Adam Yates targets Tour success but Ewan is left out

Adam Yates targets Tour success but Ewan is left out

Joe Robinson 21 Jun 2018 Mitchelton-Scott put all their eggs in the GC basket, leaving no room for sprinter Caleb Ewan Mitchelton-Scott have named their team for the upcoming Tour de France with a lineup built around the general classification hopes of Brit Adam Yates but no place for Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan. The team has been moulded around giving Yates the best possible chance of a high GC finish at next month's race, where the 25-year-old will be looking to improve on his fourth place and white young rider's jersey in the 2016 Tour. Yates will be entering the Tour in good form too, having taken a stage victory at the recent Criterium du Dauphine on his way to second place overall. The Englishman has been provided with a strong and experienced team of climbers and rouleurs who will be tasked with guiding him through a potentially tricky opening ...

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Adam Yates: I should be 100 per cent at the Tour de France

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the final stage

On the opening day of the Critérium du Dauphiné , Adam Yates marked himself as 85 per cent, in terms of his form ahead of the Tour de France. By the end of the week, as he celebrated victory on the final stage to cement second place overall, he must have felt he'd punched his way into the 90's. Thanks to a solid prologue and Mitchelton-Scott 's third place in the stage 3 team time trial, Yates entered the mountain stages well placed. Although he was unable to follow Dan Martin's acceleration on the first summit finish at Lans-en-Vercors, he finished third at Valmorel the following day and then fifth on the penultimate stage to La Rosière, where it was clear that he, Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet, and Martin were the strongest riders in the race. On the final stage, which finished with the hideously steep Côte des Amerands and ...

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INSCYD view: A scientific analysis of Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia performance

On Tuesday, Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford told the BBC that Chris Froome’s 80km solo attack at the Giro d’Italia “wasn’t out of the norm for what he can do.” Separately, sports scientist Sebastian Weber has used metabolic analysis software to dissect Froome’s two stage-winning attacks, plus his Stage 20 defence at the Giro. What … The post INSCYD view: A scientific analysis of Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia performance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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SSSRSSP - GP Citta di Lugano

Welcome to another edition of Shawn’s Shit Small Race Shit Small Preview. Let’s get real for a second. [Pulls up chair and sits in it backwards]. The shit small racing in between the Giro and Tour are slim pickings. It picks up again in the Fall, but at that point I feel like cycling season fatigue kicks in. Even so, if I had to choose between a betwixt-grand tours SSR one day race and whatever the hell Hammer Time is, I know what I’m choosing. Shit Small History The Gran Premio Citta di Lugano should be a pretty good race, but it’s been declining in stature, probably due to its place on the calendar. This year is is a 1.1 race, after having been a 1.HC race. Prior to 1981, it was an individual time trial and attracted the cycling stars like an all-you-can-eat buffet used to attract Carlos Betancur. ...

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UCI checked Froome's bike six times for motor at Giro d'Italia

UCI checked Froome's bike six times for motor at Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 1 Jun 2018 Over 1,400 checks for technological fraud performed at recent Giro as UCI uses new x-ray box The new x-ray box introduced by the UCI earlier this season to increase checks on technological fraud in professional cycling was used six times on Chris Froome's bike as he rode to the pink jersey at the recent Giro d'Italia. Reported by L'Equipe , the UCI confirmed that it had checked Froome's bike for a concealed motor on six occasions during the race and most notably at the end of Stage 19 to Bardonecchia . This was the day in which Froome now famously attacked from 80km out on the Colle dell Finestre, gaining a gap of three minutes on Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), managing to hold off the chase solo to ride into the race lead. UCI president David Lappartient outlined a tougher stance on technological fraud at ...

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The Chris Froome debate and conclusions from the 2018 Giro d’Italia - Podcast

Guess who's back: Chris Froome (Team Sky) puts his troubled Giro behind him and starts to turn thing

The 2018 Giro d’Italia may have concluded last Sunday but the debates and opinions surrounding the race and the manner of Chris Froome ’s (Team Sky) final overall victory in Rome have shown no signs of softening. Froome effectively won the race with an 80-kilometre solo attack on stage 19 in which he put over three minutes into a number of his GC rivals. Until that point Froome, who is still awaiting a decision over his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol from the 2017 Vuelta a Espana – had been off the pace with Simon Yates, Tom Dumoulin, Thibaut Pinot and Domenico Pozzovivio looking like the candidates to determine the podium places. Froome’s jaw-dropping ride turned the race on its head and forms the central theme to our latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast. We hear from Froome, Dumoulin, George Bennett, Thomas Dekker, Simon Yates and Matt White as we ...

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Chad Haga’s Giro d’Italia, over-simplified: 3,572km in support of Tom Dumoulin

It’s Tuesday, May 29 — about 48 hours after the completion of the 2018 Giro d’Italia — and Chad Haga is sitting in his most comfortable chair at his home in Girona, Spain. He’s coughing sporadically, but not as much as he was two days earlier. For the second consecutive year, the 29-year-old American rode … The post Chad Haga’s Giro d’Italia, over-simplified: 3,572km in support of Tom Dumoulin appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Haig to lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott at Tour de Suisse

Mitchelton-Scott's Jack Haig makes it to Rome. The Australian was instrumental during teammate Simon

Jack Haig 's impressive super-domestique duties at the Giro d'Italia for Mitchelton-Scott have solidified his role as a team leader for the upcoming Tour de Suisse (June 9-17). The 24-year-old Australian was a key part of Mitchelton's Giro ride, helping both Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves as the team enjoyed five stage wins and a long spell in the maglia rosa through Yates. Haig, now in his fourth full year with the Australian team, had been penciled in for a leadership bid at the Tour de Suisse during the winter, but his consistent climbing at the Giro has enhanced his reputation. "I'm not really surprised by Jack's level," senior sporting director Matt White told Cyclingnews as he headed back from the Giro. "If you look at his age, and that was his third Grand Tour, at every one he's getting better and better. He's certainly stepped it up another level ...

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Cyclingnews Films: CRESCENDO - Excerpt

Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) claims the win

Cyclingnews Films' second production, CRESCENDO , will be available to download this Friday, June 1. The film tells the stories of those involved in the epic final week of racing at the 2018 Giro d’Italia . Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the race with a dramatic solo attack on stage 19, as maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) cracked. Dimension Data's Ben O’Connor had an equally dramatic ride from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia, but not for the right reasons. The 22-year-old Australian was among those trying to chase down Froome when he crashed on a descent and broke his collarbone . Things had been going very well for O’Connor in his debut Grand Tour. He came into the Giro on a wave of promise after his ride at the Tour of the Alps, which saw him win a stage and claim the young rider’s jersey. How he would cope with three ...

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Chris Froome climbs WorldTour ranking after Giro d'Italia victory

The final podium of the 2018 Giro d'Italia: winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) is flanked by Sunweb's To

The 2018 WorldTour rankings have shifted after the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d'Italia , concluded in Rome on Sunday. Overall winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) has climbed into the top 10, as has three-stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and four-stage winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). Despite the new additions to the top 10, however, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) maintains his grip over the series lead with a commanding 1,914 points. Sagan did not compete at the Italian Grand Tour but opted for the Amgen Tour of California. Although he did not secure a stage victory, his two podium places added to his tally. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in second place with 1,682 points after a stellar spring campaign. Yates' won mountain stages 9, 11 and 15 during the Giro d'Italia, and wore the maglia rosa for 13 days, which bumped him up 16 places in the WorldTour ...

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Chinese Gooseberries, Movistar’s Dilemma, and Less is More: My 3 Concluding Ramblings on the Giro

1. High Profile Kiwis This Giro caused the most media attention for a Kiwi, in both person and fruit form, since Sir Edmund Hillary scaled Mount Everest As to the person variety, noted New Zealander George Bennett placed 8th in GC, which by my calculation is the best placing of any New Zealander in the Giro and in any of the grand tours. Bennett is 28 years old and has been a professional since 2012, so it remains unseen that he can continue to improve, particularly with a non-exceptional time trial ability and a hold-on-for-dear-life GT riding style. However, Bennett virtually assured himself staying in the spotlight after his comments on Froome following in the footsteps of Floyd on the Finestre. His now infamous first comment, of course, was “He did a Landis. Jesus!” However, for my money, I thought his follow up was the real money line. “I didn’t ...

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Where are the winners? My three Giro takeaways

On the hunt for riders who can win multiple Grand Tours Here are two theories about cycling’s potential, based on this year’s Giro. i. Sam Oomen is twenty fricking two. He was a key domestique for Tom Dumoulin and still grabbed ninth overall. Miguel Angel Lopez had a snake-bitten first week and still finished on the podium, and he’s twenty four. Richard Carapaz only arrived on this planet ten minutes ago, and his paperwork says he’s twenty five. The future of grand tour cycling is exciting. ii. Last year, Tom Dumoulin was the first under-30 winner of the Giro since Nairo Quintana, and he couldn’t back it up despite the people around him failing. Apart from Quintana’s two, Dumoulin’s Giro and Aru’s Vuelta, we aren’t seeing wins from the crew who are supposed to replace Contador, Nibali and Froome. This is turning into an old man’s sport. The facts supporting ...

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Gallery: The best images from the Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson 29 May 2018 A race that produced fireworks until the very end, here are some of the race's defining images This time last week, the 2018 Giro d'Italia was gearing up for a 34km time trial that many thought would be the defining moment in the race. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had dominated for two weeks holding a 2:11 lead over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). At 4:52 adrift, Chris Froome (Team Sky) sat in seventh overall while Thibaut Pinot sat just 9 seconds off of a podium place. Fast forward a week and Froome is the champion of the 101st Giro d'Italia, having made a miraculous resurgence on the slopes of the Colle delle Finestre. Yates finished the race 21st overall, 1 hour 15 mintues down after emphatically exploding on the same stage. Pinot has a DNF chalked against his name after being carted off to hospital at the ...

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Pinot on road to recovery after brutal Giro d'Italia final weekend

Thibaut Pinot shows the pain of his efforts after stage 20 at the Giro d'Italia

In scenes that were at times difficult to watch, a clearly pained Thibaut Pinot was shepherded through stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday by his loyal Groupama-FDJ teammates before all but collapsing at the finish line. Taken to hospital in nearby Aoste – feverish and with a temperature of 40ºC, according to sports newspaper L'Equipe – Pinot was diagnosed with pneumonia, and kept in hospital overnight before being discharged later on Sunday. While Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates had cracked on Friday's 19th stage and lost the race lead and almost 40 minutes to stage winner and new race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky), Pinot looked to have done enough on the stage to secure a podium position, having distanced Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Media) and, of course, Yates. Pinot fought hard to stay in contention with eventual Giro runner-up Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) from Venaria Reale to the summit finish on Monte ...

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Astana thrilled with Giro d'Italia podium place and white jersey

Best young rider Miguel Angel Lopez was third overall

In the aftermath of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , teams and riders have taken stock of how the race went for them, and Kazakh squad Astana are no exception – especially as their Colombian youngster Miguel Angel Lopez scored an impressive podium place, finishing third, as well as taking the white jersey as best young rider. "This is a big result for me and, I think, for the whole Astana team," 24-year-old Lopez said in Rome having completed his second Grand Tour, following eighth place overall at last year's Vuelta a Espana , where he also won two stages . Lopez, who also won the 2016 Tour de Suisse at just 22, headed into Friday's 19th stage , which included the climb of the Colle delle Finestre and a summit finish on Monte Jafferau, in sixth place overall with a 4:54 deficit to then race leader Simon Yates. What unfolded ...

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Froome, Ghosts and Paesani: My Three Giro Things

The Missing Champions, the actual one, and the state of the Italian State after the 2016 Giro d’Italia This would be a place to make grand pronouncements about the 2018 Giro d’Italia, right? I’m so old that I can remember when it was a good idea to write a long column breaking down the ins and outs of a grand tour because nothing had been written about it yet and everyone was hungry for a new storyline to develop. Now, thankfully, the internet has freed me of any real responsibility to inform people of anything, so here are three hot takes instead! [See? I do know how this stuff works.] And yes, we started out with a Three-Things preview from several of the Editors, and I am hoping to end that way. Heck, it’s not limited to the Editors; if you have three angles you want to discuss, head over ...

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Bannan: I'm taking fantastic memories away from this Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

The way in which Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates gained time from, and then lost time to, defending Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) was dramatic, and would have made for an exciting race in itself. But for Yates to then lose almost 40 minutes to Chris Froome (Team Sky) – while Dumoulin, too, tried to limit his losses to the eventual overall winner – made the 2018 Giro one of the most talked-about races for years. Watching the race slip away like that might quite understandably have made anyone connected to the Mitchelton-Scott team feel upset or angry, but general manager Shayne Bannan was only too happy to chat to Cyclingnews at the conclusion of the race in Rome on Sunday, and to give his take on where it all went wrong. And, indeed, where it all went right. "Overall, I've got to say I'm taking away fantastic memories from this ...

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Giro d'Italia: I'll come back stronger, says Simon Yates

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

"I'm extremely tired, as everybody else is in this peloton," Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates told Cyclingnews in Rome at the conclusion of what has been an extraordinary Giro d'Italia for the 25-year-old British rider. Yates has enjoyed the highs of 13 days in the pink jersey as leader of the race, and the joy that goes with three stage wins, and five in all for his team. But he's also had to endure the creeping feeling of the race slipping away from him as he first gave up 1:15 of his 2:11 lead in the stage 16 time trial to Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin , followed by another 28 seconds to Dumoulin and Chris Froome (Team Sky) two days later on the road to Prato Nevoso . And then came the huge defeat on stage 19, when Froome went on the attack on the Colle delle Finestre , with Dumoulin in hot ...

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No regrets for Tom Dumoulin at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on the 2018 Giro d'Italia podium

When a rider is beaten by 46 seconds in a race that spanned 3,572 kilometres across three weeks, it is only natural to go back in the mind's eye in search of lost time. After reaching Rome in second place overall at the Giro d'Italia , however, Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) evinced no regrets about his race. Dumoulin began the final week of the Giro looking for a way to divest one British rider of the maglia rosa, but just as he had finally seen off Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19, Chris Froome (Team Sky) accelerated off the front with some 80 kilometres to go, never to be seen again. It was, in hindsight, the moment the Giro was won and lost, but having thought it over time and again, Dumoulin believes there was little he could have done. "In hindsight, you could ...

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Dekker: The problem with Froome and Team Sky is a lack of transparency

Thomas Dekker won a stage in Criterium International as a neo-professional in 2005.

Early in the Giro d'Italia the retired rider and former doper Thomas Dekker provocatively suggested to Velonews that Chris Froome is "perhaps the cleanest Tour winner we've ever had in history." After covering this year's race for the digital video channel of AD Sportswereld , the Dutchman has taken a step back, with Froome's victory leaving him more questions than answers. Froome refused to reveal if he took salbutamol during this year's Giro d'Italia, while his Adverse Analytical Finding (AFF) for the asthma drug at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana rumbles on in the background with little sign of a final verdict. Froome won the Giro d'Italia to complete a rare slam of the Grand Tours but if he is convicted of an anti-doping rule violation he will lose his Vuelta victory and possibly his Giro d'Italia victory too. "We just don't know what he's doing. He's doing all the ...

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