Only love can break your heart: A lamentation on Chris Froome

I got punched in the gut at 6am this morning. I’d just woken up and fired up the coffee when I pulled up the live feed. What I saw just twisted my insides. The rider wearing bib #181 was flying up the gravel of the Colle delle Finestre, 75 vertiginous kilometers from the mountaintop finish, … The post Only love can break your heart: A lamentation on Chris Froome appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot: It was a day that will mark the history of the Giro d'Italia

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

Midway up the Colle delle Finestre, as the tarmac gave way to dirt road, Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) braced himself for the inevitable. Team Sky's startling forcing had already seen maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) jettisoned out the back of the leading group, and now Chris Froome was readying himself to attack. Some 80 kilometres lay between this stretch of steep sterrato and the finish of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia atop the Jafferau, but a seated Froome accelerated away as though the finish line were just around the corner, his legs spinning as though his bicycle had no chain. Behind, the podium contenders were scattered across the mountainside, scrambling in search of allies of circumstance as Froome disappeared from sight up ahead. They would not see him again until the finish, where he claimed the stage victory by three minutes and moved into the maglia rosa of ...

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Giro d'Italia: Tom Dumoulin left on the ropes by Chris Froome's solo attack

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin slumped on a stool in front of the Team Sunweb bus at the foot of the Jafferau climb near Bardonecchia, struggling to find something positive to say about his five hours in the saddle and his defeat to Chris Froome. Dumoulin was expected to challenge Simon Yates for the maglia rosa after starting the mountain stage just 28 seconds back. Yates cracked and finished 38 minutes down, but Froome stepped up and enjoyed one of the biggest days of his career; taking the stage 19 victory, gaining 3:23 on Dumoulin, and taking the maglia rosa. Dumoulin remains second overall but is 40 seconds down on Froome, with one final mountain stage to race on Saturday. It appeared to be a huge blow to Dumoulin after two weeks of intense racing. "It was a crazy stage. I expected Sky to go on the Finestre and they did. I had ...

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Simon Yates: I was just really tired and exhausted

Simon Yates struggles on the Finestere

More than 38 minutes had ticked by on the clock beneath the Arrivo banner when Simon Yates finally reached the final ramps of the Jafferau and inched grimly towards the finish of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia. The dream had died three hours previously on the slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, and the final 80 kilometres of the stage must have felt akin to a nightmare from which he was trying to awake. Yates crossed the line in 79th place on the stage in the company of his Mitchelton-Scott teammates Jack Haig, Roman Kreuziger and Mikel Nieve, some 38:51 after new race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) had passed the same point at the end of a most improbable 80-kilometre solo attack. For two weeks, Yates had appeared resplendent in the maglia rosa, but now the garment on his shoulders was dulled by the dust of the Finestre. ...

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Chris Froome explains how he turned the Giro d'Italia upside down

Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the attack

Chris Froome (T eam Sky ) turned the Giro d'Italia upside, winning stage 19 alone in Bardonecchia after an 80km solo attack, taking the leader's maglia and scattering his rivals to the wind across Susa valley. Froome's performance seemed something from a bygone era, with Italian television showing images of Fausto Coppi before he had even reached the finish. Others compared it to Floyd Landis' solo attack in the 2006 Tour de France, which was cancelled after he tested positive for testosterone. Froome is usually a man of logic, watts and control. But on the road to Bardonecchia he threw caution to wind in the hope of turning the Giro d'Italia upside down. It was perhaps a gamble, a punt at winning the race but it worked out. "In difficult moments you have to look for crazy solutions," Froome said. "I think that was one of the most amazing things ...

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Aru abandons Giro d'Italia

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru 's miserable Giro d'Italia came to an early end on Friday as the Italian abandoned the race just over an hour into stage 19 . The UAE Team Emirates leader had lost time on almost every mountain stage and found himself down in 27th place overall at the start of Friday's stage, more than 45 minutes down on race leader Simon Yates. Chris Froome (Team Sky) went on to win stage 19 and move into the overall lead. The team confirmed the exit on Friday, with no indication that Aru was suffering with illness or any other problem. The team later released a comment from Aru. "I’ll evaluate my feelings day by day because I feel that I'm going through an abnormal period of my sporting career. I wanted to keep going and honor the team's jersey, give the fans something and the race its due respect. But ...

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Dumoulin pessimistic, second to Froome with one chance left

Dumoulin pessimistic, second to Froome with one chance left

After failing to keep Chris Froome's long attack in check, defending Giro champ Tom Dumoulin has only a single climbing stage left. Read the full article at Dumoulin pessimistic, second to Froome with one chance left on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 19 highlights - Video

Chris Froome (Team Sky) before the 2018 Giro d'Italia

The third week of a Grand Tour always holds the possibility of big changes to the GC, but rarely has a rider succeeded in turning around his chances like Chris Froome . The Team Sky rider attacked during stage 19 with 80 kilometres and three climbs to go, being launched by teammate Kenny Elissonde on the Colle delle Finestre. The acceleration shot a struggling race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) out the back, putting Froome quickly into a podium position as Yates tumbled down the virtual rankings. So too went Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), whose aspirations to land a Grand Tour podium went out the window. Froome then got to work clawing back his deficit to Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), and midway up the final climb, with the Dutchman getting help only from Thibaut Pinot and his Groupama-FDJ teammate Sebastian Reichenbach, the time gap swung into Froome's favour. In the end, Froome turned ...

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How Froome and Team Sky blew up the Giro

How Froome and Team Sky blew up the Giro

An in-depth look at how Team Sky and Froome set up a daring 80-kilometer breakaway to seize the overall Giro lead. Read the full article at How Froome and Team Sky blew up the Giro on VeloNews.com .

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80km alone: Froome’s audacious solo attack turns Giro d’Italia on its head

Of course. Of course this would happen. Did you really think otherwise? Of course Chris Froome, the reigning Tour de France and Vuelta a España champion, would not go down without a fight. The Team Sky rider who some felt shouldn’t be allowed to complete due to an ongoing anti-doping violation — the rider who some … The post 80km alone: Froome’s audacious solo attack turns Giro d’Italia on its head appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Roundtable: Believing in Froome’s raid

Giro Roundtable: Believing in Froome’s raid

Froome’s raid today is the greatest Grand Tour performance since...? Why is it believable? Could Dumoulin have done anything differently? Read the full article at Giro Roundtable: Believing in Froome’s raid on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 19 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the attack

Chris Froome (Team Sky) - stage winner, new race leader I don't think I've ever attacked with 80k to go like that on my own and gone all the way to the finish but the team did such a fantastic job to set that up for me. It was going to take something really special today to try, and first of all, get rid of Simon [Yates] and get away from [Tom] Dumoulin and [Domenico] Pozzovivo. To go from fourth to first - I wasn't going to do that on the last climb alone, so I had to try from far out and Colle delle Finestre was the perfect place - gravel roads I guess reminds me a bit of riding on the roads in Africa. It just felt good and I said it's now or never, I have to try. It's great - obviously there's still a really hard ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 19: Chris Froome steals maglia rosa with 80km solo attack

Chris Froome after winning stage 19

Where to start? A complete implosion from the maglia rosa would ordinarily represent more than a fair share of final-week Alpine drama, but the woes of Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) seemed a distant memory by the end of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia , which will go down as one of the most sensational days in Grand Tour history. Chris Froome ( Team Sky ), astoundingly, won the stage with an 80-kilometre solo raid that took him over the Colle delle Finestre, Sestrière, and to the line on the Jafferau, gaining enough time to seize the lead of the Giro with just two days to go. With a verdict still pending in his salbutamol case, today's result may not stand the test of time in the record books, but it will live long in the memory. Few Grand Tours have been turned on their heads quite like this. ...

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Giro stage 20: I just don’t know anymore

Susa – Cervina (214km) Time to empty the tanks, leave it all on the road, give it 110% and go into the red. After all of the fireworks on Friday, hard to believe there’s anything left in this race, but there is, and it is another mountain stage, with the overall title on the line. What’s It About? I suppose something could happen in Rome during Sunday’s crit, but if it does, it is bound to be bad news. Saturday, though, is the stage designed to settle the general classification once and for all. We saw extraordinary activity on Friday and there is some rapid mental arithmetic being done as teams and riders work out what is now at stake. A quick summary: KoM: Froome leads, with XX over Yates and XX over Pinot. White jersey: Lopez is 47 seconds ahead of Carapaz, and the latter looked better on Friday. ...

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Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Chris Froome vaults into overall lead as Simon Yates implodes (+ videos)

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Tom Dumoulin still second, but now 40s behind Froome

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FROOME GOES LONG TO SEIZE CONTROL OF GIRO D’ITALIA

Kenyan star rewrites his legend with 80km attack; Yates crumbles; Doom not finished Chris Froome of Sky was always one of the favorites to win the Giro d’Italia. He’s the greatest grand tour rider of his time, riding with the best team and coming off wins of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. It all seemed simple enough. But nobody saw a day like today coming. Facing more than a three-minute deficit coming into today’s 19th stage to Bardonecchia, Froome escaped the entire peloton on the ascent of the Colle delle Finestre, 80km from the line, and steadily increased his advantage over a chasing quintet of Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, FDJ teammates Thibaut Pinot and Sebastian Reichenbach, and the two best young rider combatants Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana and Richard Carapaz of Movistar. His attack came as overnight leader Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott faded dramatically out of ...

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Giro upended, Froome leads, Yates De-Finestre-ated

I’ll replace when I get a victory photo!

Picking through the wreckage of a historic Giro stage Friday’s Giro stage was billed as the Queen stage, but few could have anticipated the size of the gaps or the significance that the stage would have on the overall title. Chris Froome is now wearing pink, having closed a 3.22 gap and climbed from fourth place. Simon Yates has entirely dropped from contention and we’ll enter Saturday with the race that we talked about back in the winter now back on the cards - Froome vs Doom. Getty Images Today’s winner in splendid isolation The result: Froome Carapaz +3.00 Pinot +3.07 Lopez +3.12 Dumoulin +3.23 Reichenbach +6.13 Formolo +8.22 Oomen +8.23 Konrad +8.23 Bilbao +8.23 Pozzovivo +8.29 Bennett +8.38 Froome Goes Long, Wins Big Some of the great moves in cycling are subtle and depend of timing and subterfuge. Not this one. Team Sky abandoned the rapier in favour of ...

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Giro fireworks: Froome attacks, Yates falls out of pink in stage 19

Giro fireworks: Froome attacks, Yates falls out of pink in stage 19

Chris Froome attacked on the Colle delle Finestre in Friday's stage 19 at the Giro d'Italia, upending the general classification. Read the full article at Giro fireworks: Froome attacks, Yates falls out of pink in stage 19 on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Joe Robinson 25 May 2018 A spectacular solo effort sees the top 10 completely change as pink hands over from one Brit to another Chris Froome (Team Sky) rode a stage that will go down into history as he attacked solo with over 70km to go, taking Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia to the Jafferau and overturning a 3 minute deficit to ride into the pink jersey. After his chances of victory were discounted by many, Froome turned around a difficult first two weeks, taking the race by the scruff of the neck on the lower slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, leaving all of his General Classification rivals behind. Going solo, he built a 3 minute gap at Sestriere and never looked back. With just one stage left before Rome, Froome now finds himself in the race lead for the first time leading second placed Tom Dumoulin (Team ...

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Giro d'Italia: Lopez set to attack again on road to Monte Jafferau

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) best young rider

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez made a concerted effort to jump up the overall classification on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday when he attacked on the final climb to Prato Nevoso, finishing 10 minutes behind stage winner Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors), who was part of the day's successful breakaway, but 15 seconds ahead of the first of this Giro's main contenders. Bahrain-Merida's Domenico Pozzovivo led home the best of the rest in a small group that included Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky), while race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) lost almost 30 seconds to his closest rivals – and 43 seconds to Lopez, who holds the white jersey as best young rider, with more than a minute's advantage over Richard Carapaz (Movistar). "I saw a possibility to attack, and I just did it," explained Lopez, who made his move with around 4km to go, and ended ...

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