Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates eager to hit the mountains

Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott)

With stage 12 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia heading into the mountains on Thursday, Mitchelton-Scott leader Simon Yates is one of a number of GC favourites eager to see how the start of the climbing this year will open up the race. The British climber echoed the general sentiment when he said that "not a lot happened" on Wednesday's sprint stage from Carpi to Novi Ligure – although winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and second-placed Arnaud Demare, who took over the maglia ciclamino as leader of the points classification, might disagree – and that he was looking forward to stage 12 from Cuneo to Pinerolo. "For sure, tomorrow [Thursday] will be fast," Yates said via his team's website. "I'm expecting fireworks in the beginning for the breakaway, and then the racing will settle down a bit. "Everybody needs to gain time, including me, if we want to win the race, ...

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Calm before the storm: Roglic stays a step ahead of GC rivals as Giro d'Italia heads for mountains

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) during stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) clutches the keys of power on this Giro d'Italia without holding formal office. His performances in the time trials that bookended the race's opening week left the Slovenian with a commanding lead on his rivals for final overall victory, but the pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), while he lies second overall, 1:50 down. Life as de facto race leader has its benefits. At the finish of stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday, Conti was immediately ushered towards the podium to collect a fresh maglia rosa. Roglic, by contrast, was able to freewheel unimpeded to the Jumbo-Visma bus, parked near the gates of the late Fausto Coppi's villa on the edge of town. By the time Conti had completed his media and anti-doping duties almost two hours later, Roglic was already on the massage table at his hotel. ...

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Emakumeen Bira: D'hoore wins stage 1

Jolien D'hoore (Boels Dolmans) wins stage 1 and takes the leader's jersey at Emakumeen Bira

Jolien D'hoore ( Boels-Dolmans ) won stage 1 of the Emakumeen Bira . The relatively flat stage came down to a bunch sprint. The Belgian sprinter was fastest and beat Sofia Bertizzolo (Team Virtu Cycling) and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) to the line. D’hoore broke her collarbone in mid-March and missed most of the Spring Classics. She is now in the white leader's jersey ahead of Thursday's stage 2, two seconds ahead of Bertizzolo and four seconds ahead of Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott). "I had some bad luck in the beginning of the season, breaking my collarbone," D’hoore said after the finish. "I couldn't race as much as I would like, and I didn't win until now. My season wasn't great so far, but I'm happy to be here. It's my first time racing Bira, and my first victory of the year. The rest of the days will be about having fun, ...

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Meyer to lead Mitchelton-Scott's title defence at Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott en route to victory in Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott will begin their defence of their 2018 Hammer Series title in Stavanger, Norway, on Friday, hoping to repeat the victory they also took in the opening round of the unique racing format last year. Introduced in 2017, the Hammer Series sees WorldTour teams compete in each round across three very different styles of racing over three days, with the best team – rather than an individual rider – crowned the winner. In the Hammer Sprint, points are scored by riders for their teams on specific laps of a circuit, and again at the finish, with the same system used on a hillier circuit for the following day's Hammer Climb. A final team time trial called the Hammer Chase on the third day – pursuit-style, with teams trying to catch the higher-placed teams, who set off before them – decides the winners. Riders can also be 'substituted' between races, so ...

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The strange Giro jersey that Thomas De Gendt won without even trying

Few men in world cycling have claimed more jerseys than Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal). Sprint classifications, king of the mountain classifications, combativity prizes, even the odd leader’s jersey — The Belgian has been handsomely rewarded for his aggressive and entertaining racing. But on stage 10 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia De Gendt won perhaps … The post The strange Giro jersey that Thomas De Gendt won without even trying appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chaves quietly building his form at Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) at the stage 3 start in Vinci

Ten days into the Giro d'Italia , and Esteban Chaves ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is slowly but surely making his way back to top condition, the Colombian says. But it is a long process, and even if so far Chaves feels he is progressing steadily, neither he nor his team have any intention of accelerating the process in the coming days. The Giro is the race where Chaves fell ill last year, and although he completed the race, albeit finishing the final stage in last place, he didn't get back into competition until the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February. Second in 2016, the Colombian's Giro d'Italia bid last May alongside teammate Simon Yates worked out phenomenally well until Chaves was poleaxed by a combination of viral infections, including glandular fever, a sinus infection and allergies. He finished, but in 72nd place overall, and a shadow of his earlier Giro ...

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Kennedy seals first European victory with solo attack in Durango - Women's News Shorts

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) wins Durango-Durango

Lucy Kennedy landed her first European victory at the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria on Monday with a solo attack. It was a good day for Mitchelton-Scott as Amanda Spratt finished second to give them the top two places on the podium. "It's my first European win with the team so it feels very special. In this team, it's an honour just to be given the opportunity so I'm glad I could make it count," Kennedy said in a team press release. The 113km race began with five opening laps of a circuit before two challenging local finish laps that included a tough climb. The bunch was still together after 30km of racing and past the first intermediate sprint. A 10-rider breakaway set off and gained five minutes, which included Kennedy and Spratt. Kennedy attacked over the top of Alto de Goiuria, gaining 40 seconds and then race victory. "We didn't expect ...

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Giro d'Italia: Landa says he is 'on the back burner' in Movistar battle

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa has admitted that he is “on the back burner” in the Giro d'Italia , with Movistar teammate Richard Carapaz stepping up a notch in the GC battle. As things stand, Landa is currently lying 30th, at 6:42 overall behind Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), although more importantly longterm he is now nearly five minutes behind leading favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). In comparison, Carapaz is now lying 20th, 3:16 down on Conti, and he has already won a stage for the second year running. For Landa, who came into the race as Movistar’s top contender, seemingly in good form and with the idea of ending a run of bad luck and injuries in Grand Tours, the Giro has been very disappointing so far. "I hoped not to lose so much time, and the Giro is looking very hard now," Landa, whose breakthrough result was third overall in the 2015 ...

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A serious man: Roglic living in the moment at Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) en route to victory

His telemark podium salute aside, Primoz Roglic ’s self-containment is such that he makes Miguel Indurain seem like Conor McGregor. In Espelette last July, for instance, after Roglic had lost his place on the Tour de France podium in the final time trial, journalists hurried to his team van expecting to interview a man overcome by the emotion of falling short at the last. Instead, they found Roglic as composed as ever . "I did what I could," he shrugged. Roglic is just as inscrutable in victory, a quality that may yet serve him well on this Giro d’Italia . Winner of both the Bologna and San Marino time trials, the Jumbo-Visma rider lies second on general classification, 1:50 down on maglia rosa Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) but already with significant buffers over his direct rivals for final overall victory. During his rest day press conference in the Hotel ...

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Simon Yates: Everybody has to attack Roglic now

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

One of the more popular phrases from the recently-ended Game of Thrones television series is ‘either you win - or you die’. For Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and the other contenders for the Giro d’Italia , when it comes to taking on lead favourite Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ), their strategy for the race’s final two weeks now boils down to logic of equally brutal simplicity: "either you attack - or you die." With Roglic on the rampage in Sunday’s rain-soaked time trial to San Marino, Yates and almost all the rest of the contenders were faced with a far more serious defeat than they had bargained for in this particularly fraught episode of the Giro d’Italia GC battle. In Yates' case, the damage was such that he ceded over three minutes in a test where he had hoped to lose a minute at most. So, as Yates explained ...

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Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers

Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...

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Roglic: The Giro d'Italia isn't over until the finish line in Verona

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

As expected, he came, he saw, and he conquered. Before the Giro d'Italia had even reached San Marino, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had been all but crowned as the winner of the stage 9 time trial on the Giro d'Italia. "Primoz will kill them," European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts said of his former teammate on the eve of the stage. From the camps of men like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the most optimistic talk revolved around limiting their losses to anything under a minute. In the event, Campenaerts came closest to denying Roglic the honours, and were it not for an untimely mechanical problem and slow bike change near the finish, the Belgian would surely have won the stage rather than settling for second place at 10 seconds. "I feel sorry for him. We were all competing for the win. We all went full gas, but you ...

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Nibali: Too early to say Giro d'Italia is a duel with Roglic

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) outside his team bus

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) craned his neck for one look at the stalactites of rain outside before ducking back into the mixed zone to ride out the storm. "I'm not going anywhere with this rain," Nibali laughed, taking his seat once again amid a scrum of reporters. "We've had enough of it these last few days." Seasoned Shark watchers don't always need to listen to his post-race comments to understand how his day has gone; the body language often says everything. "Those who know me know that when I'm tranquillo, I'll happily speak with anybody," Nibali explained. "And when I'm a bit nervous, sometimes I don't want to talk." On Sunday afternoon in San Marino, Nibali was happy to talk, after a 4th-place finish in the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial that saw him limit his losses on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to 1:04. If that was broadly ...

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'No explanation' for Yates time trial defeat in Giro d'Italia, says White

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White says he is at a loss to explain why Simon Yates fell off the pace so badly in the longest time trial of the Giro d'Italia on stage 9. Yates was in good shape in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial in Bologna, which, like Sunday's stage to San Marino, also began with a flat section then concluded with a tough climb. But unlike in Bologna, the British rider shipped a considerable amount of time on stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on Sunday, and as White told Cyclingnews , there was no clear reason why. "I'm not sure, I've not got an explanation for you," White said. "He went out hard and then didn't have a good climb." White brushed aside the idea that Yates' crash and minor injuries to his left side on stage 4 could have had an effect. "Mate, we're not ...

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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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Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses

Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses

With Yates now 3:46 down on Roglic, Mitchelton-Scott need to go back to the drawing board and sketch out a new plan for the mountains to come. Read the full article at Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following Yates’s stunning TT losses on VeloNews.com .

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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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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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Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Martin James 19 May 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider up to 2nd overall behind Conti but Simon Yates disappoints in changeable weather Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated a hilly 34.8km individual time-trial course into San Marino in changeable weather to win Stage 9 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and take a huge stride towards overall victory. Roglic, finishing in a time of 51min 50sec, was the only one of the later starters to beat the mark of 52:01 set early on by new World Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts ( Lotto-Soudal ), who was left wondering what might have been after a fluffed bike change before the final climb lost him a clutch of seconds that might have made the difference been first and second on the line. However, his disappointment will have been nothing like that felt by overall contender Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), whose time-trialling and general form recently was good enough ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Martin James 19 May 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider up to 2nd overall behind Conti but Simon Yates disappoints in changeable weather Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated a hilly 34.8km individual time trial course into San Marino in changeable weather to win Stage 9 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and take a huge stride towards overall victory. Roglic, finishing in a time of 51min 50sec, was the only one of the later starters to beat the mark of 52:01 set early on by new World Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts, who was left wondering what might have been after a fluffed bike change before the final climb lost him a clutch of seconds that might have made the difference been first and second on the line. However, his disappointment will have been nothing like that felt by overall contender Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), whose time-trialling and general form recently was good enough that he ...

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