Roglic: The Giro d'Italia isn't over until the finish line in Verona

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

As expected, he came, he saw, and he conquered. Before the Giro d'Italia had even reached San Marino, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had been all but crowned as the winner of the stage 9 time trial on the Giro d'Italia. "Primoz will kill them," European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts said of his former teammate on the eve of the stage. From the camps of men like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the most optimistic talk revolved around limiting their losses to anything under a minute. In the event, Campenaerts came closest to denying Roglic the honours, and were it not for an untimely mechanical problem and slow bike change near the finish, the Belgian would surely have won the stage rather than settling for second place at 10 seconds. "I feel sorry for him. We were all competing for the win. We all went full gas, but you ...

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Nibali: Too early to say Giro d'Italia is a duel with Roglic

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) outside his team bus

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) craned his neck for one look at the stalactites of rain outside before ducking back into the mixed zone to ride out the storm. "I'm not going anywhere with this rain," Nibali laughed, taking his seat once again amid a scrum of reporters. "We've had enough of it these last few days." Seasoned Shark watchers don't always need to listen to his post-race comments to understand how his day has gone; the body language often says everything. "Those who know me know that when I'm tranquillo, I'll happily speak with anybody," Nibali explained. "And when I'm a bit nervous, sometimes I don't want to talk." On Sunday afternoon in San Marino, Nibali was happy to talk, after a 4th-place finish in the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial that saw him limit his losses on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to 1:04. If that was broadly ...

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Start times for Giro d'Italia stage 9 time trial

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The second of three time trials during the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Sunday's 34.8 kilometre test between Riccione and the microstate of San Marino is perhaps the toughest to gauge. Flat for 22 kilometres, it's the 12.8-kilometre climb to the finish that provides the most uncertainty. With two time checks coming before the climbing starts (at 11.7 and 22.2 kilometres), there'll be some idea of which riders have coped best with the rain-hit opening week, and who is gaining form as the race progresses. However, the uneven ascent to the finish is set to throw all of that out of the window. Officially, the average for the climb might be 4.5 per cent, but the hill's rhythm-altering false flats and descents hide what is an average gradient of almost 7 per cent when the road rears up. Maximum gradients of 11 per cent feature both in the final kilometre and ...

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Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen seals overall

Race leader Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in full flight on stage 3 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Elisa Balsamo ( Valcar-Cylance Cycling ) won the final stage of the Women's Tour of California , outsprinting Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) in Pasadena on Saturday. With a bunch sprint to finish the race, yellow jersey Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) secured the overall victory – her third of the season. "I have no words," said Balsamo after the stage. "This is my first WorldTour win and I'm so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I'm very happy. "Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn't that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job." How it happened Stage 3 took the peloton from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, covering 126 kilometres through the mountainous Angeles National Forest and finishing with three laps of a ...

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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the start of stage 8

"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primož Roglič said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro d’Italia 's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Roglič's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Roglič ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Pete Muir 18 May 2019 Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter denies Elia Viviani once again Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan, managed to hold off Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a fenzied sprint at the end of Stage 8 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After the win, the 24-year-old declared his victory was down to ‘determination and a committed team, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win'. Meanwhile, despite a strong showing from his QuickStep team, Viviani had to once again settle for a disappointing loss. Most of the GC contenders arrived together in the bunch, meaning that Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) retains the pink jersey of race leader going into Stage 9. See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands ...

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Bilbao takes the win after aggressive day at the Giro

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).

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Giro Stage 8 Preview - Rainy Day at the Beach

The Giro’s east coast answer to the west coast’s Milano-Sanremo, the longest stage of this year’s race at 239 kilometers takes the riders up the Adriatic coastline from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro with a tricky finish reminiscent of the descent off the Poggio onto the Via Roma. THE COURSE Stage 8 will take the peloton up the north-east coast of Italy on a tour of the beaches in that region, with the beautiful scenery likely to be obscured by predicted rain and thunderstorms. The stage is an allegorical microcosm for what the Giro has felt like so far— a beach vacation where you’re holed up inside your Airbnb the entire time with several bored children due to the constant downpour outside. It’s semi-pleasurable as it’s better than work but damn if you can’t wait until the sun comes out so you can get outside. Luckily, I’ve seen the forecast and ...

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Giro d'Italia highlights: Bilbao wins from the break on frantic stage 7 – Video

The large break that got away on stage 7

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 ...

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Tour of California Women's Race: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) wins ahead of teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen

Katie Hall ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race . The defending champion climbed strongly on the slopes of Mount Baldy. Only her teammate in the yellow jersey, Anna van der Breggen , was able to keep up, and the two agreed to let Hall win the stage as Van der Breggen defended her GC lead, with Hall now second overall. A late surge by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) brought the South African climber to third place on the stage and overall. The second stage of the three-day race was the queen stage, with two big ascents during the 74 kilometres, with the road climbing almost continuously from the intermediate sprint after 30km. With the mountains looming in the distance, the peloton cruised along on the first part of the stage that started in Ontario. Several riders from Valcar Cylance tried to get a ...

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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 .

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The hardest day so far: Attrition rate rises on the Giro d’Italia

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), the new pink jersey

If the thousand-yard stares on the faces ghosting their way up Viale Crispi in the heart of L'Aquila already told much of the story, then the reading on the screen near the finish line confirmed it. Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, which brought the gruppo into the rugged hills of the Apennines, was run off at an average speed of 45.040kph. It was, by any metric, a brutally tough day of racing. Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) emerged victorious in the capital of the Abruzzo region, clipping clear of the break as they began the final rise towards the line, but this was a day of races within races. While the escapees squabbled over the stage honours, Valerio Conti's UAE Team Emirates squad chased grimly to retain his maglia rosa. Earlier, teams with an eye to final overall victory battled to shut down moves by their rivals. ...

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Formolo: This is still only the antipasto to the Giro d'Italia

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) crosses the finish line

Given the speed out on the road, it was perhaps fitting that Davide Formolo ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) ran so quickly through the stages of his disappointment at the finish of stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia in L'Aquila. Formolo was, by own description, the strongest man in the breakaway, but that proved a burden when Pello Bilbao (Astana) escaped beneath the flamme rouge and he found few of his companions willing to help lead the chase. As Formolo edged his way through the finish area on Viale Crispi, one television reporter thrust a microphone in his direction. "You’re angry," he said to Formolo. "Are you angry?" If Formolo had been annoyed on crossing the line in third place, 5 seconds down on Bilbao, his dismay was perhaps already tempered by the knowledge that he had pegged back a minute on the GC favourites at the end of a breathless day ...

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Giro d'Italia: Hamilton gives Mitchelton-Scott options in breakaway

Lucas Hamilton on the attack

Lucas Hamilton 's stage 7 breakaway of the 2019 Giro d'Italia did not end triumphantly, but in a fraught finale, the young Mitchelton-Scott racer nonetheless showed clearly that he was both willing and able to punch above his weight in his Grand Tour debut. Hamilton, 22, placed fourth in an arduous Giro d'Italia stage run at over 45kph and in which the day's main breakaway never gained more than two minutes. His one final attack in the closing kilometres failed to work out. But Hamilton's presence had both kept the head on Mitchelton-Scott's rival teams, and given the Australian a chance to cross swords with highly-rated racers like Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team), who eventually claimed his 11th career win, and GC contender Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe). "Everyone was just attacking from kilometre zero," Hamilton recounted later to a small group of reporters, including Cyclingnews . "There was a little bit ...

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Bilbao says all out for Lopez in Giro d'Italia despite stage win

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins the stage

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 ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 7 finish line quotes

Bilbao celebrates on the podium

Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) – stage winner "[Making the breakaway] was a little bit improvised. At first Dario [Cataldo] was the man that had to go in the break, but today was really complicated to go in the break. In the end I also started to go in the big groups because we saw that dangerous groups were going. I tried, I had the legs until the end. "It was a really big advantage [to have Zeits in the breakaway] because Andrey was pulling really hard. That's why we kept a gap to be more relaxed and to only think of the victory. He did impressive. “I knew I could attack my rivals. Formolo was the rider to beat but I sensed he was feeling the pressure to win. I waited for my DS to tell me when to go and went. It was a long final ...

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Giro d’Italia stage 7: Bilbao wins tough leg to l’Aquila

Giro d’Italia stage 7: Bilbao wins tough leg to l’Aquila

Astana rider takes first grand tour stage as Conti retains overall lead Read the full article at Giro d’Italia stage 7: Bilbao wins tough leg to l’Aquila on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia: Bilbao wins stage 7

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins the stage

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 ...

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Giro d'Italia Stage 7: Astana's Bilbao wins stage, Conti of UAE Team Emirates still in pink

Giro d'Italia trophy with flags (picture Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

Basque rider takes first Grand Tour stage win of career after hard-fought day's racing

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Giro d'Italia Stage 7:Astana's Bilbao wins stage, Conti of UAE Team Emirates still in pink

Giro d'Italia trophy with flags (picture Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

Basque rider takes first Grand Tour stage win of career after hard-fought day's racing

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