Giro d'Italia stage 9 highlights - Video
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made the pre-race predictions come true on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia , crushing all his opponents in the 34.8km time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian overhauled Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) the only other rider to come one minute or less from the winning margin. Campenaerts might have sealed the win were it not for a botched bike change, while the last riders suffered through an intense rain storm on the climb. Despite the challenges, the Italian race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held his lead in the overall by 1:50 on Roglic, with Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) taking over as best young rider in third place overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 9 finish line quotes
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 1st at 51:52 "It was again a nice time trial for me. Everything went good. I did my best so I’m happy with it. "It was just different – [Campenaerts] had really dry conditions and I had rain so I couldn’t take any risks in the corner. Then I went all-out in the end. "I went really slow in the corners in the beginning but otherwise then on the flat and on the climb [the weather] didn’t matter so much. "We’ll see at the end [who is still in the mix]. It’s still a long way to go – a lot of kilometres, a lot of mountains – so it’s always nice to have some seconds in your advantage and be focussing on the days to come. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) – 2nd at 52:03 "It’s a really nice TT parcours. It’s really a beautiful all-round ...
Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8
Australia’s Caleb Ewan celebrated wildly after storming a bunch sprint to win stage eight of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday after coming close to victory three times already in the opening week. Chief contenders for overall Giro victory, Britain’s Simon Yates, form favourite Primoz Roglic, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez all … The post Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Bilbao takes the win after aggressive day at the Giro
Pello Bilbao (Astana) made the most of his opportunity from the breakaway in Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia, attacking with 1.5 kilometres to go and holding off the chase to take the win ahead of Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe).
Giro d'Italia highlights: Bilbao wins from the break on frantic stage 7 – Video
Stage 7 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia was another day for the breakaway, with Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) triumphing to take his team's victory tally for the season to 26. It was a frantically fast stage , raced at an average of 45kph, and the Spaniard timed his attack to perfection in the finale. He jumped away from a group including Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) 1.5km from the line to win solo. AG2R La Mondiale rider Tony Gallopin took second place, five seconds down on Bilbao. For his part, Formolo, who has twice finished tenth at the Giro, jumped up over a minute on GC and now lies 13th, equal on time with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). The pink jersey is still on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), though his team suffered a further loss after Juan Molano's suspension with Fernando Gaviria calling it quits during ...
Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7
Supported by Pello Bilbao (Astana) took the win into L’Aquila with a well-timed escape from his breakaway companions with 1.5km remaining in the Giro d’Italia’s seventh stage. Bilbao was part of a 12-man move that went clear across the 185-km stage. He countered an attack from Jose Rojas (Movistar) and held his gap ahead of a charging … The post Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Bilbao says all out for Lopez in Giro d'Italia despite stage win
Any hopes that Spain might have had of a second overall challenger in this year's Giro d'Italia in the shape of stage 7 winner Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) have been quickly dispelled by the man himself. Bilbao has a sixth place overall in the 2018 Giro d'Italia on his palmares, and the time gained in his breakaway on Friday moved him up to 11th overall on this year's current ranking, just ahead of leading time trial favourite and overall contender Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). But even when flushed with his first ever Grand Tour stage win, taken against riders as experienced as Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar), Bilbao brushed aside suggestions that he might become a co-leader in Astana alongside their pre-race contender, Miguel Angel López . "I'm not thinking about GC, even if it was important for the team to have somebody ...
Giro d'Italia: Bilbao wins stage 7
Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) timed his attack to perfection to win a frenetic stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to l'Aquila. The Spanish rider attacked with 1.5km to go and held off a concerted chase to beat Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) by 5 seconds. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held onto his race lead, thanks to some help from teams such as Trek-Segafredo, after a chaotic and blisteringly fast stage. Despite containing two classified climbs, the 185km stage averaged just over 45kph. "It was a really important day for me today. It took a long time to get my first victory in a three-week race. This was only possible with a big team like Astana. Thank you to all of the team," Bilbao said after the stage. "It was a really big advantage (to have Zeits in the breakaway) because Andrey was ...
Warbasse and Dunne get the NoGo gang back together at Giro
Eight months after Larry Warbasse ( AG2R La Mondiale ) and Conor Dunne ( Israel Cycling Academy ) defiantly rode the 'NoGo Tour' after their Aqua Blue squad had folded, the two are now racing a 'real' stage race: the 2019 Giro d'Italia . The reigning Irish road race champion and former US road race champion opted to head for what they dubbed the NoGo Tour, rather than the Ovo Tour of Britain – which Aqua Blue were supposed to be racing, but failed to do so when the team folded. The two-rider NoGo Tour took Dunne and Warbasse over roughly 1,100 kilometres of roads in southern Europe, including Italy, and lasted the same time as the Tour of Britain. But now the two former AquaBlue riders are back in Italy – this time for some real racing at the Giro d'Italia. "It's a really good feeling," Dunne told Cyclingnews ...
Bardet begins training block in lead-up to Tour de France
Romain Bardet 's road to the Tour de France begins this week, with the French public's big hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour's key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week. According to L'Equipe , Bardet spent an entire week off the bike following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this year's Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand. Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon some of this year's Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father, before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain for a high-altitude ...
Gallopin and Vuillermoz headline AG2R La Mondiale for Giro d'Italia
Tony Gallopin and Alexis Vuillermoz will be the protected riders for AG2R La Mondiale when the Giro d'Italia kicks off for three weeks of racing this weekend. Gallopin will ride his first Giro, and hopes to take a stage win to add to the stage victories he has from the Tour de France (2014) and last year's Vuelta a Espana, where he also finished 11th overall. Vuillermoz, meanwhile, returns to the Giro for the first time since 2014 – when he, too, finished 11th overall – and is eyeing a top-10 finish overall at the Corsa Rosa . "Alexis wanted to change his programme this season and return to the Giro, five years after his last participation," said sports director Laurent Biondi on the team's website. "After a victory in March at the Royale Bernard Drôme Classic, his progress was slowed by a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. But during the Tour ...
The case for wearing pro team kit
A peloton of posers we may be, but really, what's wrong with that? The post The case for wearing pro team kit appeared first on CyclingTips .
The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics
It was late in the race, and Julian Alaphilippe, the most successful rider of the spring classics, knew he would not be defending his team’s title at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Though his Deceuninck–Quick-Step teammates had spent the day keeping him sheltered from the wind and setting pace at the front of the peloton, the inclement weather had adversely … The post The weekly spin: Rating the winners and losers of the 2019 spring classics appeared first on CyclingTips .
Teams recon Liege-Bastogne-Liege climbs - Gallery
With the final Monument of the Spring Classics up for grabs Sunday at Liege-Bastogne-Liege , the top teams and riders were out on course taking the opportunity for one last chance to recon the most important and iconic parts of the course. Julian Alaphilippe and Philippe Gilbert were on course with their Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates, as were Jakob Fuglsang and Astana , the foils for Alaphilippe so far during the Frenchman's phenomenal spring. Greg Van Avermaet and his CCC Team were taking in the route on Friday, alongside Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol and the EF Education First team. Four-time Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner and world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took in parts of the course, while Frenchman Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) put in several good digs on the prominent climbs. Adam Yates was also on hand with Mitchelton-Scott. Other teams out on Friday reconnoitering the route included Jumbo-Visma, Dimension Data, ...
Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest
Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines … The post Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .
2019 Fleche Wallonne highlights - Video
For the second consecutive year, Julian Alaphilippe is king of the Mur de Huy, with the Deceuninck-Quickstep rider overhauling a promising surge by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) in the closing metres to win La Flèche Wallonne. Alaphilippe has now won three major one-day races this season: Strade Bianche, also over Fuglsang, and Milan-San Remo ahead of Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale). It seems that only young Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) has Alaphilippe's number when it comes to short, uphill finales, with the Dutch champion the only rider to best Alaphilippe in the Amstel Gold Race and in de Brabantse Pijl. One cannot help but notice the effort of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), who climbed to third on the Mur de Huy, or that of Bjorn Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal), who made a career-best fourth on Wednesday after a sixth in Amstel and fifth in Brabantse Pijl. You can read more ...
The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory
It was one of the most thrilling finishes of a spring classic in modern history. After trailing by one minute with three kilometers remaining, cyclocross world champion Mathieu van der Poel, in his Amstel Gold Race debut, towed a chase group back into contention and improbably caught and passed the leaders with 125 meters remaining. … The post The weekly spin: Deconstructing Mathieu van der Poel’s improbable Amstel Gold victory appeared first on CyclingTips .
Vendrame wins Tro-Bro Leon
Andrea Vendrame ( Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec ) became the first Italian winner in the 35-year history of the Tro-Bro Leon , the Breton version of Paris-Roubaix held one week later on gravelled roads near the coast bordering the English Channel. The Venetian outsprinted French favourites Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) and Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie), who also missed out on the podium occupied by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Emil Vinjebo (Riwal). "Luck was on my side as I had no crash and no puncture," Vendrame said. "We came across to the leaders in the last lap and the race situation was perfect for me. On Saturday at the Tour du Finistère, I finished second but I didn’t have good legs. Today, I felt great all the way so I was confident in my sprint even though I knew some of the riders up there were quite fast." Vendrame was never far behind ...
Bardet bounces back with top-10 Amstel Gold finish
Romain Bardet continued his AG2R La Mondiale team's run of decent spring Classics finishes with ninth place at Amstel Gold on Sunday. The Frenchman only recently returned to racing having crashed out of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in late March, and must now be considered one of the favourites for Wednesday's Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège next weekend. Oliver Naesen has principally flown the flag for the French WorldTour team this spring, with second place at Milan-San Remo , third at Gent-Wevelgem and – in the Belgian's eyes, at least – a slightly disappointing seventh place at the Tour of Flanders and 13th at Paris-Roubaix. Naesen also took 28th at Amstel, which is a race that Bardet had said didn’t particularly suit him, either, and which he hadn't raced since 2014, when he finished 33rd. He then promptly rode to his top-10 finish there this weekend. "To tell the truth, ...
In the velodrome: the final Power poll
It’s time to leave the cobbles behind and wrap things up with a final entry in our series of power polls of the cobbles season. People are always looking for narratives in the cycling season and for me the classics campaign, the cobbles bit in particular, is the most obvious example of a natural narrative there is. No one in ever Aigle sat down to set down rules and jerseys etc. for it, but the logic and progression from Omloop to Roubaix is undeniable and riveting to follow. For me even more so than a Grand Tour which has too many distractions and sideplots, plus it goes by too fast to really allow you to enjoy it to the full. Cobbles season is like following a good TV series with an episode every week and anticipation in between. Grand Tours is like binge watching the whole thing in one sleepless ...