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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Giro d'Italia: Demare takes sprints jersey from Ackermann on stage 11

Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ in the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Démare will swap his red, white and blue Groupama-FDJ kit for the arguably slightly less tasteful maglia ciclamino for Thursday's stage 12 from Cuneo to Pinerolo , having taken over the lead in the Giro d'Italia 's points competition from Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann on Wednesday. Démare had gone into stage 11 a single point behind the German road race champion, but took two points and the competition-lead at the stage's first intermediate sprint, while at the finish – although Démare couldn't overhaul stage winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in the finishing sprint for the line – he took second place, one place ahead of Ackermann, to finish the day with an 11-point lead in the points competition. "The turning point really came with my win on Tuesday," Démare told L'Equipe , "after I'd started to become… not more aggressive, but a bit more insistent about what I wanted to ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 11 highlights - Video

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) leads the sprint to the finish line of stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

The 221 flat kilometres from Capri to Novi Ligure did not exactly make for a scintillating stage - at least for the general classification - but Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) made the most of a headwind sprint to take his second stage victory of the Giro d'Italia on stage 11 . Behind Ewan, the fight for the points classification heated up as stage 10 winner Arnaud Démare snuck in two points in an intermediate sprint before muscling past maglia cicliamino holder Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the finale. The resulting 12 point differential moved the Groupama-FDJ sprinter ahead of Ackermann in the competition, by 11 points. The race now swings back in the favour of the opportunists and climbers as the race heads into the Piemonte, with the category 1 climb of Montoso interrupting an otherwise tame 146 course on stage 12 before the first summit finale on Friday ...

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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 2019: Stage 11 finish line quotes

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

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) – Stage winner (On getting Ackermann's wheel) "I think he's proven he's one of the quickest here, and to be honest he was the first sprinter who came past me with a good train. So I decided to jump on him. My guys got me into a really good position where I didn't have to fight for the wheels too much. That just made my run a whole lot easier. He went quite early so I could just sit there and time my sprint to perfection. "I think my team's done a great job all week. I think I was a little more relaxed going into this stage because I already had the one win. When you're a bit relaxed you save more energy and everything seems to fall into place a little easier. "I think this is the most successful Grand Tour I've ...

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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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Strava shows Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia was easy enough even for amateurs

Joe Robinson 22 May 2019 A sedate 145km flat Stage 10 gave the peloton a chance for an extra day's rest Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia from Ravenna to Modena was one of the easiest in living memory, and after looking at the Strava data, it looks as if even us amateurs could have kept up. The stage was eventually won by French sprinter Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) however, before the frantic final 10km, the race proved to be relatively benign. The 145km stage across the Emilia-Romagna region contained only 140m of vertical elevation with long, straight roads and little wind. This easy parcours caused the peloton to take it very easy and to treat the stage as an extra rest day. Once Demare had rolled across the line, the average speed of the stage was taken at 40.256kmh however, this was inflated by the sudden burst of speed in ...

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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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Demare claims maiden Giro stage win

Demare claims maiden Giro stage win

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, his first career victory in the race, on a flat 145km ride from Ravenna to Modena.

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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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Giro d'Italia: Demare criticises fellow sprinter Ackermann

Arnaud Demare celebrates on the Giro podium after winning stage 10

Groupama-FDJ sprinter Arnaud Démare used his winner's press conference after stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia to criticise fellow fastman Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) for what he described as "excessive confidence and a bit of arrogance." However, Bora-Hansgrohe dismissed the idea of any real underlying tension between the two riders, with director Christian Pomer suggesting it's natural for sprinters to rival each other ahead of a sprint, but then congratulate one another later on. "Before a sprint, they are like boxers," he told Cyclingnews before saying that Démare's win was "a well-deserved." Démare said in his press conference that the two had had an exchange of words after the first intermediate sprint of the stage, where the Frenchman outstripped Ackermann to take three points to the German's two. "He asked me why I'd done that if he was so far ahead in the overall [points] classification," Démare claimed in his stage ...

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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 2019: Stage 10 finish line quotes

Arnaud Demare sprints to the stage 10 win at the Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) - Stage 10 winner "I have obtained some big victories with this team and we set out here to achieve another one. I fulfilled the mission we set ourselves as a team. I'd have liked to have raised my arms earlier, but we stuck together. I knew that it would come, today or tomorrow, and I know how to be patient even if it's not easy mentally." Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) - overall leader "I hope nothing bad happened to my team mate Simone Consonni in the crash. I was well protected by my team the whole day. I thank them for giving me one more day in the Maglia Rosa ." Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hangrohe) - second place "I think [Pascal Ackermann] crashed off my back wheel as I started my lead-out for him. Unluckily, one rider, I think it was [Jacopo] Guarnieri came ...

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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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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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Giro Stage 8 Preview - Rainy Day at the Beach

The Giro’s east coast answer to the west coast’s Milano-Sanremo, the longest stage of this year’s race at 239 kilometers takes the riders up the Adriatic coastline from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro with a tricky finish reminiscent of the descent off the Poggio onto the Via Roma. THE COURSE Stage 8 will take the peloton up the north-east coast of Italy on a tour of the beaches in that region, with the beautiful scenery likely to be obscured by predicted rain and thunderstorms. The stage is an allegorical microcosm for what the Giro has felt like so far— a beach vacation where you’re holed up inside your Airbnb the entire time with several bored children due to the constant downpour outside. It’s semi-pleasurable as it’s better than work but damn if you can’t wait until the sun comes out so you can get outside. Luckily, I’ve seen the forecast and ...

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