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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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 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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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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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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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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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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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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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Lessons learned from the 2019 Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 29 Apr 2019 Alaphilippe's the world's best rider not called Mathieu, Valverde's getting old and women's cycling coverage is still far behind the men's Jakob Fuglsang's solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege marked the end of the Spring Classics and closed the first chapter of the 2019 season. The men's peloton saw 17 races produce seven winning teams and 11 winning riders. Deceuninck-QuickStep dominated with nine of those wins with six different riders. Mathieu van der Poel took four victories to Julian Alaphilippe's four while Zdenek Stybar notched two wins of his own. Dimension Data managed only two top 10s all spring while the second most successful team of the entire period hailed from the ProContinental ranks, in the shape of Van der Poel's Corendon-Circus. The racing at times was thrilling and at other times quite boring, however, it all came together to tell some interesting stories ahead of the ...

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Poels takes top-10 finish in Liège at Team Sky last-ever race

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Wout Poels finished tenth at Liège-Bastogne-Liège , giving the British WorldTour team a quiet farewell to sponsor Sky before the team assumes its new name and ownership as Team Ineos on May 1. Poels won Liège in 2016, and was at the head of affairs on the final climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons, but Astana's Jakob Fuglsang who made the decisive move at the top of the climb, taking eventual runner-up Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) with him initially, before soloing to the victory in Liège. Poels finished alone as the 10th rider home, just ahead of Lotto Soudal's Tim Wellens and Team Sky teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. "I think we hoped as a team for at least a podium finish, but in the end this was the maximum we could do today," Poels said via Team Sky's website. "At the beginning, it was really ...

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Gaudu grabs sixth-place finish at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu finishes sixth at the 2019 Liège-Bastogne-Liège behind Mitchelton's Adam

Groupama-FDJ 's David Gaudu took a well-earned sixth place at what was only his second participation at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday, only just missing out on a podium spot after finding himself in the lead group on the final climb of the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. Gaudu was unable to follow winner Jakob Fuglsang's (Astana) decisive move over the top of the climb, nor runner-up Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), but was in the mix in the final sprint for third place, missing out to Formolo's Bora teammate Max Schachmann, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and Michael Woods (EF Education First). It was an illustrious group to finish as part of, and Gaudu was happy with his own performance, and content to have left everything out on the road. "When you're sprinting and you're having to stay in the saddle, it's because you've given it everything you've got," Gaudu said on his team's Twitter page. ...

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Persistence pays off for Fuglsang, a route change pays off for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

It’s not easy to hold form from Strade Bianche to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Seven long weeks of racing run between the two marquee one-dayers. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was up for the challenge. His victory at “La Doyenne” on Sunday is a story of perseverance, the result of a perennial Grand Tour hopeful finally rewarded for his endurance … The post Persistence pays off for Fuglsang, a route change pays off for Liège-Bastogne-Liège appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates comes close to first Liege-Bastogne-Liege podium

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates finishes stage 2 at Tour of the Basque Country

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came extremely close to his first Monument podium at Liege-Bastogne-Liege but just missed out, finishing in fourth place on the Rue d'Avroy just under a minute behind the winner Jakob Fuglsang . Though he came so close, Yates was not disappointed and was instead satisfied that he had managed to better his previous best result of eighth in 2017. "It was a tough day. All day in the rain and then in the final I was feeling ok, but stronger guys were up ahead of me. I improved on my eighth of a couple of years ago, fourth now. Maybe in the future I can go better, but right now fourth is good for me," he said at the finish. Yates says that fourth place was the best that he could have hoped for at given the way the race played out. Yates found himself in a ...

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