Peter Sagan is naked in a shower, you're welcome

Peter Sagan is naked in a shower, you're welcome

Shower maker Hansgrohe, sponsor of WorldTour team Bora-Hansgrohe, is teasing a new ad campaign that reveals quite a lot of Peter Sagan and his teammates. Peter Sagan and Specialized launch 'Sagan Collection' - Gallery Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery The press release release announcing the campaign reads as follows: "Less than a month before the launch of the 2018 Tour de France, hansgrohe presents its campaign: "Your daily dose of energy", in which champions are showcased in an original and unprecedented way." "Peter Sagan, sole ambassador of the 2017 campaign, will be joined by 3 riders from the BORA-hansgrohe cycling team: the young Italian Davide Formolo, the German National Champion Marcus Burghardt, and Rafal Majka, former King of the Mountains in the Tour de France." "In a communication campaign, riders are seen enjoying a fresh shower, as they usually do after an intense athletic competition." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px ...

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Team of the Week for Week 16

Races of the week: Time to get ready to begin to get into some serious Tour prep: Critérium du Dauphiné GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen Tour de Suisse, first two stages Rund um Koln We also had our first national Championship event with the Slovenian ITT. Team of the week: Geraint Thomas. Won Dauphine. Adam Righty Yates (2). 2nd overall at Dauphine. Romain Bardet (2). Completes the Dauphine podium. Darryl Impey. Points winner at Dauphine. Sam Bennett (3) . Rund um Köln winner. Alexander Kristoff (2). champion of the GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen. Dario Cataldo. The 2006 Baby Giro winner follows through with the KOM prize at the Dauphine. Pierre Latour. Winner of the youth comp. at the Dauphine. Daniel Martin. If only he had a decent time trialing team behind him. Team Team of the Week- Sky Drilling the TTT at the Dauphine made for a very different race than if the ...

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Italian cycling struggles to compete at the Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani was the top sprinter at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

The British national anthem rang out across the Eternal city of Rome on Sunday evening, signalling the first-ever British win at the Giro d’Italia . Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) stood centre on the final podium with second-placed Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) on his left and third-placed Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) on his right as Dutch and Colombian fans celebrated a successful Giro d'Italia. This 101st edition of the Giro d'Italia was yet again a superb three weeks of racing, yet there was little for the Italian tifosi to enjoy on Sunday or during the rest of the three-week race. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won four sprint stages and took the ciclamino points jersey, but Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the only other Italian stage winner. The Azzurri failed to make an impact in the overall classification, with Fabio Aru's sufferance and eventual retirement an embarrassment similar to ...

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Nieve solos to Stage 20 win as Froome locks up Giro d’Italia victory

The general classification of the 101st Giro d’Italia has been decided, and Chris Froome is the overall winner. While it’s a short list of riders who have won all three of professional cycling’s Grand Tours during their career, Froome holds a much more elite distinction — he now holds the title of all three Grand … The post Nieve solos to Stage 20 win as Froome locks up Giro d’Italia victory appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI confirms Chris Froome's bike X-rayed for mechanical doping after Giro d'Italia solo win

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

The UCI has confirmed that Chris Froome ’s bike was X-rayed after his solo stage victory in Bardonecchia on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia , as part of the governing body’s fight against mechanical doping. Cyclingnews understands that the bikes of the top eight riders on the stage were tested using the mobile X-ray machine that was introduced this spring and used for the first time in the Ardennes Classics. Bikes are immediately tagged when riders cross the finish line and then taken to the X-ray cabinet in the anti-doping area. The bike is loaded into the mobile unit, with the X-ray images of the bottom bracket, wheels and frame seen on a laptop. The whole process only takes a few minutes. The eight bikes tested after stage 19 to Bardonecchia belonged to Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Tom Dumoulin ...

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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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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 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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Chasing the Giro: A ride in Bora’s TT team car

We take a ride in the Bora-Hansgrohe team car for a first-hand experience of Davide Formolo's time trial race at the Giro d'Italia. Read the full article at Chasing the Giro: A ride in Bora’s TT team car on .

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Giro stage 18: The final chapter begins

Abbiategrasso – Prato Nevoso (196km) What’s that? You’ve missed the mountains? Well, don’t worry. What’s It About? We’re deep into the final stages of the Giro, but this race has a sting in the tail. Three stings, to be precise, with consecutive mountain stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stage 18 is the first, and it features the Grand Tour staple; a mountaintop finish in a ski resort. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria I know there’s politics and money involved in route planning, not just the rider and fan experience, but it would be lovely if this stage was 30-50km shorter. It is a long way without much happening before we get to the finish, but then things get interesting. This is the finale: A typical road to a busy ski resort, this climb is well-paved and with a pretty steady gradient. It’ll be about grinding and riders making breaks, rather ...

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Giro d'Italia: Yates wins again in Osimo

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) extended his overall race lead and took his second stage win at this year's Giro d'Italia with a strong solo victory in Osimo on stage 11. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) put in a concerted chase but could not bring back the maglia rosa and had to settle for second place, two seconds back, with Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking third. Even before the Giro d'Italia had started, Yates had pinpointed the 156-kilometre stage 11 to Osimo as a potential place to take victory but he had to bide his time. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) would be the first to land a blow with just under five kilometres to go, while Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) slipped off the back. Yates and the other contenders remained calm in this twisting and frenetic finale. With Stybar and Wellens in sight just inside the final ...

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Giro Stage 10: Breaking Away

This guy would know what this stage was all about if he was in Italy

Penne to Gualdo Tadino (239 km) What’s It About? This is the longest stage of the Giro at 239 kilometers and starts with a heretofore unused climb up another side of the Gran Sasso to start the day. The course then continues north and crosses the Apennines with lots of lumps but no major climbs along the way to finish in Gualdo Tadino, in the Umbria region. If this isn’t a day for the breakaway, I don’t know which day will be. Expect a fun fight to get into the break on the starting climb and then an easy day for the GC contenders. Stage Details Profile: Big starting climb + lots of bumps along the way = it’s gotta be a day for the breakaway. Profile of the starting climb: It’s always fun to have the post-rest day stage start on a long slog of a climb. About the ...

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Week 12’s Team

Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves celebrate their 1-2 on top of Mt Etna

Races of the week: Giro d’Italia, stages 2-9 4 Jours de Dunkerque / Grand Prix des Hauts de France, entire race Tour of California, stage 1 Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Simon Yates (2). GC leader, KOM leader, co-leader on the team with Chaves. Known the world over as The Wrong Yates, Simon is proving the predictions of his youth racing days that his stage racing potential is sky high in seizing the pink jersey on Etna and defending it for three days including two mountain top finishes and a win. Sure has the look of a winner, right? 2. Esteban Chaves. KOM leader , second on KOM, second on GC, co-leader on ...

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Formolo misses out to Carapaz on stage 8 of Giro d'Italia

Davide Formolo made his debut with Bora-Hansgrohe

Italy's Davide Formolo just missed out on taking Bora-Hansgrohe's second stage win in a row on Saturday when seven seconds separated him from Movistar's victorious Richard Carapaz . Sunday's mountainous stage 9 from Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d’Italia , however, will give Formolo another good opportunity to try for a stage victory. "It was a hard stage, especially with the rain in the finale making the race difficult," Formolo said in a team statement, referring to the ice-rink-like road surface as a result of the downpour towards the end of Saturday's stage, which saw Chris Froome crash on the final climb . Having crashed and lost time on stage 6 between Caltanissetta and Mount Etna himself, 25-year-old Formolo was pleased to discover that he'd recovered enough to be competitive again on the climbs. "The team worked well together, and supported me the whole day," Formolo said. "In the last ...

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Carapaz makes history with Giro d'Italia stage win

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) won stage eight of the Giro d’Italia , attacking late on the summit finish of Montevergine di Mercogliano to make history as the first Ecuadorian to win a Grand Tour stage. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) beat Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to second place, seven seconds back. After a largely quiet day, the action erupted in the stage’s final kilometres, with the breakaway caught late as attackers jumped from the peloton. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) sparked the winning move, riding away in pursuit of Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), the last man standing from the break. Carapaz quickly followed, flying past the Frenchman, before riding the last kilometre alone. Thus far, the Giro has been a week of Grand Tour firsts for the 24-year-old second-year pro. In Israel he became the first Ecuadorian to ride a Grand Tour, two days ago on Etna he was the first to wear ...

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Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom

Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome attracted the most media attention in the buildup to the Giro d’Italia but, as is the case with every Grand Tour, there are others who are dark horses for success. One of these is Davide Formolo, the Bora-hansgrohe rider who has been tipped as a future star of the event. … The post Laid-back perfectionist: Davide Formolo’s path to Giro stardom appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 6: Pass the Sorting Hat

Time for the GC to shake itself out a bit Stage 6: Caltanisetta — Etna, 164km Ah, the legendary climb to Mungibeddu! [h/t Will] The Giro starts climbing for real on this day. And while it may be too early to draw any grand conclusions, it’s definitely not too early to pull out the old cliche about how you can’t win the Giro on stage 6 but you can lose it. But I am not going to do that. What’s It About? Going uphill. Not that the previous two Sicilian stages have been averse to a bit of climbing at the business end of the race. But the climb to Etna is the main feature on this day, and it’s among the highest-order climbs, category 1, to finish the race. More than any day up to now, this stage is meant to draw out the Maglia Rosa speranze. Stage Details ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018 preview - Podcast

The Giro d'Italia trophy at the 2018 event presentation

With the 2018 Giro d'Italia less than 24 hours away, Cyclingnews and Procycling look ahead to the first Grand Tour of the season. Analyzing the route with Giro d'Italia European Editor, Stephen Farrand, and featuring Chris Froome and defending champion Tom Dumoulin , we look ahead to the next three weeks, with the Giro starting in Israel on Friday with a 9.7km time trial. The race heads to Sicily after Monday's first rest day, before arriving on the Italian mainland for stage 7. It's a route that's designed to with both the climbers and time trialists in mind, and the start list is packed with stars. The race contains eight mountain stages, with Etna, the Monte Zoncolan, and three back-to-back stages in the mountains in the final week set to decide the race. Away from Froome and Dumoulin, Italy's hopes rest on Fabio Aru – who has made the podium ...

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