Navarro suffers perforated lung in Giro d'Italia crash

Daniel Navarro on stage 8 of the Critérium du Dauphiné

Daniel Navarro ( Katusha-Alpecin ) suffered a litany of injuries after getting caught up in the mass pile-up at the end of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia , which also forced Tom Dumoulin to abandon. The Spaniard was left with a perforated lung, three broken ribs, a broken collarbone, as well as further injuries to his lung. Navarro was one of four Katusha-Alpecin riders to be involved in the crash, with Marco Haller, Reto Hollenstein and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov also coming down. Haller injured his hand in the incident, but a subsequent x-ray showed that he had not fractured any bones. All three of the other Katusha-Alpecin riders were able to complete the stage, though the same couldn’t be said for Navarro, who abandoned the race immediately. He was taken to hospital, where he underwent scans and stayed overnight. The crash occurred with just over six kilometres to go of ...

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Giro d'Italia: Carapaz wins stage 4 after GC riders hit the deck

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) wins stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

The first 228 kilometres of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia to Frascati near Rome passed without incident but chaos broke loose once again in the final seven kilometres as crashes altered not only the complexion of the stage but of the Giro d’Italia as a whole. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) claimed the spoils, producing a powerful acceleration on the uphill finish in Frascati, while 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) crashed hard and saw his hopes of overall victory dealt a near-fatal blow. The peloton was split into pieces by two crashes in quick succession with just over six kilometres to go. Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos) touched wheels to spark the first crash, before another spill, involving Dumoulin and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), occurred at a roundabout less than a kilometre later. That left Carapaz in a front group of 15 riders that contained, crucially, maglia rosa Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The ...

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Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC

The general classification of the Giro d’Italia was thrown into disarray Tuesday when a large crash in the peloton with 6km remaining on Stage 4 split the bunch and left 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) injured and down four minutes on race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The crash, after nearly 230km of racing, caused a … The post Dumoulin injured in Stage 4 pileup at Giro d’Italia, loses four minutes on GC appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit

Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit

Despite difficulties with his form, Katusha-Alpecin officials had not expected Marcel Kittel's sudden departure from professional cycling Read the full article at Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Richard Carapaz wins Stage 4 as Roglic gains time on rivals

Giro d'Italia 2019: Richard Carapaz wins Stage 4 as Roglic gains time on rivals

Joe Robinson 14 May 2019 Big crash in final 4km sees Roglic gain time on rivals with crooked Dumoulin biggest loset Richard Carapaz won Stage 4 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia from a reduced bunch while Primoz Roglic profited from a large crash in the final 4km which saw most of his rivals lose time. The Movistar climber capitalised on a late crash that saw only a handful of riders compete for the final with the Ecuadorian launching his sprint early, managing to hold off a fast-finishing Caleb Ewan. The crash defined the race finale after Team Ineos' Pavel Sivakov touched wheels in the peloton bringing down a handful of riders and plenty more. Roglic was the only GC contender not to be held up by the fall, eventually crossing the line in a reduced group ahead of all of his major rivals. The closest rival to Roglic over the ...

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Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far)

Late last week German sprint ace Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways. The news came as a surprise to most within the cycling scene, including us — while Kittel had certainly struggled since joining Katusha-Alpecin in 2018, an early contract termination didn’t seem to be on … The post Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro d'Italia: Bologna TT a fight for every second – Preview

A rider fights against gravity on the climb to San Luca

The 2019 Giro d'Italia begins with an individual time trial on Saturday evening but the eight kilometres from the centre of Bologna to the Santuario di San Luca is far more complex than a prologue and far more important than most opening stages due to the impact the intense effort will have on the overall classification. Since arriving in Bologna on Wednesday, the riders have been unable to ignore the red brick Santuario overlooking Bologna from the hilltop to the south of the city. As the hours tick down to the start of the 102nd Giro d'Italia, they know they will face a moment of pure pain during the 2.1km, 9.7 per cent climb. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) surprisingly starts first at 4:50 pm local time to try to avoid possible thunderstorms, and so he could spend the next three hours in the hot seat, waiting to see if anyone ...

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Watch: The Giro's last visit to the Sanctuary of San Luca

Joe Robinson 10 May 2019 The last time the Giro visited the Sanctuary of San Luca, an unknown Chris Froome found himself fighting for stage honours The 102nd Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday with an 8km individual time-trial in the Emilia-Romagna city of Bologna. Any other day and an 8km time trial would be just a formality. The race's strongest testers would compete for pink while, barring a crash or mechanical, the race's General Classification men would all finish within a handful of seconds of one another, keeping it cagey knowing three weeks of tough racing lie ahead. However, Stage 1 of this Giro will be slightly different. After weaving through the old streets of Bologna for 6km on Saturday, each and every rider will take a sharp right turn of almost 180 degrees from the Via Porrenttana onto the Via San Luca. For the final 2km, the race will ...

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Lefevere: Kittel is still the fastest in the world – I can't believe he's done

Mercel Kittel in the green jersey after stage 11

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere believes Marcel Kittel can bounce back from adversity once again, claiming the German sprinter is "still the fastest rider in the peloton". It was announced on Thursday that Kittel is taking a break from cycling and that his contract with Katusha-Alpecin has been terminated with immediate effect and by mutual consent. "It was for me a long decision process where I raised a lot of questions about how and where I want to go as a person and athlete and what is really important to me," Kittel said. "From now on I will put my happiness and joy above everything and seek ways to find this also in my future." The 30-year-old hinted at a possible return to competition at some point in the future, and his former boss Lefevere cannot see him not making a comeback at some point. "I cannot believe he is done," ...

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Marcel Kittel parts ways with Katusha before end of contract

Kittel wins stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Supported by After a disappointing debut season with Katusha in 2018, Marcel Kittel seemed to be on his way to bouncing back when he started 2019 with a win at the Trofeo Palma and a second place at the Clasica de Almerica. Since then, results have been hard to come by. Just this week it was announced … The post Marcel Kittel parts ways with Katusha before end of contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Joe Robinson 9 May 2019 Rider ends time with team after difficult 18 months that brought just two victories Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team have agreed to mutually terminate the rider's contract, bringing an end to his torrid season with the squad. The team confirmed in a press release that the contract would cease with immediate effect and included a long statement from Kittel explaining why he would be stepping away. The 30-year-old cited an inability to 'train and race at the highest level' for his decision, and added: 'I believe that everyone has his strengths and weaknesses and that it is an ongoing process to deal with them within a team to be strong and successful. 'In the last two months, I have had the feeling of being exhausted. At this moment, I am not able to train and race at the highest level. For this reason, I ...

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Marcel Kittel has left Katusha Alpecin by mutual consent

Kittel

Kittel says his contract has been terminated early “on his request", citing exhaustion and "not being able to train and race at the highest level"

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kittel withdraws from Tour of California

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel 's return to racing has struck a further delay, with the German sprinter now pulling out of the Amgen Tour of California . Kittel hasn’t raced since finishing 99th at Scheldeprijs on April 10, and his California absence follows a late withdrawal from last week’s Tour de Yorkshire. Katusha-Alpecin confirmed the news to Cyclingnews on Wednesday, giving the same explanation as for Yorkshire, that Kittel is not healthy enough and not ready to race. The withdrawal is the latest setback in a difficult period for the 30-year-old, and leaves him with a mountain to climb if he is to get back on track for the Tour de France, which starts in just under two months. After a disappointing first season with Katusha in 2018, Kittel underwent blood tests to get to the bottom of his problems, and it seemed like he had put things right when he won ...

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the Tour de Romandie podium.

Primož Roglič ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro d’Italia , which starts next weekend. Roglič won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Roglič returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Roglič in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week. "It shows how ...

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Van Avermaet: Yorkshire Worlds could be my last chance

Greg Van Avermaet during the race's early stages

Greg Van Avermaet ( CCC Team ) had his first taste of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships circuit on Friday as stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire navigated the 16.5km finishing circuit for the event, which will take place in September. Stage 2 between Barnsley and Bedale was won by Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel, but for Van Avermaet an element of focus was on testing his legs on the Worlds finishing circuit, which came roughly half-way through the stage. Belgium will only announce their Worlds team closer to the event, and while a number of riders will come to Yorkshire in the coming weeks and months to recon the course, it’s highly likely that Van Avermaet will spearhead the Belgian challenge. The Olympic road race champion has never won a road world title and at almost 34 years of age the number of opportunities are disappearing. However, the former ...

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Mark Cavendish: Yorkshire Worlds are too hard for me

Mark Cavendish rides in the peloton

2011 world champion Mark Cavendish ( Dimension Data ) has ruled himself out of contention for this year’s Worlds after racing on the finishing circuit at the Tour de Yorkshire. The four-day event raced over the finishing circuit that will be used for the Worlds later this year on stage 2, with Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) coming out on top. Cavendish finished 18th on the stage and admitted later that he ‘bottled it’ in the finale. However, this was also an opportunity for the 33-year-old to test his legs on the 16.5km course that will be used multiple times in the men’s elite race come September. “That circuit is hard, I did it in the winter and thought it’s not for me but thought maybe here at Tour de Yorkshire at race pace maybe it would be easier. It wasn’t, it’s still hard at race pace. If anything, it was harder,” ...

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Zabel uses rare opportunity to clinch victory in Yorkshire

Zabel uses rare opportunity to clinch victory in Yorkshire

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) took a rare sprinting opportunity with both hands as he took victory in Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire.

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