Giro d’Italia Stage 19: Chris Froome vaults into overall lead as Simon Yates implodes (+ videos)

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Tom Dumoulin still second, but now 40s behind Froome

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FROOME GOES LONG TO SEIZE CONTROL OF GIRO D’ITALIA

Kenyan star rewrites his legend with 80km attack; Yates crumbles; Doom not finished Chris Froome of Sky was always one of the favorites to win the Giro d’Italia. He’s the greatest grand tour rider of his time, riding with the best team and coming off wins of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. It all seemed simple enough. But nobody saw a day like today coming. Facing more than a three-minute deficit coming into today’s 19th stage to Bardonecchia, Froome escaped the entire peloton on the ascent of the Colle delle Finestre, 80km from the line, and steadily increased his advantage over a chasing quintet of Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb, FDJ teammates Thibaut Pinot and Sebastian Reichenbach, and the two best young rider combatants Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana and Richard Carapaz of Movistar. His attack came as overnight leader Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott faded dramatically out of ...

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Giro upended, Froome leads, Yates De-Finestre-ated

I’ll replace when I get a victory photo!

Picking through the wreckage of a historic Giro stage Friday’s Giro stage was billed as the Queen stage, but few could have anticipated the size of the gaps or the significance that the stage would have on the overall title. Chris Froome is now wearing pink, having closed a 3.22 gap and climbed from fourth place. Simon Yates has entirely dropped from contention and we’ll enter Saturday with the race that we talked about back in the winter now back on the cards - Froome vs Doom. Getty Images Today’s winner in splendid isolation The result: Froome Carapaz +3.00 Pinot +3.07 Lopez +3.12 Dumoulin +3.23 Reichenbach +6.13 Formolo +8.22 Oomen +8.23 Konrad +8.23 Bilbao +8.23 Pozzovivo +8.29 Bennett +8.38 Froome Goes Long, Wins Big Some of the great moves in cycling are subtle and depend of timing and subterfuge. Not this one. Team Sky abandoned the rapier in favour of ...

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Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Froome goes long to take stage and pink jersey

Joe Robinson 25 May 2018 A spectacular solo effort sees the top 10 completely change as pink hands over from one Brit to another Chris Froome (Team Sky) rode a stage that will go down into history as he attacked solo with over 70km to go, taking Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia to the Jafferau and overturning a 3 minute deficit to ride into the pink jersey. After his chances of victory were discounted by many, Froome turned around a difficult first two weeks, taking the race by the scruff of the neck on the lower slopes of the Colle delle Finestre, leaving all of his General Classification rivals behind. Going solo, he built a 3 minute gap at Sestriere and never looked back. With just one stage left before Rome, Froome now finds himself in the race lead for the first time leading second placed Tom Dumoulin (Team ...

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Giro d'Italia: Lopez set to attack again on road to Monte Jafferau

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) best young rider

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez made a concerted effort to jump up the overall classification on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday when he attacked on the final climb to Prato Nevoso, finishing 10 minutes behind stage winner Max Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors), who was part of the day's successful breakaway, but 15 seconds ahead of the first of this Giro's main contenders. Bahrain-Merida's Domenico Pozzovivo led home the best of the rest in a small group that included Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky), while race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) lost almost 30 seconds to his closest rivals – and 43 seconds to Lopez, who holds the white jersey as best young rider, with more than a minute's advantage over Richard Carapaz (Movistar). "I saw a possibility to attack, and I just did it," explained Lopez, who made his move with around 4km to go, and ended ...

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Yates' Giro lead cut in half as Dumoulin gains

Yates' Giro lead cut in half as Dumoulin gains

Simon Yates saw his overall Giro d'Italia lead cut in half as he lost 28 seconds to defending champion Tom Dumoulin on a dramatic climb climax to stage 18.

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Froome-(under)dog

The curious case of my transformation from Froome-hater to Froome-fan This post has been extremely hard to write. It’s just so difficult to type out those three words. I…. Like…. Froome…. Phew. While that hard part is over, let’s get down to brass tacks. Sports fandom is a weird and arbitrary thing. Case in point, my grandparents gifted my uncle with a lifetime of misery for his eighth birthday. He was given that electric vibrating football game , which I’m assuming was as ubiquitous in the 60’s for children growing up in the US as it was as a hand-me-down for a child, like myself, growing up in the 80’s. If you’ve never seen the game, it involves a metal football field that vibrates and two football teams that you set up on the field to run plays, and the vibration ostensibly makes them move and play football but instead ...

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Giro d'Italia: Australian team still on track for first Grand Tour victory

Mitchelton-Scott during stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia

Giro d’Italia leader Simon Yates' loss of 28 seconds to defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) on the road to Prato Nervoso on Thursday now leaves the Mitchelton-Scott leader just 28 seconds ahead of the Dutchman overall, with three stages of the race remaining. While Yates battles to net Mitchelton-Scott the Giro win in Italy – which would be the first Grand Tour victory for an Australian team – directeur sportif Matt White has made moves to reassure both fans and indeed the squad that it should be a case of business as usual in the mountains on Friday and Saturday before the race ends with a stage for the sprinters in Rome on Sunday. "Simon's a pure climber, and that was pretty flat and fast today in the final, so it's not ideal," said White at the finish. "But these next two days are real Alpine climbs and they fall ...

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Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates is healthy and feeling good, says White

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) rolls to the start of stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates' time loss to Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the final climb up to Prato Nevoso was nothing to be concerned about, Yates' Mitchelton-Scott directeur sportif Matt White said after stage 18, and that better was to come on Friday's 19th stage to Bardonecchia , which is far more suited to the race leader's skill-set – even though the attacks will come from their rivals. The Australian team's no-nonsense Aussie DS was never going to dance around the subject, plainly answering reporters' questions at the finish while maintaining a positive outlook on Yates' chances for the rest of the race. "It's not ideal that Simon lost time today, but it was a climb that really suited Tom," White said. "It was a power climb – one effort – and we know how powerful Tom is in short efforts. Tomorrow we go back ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 19: The hardest part is still to come

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) sits in the field with his teammates

As the Giro d'Italia gruppo pedalled towards Prato Nevoso on Thursday afternoon , the eye will have been drawn by the snow-capped peaks that loomed imposingly on the horizon beyond the day's finishing climb. They seemed to serve as a tacit reminder: no matter what happens here, the hardest part is still to come. In the end, the ascent of Prato Nevoso on stage 18 tightened the margins of this Giro in a way that few could have anticipated. It was expected to be the most straightforward of the race's three days in the Alps, but a breathless finale saw Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) halve Simon Yates' lead to just 28 seconds. Come Friday's immense tappone from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia , however, the arithmetic of this Giro may well be performed in minutes rather than seconds. Stage 19 is, quite simply, the hardest stage of the race to this ...

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Pozzovivo's confidence grows as Giro d'Italia's big mountain stages loom large

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) coughed hard and deep as he tried to recover from his huge effort to finish with Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on the Prato Nevoso finish at the end of the Giro d'Italia's stage 18 , but he was happy to have gained a few seconds on Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and show that he can more than hold his own in the fight for the final podium places. Pozzovivo leads the Italian hopes in the Giro d'Italia after the demise of Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates). He is performing better after joining Bahrain-Merida for the 2018 season and being given a clear leadership role while teammate Vincenzo Nibali focuses on the Tour de France. Pozzovivo, like Dumoulin and Froome, gained 28 seconds on Yates and now knows the Briton could be vulnerable in the terrible final two mountain stages to Bardonecchia ...

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Tom Dumoulin: I thought, 'That's nice, finally a moment of weakness'

Tom Dumoulin is mobbed at the finish after cutting into Simon Yates' overall lead

For two weeks, Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) and the Giro d'Italia gruppo had laboured under the growing impression that Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) simply could not be defeated when the road climbed. For two weeks, on every manner of mountain and hill that Italy has to offer, the maglia rosa was impassive of face and light of foot, his lead seemingly impregnable. In the space of two kilometres near the summit of Prato Nevoso, however, Dumoulin put an altogether different complexion on the race by halving his deficit to the Briton in the overall standings. The Dutchman's two accelerations, first alone and then in pursuit of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), placed Yates in difficulty for the first time in this Giro. All of a sudden, the margins have drawn tighter. With two mammoth mountain stages still to come before the race leaves the Alps, Dumoulin ...

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Chris Froome: The race is still on

Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the start of stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome was forced to ride on the defensive for much of the Giro d'Italia after his crash before the opening time trial in Jerusalem, but the Team Sky leader appeared to be back to his Grand Tour best on the fast climb to Prato Nevoso at the end of stage 18 , gaining 28 seconds on race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Froome is targeting Domenico Pozzovivo's podium place as his first goal, and the Italian for Bahrain-Merida is only 39 seconds ahead of him. But Froome appears to have found the inspiration for a possible audacious all-out attack on the maglia rosa in the final two mountain stages. "If only I hadn't crashed in Jerusalem," Froome told Italian television after refusing to stop at the finish, again preferring to descend to the Team Sky bus and warm down before sharing his thoughts. "I'm feeling better every day, but I ...

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Giro d'Italia: Yates tries to paper over the cracks after losing time to Dumoulin

Simon Yates finishes stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) showed a first sign of weakness at the 2018 Giro d'Italia on Thursday, losing time to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the fast finish to Prato Nevoso. He tried hard to paper over cracks in his defence of the maglia rosa, insisting it was just a bad day and that the multiple mountain stages to Bardonecchia and Cervinia suit him much more. However, Dumoulin is just 28 seconds down on the Briton and he got a real taste of blood after two-and-a-half weeks of suffering. "I feel really good. I was only bad for one kilometre, so that's OK. I'm still in the lead, I'm still in front. Dumoulin is 28 seconds behind, not 28 seconds ahead of me. For me that's OK," he said, perhaps to convince himself, his rivals and everyone else who feels the ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 18 highlights - Video

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) crashed while in the break

Maximilian Schachmann ( Quick-Step Floors ) won stage 18 on the summit of Prato Nevoso on Thursday. The German was part of the day's breakaway that survived the final climb, and he held off Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), who finished second, and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), who was third. The winning trio stemmed from the early breakaway that also included Quick-Step's Michael Morkov, Davide Ballerini, Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Hansgrohe), Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin), Jos van Emden, Boy van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Marcato (UAE Emirates), Giuseppe Fonzi and Alex Turrin (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia). They built a lead of more than 16 minutes. The remaining trio attacked each other beginning at 900m to the finish line, and Schachmann made his winning move with 300 metres to the line, leaving his two rivals to settle for second and third. The battle for the GC heated up as well, and although Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is ...

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Yates hopes stage 18 crack isn’t the start of a crumble

Yates hopes stage 18 crack isn’t the start of a crumble

Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates under pressure as final mountain stages ramp up, but he's still in pink with two big days remaining. Read the full article at Yates hopes stage 18 crack isn’t the start of a crumble on VeloNews.com .

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Meet Sam Bewley, the tall Kiwi helping defend Giro pink

Meet Sam Bewley, the tall Kiwi helping defend Giro pink

One of the keys to Simon Yates's success so far in the Giro has been steady support by tough domestiques like Sam Bewley. Read the full article at Meet Sam Bewley, the tall Kiwi helping defend Giro pink on VeloNews.com .

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Giro Stage 19: High Times

The Queen Stage of the Giro, and the slopes of the majestic Finestre, beckon Stage 19: Venaria Reale — Bardonecchia, 185km Holy hell, it seems like forever since I’ve written a stage preview! This is a good one to come out of my slumber for. I pegged this as THE stage before the Giro, so of course it’ll be a boring march of negativity. What’s It About? Deciding the Giro d’Italia. This is the queen stage. No more archaeology tours, no more beach vistas, just pure, devastating grinding away on the pedals. Stage Details Mappa: Giro stage 19 map And the profile: Giro stage 19 profile The sequencing of these mountains is nothing too unusual but a bit interesting nevertheless. The Finestre is the highest point in the entire Giro as well as the consensus hardest single climb of the race, and although it occurs far from the finish it ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 18 finish line quotes

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 18 at the Giro d'Italia

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) - stage winner "I feel amazing. It's great to win a stage on my first Grand Tour. I think everyone here agrees it's a really hard Giro, which makes it even nicer to be on top here. Of course, I am going to help Viviani as much as possible. It doesn't matter who wins in our team. We are a great team, with great team spirit. A big part of this victory goes to Michael Morkov. He took me on his wheel and he bridged me over. It's not the first time he's helped me in this race. We share a room together, he's a great rider and he always has a big big part in every victory." Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) - lost 27 seconds to rivals on stage "I didn't have great legs. I did the best I could, and that's that. I'm still in ...

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Giro d’Italia Stage 18: Simon Yates shows weakness as Max Schachmann takes stage win from the break (+ videos)

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Tom Dumoulin now just 28 seconds off the race lead

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