Giro d'Italia: Chris Froome secures overall victory at Cervinia

Chris Froome in his first maglia rosa

Team Sky 's Chris Froome clinched his first Giro d'Italia victory on Saturday, holding off attacks from his rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on the final summit finish of the race at Cervinia on stage 20. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) took the stage victory from the breakaway on his 34th birthday, his third career win at the Giro d'Italia, salvaging something from a miserable closing weekend for his team. Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) recovered from a mechanical to finish second, 2:16 behind, while Felix Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) rounded off the podium in third, 2:42 down. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) moved up to third overall, benefitting from an Alpine implosion from Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who cracked in a similar manner to Nieve's teammate Simon Yates on the Colle delle Finestre 24 hours previously. Pinot aside, there was a wait for the day's GC action - in contrast to Friday. Dumoulin, the 2017 champion, made ...

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Giro Stage 19: High Times

The Queen Stage of the Giro, and the slopes of the majestic Finestre, beckon Stage 19: Venaria Reale — Bardonecchia, 185km Holy hell, it seems like forever since I’ve written a stage preview! This is a good one to come out of my slumber for. I pegged this as THE stage before the Giro, so of course it’ll be a boring march of negativity. What’s It About? Deciding the Giro d’Italia. This is the queen stage. No more archaeology tours, no more beach vistas, just pure, devastating grinding away on the pedals. Stage Details Mappa: Giro stage 19 map And the profile: Giro stage 19 profile The sequencing of these mountains is nothing too unusual but a bit interesting nevertheless. The Finestre is the highest point in the entire Giro as well as the consensus hardest single climb of the race, and although it occurs far from the finish it ...

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Chris Froome: I can't see anyone taking the jersey off Yates' shoulders

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) moved to within striking distance of a podium position in the 2018 Giro d'Italia after posting a par performance in the key Rovereto time trial during stage 16 . He insisted it's "still all to race for" as the corsa rosa prepares for three important stages in the mountains, which start with the steady ascent to Pratonevoso on Thursday. The Briton finished fifth, 35 seconds down on Rohan Dennis' (BMC Racing) winning time and 13 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). "After the rest day I felt a bit better, a bit more recovered," Froome acknowledged. "I rode that stage the way I wanted to. I didn't take any risks out on the course today especially given what happened in Jerusalem. Maybe I'm lacking a little bit of confidence in the corners, but in terms of power and feelings I was pretty happy about ...

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Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates takes his third stage win in Sappada

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) became the first man since Gilberto Simoni in 2003 to win three stages while wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia , riding into Sappada solo to extend his overall race lead. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) took second, 41 seconds behind, while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) rounded off the top three and salvaged four bonus seconds. After a fast-paced day it was Yates who once again took the initiative in the finale, attacking on the final classified climb of day, 17km from the line. As Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped away - eventually losing 1:32 after yesterday’s efforts on Monte Zoncolan - nobody had an answer for Yates as he rode away with apparent ease. A disorganised chase among the select GC group only meant that Yates piled on the seconds out front. Meanwhile, his main rival Dumoulin was dropped before working his back for the ...

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Feeling Gloom @ Froome and Doom? Fight For Pink = More Than U Think

Aru ready for some GIROOOOOO???? At some point the Giro d’Italia stops being a collection of cool roadside stories, fables, hyperbole and assorted nonsense, Italian-style. At some point it’s a race, even a battle of titans. This is where that starts: the Fight for Pink. But first... Corbis via Getty Images La Corsa Rosa As you probably noticed, we are switching up our course preview this year. I’ve blogged about the Israel start enough already, so we’ve put it to the Editors to pick out their favorite three stages, which has been done. Left out of that are some other stages that aren’t super interesting to discuss as part of the GC competition, apart from the usual thing about how you never know when exactly the Giro will be won or lost. But I’ll say this: it’s clearly a climbers’ course. The Giro almost always is, but even by Giro ...

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Tour of the Alps: Lopez climbs to stage 2 victory; Sosa takes lead

Tour of the Alps: Lopez climbs to stage 2 victory; Sosa takes lead

Miguel Ángel López gives Astana a second stage win in as many days at the Tour of the Alps, while Ivan Ramiro Sosa takes over the race Read the full article at Tour of the Alps: Lopez climbs to stage 2 victory; Sosa takes lead on VeloNews.com .

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