Photo gallery: The best of the second ‘week’ of the 2018 Giro d’Italia

With 15 stages of the 2018 Giro d’Italia now complete, we’re a little closer to knowing who will wear the maglia rosa into Rome. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has undoubtedly been the strongest climber of the race and at the time of writing he has three stage wins to his name. The big unknown is the … The post Photo gallery: The best of the second ‘week’ of the 2018 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tom Dumoulin downplays time trial advantage at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) wins the opening time trial at the Giro d'Italia

If Tom Dumoulin has something akin to home court advantage when the Giro d'Italia resumes with the Rovereto time trial on Tuesday, then the rainbow-festooned time trial bike perched next to him during his rest day press conference had the feel of a championship banner hanging from the rafters. Based on that lofty reputation alone, Dumoulin might expect to recoup his 2:11 deficit to Simon Yates in the general classification during the 34km test from Trento to Rovereto, but after reconnoitring the course on Monday, the Dutchman struck a cautious note about the likelihood of making such gains on stage 16. "I don't think so, because it's super fast, and if you go in a TT position with the tailwind we had today in the recon, then even if you do only 300 Watts, you are going at 50kph, and eventually there is a limit to how much faster you ...

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Yates in control of his own destiny at Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates was perhaps considered an outsider for the overall victory at the start of the 2018 Giro d'Italia but a few hours before the hugely important Trento time trial , where he will fight to limit his losses to Tom Dumoulin in the hope of retaining the maglia rosa, the 25-year-old continues to exude self-confidence, giving the impression that he is in control of his own destiny and even enjoying trying to win his first Grand Tour. "This is what I wanted to do when I turned professional, it's what I've been working toward from the beginning," the Mitchelton-Scott rider said calmly and simply, during the final rest day of the race in Trento after studying the time trial course in the morning. Yates has followed a careful training plan and race calendar to be at his very best at the Giro d'Italia. He was already on form at ...

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Giro d'Italia rest day analysis - Podcast

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacks to win Stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville, comes to you on the third rest day of the 2018 Giro d'Italia . A week on from our previous rest day podcast, there are plenty of developments to discuss, chiefly Simon Yates ' continued dominance, Tom Dumoulin 's growing consistency, and Chris Froome 's temporary resurgence. We'll hear from all three, with reaction from Sappada from Yates and Dumoulin and rest day press conference thoughts from Froome. Patrick Fletcher is joined by Procycling magazine editor Ed Pickering not just to discuss the action from the second week, but also to look ahead to the final stages of this Giro d'Italia. Tuesday's all-important time trial is followed by three gruelling stages in the mountains, so there's ample room for the plot to thicken, even if this looks suspiciously like a two-horse race, and ...

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Emakumeen Bira: Pieters wins stage 3

Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) wins the stage

Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) won stage 3 of the Emakumeen Bira, outsprinting Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5) and Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo Bigla) as a breakaway of ten riders held off the peloton by two minutes. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott) narrowly held onto the race lead. With three classified climbs on its 114.5 kilometres, stage 3 contained a decent amount of climbing. Additionally, there were two short, steep, but unclassified climbs in the last 25km before a descent to the stage finish in Aretxabaleta. Grey skies loomed over the Basque Country during the day, and it rained for much of the stage. Like the first day, there was no breakaway for a good part of the stage. Eri Yonamine (Wiggle High5) and Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) got away after 30km, but were caught very soon. The peloton started the first classified climb together as the rain started to come down. The ...

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Pinot: For the moment, Simon Yates is really untouchable

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) after stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) has always been sober in his analysis of his own prospects. On the eve of this Giro d'Italia , for instance, he told L'Équipe that while he believed himself to be a fine rider, he questioned whether he would ever be considered a champion. "I do the best I can, and if that's enough, then so be it," Pinot said then. On the slopes of Costalissoio on Sunday, Pinot was equally clear-headed in his assessment of the situation when Simon Yates launched his devastating onslaught on the front group. As soon as the maglia rosa raised himself from the saddle, it was clear that he was operating on a different plane to Pinot and the rest. So it goes. "When he made his second acceleration yesterday, I didn't move. I didn't even think about it. I couldn't," Pinot said during his rest day press conference ...

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UCI says 2018 will be the last trade team time trial at World Championships

Team Sunweb on the podium after their gold medal TTT performance

The UCI today confirmed that the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria in September will be the last for trade teams. In September, UCI President David Lappartient indicated that the TTT would take place in Yorkshire in 2019, but would be eliminated from Worlds in 2020. A UCI press release on Monday stated that the governing body 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" - opening the door to a possible TTT for national teams. The UCI held national team TTT's from 1962-1994, but they were raced by four riders over 100 kilometres. The event made its return to the World Championships programme in 2012 for both men's and women's trade teams, in addition to bringing in the junior men's and women's individual time ...

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Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

We spotted a range of new top-end S-Works-level XC bike tyres from Specialized at the Albstadt round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the weekend. The new range of tyres uses established names in the Specialized lineup: Renegade, Fast Trak and Ground Control. However, the S-Works models have been pared down to become XC racing specific models. The range aims to offer the lowest weight possible while maintaining the traction and reliability required of a race-winning tyre. Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride review It looks like Nino isn't the only one on Eagle eTap All of the models feature a new 120TPI (as opposed to the 60TPI of old) casing, using a lightweight 210Dn thread. The casing is essentially a woven cloth which gives the tyre its structure when inflated. A higher thread count and thinner threads generally result in a lighter and more supple tyre. ...

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Giro stage 16: Cronometro individuale!

In Ingelese? Individual Time Trial. Business Time. Tuesday sees the second and longer of the Giro’s two time trials. This sets the table for the last three days in the mountains and will go a long way to clearing up who’ll be in pink on Sunday. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria Slightly rolling, but definitely not a climbing time trial, in other words. There’s a few bends – see below for a technical finish – so there will be some advantage in acceleration as well as pure power, but this is a typical grand tour time trial. You won’t see bike changes or anything else to swing this away from the chrono men. The key statistic is length – at 34.2km, this won’t produce huge gaps, but it is definitely far enough to matter. For comparison, the longest time trials at the grand tours last year were 40km (Giro), 22km (Tour) ...

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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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JRA with the Angry Asian: The slow crawl of road bike progress

Time and tide wait for no one, as the saying goes, and as we head into the meat of the 2018 product launch cycle, I can’t help but marvel at how far bikes have come. Road frames are lighter, more efficient, more aerodynamic, and more comfortable than ever. Bikes are more versatile and capable than … The post JRA with the Angry Asian: The slow crawl of road bike progress appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chris Froome: I'll treasure my Zoncolan win for the rest of my life

Chris Froome (Team Sky) victory on Monte Zoncolan, stage 14 at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has described his Giro d'Italia stage victory on Monte Zoncolan as a moment he will treasure for the rest of his life, convinced that any possible verdict from his pending salbutamol case would not result in him losing his Giro results. Despite losing time in the overall classification on Sunday’s stage to Sappada, virtually ending his hopes of overall success and a place on the podium in Rome, Froome was still savouring his solo win on the Zoncolan as he sat down for his rest day press conference in Trento on Monday. It appears to have balanced out a so-far troubled and injury-hit race following his crash ahead of the opening time trial in Jerusalem. "I’m pretty tired to be honest. It’s been a tough race so far," Froome said before training on the 34.2km time trial course between Trento and Rovereto that he will race ...

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Van Vleuten takes control in Emakumeen Bira after time trial victory

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 2 at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) lived up to her status as pre-stage favourite, winning the stage 2 individual time trial at the Emakumeen Bira in the world champion's jersey and putting time into the rest of the field on the 26.6km course. Nine seconds slower than Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) at the intermediate time check, Van Vleuten gave it her all on the second half and won the test with a time 14 seconds faster than her rival. "I wanted to go as hard as possible to gain as much time as possible, just do an optimal time trial. I did a warm-up on stage 1 with a solo in the finale," Van Vleuten joked. "I put everything out there that I have at the moment. I know I can be slightly better, but it gives me a lot of confidence already to have this level. And winning in ...

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Neff wins Albstadt World Cup

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins

World champion Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) rode away from the rest of the women's field in Round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, taking both the event win and donning the leader's jersey for the series. Rain through the week and on the morning of the race made the circuit muddy and slick, with almost every rider crashing at least once on the steep and technical descents. Neff seemed to relish the conditions, and was already 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by the end of the start loop. Alessandra Keller (Thomus-RN Racing) spent most of the racing chasing solo in second place, until the final lap, when she was caught by defending World Cup champion Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd American Eagle) and Anne Tauber (CST Sandd American Eagle), who took second and third, still over two minutes behind Neff. "The ...

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Schurter comes out swinging in Albstadt

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing) celebrates his win

World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) had something to prove on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, at round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup. He had lost the first round of 2018 after sweeping the Series in 2017, and then did not finish the Short Track race on Friday, relegating him to the third row of the start grid. By the end of the start loop, Schurter was firmly in control at the front of the race. He was joined for the first laps by cyclo-cross pro turned mountain biker Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory), Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus-RN Racing), Lars Forster (BMC) and round 1 winner Sam Gaze (Specialized). Gaze flatted and eventually dropped out of the race, while Flueckiger also flatted and Forster could not handle the pace, and were replaced by Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) and Jordan Sarrou (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour). When Schurter ramped up the ...

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Giro Rest Day Three: Open Thread

Put your feet up, lads. You’ve earned it A welcome rest day for the peloton in Italy today, and racing has finished in California, Norway, and Ain/France too. Today’s action is highlighted by the women’s race in the Basque Country, the catchily titled WWT Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, taking place in the straightforwardly named Aretxabaleta. Whilst I’d love to hear Carlton commentate on that, there’s very little coverage, so it’ll be a quieter day on Podium Café, for which we’re also grateful. Real life for the editors reduced the threadjacks and live threads over the weekend. For those of you who stepped in to fill the void, our thanks. For those of you who were unhappy, please accept a 100% refund on your payment for this service. We’ll be back to normal tomorrow. I was going to offer up a winners and losers column looking back on the weekend, but the ...

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Giro d'Italia: Lopez climbs the standings ahead of final week

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) finishes stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia

After a challenging start to the Giro d'Italia , things are turning around for Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) as the race enters its third week. The 24-year-old has moved into fifth overall and extended his lead in the young rider classification with second place in Sappada on stage 15. Lopez crashed during the recon of the opening time trial in Jerusalem and lost close to a minute on the 9.7-kilometre course. He ended the opening week more than two minutes down and languishing in 13th place, not helped by a second crash on stage 5 . While he has given away more time to maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Lopez has been steadily climbing the standings. The Colombian moved well inside the top 10 with a strong ride on the Monte Zoncolan on Saturday before backing it up with his ride into Sappada on Sunday . The bonus seconds he ...

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Langvad and Van der Poel Win First Ever World Cup Short Tracks

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) wins the Short Track

The first ever Mountain Bike World Cup short track (XCC) was held on Friday evening in Albstadt, Germany, with Annika Langvad (Specialized) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) coming out the winners. The top-16 finishers in the women and men will fill the first two rows for Sunday's cross-country (XCO) races, plus the event offered World Cup substantial points – 50 per cent of the XCO. The 1.7-kilometre course began with the start of the cross-country circuit on pavement and then grass past the tech zone, followed by a section of the singletrack near the end of the XCO circuit and the pavement finish. Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took the hole shot through the first corner for the women, but a group of 15 formed at the front by the end of the first lap, including most of the favourites, except for Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) and Pauline Ferrand ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: Froome's Zoncolan watts and Yates's surge for victory

Joe Robinson 21 May 2018 The numbers needed for Froome to win on Zoncolan and for Dumoulin to limit his loses The penultimate weekend of the 2018 Giro d'Italia is now behind us and two stages in firstly the Alps and then the Dolomites has set up what will be a fascinating final week of racing. Ahead of tomorrow's 34km individual time trial, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will be quietly confident after chipping away a healthier lead on defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) over the two stages. He now presides over a 2 minute 11 second lead. Dumoulin will have been happy with his performance on Saturday, limiting his loses to 38 seconds although will no doubt be frustrated to have shipped 41 seconds yesterday, albeit due to a lack of cooperation in the chasing group. Saturday saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) silence his critics with an impressive victory on ...

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