Chaves' Giro d'Italia setback: 'We have not got an answer'

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

The morning after the day before and Esteban Chaves ' abrupt exit from the general classification contest at the Giro d'Italia remains a mystery. The Colombian set out from Penne on Tuesday morning lying second overall, just 32 seconds behind his Mitchelton-Scott teammate Simon Yates. By day's end, he had lost 25 minutes . The bottom line is abundantly clear, but how did the story get to that point? "We haven't got an answer, simple as that," directeur sportif Matt White said at the start of stage 11 in Santa Maria degli Angeli on Wednesday. Despite his setback, Chaves continues in the Giro, albeit now in the service of Yates rather than in pursuit of an improvement on his second-place finish of 2016. On Tuesday, Chaves was in difficulty from the day's opening climb, the Fonte della Creta. Although a battalion of Mitchelton-Scott teammates helped to keep him within touching ...

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Contador: Froome and Aru can no longer win the Giro d'Italia

Alberto Contador at the 2008 Giro d'Italia

Recently retired Grand Tour specialist Alberto Contador has told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) can no longer win the Giro d'Italia this year. Froome and Aru have both lost important amounts of time in the first 10 days of the Giro, with Froome in 10th place, 2:30 down on leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Aru in 14th, 2:39 back. Seven-time Grand Tour winner Contador, who beat Aru to the 2015 Giro title and Froome to the 2014 Vuelta a España title, said both riders' efforts represent a continuation of poor form. "Fabio has not been going well since the start of the season. He's never shown the same kind of condition he had in the 2015 race," Contador, who is currently reporting on the race for Eurosport in Spain, told La Gazzetta dello Sport "Froome is in the ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Yates extends lead with Stage 11 win; Froome distanced

Giro d'Italia 2018: Yates extends lead with Stage 11 win; Froome distanced

Joe Robinson 16 May 2018 The pink jersey extends his lead as Chris Froome loses another 40 seconds in Osimo Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) tightened his grip on the pink jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia into Osimo. The Brit put his rivals to the sword with a stinging attack in the final 1.5km. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) chased valiantly but was unable to catch Yates finishing second on the stage losing another two seconds - plus four more after bonuses - in the race for overall victory. Attacking on the penultimate climb of the day Zdenek Stybar (Quick-step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Fix All) gained a gap from the peloton behind but were eventually caught in the final 1,500m by Yates who rode on to victory. Behind, the General Classification riders crossed in ones and twos unable to keep up with Yates who ...

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Giro d'Italia Yates extends lead with second stage win; Froome distanced

Giro d'Italia Yates extends lead with second stage win; Froome distanced

Joe Robinson 16 May 2018 The pink jersey extends his lead as Chris Froome loses another 40 seconds in Osimo Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) tightened his grip on the pink jersey by winning Stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia into Osimo. The Brit put his rivals to the sword with a stinging attack in the final 1.5km. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) chased valiantly but was unable to catch Yates finishing second on the stage losing another two seconds - plus four more after bonuses - in the race for overall victory. Attacking on the penultimate climb of the day Zdenek Stybar (Quick-step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Fix All) gained a gap from the peloton behind but were eventually caught in the final 1,500m by Yates who rode on to victory. Behind, the General Classification riders crossed in ones and twos unable to keep up with Yates who ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: The numbers needed to drop Chaves and win the stage

Joe Robinson 16 May 2018 Chaves lost substantial time on Stage 10 and it took some big numbers to make sure he stayed drop Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia should have been a formulaic transition stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino with a large breakaway riding to victory with the General Classification riders keeping it relaxed as they eased back into the race after the rest day. However, the day turned out to be the exact opposite. As the peloton hit the first climb of the day, second on General Classification and key teammate of race leader Simon Yates, Esteban Chaves ( Mitchelton-Scott ) was instantly in trouble. The Colombian found himself distanced from the peloton, and part of the forming gruppetto. Despite the best efforts of his team, he never regained contact because of the work of rivals, eventually conceding 25 minutes to the group of favourites. Thanks ...

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Watch: How to celebrate a victory as a professional cyclist

Watch: How to celebrate a victory as a professional cyclist

Joe Robinson 16 May 2018 Toms Skujins wins Stage 3 of the Tour of California and shows us how to celebrate a win The emotion of a rider crossing the line in first place can tell you a lot about their character. Often it's a shout of relief like Peter Sagan at Paris-Roubaix this year or Simon Yates atop Gran Sasso last weekend. Sometimes riders try and play it cool. Think Alberto Contador shooting his imaginary pistol throughout his career. Yet some are just so happy to get the win they lose all sense of surroundings and just let the emotions flow, just like Latvian Toms Skujins ( Trek-Segafredo ) after winning Stage 3 of the Tour of California. WHAT A FINISH%uD83D%uDEB4%uD83C%uDFFC%u200D%u2642%uFE0F%uD83D%uDCA8 @Tomashuuns closing out the race in Stage 3 presented by @Lexus pic.twitter.com/OdhuZXPSVq — AmgenTOC (@AmgenTOC) May 15, 2018 With 5km remaining, Skujins alongside breakaway companion Sean Bennett (Hagens ...

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White: We're still trying to win the Giro d'Italia

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) loses over 25 minutes on stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia

Mitchelton-Scott team manager Matt White has insisted that the team will battle on for victory at the Giro d'Italia despite the team's co-leader for the general classification, Esteban Chaves, having a disastrous stage 10 , and losing over 25 minutes. Chaves was second overall and the longstanding leader in the 2016 Giro d'Italia , and third in the Vuelta a España the same year . Chaves' victory on Mount Etna this year , and his strong performance on the Gran Sasso , had placed the Colombian in second position overall behind teammate Simon Yates. And although Yates remains the race leader after stage 10, losing Chaves as a GC option represents a serious blow to the Australian team. Speaking at a point before Chaves had crossed the finish line and any communication to find out what had happened with the Colombian racer was possible, White said he was at a ...

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Chaves: We've still got to understand my problems

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) loses over 25 minutes on stage 10 at the Giro d'Italia

A little over 20 minutes or so after the finish of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia , the leaders of the team classification were called to the podium in Gualdo Tadino to accept the day's honours. As maglia rosa Simon Yates , Mikel Nieve and Jack Haig climbed rather self-consciously onto the dais, the finish area beneath them was milling with television crews awaiting the arrival of a conspicuous absentee from the subdued Mitchelton-Scott party. Esteban Chaves had begun the day in second place overall, and he betrayed no signs of unease at the start in Penne, smiling serenely for the cameras as he warmed up on the rollers in preparation for the day's early opening climb, the stiff Fonte della Creta. Within moments of the flag dropping, however, Chaves was in considerable discomfort, and he was distanced definitively when the bunch ruptured midway up the climb. For the ...

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Simon Yates: I'm very disappointed for Esteban

Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates in the peloton

Simon Yates recognised that after losing his Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves for the GC battle in the Giro d'Italia on stage 10 , he would face a more difficult challenge for victory himself. At the moment, Yates' own bid to become Britain's first-ever winner of the Giro d'Italia is firmly on track. And, indeed, on the same stage that the Lancashire racer overtook Mark Cavendish to become the British rider who has spent most days in pink - five - Yates even snatched a three-second time bonus at an intermediate sprint. But Yates' achievements on Tuesday were overshadowed almost completely by the disastrous day for Chaves - who finished in the gruppetto some 25 minutes down after being dropped on the first climb. The consequences of Chaves' tough ride are far from insignificant for Yates, too. "I think it becomes harder for me because when we were on the final ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Stage 10 finish line quotes

Matej Mohoric sprints to victory on stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) - stage winner I'm super happy not just for me but for the team. They gave me this opportunity even though Domenico [Pozzovivo] is feeling very good for the GC. He gave me a free pass today to play for the stage win, and I'm super happy for it. (On going up against Nico Denz) I was not super confident, that's why I tried to attack him several times in the last 10km, but then he collaborated, even though I attacked him. So, I decided to risk it all for the final sprint. I was not super confident but when I saw he was not passing me, I had even more power and tried to go all the way to the line. I think this year I made a big step forward. I feel very good in team Bahrain-Merida, they gave me lots of support and lots ...

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Giro d'Italia: Matej Mohoric wins Stage 10, Simon Yates extends lead

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Longest stage of this year's race sees Esteban Chaves crack, Tom Dumoulin moves into second place

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Giro d'Italia: Mohoric wins stage 10

Matej Mohoric wins stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain-Merida ) beat Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) in a two-rider sprint to win in Gualdo Tadino after the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia saw Esteban Chaves tumble out of the overall classification. Chaves, apparently suffering from allergies, lacked the power to stay with the peloton and was distanced on the first climb of the day as Team Sky set a fast pace. Despite a long chase lead by several teammates, Chaves never made it back to the peloton. His teammates were eventually ordered to sit up and the Chaves group finished 25 minutes down. He slipped from second to 39th in the overall standings. In contrast, Simon Yates was again strong on the rolling country roads of Abruzzo, Le Marche and Umbria, even taking an intermediate sprint to gain some seconds on his rivals. Yates finished safely in the peloton, 34 seconds behind Mohoric but ...

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Giro stage 11: Flaminia Rouge

Assisi: kinda pretty, I guess.

Assisi – Osimo (156km) This is one of those GT stages that nobody would have identified as critical when the route was announced. Now that the riders are looking at the profile, though, it is intriguing. Not critical, but intriguing. If we learned anything from Tuesday’s chaos, it is that there’s no such thing as a straightforward stage in this Giro. What’s It About? In part, this is typical transition day stuff; we’re moving towards the Carnic Alps and our appointment with Dr Zonc on Saturday. More than that, this is another chance for the puncheurs to grab some glory with a tough finish to a mercifully short day in the saddle. The GC guys won’t want to miss out here, either. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria The riders are moving north-eastwards, through Perugia and into Ancona, winding up pretty close to the Adriatic coast. As you’d expect with a move ...

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Dumoulin: ‘It’s going to be difficult to win the Giro’

Dumoulin: ‘It’s going to be difficult to win the Giro’

Tom Dumoulin admits that winning the 2018 Giro will be tough given the strength of Simon Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team. Read the full article at Dumoulin: ‘It’s going to be difficult to win the Giro’ on VeloNews.com .

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Aru backs himself to bounce back in mountains - Giro d'Italia news shorts

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

Fabio Aru tried to shake off the negativity that enveloped his general classification hopes at the Giro d’Italia, and insisted that he can turn his race around in the mountain stages of the final ten days. Like Chris Froome , who also lost time on Sunday, Aru also dismissed suggestions that he could quit the Giro d’Italia and focus on the Tour de France. Aru’s new coach and former Astana teammate Paolo Tiralongo told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Aru was at 80 per cent of his form ands was unable to stay with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and the other overall contenders due to lacking 30-50 watts of his usual power. Aru is not ill and he dismissed suggestions that he had raced too little in the build-up to the Giro d’Italia. “On the Gran Sasso I didn’t have the legs and so I was dropped. There aren’t any other ...

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Mitchelton-Scott united in Giro challenge

Mitchelton-Scott united in Giro challenge

The Australian-based team has a pair of leaders — Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves — atop the GC standings. Read the full article at Mitchelton-Scott united in Giro challenge on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Mohoric wins Stage 10 as Chaves drops out of contention

Giro d'Italia 2018: Mohoric wins Stage 10 as Chaves drops out of contention

Joe Robinson 15 May 2018 Slovenian wins from two-man break while Chaves loses all hope on General Classification Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain-Merida ) won Stage 10 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia to Gualdo Tadino after attacking in the final 40km of the stage. The Slovenian took Nico Denz ( AG2R La Mondiale ) to the line and outsprinted the German despite leading out the sprint. Behind Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took third on the stage. Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) retained the pink jersey finishing within the peloton among his General Classification rivals. The headline news for the stage was that second placed Esteban Chaves ( Mitchelton-Scott ) dropped out of contention in the race for General Classification. After dropping from the peloton early in the stage, the Colombian was unable to bridge back across. See related Analysis: How things stand after nine stages of the 2018 Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia ...

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Yates brothers firing on all cylinders on both sides of Atlantic

Simon Yates poses with his maglia rosa

Mitchelton-Scott twins Simon and Adam Yates have hit form at the same time, with Simon leading the Giro d'Italia and Adam climbing to third place overall at the Tour of California. While Simon went into the Giro d'Italia expecting to share leadership with Colombian climber Esteban Chaves , twin brother Adam started the Tour of California on Sunday a little less sure of his form having crashed at the Volta a Catalunya in late March . "It was a pretty serious crash. I had 10 days off the bike, so it was a pretty long stint of not training," Yates said at the Tour of California's pre-race press conference. "Things are coming together, and I'm excited to be here. But we'll have to see out on the road how I am. Hopefully, the fitness is good and we can try to win some stages. Realistically, I'd like to be top ...

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Froome sees Giro chances slipping away

Froome sees Giro chances slipping away

The first nine stages of the Giro d’Italia have not been kind to Chris Froome with two falls and a flying Simon Yates blunting his chances to make an immediate impact on the race.

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Tom Dumoulin: I have to climb well to win this Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb)

From good to disappointed to good again. Tom Dumoulin 's feelings about this year's Giro d'Italia have varied considerably on the crucial stages in the race so far, but the Sunweb leader has reached the first rest day feeling, finally, satisfied with how he's performing. "It's not going better, but it's going as well as last year," was how the defending champion summed up his sensations on Monday afternoon. This time last year, after the Blockhaus stage, Dumoulin was in third place, 30 seconds down on Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and two seconds adrift of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). This time around, he is again third behind two climbers, with a 38-second deficit on Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and six seconds behind Yates' teammate Esteban Chaves. The Dutchman has everything to play for, then, once more and is in almost exactly as good a situation as in 2017. What has varied, though, is ...

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