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Roglic pulls ahead, Yates falters: Giro d’Italia, stage 9

Supported by San Marino, May 19, 2019 (AFP) – Slovenian ace Primoz Roglic set a serious marker on the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, not only winning the stage nine individual time-trial, but damaging several key title rivals in the process. The Team Jumbo-Visma rider, who also won the opening day’s time-trial, finished the 34.8km rain-sodden run to … The post Roglic pulls ahead, Yates falters: Giro d’Italia, stage 9 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Start times for Giro d'Italia stage 9 time trial


The second of three time trials during the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Sunday's 34.8 kilometre test between Riccione and the microstate of San Marino is perhaps the toughest to gauge. Flat for 22 kilometres, it's the 12.8-kilometre climb to the finish that provides the most uncertainty. With two time checks coming before the climbing starts (at 11.7 and 22.2 kilometres), there'll be some idea of which riders have coped best with the rain-hit opening week, and who is gaining form as the race progresses. However, the uneven ascent to the finish is set to throw all of that out of the window. Officially, the average for the climb might be 4.5 per cent, but the hill's rhythm-altering false flats and descents hide what is an average gradient of almost 7 per cent when the road rears up. Maximum gradients of 11 per cent feature both in the final kilometre and ...

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Tadej Pogacar: Tour of California was my main goal

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes the spoils for having won the overall classification at the

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) may not have the grizzled demeanor of a well-seasoned GC rider, but the 20-year-old put away some of the top riders in the world this week on his way to winning the 2019 Tour of California . Pogacar climbed the general classification with fourth place on the high-altitude climbing leg to South Lake Tahoe on stage 2, and then weathered the storms and attacks over the next three days to set himself up for victory with a winning ride on Mt. Baldy ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) on stage 6 on Friday. It has been the culmination of a neo-pro season with UAE Team Emirates that saw Pogacar take both a stage and the overall victory earlier this year at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. "This race was my main goal this ...

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Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes

Supported by SANTA CLARITA, CA (CT) — When the Amgen Tour of California went WorldTour and cut the pile of third-tier Continental teams out of its invite list, it also cut off an important venue for young talent to prove itself. This year, the dreamers are back. The Tour of California no longer has a place for … The post Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall

Tadej Pogačar and Anna van der Breggen defended their overnight leads to win the Amgen Tour of California Read the full article at Tour of California: Pogacar, van der Breggen clinch overall on VeloNews.com .

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Tour of California: Bol wins final stage in Pasadena ahead of Sagan

Team Sunweb's Cees Bol sprints to victory on the final stage of the 2019 Tour of California in Pasad

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of California in Pasadena on Saturday. The Dutchman beat three-time road race world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) to the line after an unexpectedly active day that saw big names going on the attack mid-stage. Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) finished safely in the peloton to claim his first WorldTour stage-race victory ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "This race was my main goal this year," said the Slovenian in the post-race press conference. "I knew that I was well prepared, but I surprised myself a bit that I took the overall win. I'm really happy and looking forward to returning next year." Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who's been active all week, was nevertheless a surprise face in the break of ...

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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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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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Giro Stage 9 Preview: The Prime Minister Stage

I love the mountains as much as - wait no, more than the next guy but I will always be a staunch defender of stages like this: a reasonably long time-trial with plenty of climbing. What mountain stage can guarantee minutes worth of time gaps between overall contenders, can guarantee a huge GC shakeup and vouchsafe that the best rider will win? After eight days in which we’ve been starved of GC battles, this is where a rider can put himself on the road to wearing pink in Verona. Hence, I am dubbing it the Prime Minister stage. It will be as decisive as any queen stage, in fact it probably has more power. However, it lacks the romance and mysticism of an Alpine battle. The route is a classic formula for causing pain — part flat, part climbing, with the climbing probably just-about doable on a TT bike, though ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Pete Muir 18 May 2019 Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter denies Elia Viviani once again Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan, managed to hold off Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a fenzied sprint at the end of Stage 8 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After the win, the 24-year-old declared his victory was down to ‘determination and a committed team, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win'. Meanwhile, despite a strong showing from his QuickStep team, Viviani had to once again settle for a disappointing loss. Most of the GC contenders arrived together in the bunch, meaning that Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) retains the pink jersey of race leader going into Stage 9. See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands ...

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First Look: Look 785 Huez RS Disc


The disc brake version of Look's top-end lightweight road bike comes with their intriguing Zed 2 cranks with adjustable lengths...

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Tacks strewn in road for cyclists in idyllic Shropshire village

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Local complains about cyclists riding two abreast

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Van der Breggen on Hall's California stage win: It wasn't a difficult choice

Katie Hall leads Boels Dolmans teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen on the way to the finis

With the winners of both the 2017 and 2018 editions in their ranks, Boels Dolmans had two of the big favourites for the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race in its line-up. Anna van der Breggen and Katie Hall more than lived up to expectations, taking a one-two at the Mount Baldy summit finish to stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race on Friday. Van der Breggen had soloed to victory on Thursday's stage 1, in great part due to Hall's earlier work. In turn, Van der Breggen was happy to yield to Hall on stage 2 after the two had ridden the rest of the peloton off their wheels. The stage victory carried special significance for Hall: "As a California resident, it's a special race for me, and I've won a stage in four of the last five years. It's my home race and always has good, ...

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Van der Poel wins Albstadt Short Track at MTB World Cup

Mathieu van der Poel  (Corendon-Circus) wins

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) successfully defended his title in the Short Track (XCC) race at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, on Friday. Van der Poel has enjoyed a successful spring on the road, winning this year's Amstel Gold Race , but has now turned his attention to the MTB world, where he also thrives. The XCC consists of sub-25 minute cross-country races for Elite women and men on a shortened track, with the top 40 riders in the UCI ranking eligible to take part. The event offers a substantial 50 per cent of the points awarded in the cross-country (XCO), which will take place on Sunday. In addition, for this first event, a top placing guarantees a good start position for the XCO and, for the winners, the World Cup leader's jersey. Van der Poel had a slow start, having been ...

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Mark Cavendish sees signs of improvement after hard week at Tour of California

Bernie Eisel looks after Dimension Data team leader Mark Cavendish during stage 6 of the 2019 Tour o

Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) was a man of few words at the stage 6 summit finish on Mt. Baldy at the Amgen Tour of California on Friday. Shivering from the cold as he wrestled with putting on warmer layers, surrounded by riders that finished in the gruppetto and standing at a dead end road full of journalists, he offered a few remarks about his performance at the seven-day race set to conclude in Pasadena on Saturday. "Yes, I feel OK, thank you. I've gotten through it," Cavendish told Cyclingnews , referring to his recovery from a lengthy struggle with the Epstein-Barr Virus. "It's been a hard week," he added. To say that Cavendish has had a challenge at this edition of the Tour of California would be an understatement, and not just for him, but for many riders. It was considered one of the more challenging editions of ...

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Tour of California: Pogacar seizes control on Mt. Baldy

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar won stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California on Mount Baldy and took

Tadej Pogacar 's overall victory at the UCI 2.HC Volta ao Algarve in February turned a lot of heads as the 20-year-old neo pro got the better of more-well-established riders like Wout Poels (Team Ineos), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Deceuninck-QuickStep's Zdenek Stybar. The UAE Team Emirates rider took his accomplishment up a notch this week at the Amgen Tour of California – a WorldTour-level race – riding consistently up the general classification after the stage 2 slog to South Lake Tahoe and taking a decisive win and the race lead on the stage 6 'queen stage' to Mt. Baldy. "This feels different," the young Slovenian said at the post-stage press conference, comparing his win at Algarve to Friday's accomplishment in California. "It's quite a bit more amazing. It's the highest level, and I hope tomorrow I can hold onto the jersey, which would then be ...

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Tour of California Women's Race: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) wins ahead of teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen

Katie Hall ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race . The defending champion climbed strongly on the slopes of Mount Baldy. Only her teammate in the yellow jersey, Anna van der Breggen , was able to keep up, and the two agreed to let Hall win the stage as Van der Breggen defended her GC lead, with Hall now second overall. A late surge by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) brought the South African climber to third place on the stage and overall. The second stage of the three-day race was the queen stage, with two big ascents during the 74 kilometres, with the road climbing almost continuously from the intermediate sprint after 30km. With the mountains looming in the distance, the peloton cruised along on the first part of the stage that started in Ontario. Several riders from Valcar Cylance tried to get a ...

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George Bennett: Tour of California jury know they made the wrong call

Overall winner George Bennett punches the air

George Bennett ( Jumbo-Visma ) says that fighting for the overall win in the Tour of California will be more difficult thanks to the race officials' decision to award current leader Tejay van Garderen the same time as the peloton on stage 4 to Morro Bay. The EF Education First rider was chasing back from a mechanical and ran into the remnants of a crash outside the 3km mark, but the jury deemed he had made contact before the crash blocked his way. At the time, Bennett was 51 seconds up the road, finishing with the main bunch behind winner Fabio Jakobsen, and stood to be in a strong position just 29 seconds behind Jakobsen's Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Kasper Asgreen, who would have been in the race lead. Van Garderen, who had a mechanical, then got on teammate Lachlan Morton's bike, lost control on a turn and went off-course because the ...

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