Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers

Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...

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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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Giro d'Italia 2019: Pascal Ackermann wins wet and wild sprint on Stage 5

Giro d'Italia 2019: Pascal Ackermann wins wet and wild sprint on Stage 5

Jack Elton-Walters 15 May 2019 Pascal Ackermann won the sprint for stage honours, but due to the weather the GC times were taken at the 10km mark on Stage 5 of the Giro Pascal Ackermann won Stage 5 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish that did not have any influence on the overall General Classification. Ackermann was the strongest in the sprint and also timed his effort the best to take his second stage win of the race, and further his lead in the points classification. The time for the GC was neutralised at the first time across the finish line, with 10km still to race, due to particularly foul weather and treacherous road conditions throughout the whole day of racing. The sprinters were left to fight for stage honours while the GC contenders and their teams kept out the way. Following Ackermann over the line was ...

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Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia

Supported by Tom Dumoulin is out of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin (Sunweb) gave it a try on Wednesday, rolling across the start line in Frascati with a bandage on his left leg that covered the string of slices made by a chainring a day before. His knee was swollen and painful, and he visibly limped. He didn’t … The post Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mark Cavendish battles uphill to make time cut at Tour of California

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the bunch during stage 4 in San Juan

Dimension Data 's Mark Cavendish lives to fight another day at the 2019 Tour of California , despite having lost contact with the back of the race with 80km of the 214.5km-long stage 2 still to go on Monday. While he may ordinarily have been in danger of finishing outside the time limit, the long nature of the stage meant that the cut-off time was set at 60 minutes after the stage winner, and the British sprinter was able to make it to the finish 36:09 behind the day's victor, Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-QuickStep . The second stage's unrelenting climbing from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, which peaks out at 2,627 metres of elevation, proved too much for Cavendish, and he lost contact with the race with around 80km to go, struggling to regain contact with the peloton despite teammate Bernie Eisel 's efforts to help. The day's climbs ...

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Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1

Supported by Bologna (Italy) (AFP) – Slovenian Primoz Roglic won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday ahead of Britain’s Simon Yates, pulling on the leader’s pink jersey after an eight kilometre individual time-trial. The three-week race got underway in Bologna and finished with an uphill ride to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San … The post Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez hoping to limit Giro d'Italia time trial losses to two minutes

Miguel Angel Lopez rides to the stage 4 win at Catalunya

Colombia’s Miguel Angel López ( Astana Pro Team ) rolls the question around for a fair length of time before answering, but eventually he replies: "I hope it won’t be more than two minutes." That is the total time that López currently calculates he would ideally like to lose to the expert time triallists of the calibre of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) in the three races against the clock that feature in the Giro d’Italia this year. "It’s hard to say, I’ve worked a lot on my time trialling, but I’m hoping it won’t be any more than two minutes," López told reporters at his pre-race press conference on Thursday. "I’m not too afraid of the TTs, because the first one’s not too hard for me, then there’s the second, which has a lot of rolling terrain as well." As for the third, which also has ...

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Should Yates’ Giro rivals be scared? He thinks so.

Supported by Simon Yates sat behind a Giro d’Italia press conference table and stated to the world, unequivocally, that if he was in his rivals’ shoes he’d be “shitting myself.” Yates left the usual pre-race press conference platitudes behind on Friday, insisting that he’s the “number one favorite” for this year’s Giro. The comments came in stark … The post Should Yates’ Giro rivals be scared? He thinks so. appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Dave Brailsford: We had four or five options to replace Sky

Dave Brailsford is managing a very young team at the Giro

Dave Brailsford has revealed he had four or five different sponsorship options as he worked to save Team Sky , eventually opting to go with petrochemical multinational Inoes because they would be part of a multi-sport project and would still retain their British identity. Brailsford, speaking ahead of the Giro d'Italia admitted he went through a moment of reflection when Sky announced it would leave professional cycling last December but he now seems as enthusiastic and determined to win as ever before, despite criticism of Inoes’ environmental record and its plans to use the controversial fracking technique in parts of Britain to extract natural gas. Brailsford attended the Team Ineos pre-Giro d’Italia press conference with Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who will lead the team in the absence of Egan Bernal . He also answered questions about the absence of Gianni Moscon from the Giro squad after his poor ...

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What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team?

Supported by It’s been a little over a week now since multinational chemicals company Ineos took over from Sky as title sponsor of the world’s richest cycling team. It hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing so far — so worried about environmentalist protestors was Ineos that the location of the team launch wasn’t revealed until the last … The post What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Watch: The Giro's last visit to the Sanctuary of San Luca

Joe Robinson 10 May 2019 The last time the Giro visited the Sanctuary of San Luca, an unknown Chris Froome found himself fighting for stage honours The 102nd Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday with an 8km individual time-trial in the Emilia-Romagna city of Bologna. Any other day and an 8km time trial would be just a formality. The race's strongest testers would compete for pink while, barring a crash or mechanical, the race's General Classification men would all finish within a handful of seconds of one another, keeping it cagey knowing three weeks of tough racing lie ahead. However, Stage 1 of this Giro will be slightly different. After weaving through the old streets of Bologna for 6km on Saturday, each and every rider will take a sharp right turn of almost 180 degrees from the Via Porrenttana onto the Via San Luca. For the final 2km, the race will ...

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Teams take the stage for Giro d'Italia presentation - Gallery

Tom Dumoulin rides onto stage for the 2019 Giro d'Italia presentation

The stars were shining Thursday night for the 2019 Giro d'Italia team presentation in Bologna, with the stunning Piazza Maggiore setting the backdrop as race organisers introduced the crowd to the teams and riders that will battle for supremacy on the roads of Italy over the next three weeks. Defending champion Chris Froome wasn't on hand, but he sent a young Team Ineos squad in his place that, although missing designated leader Egan Bernal to a training crash injury, promises to light up the race with youthful enthusiasm. Former Giro winners Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) were crowd favourites at the presentation, as was Decenuninck-QuickStep sprinter Elia Viviani in his vertically striped tricolour Italian champion's jersey that was unveiled especially for the Giro. Primoz Roglic and Jumbo-Visma spent some time admiring their celeste green Bianchi race machine, while Mikel Landa brought his phone along to memorialise the ...

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Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites

Supported by The grande partenza of the Giro d’Italia is days away. Riders are in Bologna, Italy, wandering around their team hotels in team-issue sweats, heading out for brief spins in the warm spring weather. It’s a week for press conferences, and handful of the favourites for the overall — Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Miguel Angel Lopez, Vincenzo … The post Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: California memories

It’s cold and raining in Colorado as I take a pause from packing my suitcase to turn some thoughts into pixels. Though I’ve lived in Boulder for almost 20 years, in a sense, I’m headed home. I’m headed to warmer climes — Sacramento, to be exact — for my 14th consecutive trip to the Amgen Tour … The post The weekly spin: California memories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The 2019 Giro d’Italia Mountains Preview

Stage 13 will climb to the distant Lago Serrù part way up Colle del Nivolet

Let’s Rank the Mountains Ciao a tutti, benvenuti in montagne. Welcome to our 2019 Giro d’Italia Mountains Preview. I would not call it the toughest route I’ve ever seen. We’ll have to wait until Piemonte and stage 12 to see the first challenging climb ( Montoso ). But from here on there is lots of fun for mountain fans. Colle del Nivolet makes its Giro debut. It’s my favourite road climb in the entire Alps (although they won’t go all the way to the summit). The Valle d’Asota region will host a monster stage on climbs you probably don’t know. The legendary Passo Gavia is the Cima Coppi as the highest climb in the race (2618 metres). We’ll get to talk old Pantani stories with the ultra-steep Mortirolo making an appearance. And the final real stage of the race (stage 20) is an absolute monster in the Dolomites - woohoo! ...

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Time for the Party at Mauro Vegni’s Place

In which I ramble about the Giro (as we cycling writers are wont to do) until I decide this post is long enough. In cycling there’s a good few maxims you can pretty much take for granted. Scheldeprijs will always be flat. Nobody will ever really target the Vuelta. Gianni Savio will always be there. You may think he’s gone, but he’s always there. I’m talking to you, Colombia. And finally, the Giro is every cycling fan’s favourite Grand Tour. Nobody prefers the Vuelta, for obvious reasons. Nobody likes the Tour because it’s too mainstream and less romantic. Well, there’s me. As you might have noticed from my body of work on this website over the last few years, I’ve prioritised it but as well as that, I’m a pragmatist. To me, Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour because that’s what the records say. Alejandro Valverde is one of my ...

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in future

Wiggins backs Yates for the Giro and thinks Froome capable of doubling up at the Giro and Tour in fu

Joseph Delves 8 May 2019 Sir Brad gives us his predictions for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, and claims he didn’t watch Victor Campenaerts claim the Hour Record Despite being a Grand Tour he was unable to win, Sir Bradley Wiggins seems to have retained some affection for the Giro d’Italia . 'The Giro is probably the hardest of all of them,' he said in a recent interview. 'The Tour is the same all the time you know. The Giro is one of the toughest races and nothing’s final until they finish. We saw last year that riders can come from behind in the final week and the last few days, and make big time gains. It’s an exciting race to watch.' Ahead of the Giro, which starts this weekend , he recently gave a wide-ranging interview including discussing who he expects to be on the podium come Stage 21's conclusion ...

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Yorkshire plots return of Tour de France and Vuelta start

The scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales

The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are continuing their pursuit of another Tour de France Grand Départ in the next five to six years. Welcome to Yorkshire is also in talks with the Vuelta a España as they look to bring a start of the Spanish race to the British county. "There are ongoing conversations to bring the Vuelta here and our belief is when the Tour de France comes back to Yorkshire, definitely not if," Peter Dodd, the commercial director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said at the end of Sunday’s four-day event in Leeds. "It’s too early to put a date on it but I think in the next five or six years," he said in relation to both bids. "Our ambition would be to host the Vuelta and for the Tour de France to follow shortly. Our agenda is to bring top class events, and obviously top ...

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