Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Martin James 19 May 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider up to 2nd overall behind Conti but Simon Yates disappoints in changeable weather Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated a hilly 34.8km individual time trial course into San Marino in changeable weather to win Stage 9 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and take a huge stride towards overall victory. Roglic, finishing in a time of 51min 50sec, was the only one of the later starters to beat the mark of 52:01 set early on by new World Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts, who was left wondering what might have been after a fluffed bike change before the final climb lost him a clutch of seconds that might have made the difference been first and second on the line. However, his disappointment will have been nothing like that felt by overall contender Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), whose time-trialling and general form recently was good enough that he ...

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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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Giro d’Italia: Nibali looks to limit losses to Roglic in San Marino time trial

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) put in a strong time

Pesaro may have been festooned in pink to celebrate the visit of the Giro d'Italia but, by the time Vincenzo Nibali emerged from anti-doping following stage 8 , it was beginning to have the air of the coastal town they forgot to close down. Grey waves were crashing onto wet sand on the seafront, while leaden drops of rain were falling steadily over the finishing straight, where the podium and television area were already being dismantled. The boisterous crowds that had lined the final kilometres had long since dissipated in search of shelter. As Nibali soft-pedalled towards the Bahrain-Merida bus, he slowed to offer a perfunctory account of the Giro's longest day. The 239km leg along the Adriatic coast had passed off without incident – "Nothing to report," he said – and thoughts were already turning to Sunday's pivotal time trial to San Marino. So far on the Giro, few ...

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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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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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Cortina triumphs after late action in California

Cortina triumphs after late action in California

Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida) took his first professional win, taking out the final sprint in Stage 5 of the Tour of California after a frantic finish saw a number of late attacks.

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Garcia Cortina breaks Deceuninck-QuickStep's stage-winning streak in California – Video

 Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida)

After the chaos and controversey that surrounded stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California , some sense of normality returned on stage 5 of the race on Thursday when Bahrain-Merida 's Iván García Cortina sprinted to his first professional win, beating Deceuninck-QuickStep's Max Richeze and EF Education First's Sergio Higuita in a reduced-group sprint. On what was another hilly day en route from Pismo Beach to Ventura, a 12-man breakaway, which included green points jersey-holder Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), animated proceedings, and wasn't caught until 8km of the stage to go. Just before the catch, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Tim Decelercq went it alone, hoping to add to his team's three-in-a-row stage victories at this year's race. However, it was all over for the Belgian when the race split apart on the final, unclassified climb, which came with five kilometres to go. García Cortina emerged to break Deceuninck-QuickStep's stranglehold on stage victories, although ...

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Bouhanni on long list for Cofidis Tour de France team

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) on stage 1 of the 2019 Tour of Oman

Nacer Bouhanni 's eighth place on stage 5 of the Tour of California on Thursday may not seem like a stellar result, but Cofidis sports director Roberto Damiani was pleasantly surprised by the signs that his sprinter has improved since struggling with magnesium deficiency along with physical and mental fatigue in March. "Nacer was eighth, and that's a great result, because today was a long race with a lot of climbing," Damiani told Cyclingnews . "We're very happy – and a little bit surprised – but happy about Nacer's condition." The peloton raced a 218.5km stage from Pismo Beach to Ventura, which included five classified climbs. A decisive breakaway crested the final two classified climbs – twice over Casitas Pass Road – and the peloton closed in on them, finally catching them with eight kilometres to the Ventura finish line. Fresh attacks started with five kilometres to go, over one ...

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Tour of California: Garcia Cortina wins stage 5

Bahrain-Merida's Ivan Garcia wins stage 5 of the 2019 Tour of California

Iván García Cortina ( Bahrain-Merida ) sprinted to victory on stage 5 of the Tour of California in Ventura on Thursday, triumphing from a small group after the peloton splintered on an unclassified climb close to the finish. Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took second place after leading out the sprint, while Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) finished third – his best result since joining the US squad at the start of the month. Higuita's teammate, Tejay van Garderen , retains the race lead. In a stark contrast to stage 4, the peloton flew along faster than the fastest predicted time schedule, coming within a few kilometres of catching the women's race at one point. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) surprisingly infiltrated the breakaway on what was supposed to be a sprint stage. The leaders were caught in the final 10km, however, before all hell broke loose on a rise leading to the final ...

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One man less: Dumoulin's departure alters Giro d'Italia GC landscape

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) started stage 5 but soon climbed off

When a Giro d’Italia route complete with three individual time trials was unveiled last October, the consensus was that it was made to measure for Tom Dumoulin . The Dutchman clearly agreed. His Sunweb team had already made plans to build his 2019 season around the Tour de France but the biddable nature of the Giro course meant that it was, as Dumoulin himself acknowledged, "a golden opportunity." Dumoulin arrived in Bologna among the top echelon of favourites for this year’s corsa rosa, and that status was scarcely diminished even when he conceded rather more ground than anticipated to Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the opening time trial. Overall winner in 2017 and second a year ago, Dumoulin’s past pedigree and aptitude for this year’s course meant that he remained a lodestar for the GC battle. The landscape of the Giro shifted dramatically in the finale in Frascati on stage 4, ...

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Roglic caught up in crash at Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was soon back in the peloton after his crash

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and several other overall contenders at the Giro d’Italia , where involved in an early crash during stage 6 to San Giovanni Rotondo, leaving the race leader with road rash and a large hole in his shorts. Roglic did not seem to badly injured but the crash was a painful reminder of the dangers and unpredictability of the Giro d’Italia. Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida) was the first to crash in the peloton as they chased a series of early attacks after leaving Cassino. A few minutes later another crash took down Roglic, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Zakarin), with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) apparently also delayed. Australia’s Rob Power was also caught up in the crash, with Team Sunweb later confirming he had been forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. After losing team leader Tom Dumoulin on Wednesday, Team Sunweb is down to ...

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UCI names four under investigation for potential anti-doping breach

UCI names four under investigation for potential anti-doping breach

Slovenia's Kristijan Koren of Team Bahrain Merida and Croatian Kristijan Durasek of UAE Team Emirates as well as former riders Alessandro Petacchi and Borut Bozic have been notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV) as part of the 'Operation Aderlass' investigation.

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Nibali 'disappointed' by Koren's implication in Aderlass doping inquiry

Vincenzo Nibali poses for a photo with some fans

Vincenzo Nibali is always a man in demand at stage starts on the Giro d’Italia , but his schedule was heavier than usual in Frascati on Wednesday, where he met with prime minister Giuseppe Conte and reacted to the news that his Bahrain-Merida teammate Kristijan Koren has been suspended following his implication in Operation Aderlass . Early on Wednesday morning, the UCI announced that it had provisionally suspended Koren and Bahrain-Merida directeur sportif Borut Bozic after they were linked to the joint German-Austrian blood doping inquiry. Bahrain-Merida later confirmed that Koren had been suspended by the team and sent home from the Giro, where he was part of Nibali ’s supporting cast. Before Nibali could face questions from reporters about the fall-out from Koren’s suspension, however, his presence was required at the signing-on podium, where he joined the prime minister for a public question and answer session. Decorum, perhaps, dictated ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ackermann wins stage 5

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes out on top

Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) cemented his status as the fastest sprinter at the Giro d’Italia so far, winning the rain-soaked fifth stage Terracina, south of Rome. The German national champion produced another strong and perfectly executed sprint, beating Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) after the Colombian too kicked early. The terrible weather conditions on the road from Frascati left everyone tired and cold, but the German had the speed to win his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia . Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) was third ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). Elia Viviani was lead out by his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates but struggled to accelerate and finished out of the top ten. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished safely in the peloton, happy that the times for the overall classification were taken on the first time through the finish with 9.2km to go. He and his overall rivals finished in a group ...

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Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 UCI suspend riders involved in Operation Aderlass investigation following investigation The UCI has notified four further riders, including 22-time Giro d'Italia stage winner Alessandro Petacchi, of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations based on information received from the ongoing Austrian blood doping investigation. Current WorldTour riders Kristijan Durasek ( UAE-Team Emirates ) and Koren Kristijan ( Bahrain-Merida ), alongside former pro-turned-Bahrain Merida sports director Bozic Borut, join Pettachi as the latest names to be tied to Operation Aderlass. All four riders have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect, with the UCI confirming this in a statement on Wednesday 15th May. 'Based on information received from the law enforcement authorities of Austria, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has notified the following individuals of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV): Bozic Borut, Kristijan Durasek, Kristijan Korean and Alessandro Petacchi,' read the statement. 'The UCI has also provisionally suspended the above-mentioned ...

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Petacchi, Koren, Durasek, Bozic named in Austrian doping ring

Alessandro Petacchi in 2007 with stage win number 20

The UCI has announced the names of four cyclists involved in Operation Aderlass , the Austrian police investigation that uncovered a blood doping ring, with Alessandro Petacchi, Kristijan Koren , Kristijan Durasek , and Borut Bozic all being suspended and notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations. Petacchi , who retired from professional cycling in 2015 having won more than 150 races, has been suspended while the UCI investigate the "use of prohibited method" between 2012 and 2013. The Italian’s only wins during that period were three stages of Bayern Rundfahrt. Koren is currently riding the Giro d'Italia with Bahrain-Merida, while Durasek is riding the Tour of California with UAE Team Emirates. Both riders are expected to be suspended by their teams and sent home. Borut Bozic works as a sport director for Bahrain-Merida after retiring from racing at the end of last year. "Based on information received from the law ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 as crash crushes Dumoulin's GC hopes – Video

Richard Carapaz sprays the champagne on the podium

Ecuador's Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) won stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, getting the better of Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi in a reduced-group sprint finish, as chaos reigned behind them, with several GC contenders losing time. One of a number of crashes in the run-in to the finish brought down 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who said afterwards that he believes his challenge for the GC this year is now over , having lost over four minutes to current race leader, and title contender, Primoz Roglic (Jumb-Visma). Carapaz's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa was also a faller, and later apologised to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates for initially blaming him for the crash. Yates also fell, but was able to quickly remount, losing only a handful of seconds to Roglic, and is still second overall, 35 seconds down. Bahrain-Merida's ...

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