Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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Team time trial to be ditched from World Championships after Innsbruck

Team time trial to be ditched from World Championships after Innsbruck

Joe Robinson 21 May 2018 All UCI WorldTour teams to be invited to 2018 edition as event set to be dropped from schedule The team time trial is set to be dropped by the UCI after the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, it confirmed in a statement today. Cycling's governing body revealed that the team event would not be part of the programme for the 2019 Yorkshire event, writing 'T he 2018 edition will be the final year of the team time trial organised for UCI registered teams. 'The UCI is reviewing the UCI Road World Championships programme for 2019 in collaboration with the Yorkshire 2019 organising committee to ensure excellent visibility for National Federations and riders.' In the same statement, the UCI also confirmed that all 18 men's WorldTour teams will be invited to compete in Innsbruck alongside the top ranked ProContinental and Continental teams. For the women's ...

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Bernal seals Tour of California victory

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) gets the stage win - just! - from Sunweb's Max Walscheid

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) made it three sprint stages for three as he powered to victory in Sacramento on the final stage 7 of the Tour of California , topping Sunweb's Max Walscheid and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). Egan Bernal (Team Sky) cruised in to claim the overall victory of the Tour of California after being ushered through the sunny streets of Sacramento expertly by his teammates. The Colombian added to his neo-pro season success that also included second place in the Tour de Romandie, the win in the first edition of the Colombia Oro y Paz, the best young rider's jersey in the Tour Down Under and in Romandie, and two stage wins in California. The pan-flat stage was tailor-made for the sprinters, and although a determined breakaway lasted to the end of the penultimate local lap, the fast men chased it down to battle to take the ...

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Viviani: I don't like to be judged so easily

Elia Viviani wins stage 13

What a difference a day makes. Elia Viviani 's hold on the maglia ciclamino was suddenly starting to loosen when he was dropped ahead of the sprint in Imola on Thursday, but the Quick-Step Floors rider responded by claiming his third victory of the Giro d'Italia in Nervesa della Battaglia on Friday afternoon. Viviani hardly needed any additional motivation ahead of stage 13, but a quick perusal of the morning newspaper headlines seemed to add further fuel to his fire after a disappointing outing the previous day. One otherwise sober and clearheaded inquest, for instance, was given a rather blunt title: "Where did you end up, Viviani?" "I don't like to be judged so easily. Everything is always exaggerated. For two days I wasn't up there, and people were already asking 'where's Elia gone?'" Viviani said on Friday. "This morning I read the headlines in the newspapers. They were nonsense, ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 13 finish line quotes

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 13

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) - stage winner It is amazing. After a few difficult days, that’s what I needed and the team needed too because they worked hard for two days. They deserve it. Yesterday, everyone was worried about it - it was a bad day. We had two or three days really bad, but we are really determined to keep this jersey until Rome, and we really wanted to win after the beautiful start. Like I said this morning, the sport life is never easy. You win, you lose, you have a good moment, you have a bad moment, you live a dream, the dream is done and then you need to start another dream. Now it’s one week to go and we have this jersey. I don’t know how it will go, but the important thing is to get back to winning. (Eurosport) Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) - overall ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 13 highlights - Video

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) sprinted along the barriers to win in Tel Aviv

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) won his third stage at the Giro d'Italia , this time in the stage 13 bunch sprint to the finish line in Nervesa della Battaglia. The Italian proved fastest after a perfect lead-out, beating double stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo). The day's breakaway formed early during the 180km stage from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia. Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Andrea Vendrame (Androni Gioccatoli-Sidermec), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), were the escapees, but they were caught with six kilometres to go, as sprinters' teams set up for the bunch sprint. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished in the bunch to keep hold of the maglia rosa, 47 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and 1:04 to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). The race heads back into the mountains this weekend, as the peloton will ...

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Giro d'Italia: Viviani wins stage 13 in Nervesa della Battaglia

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 13 of Giro d'Italia 2018

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) put the huge disappointment of the previous day behind him with an emphatic victory in Nervesa della Battaglia on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia . Viviani had been dealt a blow in the rain in Imola but came back with a vengeance to add a third stage win to his 2018 palmares. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) came from a long way back and didn't have the pace to overhaul the charging Italian with Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) taking third. The win was Viviani's first on Italian soil this season, having won his two other Giro d'Italia stages during the Grande Partenza in Israel. "It is amazing. After a few difficult days, that's what I needed and the team needed too because they worked hard for two days. They deserve it. Yesterday everyone was worried about it - it was a bad day. We had ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick of stages

Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick of stages

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Viviani takes the stage while Simon Yates enjoys a relaxing day in the fight for pink Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) made the sprint into Nervesa della Battaglia look routine as he rode to his third stage victory of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Italian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint managing to keep a fast finishing Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) at bay. This win help solidfy his position in the best sprinter's jersey. With Monte Zoncolan lurking tomorrow, the General Classification riders took it easy. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the pink jersey keeping the same time gap over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The stage how it happened When the riders woke this morning no doubt that a collective sigh of relief was given when they looked out of the window. Stage 13 ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick with win on Stage 13

Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick with win on Stage 13

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Viviani takes the stage while Simon Yates enjoys a relaxing day in the fight for pink Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) made the sprint into Nervesa della Battaglia on Stage 13 look routine as he rode to his third stage victory of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Italian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint managing to keep a fast finishing Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) at bay. This win help solidfy his position in the best sprinter's jersey. With Monte Zoncolan lurking tomorrow, the General Classification riders took it easy. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the pink jersey keeping the same time gap over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The stage how it happened When the riders woke this morning no doubt that a collective sigh of relief was given when they looked out of the ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: How many watts do you need to attack from the peloton?

Giro d'Italia stage stats: How many watts do you need to attack from the peloton?

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Stage 12 was nothing but relaxing and the power numbers of the stage's protagonists prove this Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia to Imola should have been a formulaic procession for the sprint teams with such tough days ahead this weekend. However, thanks to some torrential rain, a bit of wind and a couple of attacks, the race yet again found itself at breakneck speed. One of the favourites for the day, Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) found himself on the wrong side of a split with best young rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar) while Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) showed his superior strength to begin his spint early and comfortably hold off the rest of the peloton. The bad weather meant the likes of pink jersey wearer Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) brought themselves to the head of affairs, ...

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Tour of California: Gaviria makes it two in Elk Grove

Fernando Gaviria ches the air in delight after taking the win on stage 1 at the 2018 Tour of Califor

It was a day for the sprinters on stage 5 of the 2018 Tour of California, and it was Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) who came out on top for his second stage win at this year's race, besting Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Although there was no change in the overall classification – Tejay van Garderen (BMC) retains his lead ahead of Team Sky's Egan Bernal – it was a dramatic final 10km of the stage, with mechanical problems and punctures for Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel, and then a crash in the peloton with 3km to go before the remnants of the day's breakaway were reeled in with 2km to go. Gaviria's Quick-Step Floors team took over at the front and easily delivered the Colombian to stage victory in Elk Grove ahead of Ewan and Sagan. "The guys on the team did ...

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Giro d'Italia: Viviani keeps points jersey despite bad day in the rain

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) finishes on his own after being dropping from the main field on sta

The Quick-Step Floors team has won 30 races so far this season, but the Belgian team was left with little to celebrate in Imola after Elia Viviani suffered a bad day while the team struggled to communicate in the high-speed, rain-soaked finale of stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia . Viviani finished 145th on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodromo, nine minutes behind Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who stole the Italian's thunder in the downpour to match his two stage wins and move to just 22 behind Viviani in the points competition. Viviani will race Friday's 13th stage from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia in the ciclamino, but Bennett could take the jersey if he secures another haul of points in the expected sprint finish. Viviani has accumulated 184 points, with Bennett on 162. Viviani pulled on the ciclamino jersey but quickly headed to the Quick-Step Floors team bus to avoid ...

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Sam Bennett goes the distance to double up at Giro d'Italia

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) celebrates his stage 12 win on the podium at the Giro d'Italia

As Sam Bennett sat shivering beneath a blanket behind the podium in Imola, it was put to him that the weather on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia had been particularly suited to an Irishman. Rain, after all, was general all over Emilia-Romagna. "It was freezing," Bennett smiled through chattering teeth. "Maybe the conditions were good for me." Then again, the conditions that helped to propel Bennett to victory were already in place even before the skies darkened and the first light taps of rain began to fall over the Giro gruppo on Thursday afternoon. After winning his maiden Grand Tour stage in Praia a Mare last Friday, the Bora-Hansgrohe rider set out from Osimo armed with that most impalpable of qualities: confidence. In a sodden final hour of racing, Bennett rode with considerable assurance. The rugged terrain on the rain-soaked finishing circuit proved too much for Elia Viviani (Quick-Step ...

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Giro d'Italia: Rain, punishing finale put GC contenders on the defensive in Imola

Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Movistar Team White Best Young Rider Jersey

A seemingly straightforward stage 12 across the plains of northern Italy threatened to turn seriously awry for two of the Giro d'Italia 's top contenders, Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) when the bunch split late on. Carapaz and Pozzovivo, fourth and fifth overall, as well as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana ProTeam), 11th on GC, were in a second group which lost 30 seconds at one point on the twisting, rain-soaked approach to the Imola circuit and the final ascent of the Tre Monti. Only a full-blown chase by Bahrain-Merida, Astana and Quick-Step Floors - working for Elia Viviani - allowed the chase group to come within sight of a lead peloton of some 50 riders. Some chasers like López made a desperate mid-stage sprint across the gap, others like Pozzovivo and Carapaz were able to make contact a little later when the two groups fused at the ...

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Giro d'Italia: Sam Bennett wins stage 12 in Imola

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed his second stage win of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , sprinting to victory on the Imola motor racing circuit at the end of a chaotic, rain-soaked final hour of racing. The Irishman produced a spectacular long-range effort as he tracked down late attackers Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Carlos Betancur (Movistar) in the final 400 metres, before ripping past them and away from the rest of the field. Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) took second place, and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) third, but they were caught off-guard by Bennett and were forced to unfurl frustrated sprints as the 27-year-old sat up and celebrated. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the peloton to retain his overall lead, with the other general classification contenders present and correct, despite a period of panic when the bunch split with 30km to go. And it was at that moment that the balance ...

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Giro d'Italia: Woods suffers illness, crashes but battles on

Michael Woods (EF Drapac)

Michael Woods ( EF Education First-Drapac ) may have crashed on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia , lost over a minute, and been fighting a chest infection for over a week, but the Canadian is determined to fight on for his first Grand Tour stage victory nonetheless. And he has the moustache to prove it. Since last week, the riders and (male) members of staff of Team EF Education First-Drapac on this year's Giro d'Italia have all opted to grow moustaches until they get a stage win - when they will be shaving off. But while Woods did his utmost to ensure the team ran amok with razor blades after Wednesday's summit finish to Osimo, rather than winning, the Canadian ended up fighting to limit his time losses by getting entangled in a crash with five kilometres to go. "I took a bit of a risk because I thought ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Deciding to sprint early, Bennett proved he was the strongest rider on the day Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) powered away from the peloton to take a sprint finish into Imola on Stage 12 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. After deciding to go early, the Irishman left everyone else behind to take his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia. Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain-Merida ) and Carlos Betancur ( Movistar ) managed to stay away from the peloton until the final 200m yet could not hold off Bennett who was by far the strongest rider today. Behind, Danny Van Poppel (LottoNl-Jumbo) finished second and Nicolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third. The terrible weather threatened to cause disruption among the General Classification riders however Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) avoided any danger to finish comfortably at the same time. See related Giro d'Italia stage ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked victory into Imola

Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked victory into Imola

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Deciding to sprint early, Bennett proved he was the strongest rider on the day Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) powered away from the peloton to take a sprint finish into Imola. After deciding to go early, the Irishman left everyone else behind to take his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia. Matej Mohoric (Mitchelton-Scott) and Carlos Betancur (Movistar) managed to stay away from the peloton until the final 200m yet could not hold off Bennett who was by far the strongest rider today. Behind, Danny Van Poppel (LottoNl-Jumbo) finished second and Nicolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third. The terrible weather threatened to cause disruption among the General Classification riders however Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) avoided any danger to finish comfortably at the same time. That tale of the stage A frantic few days at the Giro d'Italia had seen furious racing. Esteban Chaves ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: Yates's winning watts

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Take a look at the numbers that saw Yates outclimb Dumoulin and De Marchi join the break Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) solidified his position in the pink jersey on Stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia into the hilltop town of Osimo as he rode to his second stage victory of the race. Launching a stinging attack in the final 1,500m, the Englishman managed to distance his rivals on the cobbled streets, holding off defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by two seconds at the line. The win not only extended his lead out to 47 seconds but further proved that Yates is undoubtedly the strongest climber in the race at this moment in time and his power numbers, provided by Velon, are testament to that. As Yates rounded the attacking duo of Tim Wellens ( Lotto-Soudal ) and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) on the uphill rise ...

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Tour of California GC Analysis: Van Garderen steps up in San Jose

Team Sky's Egan Bernal approaches the finish line on the stage 4 TT at the 2018 Tour of California h

The second day for the general classification riders at the Amgen Tour of California saw the yellow jersey change hands again as the anticipated time trial showdown between overnight race leader Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and pre-stage favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) played out in the American's favour. Van Garderen won the stage over teammate Paddy Bevin by seven seconds, and over Bernal's Sky teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart by 32. More importantly, he put 1:23 into Bernal on the stage, and now leads the 21-year-old Colombian by 23 seconds in the overall classification. EF Education First-Drapac's Dani Martinez finished 10th, 57 seconds back, and moved into third overall. The 22-year-old Colombian is now 37 seconds behind van Garderen, while Geoghegan Hart moved up to fourth overall at 52 seconds. Both Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) lost time and slipped off the general classification podium to fifth and ...

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