Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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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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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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Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7

Supported by Pello Bilbao (Astana) took the win into L’Aquila with a well-timed escape from his breakaway companions with 1.5km remaining in the Giro d’Italia’s seventh stage. Bilbao was part of a 12-man move that went clear across the 185-km stage. He countered an attack from Jose Rojas (Movistar) and held his gap ahead of a charging … The post Pello Bilbao from the break: Giro d’Italia, stage 7 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Formolo: This is still only the antipasto to the Giro d'Italia

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) crosses the finish line

Given the speed out on the road, it was perhaps fitting that Davide Formolo ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) ran so quickly through the stages of his disappointment at the finish of stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia in L'Aquila. Formolo was, by own description, the strongest man in the breakaway, but that proved a burden when Pello Bilbao (Astana) escaped beneath the flamme rouge and he found few of his companions willing to help lead the chase. As Formolo edged his way through the finish area on Viale Crispi, one television reporter thrust a microphone in his direction. "You’re angry," he said to Formolo. "Are you angry?" If Formolo had been annoyed on crossing the line in third place, 5 seconds down on Bilbao, his dismay was perhaps already tempered by the knowledge that he had pegged back a minute on the GC favourites at the end of a breathless day ...

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Giro d'Italia: Hamilton gives Mitchelton-Scott options in breakaway

Lucas Hamilton on the attack

Lucas Hamilton 's stage 7 breakaway of the 2019 Giro d'Italia did not end triumphantly, but in a fraught finale, the young Mitchelton-Scott racer nonetheless showed clearly that he was both willing and able to punch above his weight in his Grand Tour debut. Hamilton, 22, placed fourth in an arduous Giro d'Italia stage run at over 45kph and in which the day's main breakaway never gained more than two minutes. His one final attack in the closing kilometres failed to work out. But Hamilton's presence had both kept the head on Mitchelton-Scott's rival teams, and given the Australian a chance to cross swords with highly-rated racers like Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team), who eventually claimed his 11th career win, and GC contender Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe). "Everyone was just attacking from kilometre zero," Hamilton recounted later to a small group of reporters, including Cyclingnews . "There was a little bit ...

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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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Giro d'Italia: Bilbao wins stage 7

Pello Bilbao (Astana) wins the stage

Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) timed his attack to perfection to win a frenetic stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to l'Aquila. The Spanish rider attacked with 1.5km to go and held off a concerted chase to beat Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) by 5 seconds. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held onto his race lead, thanks to some help from teams such as Trek-Segafredo, after a chaotic and blisteringly fast stage. Despite containing two classified climbs, the 185km stage averaged just over 45kph. "It was a really important day for me today. It took a long time to get my first victory in a three-week race. This was only possible with a big team like Astana. Thank you to all of the team," Bilbao said after the stage. "It was a really big advantage (to have Zeits in the breakaway) because Andrey was ...

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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 of the Giro as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink

Joe Robinson 17 May 2019 The breakaway makes it for the second day in a row as the General Classification riders hold station Pello Bilbao took advantage of a napping breakaway to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia to L'Aquila as the Valerio Conti held on to the Maglia Rosa. Bilbao attacked with 1.3km on the day's final climb managing to shake off his fellow breakaway riders. Tony Gallopin took the sprint for second ahead of Davide Formolo. It marked a second consecutive day in which the breakaway took the stage honours as the race's big General Classification favourites all finished together. UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti managed to hold onto the Maglia Rosa after a testing stage that saw his team riding at the front all day. The race will now head into its second weekend with Stage 8 taking the peloton on a lumpy 239km journey along ...

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Roglic caught up in crash at Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was soon back in the peloton after his crash

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and several other overall contenders at the Giro d’Italia , where involved in an early crash during stage 6 to San Giovanni Rotondo, leaving the race leader with road rash and a large hole in his shorts. Roglic did not seem to badly injured but the crash was a painful reminder of the dangers and unpredictability of the Giro d’Italia. Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida) was the first to crash in the peloton as they chased a series of early attacks after leaving Cassino. A few minutes later another crash took down Roglic, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Zakarin), with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) apparently also delayed. Australia’s Rob Power was also caught up in the crash, with Team Sunweb later confirming he had been forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. After losing team leader Tom Dumoulin on Wednesday, Team Sunweb is down to ...

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Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia

Supported by Tom Dumoulin is out of the Giro d’Italia. Dumoulin (Sunweb) gave it a try on Wednesday, rolling across the start line in Frascati with a bandage on his left leg that covered the string of slices made by a chainring a day before. His knee was swollen and painful, and he visibly limped. He didn’t … The post Tom Dumoulin abandons Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Landa apologises after calling Simon Yates 'mentally retarded' following Giro d’Italia crash

Mikel Landa (Movistar) pleased with the result

Movistar leader Mikel Landa has apologised after lashing out verbally at Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) following a crash-ridden finale of stage 4 at the Giro d'Italia in which the Spaniard lost time. Landa claimed that Yates had caused him to fall at a roundabout, with the Basque injured and losing 42 seconds on race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and 26 seconds on other top GC contenders, including Yates. Asked by Spanish sports daily AS afterwards what had happened, Landa told the newspaper, "That fucking Yates. He’s mentally retarded. He rides like a madman and he made me fall." Landa later apologised "in particular to Simon Yates" and fans on Twitter, saying his words had been "taken out of context." Yates later accepted the apology on Twitter, writing, "No worries, I understand what it’s like to say something in the heat of the moment." The interview happened after the stage four finish, ...

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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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