing time to Contador at the Giro dItalia
May 21, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fabio Aru tried to put on a brave face after his bad day at the Giro dItalia but his position on the bike and especially his face as he crossed the finish line in the rain told a different story. The Astana team leader started the Giro dItalia aggressively but now seems to be on the back foot. He was unable to go on the attack and distance Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) in the hilly stages after his shoulder injury, and Contador has now attacked him on back to back stages and twice revealed weaknesses. Aru crossed the line in 26th place on the Monte Berico hills overlooking Vicenza, after fighting to stay in contact as Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Contador surged to the line. He was among the wheels in the long line of riders but race officials ruled that there were gaps between the riders, meaning Aru was timed as finishing eight seconds behind Contador. The Spaniard also collected a six-second time bonus for second place, shunting Aru to 17 seconds back in the overall classification. This Giro dItalia is unlikely to be decided by a few seconds by the time the riders reach Milan on May 31, but Aru was forced on the defensive as he spoke in the mixed-zone close to the finish. He leads the best young riders white jersey and so has to endure almost the same podium protocol as Contador, with none of the psychological benefits of being race leader. I cracked in the finale after not eating enough, Aru said, trying to convince the pack of television cameras grouped around him under a tent near the finish area. There wasnt much time to eat and bring things around, so I was empty on the final climb to the finish. It was inevitable to lose something. But the Giro is still long and were focused for the stages ahead. You never stop learning in cycling. A bad day due to not eating enough can happen. However there still all the decisive stages to go in this Giro. Aru acknowledged Contador had struck a blow but promised to bounce back. He will hope for a quiet day on the flat stage to Jesolo on Friday and will have to be at his very best if he hopes to limit his losses in Saturdays 59.4km time trial between Treviso and Valdobbiadene. Everybody knows Contador. Hes got experience and it works in his favour, Aru conceded. I developed as a cyclo-cross rider and so Im used to racing in cold and wet conditions like this. But if you make a mistake with your feeding strategy, you pay for it. Thats what happened to me today. But a bad day can happen, the important thing is to fight back.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel please click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador upbeat after taking more time from Aru at the Giro dItalia
May 21, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador was wet, cold but happy after finishing second behind Philippe Gilbert but ahead of main rival Fabio Aru on the uphill finish in Vicenza. Contador picked up six bonus seconds for his efforts and also gained eight seconds on Aru in the surge to the finish, after the young Sardinian was unable to hold the wheels. He now leads Aru by 17 seconds, with his Astana teammates Mikel Landa and Dario Cataldo third and fourth at 55 seconds and 1:30 respectively. The Tinkoff-Saxo team leader has suffered in the first half of the Giro dItalia as Astana went on the attack and his shoulder injury seemed to be a significant handicap. However, with the vitally important 59.4km time trial just 48 hours away, Contador seems to have the upper hand. He has three Astana behind in the general classification but his sharp jabs in Arus ribs seem to have revealed a weakness, even if Aru claimed he had simply had a bad day and failed to eat properly in the rain. UCI president Brian Cookson awarded Contador his clean and dry pink jersey on the podium and he celebrated his good day by opening the bottle of prosecco for the first time on the podium, seemingly without any pain in his shoulder. I think that my legs are still improving. I've had one or two days when I've only spoken about my shoulder but my legs were very bad after the crash too. Now my bruises are getting better and I hope to keep improving all the way to the end. The difference in Grand Tours is your ability to recover each day, he said in the post-race press conference, talking himself up and pouring the pressure onto Aru. Every second is important because on a bad day in the Giro d'Italia, you can lose minutes. So all the advantage you have is very important to play with, especially tactically. Ive observed him [Aru] closely in this race. His legs looked good early on in the Giro but in the final 50 or 60km before the finish I noticed that he was looking a little weak. I didn't know if he was on or off my wheel. I saw he wasn't on a great day and that made the difference. But if you look at the road book in the final week, anything can happen in this Giro. Its been hard fought since first stage and so everyone is tired. With the rain we had today, and the first hours at 50 km/h, it takes its toll. The end of the Giro d'Italia is still very far away. This Giro d'Italia is very hard and on any day a 1,000 things can happen. Things keep happening every day.Pouring scorn on Astana tactics, thinking about the time trial Contador also poured scorn on Astanas tactics. The Kazakhstani team tried to protect Aru in the final of the stage but he struggled to hold onto the wheels when Contador had a dig near the summit of the Crosara climb with 28km to go. Astana sent Tanel Kangert on the attack to take away the bonus seconds but the race came back together and Contador struck while Aru suffered. It's hard to know what tactics they are using. Honestly, Contador said with a laugh. I think that, on the basis of how the stage was going, they were improvising. If the leader hasn't got good legs, its hard to play out a tactic. Perhaps they sent riders up the road to take away the bonuses but it's hard to interpret their tactics. Fridays 147km stage is the last chance for the sprinters to strut their stuff before the mountains and Milan. Contador is already thinking about Saturdays time trial and revealed he will test his modified time trial position in his hotel in Vicenza. He is ready to sacrifice a few watts to ride the 59.4km in a more comfortable position that takes the strain off his damaged left shoulder. I still have to look at the time trial course in detail. Its a big day and I think Richie has big ambitions, as does Uran. So do others and so do Astana, he said In my case, tonight Faustino my mechanic will bring my [time trial] bike up to my room so we can check the the position to see if its comfortable. If it isn't the best, I could start with a position that isnt the most aero position for me. It could mean I lose 10 or 15 watts but it is what it is and I still hope to do a good time trial. We'll see how well on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Giro d'Italia stage 12 highlights
May 21, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The weather and terrain during the Giro d'Italia's 12th stageon Thursday certainly favoured the classics men, and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) took advantage to score his first win of the 2015 season over the final uphill sprint in Vicenza.In a tough final kilometre that ramped up steeply on Monte Berico, the former world champion caught Tanel Kangert 200 metres from the line and powered past the Astana rider to finish three seconds ahead of a much-reduced peloton. The 190-kilometre route from Imola to Vicenza was an almost entirely flat affair until the road pitched up on the Castelnuovo about 136k into the day. From there the route undulated over the Crosara and several other short, steep pitches before the final climb at the finish. The day started out dry and clear but weather quickly moved in to set up the wet finale. Crashes were frequent on the slick surface, but Gilbert survived the carnage and multiple solo flyers in the closing kilometres to take the win. The general classification also saw some action, as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) attacked on the final climb to finish second, boosting his lead over Astana's Fabio Aru to 17 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Contador extends lead, Gilbert wins rain-soaked stage (Reuters)
May 21, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador extended his overall lead in the Giro d'Italia while Philippe Gilbert snatched a last-gasp stage win in a rain-soaked 12th stage on Thursday. The Belgian burst clear of the pack with around 400 metres left as they climbed to the finish at Vicenza in pouring rain after a 190 kilometre stage from Imola. Contador was second, three seconds behind, as he led the peloton across the finish line. More...
Contador extends lead; Gilbert wins 12th stage of Giro (The Associated Press)
May 21, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador extended his overall lead ahead of Fabio Aru to 17 seconds while Philippe Gilbert won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday. Gilbert, the 2012 world champion, attacked and surged ahead of a couple breakaway riders to cross the line alone. Diego Ulisse was third. More...
Contador extends lead; Gilbert wins 12th stage of Giro
May 21, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VICENZA, Italy (AP) " Alberto Contador extended his overall lead ahead of Fabio Aru to 17 seconds while Philippe Gilbert won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday.It all came down to a brief climb in the final kilometer.Gilbert,... More...

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