Campenaerts rues botched bike change at Giro d'Italia time trial

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was the class of the field in Sunday afternoon in San Marino, putting at least a minute between himself and every other rider in the Giro d'Italia field. Every rider, that is, aside from Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts ( Lotto Soudal ). The Belgian finished the day in second place, a mere 11 seconds down on Roglič's commanding performance. But before the Slovenian stormed through the rain to take his second time trial victory of the Giro, Campenaerts spent over two hours in the hot seat, waiting for another rider to challenge his time. "Beforehand, I said that this time trial did not suit me perfectly, and that winning wasn't possible," said Campenaerts in a team press release. "But as a time trialist, you are obliged to optimally prepare for a test against the clock and to go full gas. "During the second Giro time trial ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 9 highlights - Video

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won his second stage of the race in San Marino

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made the pre-race predictions come true on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia , crushing all his opponents in the 34.8km time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian overhauled Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) the only other rider to come one minute or less from the winning margin. Campenaerts might have sealed the win were it not for a botched bike change, while the last riders suffered through an intense rain storm on the climb. Despite the challenges, the Italian race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held his lead in the overall by 1:50 on Roglic, with Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) taking over as best young rider in third place overall. You can read more at

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Giro d'Italia time trial 'a bit of a stinker' for Simon Yates

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates ' chances of winning the Giro d'Italia took a serious blow on Sunday when the Mitchelton-Scott rider suffered a considerably larger than expected time loss on leading favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). Mitchelton-Scott management had estimated that Yates' time loss could be between 30 and 40 seconds on Roglič on the demanding 34-kilometre time trial to San Marino, with the expectation he would be at a disadvantage on the flatter first section then limit the gaps on the second category climb to the finish. Instead, the opposite occurred, with Yates ceding just 48 seconds on the flatter segment to the Slovenian, but then shipping serious amounts of time on the climb. He was 51st fastest up the 12-kilometre climb, shedding 2:23 to Roglič. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), who came second, had predicted "more than a minute" between most of the favourites and Roglič. But Yates lost 3:11 on Roglič, ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) gets going after a bike change

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 1st at 51:52 "It was again a nice time trial for me. Everything went good. I did my best so I’m happy with it. "It was just different – [Campenaerts] had really dry conditions and I had rain so I couldn’t take any risks in the corner. Then I went all-out in the end. "I went really slow in the corners in the beginning but otherwise then on the flat and on the climb [the weather] didn’t matter so much. "We’ll see at the end [who is still in the mix]. It’s still a long way to go – a lot of kilometres, a lot of mountains – so it’s always nice to have some seconds in your advantage and be focussing on the days to come. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) – 2nd at 52:03 "It’s a really nice TT parcours. It’s really a beautiful all-round ...

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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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Ewan overcomes increasing pressure to win second career Giro d'Italia stage

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) spraying the Prosecco on the podium

Third. Fifteenth. Second. Fourth. With each near miss in this year's Giro d'Italia bunch sprints, Caleb Ewan 's disappointment at not being able to net a stage victory had been steadily growing. And so, too, was the pressure to win. But finally at Pesaro on stage 8 the Lotto Soudal sprinter captured the second Giro d'Italia victory of his career, just four days after a deeply frustrating near-miss when he mistimed his attempt to chase down Movistar's Richard Carapaz on the uphill finish in Orbetello. It was also Ewan's biggest win to date with his new team, Lotto-Soudal, for which he signed after a year of missing out on Grand Tours completely with Mitchelton-Scott. Once back on the bigger race stage, though, Ewan has proved again he can take on the world's other top sprinters. And even as he completed his Giro d'Italia winner's press conference, the 24-year-old confirmed he ...

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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the start of stage 8

"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primož Roglič said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro d’Italia 's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Roglič's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Roglič ...

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Ewan: ‘Victory is a relief’

Ewan: ‘Victory is a relief’

Having not yet notched a major victory in Lotto-Soudal colors, Ewan's stage 8 Giro victory eases the mounting pressure. Read the full article at Ewan: ‘Victory is a relief’ on .

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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

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 8 finish line quotes

The dash to the line

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) - stage winner "We've been trying pretty much all seven days now that we've been here, and i'm just so happy to repay them with the win now. I thought if I was feeling good that I'd go first through the last corner, but it was still a long way to go and I wasn't feeling that good. It was quite a hard final - harder than I thought it would be. I just waited, I knew I had a good kick so I just waited til he (Ackermann) went then I came around him. It means a lot. I have a lot of pressure on me to win races now. The difference now is I'm expected to win. I had an alright start to the year, but not a great one. To win here means the world to me." Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) - second on ...

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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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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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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 7 finish line quotes

Bilbao celebrates on the podium

Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) – stage winner "[Making the breakaway] was a little bit improvised. At first Dario [Cataldo] was the man that had to go in the break, but today was really complicated to go in the break. In the end I also started to go in the big groups because we saw that dangerous groups were going. I tried, I had the legs until the end. "It was a really big advantage [to have Zeits in the breakaway] because Andrey was pulling really hard. That's why we kept a gap to be more relaxed and to only think of the victory. He did impressive. “I knew I could attack my rivals. Formolo was the rider to beat but I sensed he was feeling the pressure to win. I waited for my DS to tell me when to go and went. It was a long final ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ackermann wins stage 5

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes out on top

Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) cemented his status as the fastest sprinter at the Giro d’Italia so far, winning the rain-soaked fifth stage Terracina, south of Rome. The German national champion produced another strong and perfectly executed sprint, beating Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) after the Colombian too kicked early. The terrible weather conditions on the road from Frascati left everyone tired and cold, but the German had the speed to win his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia . Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) was third ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). Elia Viviani was lead out by his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates but struggled to accelerate and finished out of the top ten. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished safely in the peloton, happy that the times for the overall classification were taken on the first time through the finish with 9.2km to go. He and his overall rivals finished in a group ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 as crash crushes Dumoulin's GC hopes – Video

Richard Carapaz sprays the champagne on the podium

Ecuador's Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) won stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, getting the better of Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi in a reduced-group sprint finish, as chaos reigned behind them, with several GC contenders losing time. One of a number of crashes in the run-in to the finish brought down 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who said afterwards that he believes his challenge for the GC this year is now over , having lost over four minutes to current race leader, and title contender, Primoz Roglic (Jumb-Visma). Carapaz's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa was also a faller, and later apologised to Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates for initially blaming him for the crash. Yates also fell, but was able to quickly remount, losing only a handful of seconds to Roglic, and is still second overall, 35 seconds down. Bahrain-Merida's ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 4 finish line quotes

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) gets to the line on stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia having lost 18

Mauro Vegni - Giro d’Italia race director "I’m really sorry to see Tom [Dumoulin] crash . We’d brought a lot big names to the Giro d'Italia and we’d already lost [Alejandro] Valverde and [Egan] Bernal before the start. Now after four stages Dumoulin has crashed hard and lost a chunk of time. Let's just hope he can carry on and fight for a stage and perhaps fight back. "We’re all sad about what has happened. It’s difficult to avoid a lot of the crashes. I’ve seen the video of today’s crash sand it was caused by a moment of distraction, like most crashes, when riders look around and touch wheels." Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) - overall leader "It was pretty easy for most of the stage but when the race started, it was really nervous. At the Giro d’Italia everything changes every day, and we're just on stage 4. I asked ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 after GC riders hit the deck

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) wins stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

The first 228 kilometres of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia to Frascati near Rome passed without incident but chaos broke loose once again in the final seven kilometres as crashes altered not only the complexion of the stage but of the Giro d’Italia as a whole. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) claimed the spoils, producing a powerful acceleration on the uphill finish in Frascati, while 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) crashed hard and saw his hopes of overall victory dealt a near-fatal blow. The peloton was split into pieces by two crashes in quick succession with just over six kilometres to go. Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) touched wheels to spark the first crash, before another spill, involving Dumoulin and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), occurred at a roundabout less than a kilometre later. That left Carapaz in a front group of 15 riders that contained, crucially, maglia rosa Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The ...

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Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC

The general classification of the Giro d’Italia was thrown into disarray Tuesday when a large crash in the peloton with 6km remaining on Stage 4 split the bunch and left 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) injured and down four minutes on race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The crash, after nearly 230km of racing, caused a … The post Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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