Emakumeen Bira: Pieters wins stage 3

Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) wins the stage

Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) won stage 3 of the Emakumeen Bira, outsprinting Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle High5) and Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo Bigla) as a breakaway of ten riders held off the peloton by two minutes. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton Scott) narrowly held onto the race lead. With three classified climbs on its 114.5 kilometres, stage 3 contained a decent amount of climbing. Additionally, there were two short, steep, but unclassified climbs in the last 25km before a descent to the stage finish in Aretxabaleta. Grey skies loomed over the Basque Country during the day, and it rained for much of the stage. Like the first day, there was no breakaway for a good part of the stage. Eri Yonamine (Wiggle High5) and Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) got away after 30km, but were caught very soon. The peloton started the first classified climb together as the rain started to come down. The ...

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Bernal climbs WorldTour rankings as Peter Sagan remains in control

The final podium for the 2018 Tour of California: winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) with BMC's Tejay van

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) has soared up the WorldTour rankings after claiming overall victory at the Tour of California last week. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) failed to win a stage in California, for the first time in his career, but maintained a healthy lead in the standings with his closest rivals not racing at present. The top six remain the same, but Bernal enjoyed an 18-place jump up the standings into seventh place thanks to his win over home favourite Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in California. Despite Van Garderen taking the race lead in the stage 4 time trial, Bernal beat the American rider by 1:25 thanks to a triumphant solo victory at South Lake Tahoe. The Tour of California is Bernal’s first overall WorldTour win and adds to the neo-pro’s time trial success at the Tour de Romandie last month, where he finished second overall. He also took a ...

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Chris Froome: I'll treasure my Zoncolan win for the rest of my life

Chris Froome (Team Sky) victory on Monte Zoncolan, stage 14 at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has described his Giro d'Italia stage victory on Monte Zoncolan as a moment he will treasure for the rest of his life, convinced that any possible verdict from his pending salbutamol case would not result in him losing his Giro results. Despite losing time in the overall classification on Sunday’s stage to Sappada, virtually ending his hopes of overall success and a place on the podium in Rome, Froome was still savouring his solo win on the Zoncolan as he sat down for his rest day press conference in Trento on Monday. It appears to have balanced out a so-far troubled and injury-hit race following his crash ahead of the opening time trial in Jerusalem. "I’m pretty tired to be honest. It’s been a tough race so far," Froome said before training on the 34.2km time trial course between Trento and Rovereto that he will race ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: Froome's Zoncolan watts and Yates's surge for victory

Joe Robinson 21 May 2018 The numbers needed for Froome to win on Zoncolan and for Dumoulin to limit his loses The penultimate weekend of the 2018 Giro d'Italia is now behind us and two stages in firstly the Alps and then the Dolomites has set up what will be a fascinating final week of racing. Ahead of tomorrow's 34km individual time trial, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will be quietly confident after chipping away a healthier lead on defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) over the two stages. He now presides over a 2 minute 11 second lead. Dumoulin will have been happy with his performance on Saturday, limiting his loses to 38 seconds although will no doubt be frustrated to have shipped 41 seconds yesterday, albeit due to a lack of cooperation in the chasing group. Saturday saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) silence his critics with an impressive victory on ...

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13! Week 13’s Team!

Races of the week: Giro d’Italia, stages 10-15 Tour of California, stages 2-7 & finish Tour of Norway Tour de l’Ain Team of the week: First named rider is the rider of the week and if a rider has a number in parentheses after their name it means the number of times they have made the select Team of the Week here. 1. Simon Lefty Yates (3). GC leader & KOM leader of the Giro. One is tempted to make Yates the only rider listed this week, he was that dominant. Took the win at Osimo showing explosiveness that no one could match, took Froome’s heaviest blow and was catching back up on the Zoncolan when the finish line stopped his climb (and where the idea that he is just a puncher was buried), then punched the rest of the GC contenders in the teeth with his win at Sappada. ...

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Giro d'Italia: Chris Froome pays for Monte Zoncolan effort at Sappada

Chris Froome (Team Sky) finishes stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome 's hopes of bouncing back at the Giro d'Italia lasted just 24 hours with his success atop Monte Zoncolan eclipsed by a difficult stage 15 in the Dolomites that saw him lose 1:32 to an ever-more-dominant Simon Yates. If the Zoncolan was a steep ladder back up the overall classification, the road to Sappada was the snake that saw Froome slip to seventh, 4:52 down on his fellow Briton. He is two and half minutes from a place on the podium with the time trial in his favour, but with the risk of losing more time on the final mountain finishes. Froome was subdued as he continued his ritual of spending time on the Team Sky bus and then warming down on the rollers before speaking about his day in the saddle. Spinning his legs and stretching helped remove the lactic acid but it could not remove his ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 15 highlights - Video

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) claimed his third stage win while wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia, this time during stage 15 in Sappada. The stage was 176km from Tolmezzo to the finish line in Sappada. Yates attacked twice on the penultimate climb and then soloed to the win, finishing 41 seconds ahead of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), and chasers, while Chris Froome (Team Sky) lost over minute. Yates now leads Dumoulin by 2:11 with Domenico Pozzovio (Bahrain-Merida) at 2:28 in the overall classification ahead of the next rest day on Monday. Watch as Yates solos to victory in InCycle's stage 15 video highlights above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Simon Yates: The finale was the hardest 15km of my life

Simon Yates celebrates another day in pink

Simon Yates joined Eddy Merckx, Gilberto Simoni and Marco Pantani as the only riders to have won three stages at the Giro d'Italia while wearing the leader's maglia rosa. The Mitchelton-Scott rider refused to concede that he has overall victory stitched up after winning alone on stage 15 in Sappada, extending his lead on Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to 2:11, and pushing Chris Froome (Team Sky) out of contention and down to 4:52. He expects Tuesday's time trial to be a major judgment day. "To say I'm the favourite … I'm not sure," Yates said with a smile, a moment of silence and a sigh of hesitance despite his clear dominance. "There's still the TT to come. I know I sound like a broken record, but that's because I don't know how much time I need. I gave it everything today to get as much time as possible on Tom. "Today ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 15 finish line quotes

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacks to win Stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) - overall leader Jack Haig pushed the pace and then George Bennett attacked. It was really hard from the bottom of the climb. I still felt good so I chose my moment to go. They responded the first time but then I tried again and I gave it everything to get away. It's fantastic. I don't know why I'm a bit emotional after today. I gave it everything. It's a good gap to Tom [Dumoulin] but he could take two minutes out of me in the TT. I've been fighting since Israel to have a good gap, and I have that now but it could vanish in 35km. We'll see. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) We managed to get up there, but it was a real battle between [Richard] Carapaz and [Miguel] Lopez for the win. They were just looking at each other and not putting in any work. ...

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McNulty soars to seventh overall at his first Tour of California

Brandon McNulty gave it a red hot go

Brandon McNulty ( Rally Cycling ) made the most of his first opportunity to compete in America's only WorldTour race last week at the Amgen Tour of California , coming in fourth on the Queen stage to South Lake Tahoe and finishing seventh overall when the race concluded Saturday in Sacramento. McNulty established his place among the best in the race with his 12th place finish during the second stage to the summit of Gibraltar Road outside of Santa Barbara. He followed it the next day with 13th place in the reduced bunch sprint behind solo stage winner Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo). His luck turned south when he punctured during the stage 4 time trial while on a pace that could have put him in the top 10, eventually finishing 24th on the stage but moving up to seventh overall, the spot he'd hold all the way to the race's end. ...

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Giro d'Italia: Simon Yates takes his third stage win in Sappada

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) became the first man since Gilberto Simoni in 2003 to win three stages while wearing the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia , riding into Sappada solo to extend his overall race lead. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) took second, 41 seconds behind, while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) rounded off the top three and salvaged four bonus seconds. After a fast-paced day it was Yates who once again took the initiative in the finale, attacking on the final classified climb of day, 17km from the line. As Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped away - eventually losing 1:32 after yesterday’s efforts on Monte Zoncolan - nobody had an answer for Yates as he rode away with apparent ease. A disorganised chase among the select GC group only meant that Yates piled on the seconds out front. Meanwhile, his main rival Dumoulin was dropped before working his back for the ...

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Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Yates extends race lead with third stage victory

Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Yates extends race lead with third stage victory

Joe Robinson 20 May 2018 Dumoulin loses time to Yates as Englishman takes yet another stage victory to Sappada Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) laid down his biggest marker yet for the pink jersey at the 2018 Giro d'Italia taking stage victory number three to Sappada and extending his lead in the pink jersey. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) will have sore shoulders tonight as the remaining General Classification men leaned on the Dutchman for the chase to the final before eventually dropping him towards the finish. Dumoulin fought valiantly to rejoin this group finishing 40 seconds adrift of Yates. Chris Froome (Team Sky) paying for his efforts on Monte Zoncolan, went backwards after going forwards eventually losing 1 minute 30 seconds to stage winner and race leader Yates. Yates used the penultimate climb of Costalissoio to launch a double attack which was enough to shrug off Dumoulin and co providing ...

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Giro d'Italia: GC contenders suffer on the Zoncolan

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ) during stage 13 at the Giro d'Italia

While Team Sky's Chris Froome climbed his way up the Zoncolan to victory on stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia, and Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates – second to Froome on the stage – retained his pink leader's jersey , a number of the overall contenders slipped further down the classification, and have been left licking their wounds. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 6th on the stage, 0:42 behind stage winner Chris Froome; 4th overall, 1:46 behind race leader Simon Yates "I did everything I could, but I was at my limit today," Pinot told L'Equipe . "The others were simply stronger than me. I didn't feel particularly bad, but I had nothing else left. "I've never ridden a tougher climb than that in my whole career, and have never suffered more than I did today. But it's the Giro: there's still a long way to go, with plenty more mountain stages to come, ...

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Poels inspires Froome's resurrection at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome and Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Chris Froome's resurrection and stage victory on Monte Zoncolan came at the same moment as that of his trusted wingman Wout Poels (Team Sky). Without the Dutchman's return to his role of loyal teammate and leadout man in the mountains, Froome would perhaps have not won atop Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and so would not have turned his Giro d'Italia around from a sense of looming disaster to a sense that now anything is possible. Poels dragged Froome from the darkened forests of the lower slopes of the Zoncolan, setting up his final, decisive attack. At the same time Poels' constant high pace hurt everyone else, especially Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), who was eventually cut adrift when Froome surged away with 4.3km to go. "I'm not surprised. Wout is a classy rider," Froome said of his teammate with real gratitude after winning the stage and pulling back 37 seconds on Dumoulin. ...

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Froome defies critics to conquer Zoncolan

Froome defies critics to conquer Zoncolan

Chris Froome (Team Sky) showed that his bid for the maglia rosa is far from over, securing an impressive victory atop the infamous climb of Mount Zoncolan in Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia.

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Bernal seals Tour of California victory

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) gets the stage win - just! - from Sunweb's Max Walscheid

Fernando Gaviria ( Quick-Step Floors ) made it three sprint stages for three as he powered to victory in Sacramento on the final stage 7 of the Tour of California , topping Sunweb's Max Walscheid and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). Egan Bernal (Team Sky) cruised in to claim the overall victory of the Tour of California after being ushered through the sunny streets of Sacramento expertly by his teammates. The Colombian added to his neo-pro season success that also included second place in the Tour de Romandie, the win in the first edition of the Colombia Oro y Paz, the best young rider's jersey in the Tour Down Under and in Romandie, and two stage wins in California. The pan-flat stage was tailor-made for the sprinters, and although a determined breakaway lasted to the end of the penultimate local lap, the fast men chased it down to battle to take the ...

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Chris Froome: I'm going to keep racing as hard all the way to Rome

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome dug deep, suffered perhaps like few times before in his career, and fought all the way to the finish line to conquer the Monte Zoncolan and begin a fight back after losing chunks of time in the Giro d'Italia since his crash in Jerusalem. Team Sky had given Froome the option of going home due to his injuries and pain from the subsequent muscle imbalances but he always refused to throw in the towel despite losing time, hoping that he could and would recover and somehow fight back. "It never crossed my mind to retire from the race, that's bike racing, things happen that are not always in your control, especially in the Giro which is very unpredictable," Froome said, showing his pride. "The crash took a fair bit out of me but it was always the plan to keep fighting. We've seen in the past how quickly ...

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Tom Dumoulin: It's going to be difficult to win the Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin tries to limit his losses on the Zoncolan

Tom Dumoulin was in a place beyond words. Monte Zoncolan has that sort of effect. Fifty metres or so past the finish of stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia , the Dutchman was flagged down by a pair of Sunweb soigneurs, and he eased to a halt. With eyes glazed and face drawn, he leant silently against a barrier as they helped him into a long-sleeved jersey and wrapped a towel around his neck. Dumoulin had reached the finish in 5th place on the stage, 37 seconds down on winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and 31 behind maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), but it was too soon to talk numbers with his entourage, too soon to mull over the verdict the mountain had delivered. Like all the top finishers on the stage, Dumoulin was called to the anti-doping tent near the podium, and the wait gave him time to compose ...

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Froome bounces back on Monte Zoncolan to win stage 14 of Giro d’Italia

Supported by Chris Froome began his fightback from a big deficit at the Giro d’Italia, winning stage 14 to Monte Zoncolan after an attack on the final climb. The Team Sky rider made his move with 4.3 kilometres remaining and while race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) later set off in pursuit, he ran out of road and … The post Froome bounces back on Monte Zoncolan to win stage 14 of Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 14 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) attacks on the Zoncolan

Chris Froome (Team Sky) - stage winner It is a really, really special feeling winning on top of this climb. Such an amazing feeling. It's such a monumental climb for the Giro d'Italia, such a monumental climb for the race in general. It's such a good feeling, especially after a hard start to the race for me and the team. The team has supported me so well in these last two weeks, so to get the victory today really means a lot. (Why attack with 4km to go?) I felt like that was the moment where the race was really on the limit. I felt that was the moment for me to go. I'd obviously done the recon here and knew the last few kilometres. The team had done a great job pulling me to that moment, Wout had done a really big effort and made it really hard up ...

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