Simon Yates intent on continuing offensive at Gran Sasso d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates knew it was unlikely to work, but that didn't mean he wasn't thinking about it. As his Mitchelton-Scott teammates laid down a brisk tempo on the ascent of Montevergine di Mercogliano on stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia , the maglia rosa periodically climbed out of the saddle and tilted his head to the side to peer through the rain at the terrain ahead. The basilica of Montevergine marks the site of the hermitage established by Saint William of Vercelli in the 12th century, but the regular gradients of the category 2 ascent meant that Yates was never likely to be alone on the mountainside. Only stage winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) escaped the clutches of the front group on the final approach to the summit, while Yates came home in 5th place, 7 seconds down, alongside all of his rivals for final overall victory. "I thought about attacking, ...

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Froome crashes for the second time in 2018 Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome got banged up in the wet final climb

Chris Froome 's challenging start to the 2018 Giro d'Italia showed no sign of relenting on Saturday as the Team Sky leader fell during the fast uphill finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano. Although a minor crash, it is the second for Froome in this year's race after he fell heavily before the Giro began in Israel eight days ago. With gradients of five percent or less for most of the final 15-kilometre second category ascent, the climb was taken at speed. Close to the summit, as the pace was picking up further, the Briton's front wheel appeared to go out from under him on a sharp right-hand corner, causing him to fall. His jersey grimy from the wet tarmac, Froome quickly remounted and was guided back into the peloton by his teammates. He crossed the line in 22nd place, and although Richard Carapaz's (Movistar Team) solo victory means he has ...

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Giro d’Italia; On the scene in Sicily

The 2018 Giro’s first Italian stage finished in beautiful Caltagirone, a city famous for its ceramics. The town’s centerpiece, a 142-step staircase decorated with ceramic tiles, was decked out for the Giro with potted pink geraniums in the shape of a bike racer and three giant flowers, and a ceramic bike was on display in the stage headquarters. A huge crowd cheered Tim Wellens on as he made the winning move on the steep rise to the finish line. Thibaut Pinot’s face showed the strain of his strong finish in a small group of GC favorites. Stybar with helicopter: The next day, I went to the stage start in Agrigento, but skipped the finish in favor of a visit to the Greek Temples at the Valle dei Templi. It was a bit of an adventure getting to the stage six finish area on Etna, since the stage headquarters and press ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Stage 8 finish line quotes

Best young rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) - stage winner and best young rider I'm very happy, I have done a lot of work ahead of the Giro. Of course having the first Grand Tour win - it's emotional. I had good legs, so I decided to attack from far out - more than 2km to go. I decided it was the right time to go alone, because I knew I couldn't win in a sprint. (On his ambitions for the overall) I'll take it day by day. There is still a long way to go to Rome, but I'm here to see what I can do at the Giro. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) It was a nasty climb the surface was really slippery. [Froome] had some bad luck and he crashed but as a team we went well and we brought him to the front and finally we made it through. ...

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Carapaz makes history with Giro d'Italia stage win

Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

Richard Carapaz ( Movistar ) won stage eight of the Giro d’Italia , attacking late on the summit finish of Montevergine di Mercogliano to make history as the first Ecuadorian to win a Grand Tour stage. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) beat Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) to second place, seven seconds back. After a largely quiet day, the action erupted in the stage’s final kilometres, with the breakaway caught late as attackers jumped from the peloton. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) sparked the winning move, riding away in pursuit of Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), the last man standing from the break. Carapaz quickly followed, flying past the Frenchman, before riding the last kilometre alone. Thus far, the Giro has been a week of Grand Tour firsts for the 24-year-old second-year pro. In Israel he became the first Ecuadorian to ride a Grand Tour, two days ago on Etna he was the first to wear ...

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Giro d’Italia 2018 Stage 8: Movistar’s Richard Carapaz takes surprise win on final climb

Giro d’Italia 2018 Stage 8: Movistar’s Richard Carapaz takes surprise win on final climb

Pete Muir 12 May 2018 The young rider from Ecuador takes his first Giro stage, while Simon Yates stays in pink Young Ecuadorean rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar) exploded out of the main pack on the final climb to win Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia. Wearing the white 'Best Young Rider' jersey, Carapaz managed to break away from the peloton as it closed on the remnants of the breakaway, which had been out in front all the way to the final couple of kilometres. Team Sky's Chris Froome seemed to struggle to control his bike on the wet upper slopes of the climb, but managed to stay in the top ten on GC at the finish, while Britain’s Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained his pink jersey. See related Giro d'Italia 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2018 stage 7: Sam Bennett trumps Viviani to claim victory ...

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Simon Yates among those taken aback by “pitch black” tunnels in closing kilometres of stage seven of the Giro d’Italia

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Racing through the dark

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Bennett pips Viviani to Giro stage win

Bennett pips Viviani to Giro stage win

Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) grabbed his first Grand Tour victory after two third places in the 101st Giro d'Italia as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) stayed safe to maintain his hold on the overall lead.

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Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour

LONG BEACH, CA (CT) — The Golden State will see fierce race action beginning Sunday as the Amgen Tour of California hosts its most competitive field to date. Now in its 13th year — and its second as a UCI WorldTour event — the Amgen Tour has drawn deep fields for both the overall classification and field sprints, … The post Going back to Cali: Deepest field ever for 13th Amgen Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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George Bennett shows no inhibitions as Giro d'Italia begins to climb

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Despite the tumult and the disarray all around him, George Bennett ( LottoNL-Jumbo ) did his level best to arrange his thoughts as cohesively as he could as he stood on the roadside a little past the finish line at Mount Etna on Thursday evening. The dark clouds swirling about the summit and the black volcanic soil on the mountainside had already lent the place a rather forbidding air. The atmosphere was hardly more convivial with the addition of parping horns, labouring motors and whistling policemen as the race convoy inched past after stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia . A soigneur helped Bennett into a long-sleeved jersey and wrapped a towel about his neck to stave off the cold. The race's opening mountain stage saw the New Zealander among the principal aggressors in the group of favourites, and he reached the finish in fourth place, 26 seconds behind the ...

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Simon Yates: We're riding with two leaders in the Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates sign in for stage 7

Simon Yates insists that even if he is in the maglia rosa of the Giro d'Italia , he and Esteban Chaves remain as joint leaders for Mitchelton-Scott . Questions as to how holding the top position will affect his and Chaves' status in the team have been doing the rounds of the press room ever since Yates powered across to Chaves late on stage 6's ascent of the Etna for a 1-2 finish. But after stage 7 , 24 hours after he became the fourth Briton ever to lead the Giro d'Italia, Yates continued to stick to the team's default position on the leadership question, saying that both he and Chaves - who wore the pink jersey two years ago, finally finishing second overall - will both continue to enjoy protected rider status inside the squad. "We are riding with two leaders and that's the situation now, too," Yates commented ...

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Expect more attacks from Chaves and Yates

Expect more attacks from Chaves and Yates

They may have the lead, but Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves plan to keep attacking their Giro d'Italia rivals this weekend. Read the full article at Expect more attacks from Chaves and Yates on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Stage 7 highlights - Video

Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his first Grand Tour victory when he out-sprinted Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) to the stage 7 finish line at the Giro d'Italia . Bennett sat on Viviani's wheel until under 100 metres to go when he launched a powerful sprint to take the win in Praia a Mare. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) was third. "The first few stages I got the timing a bit wrong. I had the power, I saw the files, so I knew what I was capable of, but it's one thing to have the belief and another to actually do it," said Bennett, who was third on stage 2 and stage 3, both won by Viviani. "I think the hardest thing today was to have patience. I kept my cool today and it paid off." Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintained his lead in the overall classification 16 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and ...

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Reading the runes on Etna - Giro d'Italia Podcast

Mount Etna returns to the Giro in 2017

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast , we take a look at the first week of the Giro d’Italia and read the runes after the first summit finish of the race on Mount Etna. It was a perfect day for Mitchelton-Scott, with Esteban Chaves winning the stage and Simon Yates taking the overall lead, and we discuss whether one of them can win the Giro d’Italia, and how the Australian team play their cards from here on in. We hear from Yates to get his reaction to the day’s events, along with Rohan Dennis, the rider divested of the maglia rosa. We also hear from Chris Froome, who ticked a box by staying with the main group of favourites but was hardly convincing on Etna. The same goes for 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, and we assess his chances along with those of the rest of the general classification ...

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Giro d’Italia Stage 7: Simon Yates retains overall lead as Ireland’s Sam Bennett takes first Grand Tour stage win (+ video)

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Elia Viviani second

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Giro d'Italia 2018 stage 7: Sam Bennett trumps Viviani to claim victory

Giro d'Italia 2018 stage 7: Sam Bennett trumps Viviani to claim victory

Martin James 11 May 2018 Bora-Hansgrohe man overhauls Quick-Step Floors favourite in high-speed finish Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) outsprinted favourite Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) to win Stage 7 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia in Praia a Mare, coming off the Italian's shoulder in the run for the line at the end of a flat 159km stage from Pizzo in southern Italy. Viviani was taken to the finish in textbook fashion by his Quick-Step teammates, but after hitting the front didn't have enough speed to hold Bennett at bay. Overall Giro leader Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) finishing alongside all his GC rivals in the main peloton to maintain his 16-second advantage over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), with Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves third, 26 seconds down. See related Watch: Mitchelton-Scott's backstage pass from incredible day at the Giro d'Italia Big Ride Mount Etna: Cyclist vs the volcano Should you sit or stand ...

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Giro d'Italia: Meintjes loses ground, O'Connor steps up

Louis Meintjes is fitting in well back at Dimension Data

Louis Meintjes , Dimension Data 's leader for this Giro d'Italia , slipped to four and a half minutes behind new race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after losing three and a half minutes on Thursday's sixth stage to Mount Etna. Meintjes was dropped from the group of favourites with 10km to go. He fought hard to limit his losses but finished 32nd. Meintjes went into the Giro as Dimension Data's leader , and while one bad day won't necessarily derail his GC challenge, teammate Ben O'Connor might have to be ready to step into the breach. O'Connor impressed at the Tour of the Alps in April, where he won a stage and the white jersey for best young rider. O'Connor became Dimension Data's best-placed rider with a solid ride on Mount Etna. He is now 13th in the GC, 1:39 down on Yates, and almost three minutes ahead of Meintjes. ...

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Dennis determined to battle on despite losing Giro d'Italia lead

Rohan Dennis (BMC) loses the maglia rosa after climbing Mount Etna stage 6 at the Giro d'Italia

A four-stage spell in pink for Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) at the Giro d'Italia ended on Thursday as the Australian fought hard to keep pace with his rivals, but finally ceded time on the upper slopes of Mount Etna. Dennis' defeat was far from decisive, however, as the rider bearing the maglia rosa since Tel Aviv in Israel on stage 2 crossed the line a relatively minor 1:04 behind stage winner Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) . It puts Dennis in sixth place on the general classification, 53 seconds behind Chaves' teammate and new race leader Simon Yates . Dennis' climbing ability is clearly close to that of the other favourites, and the Australian remains in the GC game. Dennis has repeatedly said that he is using the 2018 Giro to test his limits in terms of being competitive in the overall classification of Grand Tours , and, although no ...

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Giro d'Italia: Hats off to Haig as he shepherds Chaves to victory on Etna

Jack Haig was a big force in the break

While Mitchelton-Scott 's Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates took the plaudits as stage winner and new race leader, respectively, on Thursday's sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia to Mount Etna , their teammate Jack Haig was very much 'man of the match'. Australian Haig was instrumental in the team's successful haul at the end of stage 6, getting into the day's main 25-man breakaway and working hard for Chaves to help maintain the break's advantage, before Chaves was able to launch himself away from what was left of the group with 5km of the stage to go. "Today was pretty perfect," a delighted Haig said after the stage. "We managed to get that massive group away at the start, and having me and Esteban in there was perfect. "We co-operated pretty well for a big group," Haig continued, "and for Esteban to get the stage win and Simon to get ...

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Chaves and Yates deliver a Etna one-two for Mitchelton-Scott

Chaves and Yates deliver a Etna one-two for Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott took control of the 2018 Giro d'Italia after Esteban Chaves won stage six at the top of Mount Etna and team-mate Simon Yates became the new race leader.

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