The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France

Two of the most successful riders in professional cycling are headed to the Tour de France flying under the radar. My advice: Don’t sleep on Vincenzo Nibali or Alejandro Valverde as GC threats. While most lists of pre-race favorites look to Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jakob Fuglsang, Adam Yates, and Richie Porte, there’s exactly one … The post The weekly spin: Why Nibali and Valverde shouldn’t be counted out at Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nibali coy on Tour de France ambitions despite being named as Bahrain-Merida leader

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

Bahrain-Merida have confirmed Vincenzo Nibali as their team leader for the Tour de France , with senior directeur sportif Gorazd Stangelj saying Nibali would “aim for the GC”. However, the Sicilian reiterated at the Italian national championships over the weekend that he will take things day to day, with the first mountain at La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 6 giving an indication of his form and true chances. World time trial champion Rohan Dennis, sprinter Sonny Colbrelli, Dylan Teuns and Matej Mohoric are also part of the Bahrain-Merida squad, with Spain’s Ivan Cortina, Damiano Caruso and Jan Tratnik completing their balanced and eclectic line-up. Nibali finished second in the Giro d’Italia behind Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and has only raced the Gran Premio Città di Lugano and Sunday’s Italian national championships since the corsa rosa . He focused on recovery for two weeks and then spent time with Caruso ...

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Formolo goes long to win Italian road title

Davide Formolo on the podium

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed a spectacular victory in the Italian road race championship on Sunday, attacking from range before going it alone on the final three laps in Borgo Val di Taro. The reduced peloton came down 27 seconds later, led by Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), with Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) grabbing the final podium spot. Formolo began his offensive some 60km from the finish, with five laps of the finishing circuit - punctuated by the climb to Strela - still to cover. Initially away with six others, he dominated the front of the race and left them behind on the descent of Strela with three laps still remaining. Formolo's lead was never great, but he never gave up, and there were question marks in the chase group. With a lead of 30 seconds heading into the last lap, the inevitable attacks came on the climb to Strela but nothing ...

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A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20

Supported by CROCE D’AUNE, Italy (AFP) — Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz of Movistar has a firm grip on the pink jersey after defending attacks on the 20th and penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, won by Spaniard Pello Bilbao on Saturday. Behind the battle for pink, a different sort of fight was taking place. Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez … The post A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage

Supported by Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz tightened his grip on the leader’s pink jersey as Colombia’s Esteban Chaves claimed victory in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday. Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), edged clear of a breakaway that battled up a gruelling final 13.6km climb with a 5.6% gradient. Chaves, who finished second in the Giro and third … The post Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Ineos save Sivakov's ninth place after rivals' aggression at Giro d'Italia

Team Ineos's Pavel Sivakov tries to limit his losses at the end of stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Itali

Team Ineos were forced into a pursuit on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to ensure that Pavel Sivakov retained his ninth place in the general classification, while Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez put more daylight between him and Sivakov in the white jersey competition by attacking in the final 3km. The British team seemed content to initially let Bora-Hansgrohe's Davide Formolo form part of the day's main 18-rider breakaway , which mid-way through the 181km stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva had over six minutes' advantage over the peloton. But once it was clear that the Italian – who'd started the day in 12th place overall – posed a threat to Sivakov's ninth place on the GC, Ineos came to the front to assist race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team in ensuring that the gap remained reasonable, with Ineos riders Salvatore Puccio and Christian Knees particularly active. While the ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 17 highlights - Video

Nans Peters on the Giro podium after winning stage 17

Nans Peters ended an eight-year drought for his AG2R La Mondiale team at the Giro d'Italia by winning stage 17 on Wednesday. He soloed to the victory after attacking his breakaway companions with 16km to go of the 181km stage from Commezzadura (Val di Sol) to Anterselva. The 18-man breakaway was only given roughly six minutes to play with as the race for the overall classification remained behind among the main field between the likes of Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Peters sensed his moment to attack and ended up winning by a margin of 1:34 over runner-up on the stage Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), while Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third another 17 seconds back. Back in the field, fourth place overall Mikel Landa (Movistar) tested Nibali and Roglic by making an attack of his own over the last climb with 3km to go. He was ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz extends overall lead as Peters wins Stage 17

Giro d'Italia 2019: Carapaz extends overall lead as Peters wins Stage 17

Joe Robinson 29 May 2019 Carapaz extends pink jersey lead by seven seconds as Nans Peters proves strongest in breakaway to win stage Movistar 's Richard Carapaz extended his lead at the top of the General Classification on Stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia to Anterselva as AG2R La Mondiale took their first Giro d'Italia stage since 2011 thanks to a clever attack by Nans Peters. Carapaz attacked in the final kilometres of the stage to drop Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and take further seven seconds on his closest rivals with only four stages reamaining. Meanwhile, Carapaz's teammate Mikel Landa also went on the attack, scrounging 19 seconds back from Roglic in his own pursuit of a podium finish. As for the stage, Peters attacked before the final climb with 16km. Managing the fatigue better than the rest, he held off the chase of Esteban Chaves ...

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Giro d'Italia: Nans Peters wins stage 17

Nans Peters wins stage 17 at the Giro

Nans Peters ( AG2R La Mondiale ) took his first professional win with victory at stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia in Anterselva. The Frenchman attacked from the day's break with some 16 kilometres remaining and finished more than a minute behind the second placed Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the sprint from a three-man group to take third place close to two minutes further back, taking a few bonus seconds for his efforts. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Giro d'Italia: Majka still in the mix in fourth place overall

Rafal Majka finishes stage 14 at the Giro

While all eyes are on the now three riders who at least on paper look likely to battle it out for the overall honours at the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka is sitting pretty in fourth place overall, 2:35 behind race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar), 1:48 down on second-placed Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and just 48 seconds behind Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali. While Carapaz has put the cat among the pigeons by first gaining time on his rivals on Friday's stage to the Colle del Nivolet , and then winning Saturday's stage to Courmayeur with an advantage of almost two minutes to his main rivals, Majka, too, came to the fore on Friday and Saturday, finishing sixth on the Nivolet stage and fourth the next day, leaping from seventh to fourth on the GC after the latter. It leaves Majka in a strong position, and with plenty of opportunities still ...

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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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