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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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alejandro Valverde out of Giro d'Italia

Alejandro Valverde wrapped up warm

The Movistar team have confirmed that Alejandro Valverde will not be able to take in the Giro d’Italia after failing to recover from a bone edema in his sacrum. The world champion crashed last Thursday while training in Belgium for Liège-Bastogne-Liège and failed to finish the final Classic of the spring, sparking concerns about his presence at the Giro d’Italia. Movistar said Valverde will now make a careful recovery before working on his form “to get back to his best form in the upcoming weeks and start building up for the second half of his 2019 season”. Valverde commented on the decision on social media. “It is a shame not to finally go to a great race like the Giro but | have to listen to my body and recover 100 per cent to face the rest of the year in the best possible way. Good luck to my Movistar ...

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Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Alejandro Valverde forced out of Giro d'Italia with injury

Joe Robinson 3 May 2019 Movistar to rely on Landa and Carapaz for General Classification hopes as Valverde unable to recover from crash World Champion Alejandro Valverde has been forced out racing the Giro d'Italia through an injury sustained before last weekend's Liege-Bastogne-Liege . In a press release, Movistar confirmed that the veteran rider suffered from swelling in the pelvis after crashing in a training ride in the run up to Liege and that it would not heal in time for the Giro, which starts a week on Saturday . 'The Movistar Team confirmed on Friday that Alejandro Valverde, one of its main references for the 102nd Giro d'Italia, which starts next Saturday in Bologna, will not be able to take the start of the first Grand Tour of the season,' read the press release. 'The Murcia native wasn't able to recover in time from bone edema in his sacrum ...

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Team Sunweb name squad to back Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

Tom Dumoulin can count on the support of a young and talented Team Sunweb squad for the Giro d'Italia but will only have Sam Oomen to help him in the decisive high mountains of the Italian Grand Tour. Team Sunweb have selected Jan Bakelants, the USA's Chad Haga, Australia's Chris Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Robert Power, Sam Oomen and Louis Vervaeke for the first Grand Tour of the season that begins in Bologna on Saturday, May 11. Wilco Kelderman was expected to provide important support in the mountains but he crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya in late March, fracturing his left collarbone and a neck vertebrae. The 23-year-old Oomen was scheduled to ride the Tour de France this season after impressing and finishing ninth on his Grand Tour debut at last year's Giro d'Italia. After Kelderman's crash, Dumoulin pushed to have Oomen with him in Italy and so ...

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24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

The Spring Classics come to a close this Sunday with Liege-Bastogne-Liege. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious one-day races on the planet, and a race that’s had quite a shake-up in 2019. In the following preview we tell you everything you need to know about both the men’s and women’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The men’s … The post 24 things you need to know about the 2019 Liege-Bastogne-Liege appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lopez raises his GC game with Volta a Catalunya win

Miguel Angel Lopez on the Catalunta podium

If there had been any doubts as to whether Miguel Angel Lopez ( Astana ) will be a serious contender at the upcoming Giro d’Italia, the Colombian laid them to rest with a stunning victory at the Volta a Catalunya against some ferociously tough competition on Sunday. The Volta's line-up this year was exceptional – even for a race that traditionally garners a stellar start-list. There was Chris Froome (Team Sky) and double defending champion and pre-race favourite Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), along with recent Paris-Nice winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Valverde's Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana, who were expected to be two key GC challengers, plus Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who arrived following his strong Tirreno-Adriatico performance. But Lopez managed to beat them all. While Valverde's aspirations took a major knock on the first day in the Pyrenees, Bernal and Quintana both proved to be major threats, and Yates looked ready ...

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Lopez delivers knock-out blow in Volta a Catalunya

Miguel Angel Lopez rides to the stage 4 win at Catalunya

A bold double attack by Miguel Angel López ( Astana ) during the Volta a Catalunya ’s second mountain top stage on Thursday rewarded the Colombian with more than a stage win and an opportunity to salute his soon-to-be-born son as he soloed triumphantly across the finish line. The 25-year-old's lone stage victory has also moved López into the overall lead, with the time bonuses and his margin placing him a solid 14 seconds ahead of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). López also saw off rivals as formidable as Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) and Egan Bernal (Team Sky), and in a race which is often won by minimal margins, 'Superman' López looks set to fly towards overall victory in Barcelona on Sunday without hitting too much turbulence. However, after the stage López warned that "the fight will go on right 'til the last day," and pointed out that the stage at Montjuic ...

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Nairo Quintana edged out of Catalunya podium for second straight day

Nairo Quintana on the front of the breakaway

Another day, another stage of the Volta a Catalunya , and another warm-down behind the finish line for Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) as the Colombian star reflected on his second near-miss in the Pyrenees in 24 hours. Quintana had ridden consistently on the uneven ascent of La Molina, staying up there with the other favourites. But unlike at Vallter 2000 when he had been able to follow Egan Bernal's main attack, on this occasion, when Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) blasted away, Quintana was unable to follow. As had happened at Vallter 2000, the Colombian's teammate Alejandro Valverde struggled again to stay in contact with the main group and on this occasion another Movistar rider, former Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler, had battled bravely to stay clear in the breakaway and then try - and fail - to stay with Lopez when the Colombian powered past. Meanwhile, Quintana crossed ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Lopez wins on La Molina

Miguel Angel Lopez wins stage 4 at Volta a Catalunya

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) attacked from the group of overall contenders on the climb to the finish at La Molina in the heart of the Pyrenees to win the stage and take the overall race lead at the Volta a Catalunya. The Colombia surged away a first time with 8.5km to go and went again with five kilometres remaining. He joined the survivors of the long breakaway Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marc Soler (Movistar) and then dropped them to win alone on the final climb to the finish line. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) beat Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) missed out on taking the final time bonuses from Mühlberger and Soler, finishing together 16 seconds behind Lopez. Adam Yates is now second overall, 14 seconds behind Lopez, with Bernal third at 17 seconds. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was also there, finishing fifth on the stage. He is now fourth overall at 25 seconds. ...

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Power play: The watts Thomas De Gendt needed to defend a race lead in the mountains

Joe Robinson 28 Mar 2019 De Gendt held on to the Volta a Catalunya race lead at Valter 2000 yesterday, just. Here is what it took to do so Thomas De Gendt's breakaway efforts on Stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya were inspiring. Riding as part of the day's break, rolling over the day's five classified climbs and holding off the charging peloton to win by two minutes and 38 seconds. He pushed a big gear and even bigger watts to hold off the chase of Team Sky and Movistar behind, riding into the race lead and the praise of all those who watched. De Gendt's advantage of almost three minutes was healthy but with two major mountain stages and a raft of climbing talent waiting in the wings, it was seen as a matter of when rather than if he would hand over the race's lead. It was ...

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Power play: The watts needed to defend a race lead in the mountains

Joe Robinson 28 Mar 2019 De Gendt held on to the Volta a Catalunya race lead at Valter 2000 yesterday, just. Here is what it took to do so Thomas De Gendt's breakaway efforts on Stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya were inspiring. Riding as part of the day's break, rolling over the day's five classified climbs and holding off the charging peloton to win by two minutes and 38 seconds. He pushed a big gear and even bigger watts to hold off the chase of Team Sky and Movistar behind, riding into the race lead and the praise of all those who watched. De Gendt's advantage of almost three minutes was healthy but with two major mountain stages and a raft of climbing talent waiting in the wings, it was seen as a matter of when rather than if he would hand over the race's lead. It was ...

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Bernal upbeat despite missing out on stage win at Volta a Catalunya

Egan Bernal attacks near the end of stage 3 at Volta a Catalunya

When Egan Bernal ( Team Sky ) launched a long, driving attack with five kilometres to go to the summit finish of Vallter 2000 at the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday, it briefly looked as if he had conquered the race in a single, knockout blow. However, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) managed to shadow his compatriot closely and refused to help with the pace, meaning the arrival of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) considerably reduced the effect of Bernal's attack. Bernal could not come around Yates at the finish , taking second behind the Briton to move into third overall, where he now trails the Mitchelton-Scott racer by just three seconds. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) hung onto the race lead but is expected to lose it during today's second stage in the mountains. Last year at La Molina – Thursday's summit finish ...

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Quintana takes over from Valverde in Volta a Catalunya

Nairo Quintana tried a long-range move on the final day of Paris-Nice

Warming down behind the winners' podium at Volta a Catalunya and well wrapped up against the fast plummeting temperatures at the summit of Valter 2000, Nairo Quintana ( Movistar ) gestured to reporters that he needed a little time to gather his thoughts before speaking. That was perhaps logical, given that there was much to chew over for Quintana - even if, initially when Egan Bernal (Team Sky) launched his first, strongest, attack some five kilometres from the summit only Quintana had been able to go with him. As Quintana's teammate and the pre-race favourite, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), struggled and ended up shedding over two minutes, effectively knocking him out of the GC battle. It briefly looked as if the top two finishers in Paris-Nice, Bernal and Quintana, would be the top two contenders in the Volta a Catalunya as well. But when Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) regained contact with the ...

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Adam Yates puts past behind him with Volta a Catalunya triumph

Adam Yates, Egan Arley Bernal and Nairo Quintana

A year after he crashed in the Volta a Catalunya at the foot of the Valter 2000 climb and broke his pelvis, Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was able to take both a stage win on the Volta's toughest climb and simultaneously move to within seconds of the overall lead. At Valter 2000, Yates outpowered a select group of contenders to clinch his second individual win of the season after another summit win in Spain, on the toughest stage of the Volta a Valencia in February. Yates is now second overall behind Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), with a tight three second advantage over Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates), whilst Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) are only slightly further adrift. That means the sparks will surely fly tomorrow at the Volta's second summit finish of La Molina, with time bonuses on offer mid-stage ...

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Volta a Catalunya: Adam Yates wins stage 3

Adam Yates wins stage 3 at Volta a Catalunya

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won a small group sprint between the world’s best climbers to take the summit victory at Vallter 2000, which marked the queen stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya . Yates capitalised off of the efforts of Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), who, after a tactical battle up the 11km ascent, started the final sprint with roughly 200 metres to go. Yates powered around the Irishman to take the stage win ahead of Egan Bernal (Team Sky), while Martin mustered up enough strength to hang on for third place. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) placed fourth, and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) was fifth. "Last week I showed I was in good condition, I came up short then, and I wanted to make up for it," said Yates, referring to performance at Tirreno-Adriatico, where he lost by one-second to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). "I wanted to win today to ...

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Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Valverde, Quintana, Porte, Froome headline deep Catalunya field

Watch last year's winner Alejandro Valverde and team mate Nairo Quintana do battle with Richie Porte and Chris Froome at the 99th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on SBS VICELAND, live from super early in the morning, Tuesday 26 March.

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Winners and Losers From the Week in Stage Racing

Alright, the first week of (real) World Tour stage racing is in the can. Some riders saw their stock go up, while others were left searching for answers. Let’s have a look at who came out on top, who didn’t and what that means moving forward. Winner: Sam Bennett The Irish Fastman had a pretty good 2018 with 3 stage wins in the Giro and a smattering of other better than expected results. For his sins, he lost his spot on the Giro roster to Pascal Ackermann. And now he is pissed. While handling his displeasure through the media swimmingly, his 2019 is so far going even better, with a win at UAE and now two stage wins at Paris-Nice, including an extremely impressive navigation through traffic to take stage 6, that really showed his chutzpah. Maybe the better competition went to Italy, but it’s not exactly nobodies that he’s ...

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Bernal left in disbelief after winning Paris-Nice

Egan Bernal in the yellow jersey

Team Sky's Egan Bernal took the biggest win of his career so far when he landed the overall classification of Paris-Nice on Sunday, and said that the reality of what he's achieved may take some time to sink in. Bernal's win came in large part thanks to his ability to have finished up at the front of the race in the windy opening couple of stages, thanks to sterling work by teammate Luke Rowe, in particular, who gave him plenty of 'on the job' training, shouting to tell the diminutive climber where he needed to be, while around them their rivals lost their heads and, early on, their chances of winning the race. Bernal then struck the killer blow on stage 7, with its summit finish on the Col de Turini, to take the leader's jersey, having matched Movistar's Nairo Quintana and putting time into his other rivals. "I can't ...

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Bernal wins Paris-Nice, Izagirre takes the finale

Bernal wins Paris-Nice, Izagirre takes the finale

Team Sky's Egan Bernal resisted Nairo Quintana to claim the Paris-Nice title after Astana's Ion Izagirre won the final stage in Nice.

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