Bikes of the Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali's custom Merida Reacto

Joe Robinson 17 Jul 2019 Glitter paint job, a shark sticker, grip tape on the bottle cages and his name in gold Vincenzo Nibali is one of the very few riders good enough to warrant a custom edition bike thanks to victories at all three Grand Tours and two Monument wins. In a long and memorable career, that's still in full swing, the 34-year-old has won the Tour de France , Vuelta a Espana and two editions of the Giro d'Italia , while also winning Il Lombardia and Milan-San Remo to morph into the most rounded rider of his generation. The Bahrain-Merida rider is currently at the Tour hunting stage wins and the polka dot climber's jersey, a change of pace to his usual General Classification quest, but he is still one of the biggest names on the start list. Big enough to lead the Cyclist team to the Bahrain-Merida ...

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Pinot: I want to show the real me in the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot at the Groupama-FDJ press conference ahead of the 2019 Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot leads the Groupama-FDJ team of manager Marc Madiot for the 100th edition of the Tour de France . After a few difficult years, Pinot, 29, is hoping to regain the form that earned him stage wins and a podium in 2014. The team decided in December to focus solely on Pinot by leaving their sprinter Arnaud Démare at home. In the absence of Christopher Froome and Tom Dumoulin, it's 'l'année ou jamais' (now or never) for Pinot, as French media stated during the team's press conference in Brussels Expo on Wednesday evening. Pinot was asked if he wasn't fed up with the question. "No, I'm not bored about the question but I don't understand it, really. I'm 29 years old so I've still got quite a few years ahead of me. On the other hand, this is a year in which I'm hitting peak form, I'm keen to ...

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Carthy's 11th overall at Giro d'Italia 'just a good sign of potential' says rider

Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) recovers from his efforts at the end of stage 12 of the 2019 Giro d

While happy with his performance, EF Education First 's Hugh Carthy played down any notion of getting carried away after finishing 11th overall at the Giro d'Italia in Verona on Sunday. The British climber said that every race he does well in is simply a "stepping stone" to the next stage of his young career, and that his Giro result was "a good step, at the right time, and at the right age to show this kind of potential". The 24-year-old never dropped outside the top 25 on the general classification throughout the race, and led the white jersey competition as best young rider for a day on stage 13 from Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale before first Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and then Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez came to the fore, with Carthy eventually finishing third in the competition. As well as finishing only just outside the top 10 on ...

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Alaphilippe renews with Deceuninck-Quickstep for two more years

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

Julian Alaphilippe announced on Saturday he has renewed with Patrick Lefevere's Deceuninck-Quickstep squad for two more years in a post on Instagram. The winner of Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and La Flèche Wallonne was one of the hottest riders at the end of his contract this season, and was rumored to be in negotiations with Total-Direct Energie. Last month, Lefevere said he hoped he could keep Alaphilippe, telling Cyclingnews he sent an offer to the Frenchman's agent. "I don’t know if he will stay, but of course I hope it. It’s all about money ," Lefevere said at the time. Alaphilippe has been one of the cornerstones of the Belgian squad's Classics team, taking wins in the 2018 Flèche Wallonne and Clasica San Sebastian in addition to this year's victories, and a podium in Il Lombardia in 2017. The 26-year-old has been with Lefevere since turning professional in 2014. View ...

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Pinot on track for Tour de France after Tour de l'Ain victory

Thibaut Pinot solos to victory at Il Lombardia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) signalled that he's on track for the Tour de France , winning the Tour de l'Ain at the weekend on his comeback from a two-month absence from racing. The Frenchman, who won Il Lombardia at the end of last year, hadn't raced since ending his early season block with 11th overall at the Volta a Catalunya at the end of March. However, he confirmed the quality of the training he'd done in the interim with a stage win on the Grand Colombier on the final day that handed him the overall victory. After an opening stage for the sprinters, Pinot finished second on the Col de la Faucille on stage 2 but was left with a bitter taste as former teammate Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) refused to do any turns and survived his attacks before beating him to the line. On the altogether more ...

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Sivakov: Movistar accelerated after Roglic's Giro d'Italia mechanical

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

Pavel Sivakov ( Team Ineos ) – the leader in the Giro d'Italia 's best young rider competition – says that current race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team started racing à bloc after Jumbo-Visma's leader Primoz Roglic had a mechanical problem during Sunday's stage 15 from Ivrea to Como. Speaking in a video interview with L'Equipe , the Russian told the French sports newspaper that he'd only heard about Roglic's crash, but that he'd seen that the Slovenian was having trouble with his gears. "I heard on my radio that he'd crashed," Sivakov told L'Equipe . "But before that he'd had a mechanical problem. I saw that he'd broken his derailleur, so when Movistar started racing à bloc after that, I didn't think that was very fair, and a bit strange." Asked to confirm that Movistar had accelerated after Roglic had got into trouble, Sivakov replied: "Yes – absolutely. Yes." ...

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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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Carapaz and Movistar enjoy another fruitful day as Giro d'Italia leaders

Richard Carapaz and Movistar enjoy some podium time after stage 15 at the Giro

In Italy an often-used phrase says: Fra I due litigant il terzo gode – When there are two people arguing, someone else takes advantage. At the Giro d’Italia , Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) is taking advantage of the duel between Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and building his race lead whenever he can. On Sunday, the 25 year-old Ecuadorian extended his overall lead to 47 seconds after Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif sparked a comedy of errors in a high-speed hectic finale on the roads of the Il Lombardia classic. As the riders enjoy the second rest day in and around Bergamo on Monday, Carapaz is now a feared overall contender, with his rivals regretting every second they have lost to him. Carapaz started the Giro d’Italia mountains in 20th place overall. He moved up to eighth in Pinerolo and sixth after the first mountain finish ...

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Comedy of errors and a crash cost Roglic dearly at Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic suffered a mechanical and a crash during stage 15 at the Giro

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) lost 40 seconds to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and his other overall rivals at the Giro d’Italia on Sunday after a comedy of errors in the finale of stage 15 to Como. Roglic was isolated in the hills that are used for the finale of Il Lombardia and then sparked a series of errors that would cost him time, leave him with a swollen and bloody cheek and see him lose his usual self-control. Roglic’s problems started when he dropped back to his Jumbo-Visma team car with 20km to go to grab bidons. His directeur sportif then decided to stop to take a natural break and so was not there when Roglic needed to swap bikes due an apparent problem with his gears. Roglic took teammate Antwan Tolhoek’s bike and chased after the lead group, but then he was distanced on ...

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Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Cataldo wins monumental stage to Como, Roglic loses time to rivals after crash

Giro d'Italia trophy with flags (picture Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

Thrilling stage on roads used in Il Lombardia sees Italian take first career Giro stage, Yates finishes third

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Giro d'Italia: Cataldo wins stage 15 from breakaway

Dario Cataldo wins stage 15 at the Giro ahead of Mattia Cattaneo

Dario Cataldo ( Astana ) claimed victory from a two-man breakaway on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia , as Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) suffered a mechanical and a crash and lost 40 seconds to race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). While Cataldo was picking off his day-long companion Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) in a two-up sprint in Como, Nibali and Carapaz were baring down in the home straight. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) were with them, taking third and fourth, respectively, on the stage, but there were gaps to the rest of the overall contenders. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Mikel Landa (Movistar) finished in a small group of five, 25 seconds down on Nibali and Carapaz, but the damage was worse for Roglic, who crossed the line with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) a further 15 seconds down. The ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Nibali takes bite from Roglic as Cataldo wins Stage 15

Giro d'Italia 2019: Nibali takes bite from Roglic as Cataldo wins Stage 15

Joe Robinson 26 May 2019 Roglic loses time following crash while Nibali makes first move as the Giro heads into its final rest day Vincenzo Nibali took advantage of a technical descent into Como to gain time on all his General Classification rivals except Maglia Rosa Richard Carapaz and Simon Yates while Astana's Dario Cataldo won Stage 15 from the day's two-man breakaway. Nibali made a strong move towards the summit of the Civiglio before providing his usual descending masterclass on the run to the line. The only riders who could match the Italian were Carapaz, Yates and Hugh Carthy who all crossed the line together around 40 seconds clear of Primoz Roglic. Roglic proved the biggest loser conceding time after crashing into a set of barriers on the final descent. This was after he was forced into riding the last 20km on the bike of teammate Antwan Toelhoek after ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Nibali takes bite from Roglic as Cataldo wins stage

Giro d'Italia 2019: Nibali takes bite from Roglic as Cataldo wins stage

Joe Robinson 26 May 2019 Roglic loses time following crash while Nibali makes first move as the Giro heads into its final rest day Vincenzo Nibali took advantage of a technical descent into Como to gain time on all his General Classification rivals except Maglia Rosa Richard Carapaz and Simon Yates while Astana's Dario Cataldo won Stage 15 from the day's two-man breakaway. Nibali made a strong move towards the summit of the Civiglio before providing his usual descending masterclass on the run to the line. The only riders who could match the Italian were Carapaz, Yates and Hugh Carthy who all crossed the line together around 40 seconds clear of Primoz Roglic. Roglic proved the biggest loser conceding time after crashing into a set of barriers on the final descent. This was after he was forced into riding the last 20km on the bike of teammate Antwan Toelhoek after ...

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Giro Stage 15 Preview: Giro di Lombardia

Stage 15: Ivrea to Como (232 kilometers) Many race organizers throw mini-versions of classic races into their stage races-- most notably recently with the ASO including mini-Roubaixs in the Tour. Earlier this race, there was even a stage that resembled a mini-Milano-Sanremo, though on the opposite coast of Italy. Well, this stage is that, but cranked up to 11-- otherwise known as going the full Vegni-- transposing the full Il Lombardia into a Giro stage-- length and climbs and all. In fact, the last 60+ kilometers of the stage follow the route of last year’s Il Lombardia almost exactly. Here’s the profile of stage 15 and the profile of last year’s Il Lombardia: Stage 15 profile 2018 Il Lombardia profile Let’s try to spot the differences. Stage 15 is 9 kilometers shorter at 232 kilometers to the Lombardia’s 241 kilometers (don’t totally believe the above profile for Stage 15, which ...

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Giro d'Italia: Risk of avalanches likely to end hopes of climbing the Gavia

There are huge walls of snow on the Passo Gavia

A risk of avalanches and new, more stringent, safety laws in Italy mean the Passo Gavia is likely to be cut from Tuesday’s queen stage of the Giro d’Italia , meaning one of the most difficult and decisive climbs of the race would not feature. Last week, Giro d’Italia race director Mauro Vegni suggested there was a 60 per cent chance of the race climbing the legendary Passo Gavia, where Andy Hampsten famously rode through a snow storm to set up victory in the 1988 Corsa Rosa. According to Saturday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport , Vegni is far less optimistic now and could soon confirm the cutting of the Gavia from stage 16 and reveal a new, shorter stage with just the Passo del Mortirolo as the major climb of the day. Snow and freezing temperatures are also forecast for Tuesday. Vegni could announce his decision early to perhaps inspire ...

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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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Giro Stage 7: The Home Run

Vigil in L’Aquila for the tenth anniversary of the 2009 earthquake

A rider and a writer talk about their ancestral lands Hi, I’m former cycling wag Chris Fontecchio. You might remember me from such Giro stage previews as “Holy shit, the Giro is going through Fontecchio!” and “Goddammit, the Giro is just missing Fontecchio.” Well, Stage 7 of the Giro is grazing past the village of my ancestors, and generally doing interesting things in places that I know something about, so I am your Pontificator-del-giorno today. Friday’s stage is a somewhat standard Giro menu item, ending in the Abruzzese capital of L’Aquila. Named “the Eagle” for its perch among the Apennine peaks that surround it, L’Aquila has been a regular stop for the Giro since its founding in 1254. More recently, the Giro has rather intentionally stopped in L’Aquila as a showing of support for the city’s struggles to recover from the earthquake of April 6, 2009, which killed 300 people ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) manages a smile after having taken third place on stage 2 of the 2019 Tou

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider ...

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Giro Dello Ciclismo

Passo Gavia

No more gimmicks in this year’s parcours, just bike racing Sometimes we get a little too caught up in narratives, and nobody pumps out more narratives than the Giro d’Italia. Whether it’s paying tribute to Marco Pantani, Fausto Coppi, or Giuseppe Garibaldi, or maybe tracing Garibaldi’s route in the unification of Italy, or tracing the 1949 Giro route which traced Garibaldi’s route, or... you get the point. The Giro loves telling stories, and frankly, who are we to argue? So that’s what’s noteworthy about this year’s route: the lack of narratives. It’s like that scene in Singles where Kyra Sedgwick calling out Campbell Scott for having no game being his game. This year, the Giro’s game is its apparent lack of a game. This year’s course is the creative white space around other Giri. It’s the amuse bouches between courses. Or... is it something more? Here’s a brief description of ...

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