'It doesn’t really change much': Thomas ready to defend Tour de France despite Froome absence

'It doesn’t really change much': Thomas ready to defend Tour de France despite Froome absence

Joe Robinson 17 Jun 2019 The Welshman prepares to defend his yellow jersey despite Froome's horror crash Geraint Thomas says Chris Froome's absence will have little effect on his preparations as he looks to defend his Tour de France title next month. Team Ineos had officially named Thomas and Froome as co-leaders for the French Grand Tour, even if most expected Froome's pursuit of a record-equalling fifth yellow jersey to take precedent over Thomas's title defence. However, Froome will now be absent from the race following his horrific crash during the recent Criterium du Dauphine, leaving Thomas the responsibility as Ineos's sole leader. In his latest GQ column , Thomas said he appreciated that Froome's absence would hinder the team but insisted it would not change how he prepares for the race next month. 'The biggest implication for the team is that there’s now an extra space in the line-up. ...

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Drop into the weekend with the CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #15

As the season ramps up to its pinnacle, the Tour de France, the world of professional cycling seems to be heightened. This week, there’s been the Criterium du Dauphine, injury dramas, doping revelations and the awful crash of Tour de France favourite Chris Froome. Amongst all that, here’s what you might have missed on the … The post Drop into the weekend with the CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #15 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?

From a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to 800,000 bikes dumped in fields across China, this is the strange, sad story of SpeedX's monumental rise and fall. The post The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Simon Yates Q&A: On the Giro, Yorkshire Worlds and infamous UK climbs

Late last week CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett caught up with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Scott HQ in Switzerland. In a wide-ranging conversation the pair talked about Yates’ eighth-place finish in the recent Giro d’Italia, what life is like as a pro racer, his journey through the sport, and even about an infamous climb in the … The post Simon Yates Q&A;: On the Giro, Yorkshire Worlds and infamous UK climbs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yates, Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following ‘heartbreaking’ Giro d’Italia

Yates, Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following ‘heartbreaking’ Giro d’Italia

With no major health problems or crashes, Simon Yates will try to understand what went wrong at the Giro d'Italia Read the full article at Yates, Mitchelton-Scott to regroup following ‘heartbreaking’ Giro d’Italia on VeloNews.com .

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Analysis: How did each team do at the 2019 Giro d'Italia?

Joe Robinson 4 Jun 2019 A breakdown of how the big teams faired over the last three weeks in Italy Miguel Angel Lopez landing more punches than Antony Joshua on an overzealous spectator while Marco Haller used every name under the sun on an opportunistic bidon bandit. Tom Dumoulin crashing out , Simon Yates talking bowel movements and Vincenzo Nibali's Primoz Roglic beef. A first week of racing that made this weekend's Champions League look exciting. Gianni Savio proving he was born to run. Any epic day on the Mortirolo. Esteban Chaves's smile , Chad Haga's tears. Richard Carapaz providing Ecuador with its greatest ever sporting achievement while Mikel Landa was left thinking what could have been for yet another Grand Tour. Plenty happened at this year's Giro d'Italia but how will the 22 teams remember their past three weeks of racing around Italy. Here is our assessment of how ...

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Simon Yates vows to come back to try again after 'heartbreaking' Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates on the attack during stage 14 at the Giro

Mitchelton-Scott 's Simon Yates summed up his eighth place overall at the Giro d'Italia on Sunday – 7:49 behind winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) – as "heartbreaking". The British climber, who won last year's Vuelta a España , said that, although he was disappointed, he would return to the race to try again. "It was a very disappointing Giro for me, personally, although disappointing isn't the right word. Heartbreaking is more accurate," Yates said on his team's website. "I put a lot of effort into this – a lot of time – and it has just not come together the way I was expecting. "That's OK," he continued. "There's always another Giro, another year, and I will come back at some point and try again. You can always learn and we will do that going forward." Yates was leading the Giro last season when Chris Froome attacked on stage 19, which ...

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A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20

Supported by CROCE D’AUNE, Italy (AFP) — Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz of Movistar has a firm grip on the pink jersey after defending attacks on the 20th and penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia, won by Spaniard Pello Bilbao on Saturday. Behind the battle for pink, a different sort of fight was taking place. Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez … The post A punch-up on the final climb: Giro d’Italia, stage 20 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Chaves liberated by special Giro d'Italia stage win

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 19 at the Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves ' career has always been defined by its glittering highs and despairing lows. The plucky Colombian climber rarely does boring but on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia , he provided a telling reminder of his class and put to bed a year plagued by illness and sudden a loss of form that threatened to end his career at the very top. He was undoubtedly the strongest climber in the stage-winning break but the same - on paper at least – was probably true two days earlier when Chaves had been denied by AG2R La Mondiale. So when he and his breakaway companions hit the foot of the final climb on Friday all eyes shifted to Chaves and whether he could go one from better after his second-placed finish two days prior. Countless attacks later Chaves had his hands in the air, with his parents on standby at ...

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Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage

Supported by Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz tightened his grip on the leader’s pink jersey as Colombia’s Esteban Chaves claimed victory in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday. Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), edged clear of a breakaway that battled up a gruelling final 13.6km climb with a 5.6% gradient. Chaves, who finished second in the Giro and third … The post Carapaz still in pink as Chaves wins Giro 19th stage appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Stage 19 Preview: Beyond the Pale Mountains

Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza (151 km) After the most exciting joy-for-cycling-fans-globally ending of the Giro on Stage 18, with Damiano Cima of the morning’s break holding off the charging peloton, and Ackermann overtaking Demare for the ciclamino jersey, the final three stages are bound to be a bit of a letdown. Last year, the race exploded on Stage 19, with Froome going on his long range attack and Simon Yates cracking, completely upending the narrative of the race. If that’s going to happen this year, it’ll have to wait to tomorrow’s Stage 20. Instead, Stage 19’s battle will be subtler— more suited for microaggression than aggression— but could be just as important with the looming time trial. A swing of 20 to 30 seconds in either direction between Roglic and Carapaz could mean the difference between putting the pink jersey out of reach or making it all in ...

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Giro d'Italia: Chaves and Jungels come alive in star-studded breakaway on stage 17

Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves attacks near the end of stage 17 at the Giro

It was somewhat of a throwback breakaway that animated stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday: a group that included riders who have either performed well at the Giro in past years – Esteban Chaves ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and Bob Jungels ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) – or indeed earlier at this year's race in the case of UAE Team Emirates ' Valerio Conti , who wore the pink leader's jersey between stages 7 and 12. While the GC contenders were content to watch each other behind, the breakaway group – with no real danger men contained within it – was allowed some rope to fight it out for the stage win, and the 18-rider move had built up a lead of over six minutes by the mid-point of the 181km stage. Arguably the biggest name in the break was Mitchelton-Scott's Chaves – runner-up to Vincenzo Nibali at the 2016 Giro ...

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How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart

Last week we looked at how to tell Germany’s top male cyclists apart. In some ways that was an easy task — Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann all look different, and their names aren’t all that similar. Today, we’ve got a bigger task ahead of us: separating the Yates twins. To even the … The post How to tell Adam and Simon Yates apart appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A bittersweet podium for Esteban Chaves

VALDOARA, Italy (CT) — Esteban Chaves held his hand up, fingers a few millimeters apart. That close. “Second,” he said, “is like this.” He made a little tsk sound, and then smiled. The English word he was looking for, I think, was ‘bittersweet.’ He stood still sweaty in a dirt parking lot just downhill from the … The post A bittersweet podium for Esteban Chaves appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hugh Carthy shines on rainy Mortirolo stage in Giro d'Italia

Hugh Carthy descends of the Motirolo during stage 16 at the Giro

Lacking a rider in the hunt for the overall win at this year's Giro d'Italia , EF Education First have been searching for an elusive stage win instead. They've come close over the past two stages, with Hugh Carthy taking fourth and fifth, respectively, on stages 15 and 16, even if it sometimes meant switching tactics mid-stage. Carthy, the 24-year-old Briton, was in the top 10 overall following stage 12 to Pinerolo, but a bad day on stage 13 to Lago Serru saw him drop to 16th overall and then to 17th the following day in Courmayeur, where current race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) won the day and the maglia rosa. Carthy bounced back dramatically during Sunday's stage 15 to Como, which took in three categorised climbs in the final 70km. He finished fourth on the stage in a group with Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and ...

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The Mortirolo reveals Roglic as human, Movistar control Nibali's attack - Analysis

Vincenzo Nibali and Hugh Carthy finish stage 16 at the Giro

Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia lacked the Passo Gavia but it included plenty of drama, hard racing in the rain and a further shake-out that exposed Primoz Roglic's weaknesses and confirmed that local hero Vincenzo Nibali has a huge fight on his hands if he wants to break the combined strength of the Movistar and current race leader Richard Carapaz . The Ecuadorian rider, 25, is leading a Grand Tour for the first time in his career but appears to be rock solid in the maglia rosa. He can also count on the experience of the Movistar team who have been in this situation numerous times during their decades of success and also appear to have the strongest team in the Giro d'Italia. Carapaz had the support of Mikel Landa and Antonio Pedrero for much of the Mortirolo, with Andrey Amador dropping back from the break of the day ...

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Primoz Roglic: The Giro d'Italia is not finished

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) ahead of stage 16 at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic endured his most difficult day at the Giro d'Italia on stage 16 , losing contact with his overall rivals on the steep slopes of the Mortirolo. Suffering in the cold and rain, the Slovenian lost 1:22 to Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the finish in Ponte di Legno. Roglic is now 2:09 down on race leader Carapaz and dropped to third overall, 22 seconds behind Nibali. But after warming up with a long spell on the rollers post-stage and a long hot shower on the Jumbo-Visma bus, Roglic managed to smile despite his overall hopes at the Giro d'Italia taking a serious hit. "It was very hard, there's not much to say. It was also cold at the end, it was just a really, really hard day," Roglic said, the scars from his Como crash still evident on his cheek. Roglic was unable to hold ...

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Bookwalter forced to abandon Giro, Yates plugs on

Bookwalter forced to abandon Giro, Yates plugs on

American rider withdraws from Giro d'Italia for health reasons. His departure leaves a hole in Simon Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team Read the full article at Bookwalter forced to abandon Giro, Yates plugs on on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia stage 16 finish line quotes

Giulio Ciccone on the Giro podium after winning stage 16

Giulio Ciccone ( Trek-Segafredo ) - stage 16 winner "I've been waiting for this second stage win for two years now. So I yelled with joy on the finishing line because it's been a complicated day with lots of rain and cold. Jan Hirt didn't want to cooperate so it's been a bit nervous between us but at the end I'm happy with everything." Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) - race leader "The truth is that it's been a very complicated day, especially because of the weather conditions and the climbs. But as a team we've worked very well for Mikel Landa and myself. It's another good day in terms of time gained on GC." Lucas Hamilton ( Mitchelton-Scott ) "I think I just sat behind Simon [Yates] for the whole of the Mortirolo, on a steep climb like that, there's not much you can do if you don't ride ...

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Giro d'Italia: Roglic loses over a minute to Nibali and Carapaz on Mortirolo

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) ahead of stage 16 at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) lost more than a minute to most of the major general classification contenders on a brutal stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia . Roglic is now in third place overall at 2:09 behind the leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and is 22 seconds behind Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who moved up to second place in the general classification. The Passo di Gavia may have been removed but the Mortirolo proved enough to dislodge the Slovenian from the group of favourites. Roglic was left isolated in the main bunch as the pace set by Bahrain-Merida proved too much for his teammates. Roglic himself was dislodged from the group when Nibali attacked on one of the steepest sections of the climb, with 34 kilometres to go. He had teammate Koen Bouwman, who had been in the breakaway, up the road but the Dutchman could provide little assistance when he ...

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