Giro d'Italia: Roglic wins stage 9 as Yates loses major time

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia in San Marino, his second stage victory of the race. The Slovenian finished the individual time trial in 51:52, beating Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds over the 34.8km course, while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was third, a minute back. It was another dismal day in Italy, with rain pouring all day at the start, and later finishers doused by a hellish rainstorm on the climb, which only got worse as time passed by. Roglič and Campenaerts managed the weather just fine though, and were the only men to break a 40kph average speed. The former pink jersey holder set the fastest time up the climb to the finish to overhaul the Hour Record holder, who had suffered a mechanical 1.5km from the line. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was best of the rest among the GC men, finishing fourth, 1:05 down. ...

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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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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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Bilbao says all out for Lopez in Giro d'Italia despite stage win

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins the stage

Any hopes that Spain might have had of a second overall challenger in this year's Giro d'Italia in the shape of stage 7 winner Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) have been quickly dispelled by the man himself. Bilbao has a sixth place overall in the 2018 Giro d'Italia on his palmares, and the time gained in his breakaway on Friday moved him up to 11th overall on this year's current ranking, just ahead of leading time trial favourite and overall contender Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). But even when flushed with his first ever Grand Tour stage win, taken against riders as experienced as Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar), Bilbao brushed aside suggestions that he might become a co-leader in Astana alongside their pre-race contender, Miguel Angel López . "I'm not thinking about GC, even if it was important for the team to have somebody ...

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Dumoulin puts brave face on time loss at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) kicked off the Giro

Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) launched his bid for a second victory at the Giro d'Italia with fifth place on the short but brutal time trial in Bologna. The Dutchman, looking to repeat his 2017 success over the next three weeks, finished 28 seconds behind stage winner Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo-Visma). The Dutchman was the first rider off the ramp at this year's race – one of the many GC contenders who set off early in order to avoid the threat of thunderstorms, which were forecast late on, but never came. Such was his effort on the climb to the Madonna di San Luca church that he struggled to ride onwards to the team area. Dumoulin brushed aside television crews to complete two warm-down laps of the car park before stopping to speak to the assembled press. "I was completely on my limit. I paced myself pretty well," he ...

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Winter is the season for domestiques

Winter is the season for domestiques

Early season races in Australia and South America afford important opportunities for domestiques to win, and these results have a broader impact as well. Read the full article at Winter is the season for domestiques on VeloNews.com .

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Astana arrive in Colombia for 2.1 race

Jan Hirt, Nikita Stalnov, Davide Villella, Hernando Bohórquez, Rodrigo Contreras and Miguel Ángel Ló

Astana 's six-rider contingent for the upcoming Tour Colombia 2.1 got their first taste of Colombian roads as a group Saturday as they toured the countryside around Boyacá, a training spot for the European teams ahead of the race. Director Stefano Zanini joined Jan Hirt, Nikita Stalnov, Davide Villella and Colombians Hernando Bohórquez, Rodrigo Contreras and Miguel Ángel López on the short trip around the center of Boyacá. Astana is the first of the race's six WorldTour teams to arrive in the country, with Team Sky and Chris Froome expected to arrive today (Sunday). The Team Sky roster will also feature 2018 Oro y Paz champion Egan Bernal, Iván Sosa, Sebastián Henao, Jonathan Castroviejo and Jhonatan Narváez. Tour Colombia 2.1 starts February 12 with a 14km time trial in Medellin. Stage 2 sees the peloton take on a 150.5km circuit race in Le Ceja, followed by the 167km stage 3 ...

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Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead

The Giro's impressive start list will make for a great race for pink, but it detracts from the Tour de France and Froome's bid for fifth yellow jersey. Read the full article at Commentary: Giro stars should race the Tour instead on VeloNews.com .

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Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019

The pro peloton has a number of young up-and-comers who are in line to emerge as new superstars in 2019. Here are our five favorites. Read the full article at Roundtable: Five up-and-coming riders to watch in 2019 on VeloNews.com .

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‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia

‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia

Despite showing strong late-season form, Colombian climber Miguel Ángel López won't start the season's final monument race. Read the full article at ‘Superman’ Lopez will skip Il Lombardia on VeloNews.com .

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What happened to the Colombians at worlds?

Colombia

Despite bringing a strong cast of climbers to Innsbruck world championships, the Colombians cannot crack the top-10 on a mountainous course. Read the full article at What happened to the Colombians at worlds? on VeloNews.com .

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Is Yates being set up for another fall?

Alejandro Valverde

With two decisive mountain stages left, the Vuelta's GC scenario is eerily similar to that of the Giro. Can Simon Yates hang on? Read the full article at Is Yates being set up for another fall? on VeloNews.com .

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Superman López circles Vuelta podium

Superman López circles Vuelta podium

Miguel Ángel López, nicknamed after the man of steel, shook off yesterday's late mechanical to finish just two seconds behind Yates on Stage 14 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana and now circles Movistar's dynamic duo and the Brit for a place on the podium.

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Lopez holding steady until final week

Lopez holding steady until final week

Lopez feeling confident about demanding final week after racing to second in stage 14, and aims to stay consistent to ensure success. Read the full article at Lopez holding steady until final week on VeloNews.com .

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Vuelta Roundtable: Will the battle for red heat up this weekend?

Movistar

What are the big takeaways from the Vuelta a España so far? Will the battle for red kick into high gear this weekend? Roundtable time! Read the full article at Vuelta Roundtable: Will the battle for red heat up this weekend? on VeloNews.com .

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Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9

Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9

Simon Yates is in red after the Vuelta's summit finish at La Covatilla Read the full article at Yates a surprise Vuelta leader after stage 9 on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch

It seems like it’s a cycling tradition these days: Every August, fans are surprised by the high caliber of riders racing at the Read the full article at Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch on VeloNews.com .

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Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is one to watch

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Better than Bernal? The rapid rise of Colombian climber Iván Sosa

When the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir gets underway on Friday August 17, it will do so with Colombia’s Iván Sosa as the rider to beat. The 20-year-old has had a monster of a year, winning four of his last five stage races and beating some big-name rivals along the way. His trajectory in the sport … The post Better than Bernal? The rapid rise of Colombian climber Iván Sosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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