Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani leave Giro d'Italia with mixed success

Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani leave Giro d'Italia with mixed success

Joe Robinson 23 May 2019 Caleb Ewan leaves on the high of two stage victories while Elia Viviani is left wanting Sprinting duo Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani have both left the Giro d'Italia with varying success as the race heads for its first mountain stage in Pinerolo. Both riders are scheduled to start the Tour de France on the Saturday 6th July in Brussels so were not expected to see the Giro through to its conclusion in Verona. It was even more certain when neither rider found themselves in contention for the sprinter's ciclamino jersey, with the classification currently being led by Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare from Pascal Ackermann of Bora-Hansgrohe. It was widely expected that the race's sprinters would pull out of the Giro after Stage 11 to Novi Ligure with there being 45,000m of elevation left to tackle in the final 10 stages. There is also only one ...

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Viviani quits the Giro d'Italia after another sprint defeat

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) after stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani quit the Giro d'Italia after again missing out on victory in Novi Ligure, admitting he needs a time-out to find the peace of mind and self-confidence that helps him win sprints. Viviani finished fourth behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on stage 11 in Novi Ligure, after again failing to connect with his Deceuninck-QuickStep lead-out train. He won four stages and the points jersey in last year's race but has frustratingly finished second three times this year and was relegated from victory on stage 3 to Orbetello after race judges ruled he move across the road. Viviani was hoping to finish the Giro d'Italia in his hometown of Verona but bravely went on Italian television to confirm he was heading home early. "My Giro ends today," Viviani said, his team soon confirming his departure. "I'm not at my best and lack the ...

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Giro d'Italia: Second win for Ewan on stage 11

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) claimed his second win at the Giro d'Italia with victory on stage 11 into Novi Ligure. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) led the sprint out, but the German faded to third place with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) taking second place and with it the ciclamino jersey. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely in the bunch again to keep a hold of the maglia rosa for another day. The long finishing straight was not as easy as it first looked with a cross-headwind hitting the riders. With just one more sprint stage after this, and many of the sprinters expected to head home before the mountains, there were plenty of fastmen looking to make their mark on the Giro d'Italia. Israel Cycling Academy brought the bunch into the final kilometre, but it was the Groupama-FDJ riders that muscled their way to the front and assumed control almost ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Joe Robinson 22 May 2019 Caleb Ewan wins his second stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia as Elia Viviani faces winless three weeks Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) proved patience is a virtue launching a late burst to beat Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) to take victory on Stage 11, the final flat stage of this year's Giro d'Italia in Novi Ligure. The Australian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint, rounding a wounded Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) who started his launch for the line too early. Ackermann eventually faded to third with Demare rolling in second. The result, along with intermediate points taken during the stage, was enough for Demare to take the purple jersey from Ackermann. Behind, Italian national champion Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) realised it was not his Giro as he failed to trouble the front three, eventually rolling in fourth. ...

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Lefevere: Keeping Alaphilippe comes down to money

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

Patrick Lefevere has made Julian Alaphilippe a contract offer but the Belgian team boss is still none the wiser as to whether the French rider will stay with Deceuninck-QuickStep beyond 2019. Alaphilippe has been linked with a big-money transfer to Total Direct Energie for 2020, with the French team significantly increasing their budget after Total came on as a sponsor earlier this year. Lefevere has a fight on his hands to keep a number of high-profile riders, with Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas among those on the transfer market for next year. Alaphilippe, in particular, has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season with eight wins already, including victories in La Flèche Wallonne, Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. He is currently training for the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France , where last year he won two stages and the King of the ...

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Watch Demare get the better of Viviani and Ewan at Giro d'Italia - Video

Arnaud Demare wins stage 10 at the Giro

The Giro d'Italia resumed on Tuesday after its first rest day, and the 145km route from Ravenna to Modena threw up another opportunity for the sprinters, with Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) claiming his first win of the race. It was a calm affair for the most part. Two riders formed a breakaway inside the first kilometre and the peloton enjoyed what was as close as an 'active' rest day as they're likely to get. Things did come to the boil, however, in the final 10 kilometres on another intense run-in. Fran Ventoso (CCC Team) tried to upset the sprint trains with a late solo flyer, before a big crash under the one kilometre-to-go banner took out sprinters Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) and Jakub Mareczko (CCC Team). That split the peloton and left a group of 12 to fight for the win, including Démare, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ackermann crashes but keeps maglia ciclamino

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) gingerly puts on the Giro's maglia ciclamino after crashing in the

Knee bloodied and ego perhaps a little bruised, Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) ambled onto the Giro d'Italia podium after his late crash during stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia to accept the maglia ciclamino as race's best sprinter, despite hitting the deck hard under the 1km to go banner as rival Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) went on to take the stage win. To add insult to injury for the German sprinter who won stages 2 and 5 on his way to claiming the jersey, Demare used his post-race press conference to criticise Ackermann for what the Frenchman described as "excessive confidence and a bit of arrogance" for words they exchanged after one of the stage's intermediate sprints. It was a losing day in the saddle that ended abruptly for Ackermann, who crossed the finish line in a small group, his jersey and shorts shredded from the melee that ensued as ...

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Moschetti out of Giro d'Italia after stage 10 crash

Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) suffering on stage 7

While Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann was able to ride away from the crash in the final kilometre of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday to fight another day – albeit with cuts and bruises and a torn maglia ciclamino – spare a thought for Trek-Segafredo sprinter Matteo Moschetti , who was not so lucky. The Italian's Giro is over, with the 22-year-old having suffered a dislocated shoulder, leg injuries and cuts to his face. However, Moschetti's team reported that he hadn't lost consciousness, nor suffered concussion, despite the severity of the crash. Ackermann appeared to have tangled with CCC Team's Jakub Mareczko, with both riders crashing off to the right side of the road, while Moschetti appeared to hit either Ackermann's wheel or handlebar, and ricocheted off to the left side of the road, hitting the barriers at speed and with considerable force. Like Ackermann, this was the Trek-Segafredo ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ackermann hits the deck but keeps maglia ciclamino

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) gingerly puts on the Giro's maglia ciclamino after crashing in the

Knee bloodied and ego perhaps a little bruised, Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) ambled onto the Giro d'Italia podium after his late crash during stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia to accept the maglia ciclamino as race's best sprinter, despite hitting the deck hard under the 1km to go banner as rival Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) went on to take the stage win. To add insult to injury for the German sprinter who won stages 2 and 5 on his way to claiming the jersey, Demare used his post-race press conference to criticise Ackermann for what the Frenchman described as "excessive confidence and a bit of arrogance" for words they exchanged after one of the stage's intermediate sprints. It was a losing day in the saddle that ended abruptly for Ackermann, who crossed the finish line in a small group, his jersey and shorts shredded from the melee that ensued as ...

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Viviani running out of road at the Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Demare wins stage 10 at the Giro

After a frustrating opening to the Giro d'Italia , during which he was stripped of stage victory in Orbetello and placed second on two other occasions, Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) looked to hit the reset button during Monday's rest day in Riccione. "My Giro starts now," he told Il Corriere della Sera . A year ago, Viviani's sparkling Giro was garlanded with four stage wins and the points classification. This time out, his race has been pockmarked by near misses and disappointment. Slender are the margins in the sprint game, but Viviani had a chance to dream it up all over again in the second week, where the flat run from Ravenna to Modena lent itself most obviously to the fast men. When the 1949 Giro visited Modena, the novelist Dino Buzzati explained the torpor of that transitional stage by describing the flatlands of Emilia as "unsuited to battle." ...

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Giro d'Italia: Demare wins stage 10

Arnaud Demare wins stage 10 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) claimed his first victory of 2019 on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia , beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to the line in Modena after double stage winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was taken out by a late crash. The Frenchman, who finished second in Orbetello on stage 3 and third in Terracina on stage 5, claimed the first Giro stage win of his career with a powerful sprint from a front group of 12 that emerged when maglia ciclamino Ackermann touched wheels and crashed heavily under the one-kilometre to go banner. FDJ’s lead-out man Jacopo Guarnieri led out the sprint alongside Jasper De Buyst for Lotto Soudal, and Demare chose to go early on the far left while Ewan waited a couple more seconds before going on the right. Viviani chose Ewan’s wheel and managed to pass him ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Arnaud Demare wins a furious sprint on Stage 10 to Modena

Giro d'Italia 2019: Arnaud Demare wins a furious sprint on Stage 10 to Modena

Joe Robinson 21 May 2019 A welcome benign day for the General Classification men as Demare takes win following late crash that ended Ackermann's chances Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) took a fast sprint finish into Modena to win Stage 10 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia on a quiet day that was eventually brought to life in the final kilometre. The Frenchman outsprinted the likes of Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) and Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) in a rapid finish while double stage winner Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was caught out in a late crash in the final kilometre. Fran Ventoso ( CCC Team ) attempted to catch the peloton napping in the final 2km with a hearty attack from the Spaniard, although he was eventually caught by a careering peloton that wanted to guarantee a bunch gallop. For the General Classification, it was effectively a second rest ...

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Photo gallery: A wet first week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia

It might still be early in the 2019 Giro d’Italia but there’s been no shortage of drama in the race so far. We’ve seen Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stamp his authority on the time trials, building a handy lead over his GC rivals. We’ve seen one of those rivals, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), crash out of the … The post Photo gallery: A wet first week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 10 Preview: I’ll Call it Tradition

It’s the second week of the Giro now, and so we return to what has become an institution — the almost unbelievably flat stage before the mountains kick off. 2017 had it on stage 13, 2016 had it on stage 12 and 2015 on stage 13. Only last year missed out but wouldn’t you know, we’re making up for it by having another one on stage 11. Don’t you just love it? I don’t. I do not love it. This was the Giro stage that nobody at Podium Café towers wanted, and can you blame us? I can do a good approximation of that diagram using an underscore. Then again, I can do a good approximation of that diagram by holding down the z key. The wind will be a non-factor. The rain might get involved but not to the extent that it has so far in this goddamned summer’s ...

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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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Ewan rockets to Giro win

Ewan rockets to Giro win

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) claimed stage 8 of the 102nd Giro d'Italia in a bunch gallop ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on a flat finish in Pesaro after a hilly day for the riders at the Giro.

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Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8

Australia’s Caleb Ewan celebrated wildly after storming a bunch sprint to win stage eight of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday after coming close to victory three times already in the opening week. Chief contenders for overall Giro victory, Britain’s Simon Yates, form favourite Primoz Roglic, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez all … The post Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Watch Caleb Ewan win his first Giro d'Italia stage in Lotto Soudal colours – Video

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia

Caleb Ewan stormed to the second Giro d’Italia stage win of his career with a perfectly timed sprint on stage 8 . The Australian came around Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) in the final 100 meters with Elia Viviani taking second, just ahead of the fading German. The win was a huge relief for Ewan, who moved from Mitchelton-Scott in the winter after missing out on selection for last year’s Tour de France. Ewan replaced André Greipel at Lotto Soudal in the process and came into this year’s Giro looking for his first Grand Tour stage win since 2017. On stage 8 he had his team work on the front and, although he was alone in the sprint, he followed Ackermann perfectly before kicking for the line and taking the win. Watch highlights of stage 8 below. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Pete Muir 18 May 2019 Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter denies Elia Viviani once again Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan, managed to hold off Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a fenzied sprint at the end of Stage 8 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After the win, the 24-year-old declared his victory was down to ‘determination and a committed team, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win'. Meanwhile, despite a strong showing from his QuickStep team, Viviani had to once again settle for a disappointing loss. Most of the GC contenders arrived together in the bunch, meaning that Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) retains the pink jersey of race leader going into Stage 9. See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ewan wins stage 8

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won in Pesaro after a series of close shaves

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia , triumphing in a sprint finish in the Adriatic coastal town of Pesaro. The Australian beat Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line, having jumped from behind the German’s wheel in the closing metres. Lotto Soudal had worked on the front of the peloton for the bulk of the stage, keen to secure a win for their star sprinter after a series of near misses so far in the race. Ewan had sprinted to third in Fucecchio, second in Frascati, and fourth in Terracina before today’s victory. A tricky technical descent that ended just 3km from the line threatened to derail the sprinters’ chances, but luckily the possibility of rain was confined to a few light sprinkles and a short shower in the final ten kilometres. Bora and Deceuninck were the teams in prime position heading ...

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