Giro Rest Day Winners and Losers

Is the Giro over? As the peloton spend a day on recovery rides, massages, and plenty of calories, we at the café think back over the first nine days of the Giro. This post gives a space to do just that, and provides a few winners and losers. Feel free to add your own, but there can be no doubt at all about where we start. Winner: Primoz Roglic I think the only way we could be any more impressed would be if the Slovenian had some kind of a back story. Maybe he used to compete in some other sport, or something like that. Is this a surprise? No, probably not. He’s certainly benefitted from the misfortunes of his primary opponents (more on that story later) and we knew he was coming in with superb form. Still, he’s riding like a champion, taking time in chunks when he needs ...

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Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the start of stage 8

"The main opponent for me tomorrow will be myself," Primož Roglič said in Pesaro on the eve of the Giro d’Italia 's stage 9 time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian's subdued interview persona could never be mistaken for Muhammad Ali's pre-fight proclamations of greatness, but he carefully clarified his statement lest there be any misinterpretation. "It's because I will be alone, and I will be fighting against myself to do as good as possible." If the San Marino time trial has loomed large over the opening week of this Giro, then so too has Roglič's presumed supremacy on the stage. His resounding victory in the opening time trial in Bologna last weekend installed him as the favourite for Sunday's longer, sea-to-sky test, a status that has only been burnished further following Tom Dumoulin's unfortunate abandon on stage 5. While Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) wears the maglia rosa, Roglič ...

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Giro d'Italia: Masnada wins stage 6

Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) celebrates his win

Fausto Masnada ( Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec ) and Valerio Conti ( UAE Team Emirates ) gave Italy a "doppio successo" on stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia in San Giovanni Rotondo, with Masnada winning the stage and Conti pulling on the maglia rosa after riding hard for 200km in the break of the day. The two Italians were part of a 13-rider attack that was allowed to stay away by the peloton after Primoz Roglic was caught up in a big crash and suffered some road rash to his right buttock. He was not hurt but reined in his Jumbo-Visma team on the long ride south into Puglia, allowing the break a moment of glory. Masnada and Conti attacked on the last and only real climb of the stage with 28km to go, working together all the way to the finish. Masnada kicked hard to win the stage, with Conti finishing ...

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Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Jon Dibben signs for Madison Genesis after seven months away from road racing

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Rider was consider surplus to requirements by Team Sky at end of 2018 Madison Genesis have offered talented youngster Jonathan Dibben a professional cycling lifeline as he joins the Continental team with immediate effect. The former Track World Champion found himself without a team after British WorldTour setup Team Sky decided not to extend his contract through to 2019. With the decision coming late in the season, Dibben saw himself join a number of WorldTour riders to end 2018 without a team for the following season. The 25-year-old then spent the first half of the season racing multiple Six Day events on the track in London, Hong Kong and Australia before signing for Madison Genesis. The move has come after current national champion Connor Swift left to join ProContinental team Arkea-Samsic last week . Dibben last competed on the road at the Tour of Guangxi ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Moscon looks ahead to Tour de France after missing Giro d'Italia

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) manages a smile after having taken third place on stage 2 of the 2019 Tou

Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) is enjoying a surge of good form at the Tour of California that he is hoping to build on as he looks to race the Tour de France in July. The Italian was initially slated to race the Giro d'Italia but told Cyclingnews that he revised his plans because he wasn't in good enough shape to race a Grand Tour in May. "I'm in good shape but I'm not in my best shape, and it would be nice to be at the Giro d'Italia but as the best Gianni that I can be," Moscon told Cyclingnews at the finish line of stage 2 in South Lake Tahoe. "It's because my numbers are still not the best, but they will come for sure." 25 year-old Moscon is one of Italy's fastest-rising talents in professional cycling. He joined Team Sky in 2016 when he was an under-23 rider ...

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Rohan Dennis: Potential for big changes at Bahrain-Merida

Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) at the 2019 Tour of California

Rohan Dennis has hinted that there could be some significant changes coming for Bahrain-Merida . In light of hiring former Team Sky coach Rod Ellingworth and speculation surrounding Vincenzo Nibali leaving the team, Dennis told Cyclingnews that such decisions are better left to management while he focuses on his performances at the Tour of California . "It's not really up to me to say, but, honestly, I'm pretty sure [Vincenzo Nibali] is leaving. It's just speculation, obviously, but with Rod Ellingworth coming on board, there will potentially be some big changes," Dennis told Cyclingnews when asked if the team will consider replacing Vincenzo Nibali with another outright team leader. "But that's management's job to handle all that stuff." Teams and riders are not permitted to discuss potential negotiations or signings for the next season until August 1, but it was reported earlier this year that contract negotiations had broken down ...

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Tour of California: Asgreen wins stage 2 as van Garderen takes race lead

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen wins stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of California

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) claimed stage 2 of the Tour of California after beating Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos) to the line in the first mountain stage of this year's race. The young Danish rider was an attacking presence throughout the second half of the stage and made it into the winning break that included van Garderen, Moscon and several overall contenders. It was van Garderen who attacked on the final climb from a reduced group with 1.6km to go but he was marked by Asgreen, Moscon and UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogačar. With the line in sight, Asgreen kicked for home and his acceleration was enough to hold off van Garderen, with Moscon fading to third. The victory marked Asgreen's first individual triumph on the WorldTour stage, while van Garderen's second place was enough to see the former race winner move into ...

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Wiggins: 'I think Tao can get a top 10 at the Giro'

Wiggins: 'I think Tao can get a top 10 at the Giro'

Joseph Delves 13 May 2019 Head of a band of young hopefuls, how far can Tao Geoghegan Hart go at the Giro? A squad not previously known for giving its young riders much free rein, Team Ineos had intended to send a precocious yet relatively green set of riders to this year’s Giro d'Italia . Based around supporting superstar Egan Bernal in the General Classification, this plan was wrecked when the 22-year-old Colombian was forced out just before the race courtesy of a broken collarbone. Instead, British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart and Russain Pavel Sivakov now find themselves carrying the team’s hopes in Italy. Aged 24 and 21 respectively, both riders’ sole experience of riding a Grand Tour came at last year’s Vuelta a Espana . Backed by a similarly youthful team, including Edward Dunbar (age 22), Jhonatan Narvaez (age 22), and Ivan Sosa (age 21), despite having to reconfigure ...

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Geoghegan Hart takes seventh place on Giro's opening time trial

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) put in a strong time

Team Ineos ' Tao Geoghegan Hart was the British WorldTour team's best-placed finisher on the opening time trial stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia , which got under way in Bologna on Saturday, taking seventh place, 35 seconds down on stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). With Egan Bernal having had to forfeit the Giro following a training crash just a week before the start of the Italian Grand Tour, the team formerly known as Team Sky was forced to send a largely inexperienced squad to the race, with 24-year-old Geoghegan Hart and recent Tour of the Alps winner, 21-year-old Russian Pavel Sivakov, the two riders most likely to perform in the mountains, and therefore the team's best hopes for the general classification, despite their youth. Ahead of the race, team manager Dave Brailsford reiterated that the two youngsters would be free to enjoy their Giro without now needing to work ...

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Dave Brailsford: We had four or five options to replace Sky

Dave Brailsford is managing a very young team at the Giro

Dave Brailsford has revealed he had four or five different sponsorship options as he worked to save Team Sky , eventually opting to go with petrochemical multinational Inoes because they would be part of a multi-sport project and would still retain their British identity. Brailsford, speaking ahead of the Giro d'Italia admitted he went through a moment of reflection when Sky announced it would leave professional cycling last December but he now seems as enthusiastic and determined to win as ever before, despite criticism of Inoes’ environmental record and its plans to use the controversial fracking technique in parts of Britain to extract natural gas. Brailsford attended the Team Ineos pre-Giro d’Italia press conference with Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who will lead the team in the absence of Egan Bernal . He also answered questions about the absence of Gianni Moscon from the Giro squad after his poor ...

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What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team?

Supported by It’s been a little over a week now since multinational chemicals company Ineos took over from Sky as title sponsor of the world’s richest cycling team. It hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing so far — so worried about environmentalist protestors was Ineos that the location of the team launch wasn’t revealed until the last … The post What does Ineos have to gain by sponsoring a cycling team? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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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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The 2019 Giro d’Italia Time Trial Preview

A look at the three races of truth that could determine the Giro winner There are two things to bear in mind when it comes to the time trial stages of the Giro. The first is that there are fewer and fewer time trial kilometres in modern grand tours (as Inrng demonstrates for the Tour, but something similar is true for the Giro). The second is that time trials remain absolutely critical in determining overall success in general classification As we gear up for a 2019 Giro with not one, not two, but three individual time trials, it is worth spending some time thinking about what that means for the corsa rosa ahead of us. There are a bunch of possible theores, but here’s the one that I would espouse: ITTs remain significant as they get rarer, because pure climbers begin to be considered as GC hopefuls, and even a ...

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The weekly spin: California memories

It’s cold and raining in Colorado as I take a pause from packing my suitcase to turn some thoughts into pixels. Though I’ve lived in Boulder for almost 20 years, in a sense, I’m headed home. I’m headed to warmer climes — Sacramento, to be exact — for my 14th consecutive trip to the Amgen Tour … The post The weekly spin: California memories appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Landa, Carapaz and Amador to lead Movistar at Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Not chastened by their experiences at last year’s Tour de France, Movistar are taking a three-pronged approach to the Giro d’Italia this May. The Spanish team will look to Mikel Landa , Andrey Amador and Richard Carapaz for their general classification ambitions. One notable omission from the team is Alejandro Valverde, who was meant to be riding the Corsa Rosa but had to pull out after a training crash ahead of Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Given their previous performances, Landa – who is expected to leave the team at the end of the season - is likely to be the team’s best hope for the overall classification. Though, Carapaz has been on fine form recently and will be looking to improve on last year’s performance. Landa took his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Giro d’Italia, after duking it out with his Astana teammate Fabio Aru and eventual winner Alberto Contador. In ...

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Chris Froome leaves Tour de Yorkshire on track for Tour de France

Chris Froome (Team Ineos).

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) started the week defending his new team sponsor after petrochemical company Ineos were unveiled as Sky’s replacement, but at the end of the Tour de Yorkshire the four-time Tour de France winner was rather more upbeat. On the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, it was Froome, alongside the superb Eddie Dunbar, who set up teammate Chris Lawless for the overall win with a stinging attack on the final climb. Froome rode the four-day event as a super-domestique, but made the podium after Team Ineos took victory in the team classification. Lawless ceded the stage to 2018 winner Greg Van Avermaet, but took the overall plaudits ahead of the Belgian and teammate Dunbar. "I’m feeling good for early May. I’ve still got some work to do but that’s natural with two month’s to go," Froome told Cyclingnews when asked about his form ahead ...

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Gallery: Protests and new Pinarellos as Team Ineos take on the Tour de Yorkshire

Jack Elton-Walters Chris Auld 3 May 2019 Team Ineos are riding the Tour de Yorkshire but not everyone has been glad to see them. Photos: Chris Auld Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Chris Auld Team Ineos are in action at the ongoing 2019 Tour de Yorkshire , which started on Thursday and will end on Sunday, where it's likely that the General Classification will be decided by the final stage's finishing order as was the case last year. Included in the Ineos line-up is Chris Froome as he builds up towards the Tour de France , where he'll be aiming for a record-equalling fifth overall title. Despite his success on the road as Britain's most prolific stage racer, Froome and his team have not be universally welcomed in Yorkshire. The team's new lead sponsor has been the subject of protests at the race by people objecting to the company's practices including ...

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