Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Simon Yates and Dumoulin a step ahead in Osimo

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

The great mountain passes tend to catch the eye when the route of the Giro d'Italia is presented each autumn, but come May, some less heralded finales inevitably end up shedding important light on the general classification battle. It certainly felt that way in Osimo on Wednesday afternoon, where maglia rosa Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) notched up his second stage win of the Giro and defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) seemed the only man capable of operating at something approaching the same rarefied level as the Briton. While it would be extremely premature to extrapolate too much from the skirmish in the final 1,500 metres or so of stage 11 , it would also be remiss to dismiss its relevance for the harsher tests still to come, not least because the afternoon also appeared to confirm the downward trajectory of some of the pre-race favourites, with Chris Froome (Team ...

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Chris Froome determined to keep plugging away in Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome looking down at his stem as usual

A few hundred metres behind the finishing line at Osimo, Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) went through his usual post-stage warm-down after what had proved, yet again, to be a difficult day for the Briton at the Giro d'Italia office. At the foot of the ascent into Osimo, Froome could be seen at the back end of the group of favourites, visibly struggling to stay in contact. A few moments later, he was dropped and forced to move into damage limitation mode. In the space of barely a kilometre, by the time he crossed the line, Froome had lost exactly 40 seconds on Yates, the biggest time gap of all the top favourites on the ascent through Osimo's narrow, paved streets. Overall, Froome is now 3:20 down on his fellow-Briton, and as a result, he has moved back out of the top 10 in the general classification, down to ...

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Giro d'Italia: Stage 11 finish line quotes

Chris Froome (Team Sky) after climbing Mount Etna stage 6 at the Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome (Team Sky) - lost 40 seconds "It was a tough day. It wasn't as long but after yesterday it was another brutal finish. "I’m definitely not going to lie, it took a lot out of me, that crash before the race in Jerusalem. I had a lot of pain in my right hand side. In this game, if you're not at your absolute best you've got nowhere to hide. You can only hide it for so long. I feel that I have been progressing throughout the race and I'm still just chipping away and hoping to do the best that I can. "I'm going to keep fighting. It's good to get this racing in the legs. I haven't done much racing this year and it's good to get the racing in. I haven't given up hope. We saw yesterday with Esteban just how quickly this race can change ...

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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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Tour of California 2018: Stage 3 highlights – Video

Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins wins stage 3 of the 2018 Tour of California

Trek-Segafredo's Tom Skuijns left a disappointed Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon) in his wake and held off what was left of the bunch to take his third Tour of California career stage win on Tuesday. It's worth a watch for Skujins' original finish-line dance performance alone. Heading down the Laguna Seca Raceway's famous corkscrew downhill section, the Latvian had all but won, and he had plenty of time to reward the crowd with his celebratory on-bike moves, while Bennett banged his handlebars in disgust at not being able to get back on terms. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) brought home a reduced peloton in third place, ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and race leader Egan Bernal (Team Sky). Skujins had won stages of the Tour of California in both 2015 and 2016. The 2017 edition, however, is one that the 26-year-old would rather forget. His crash on stage 2 left ...

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Tour of California: Skujins takes his third ToCA stage win

Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins celebrates winning stage 3 at the 2018 Tour of California from Sean Be

Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) surprised the field and rode to a three-second solo victory on Tuesday during stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California. Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon) was second, with Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) third on the track finish at Laguna Seca Raceway. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) retained his 25-second overall race lead, finishing fifth on the windy stage, one place behind stage favourite Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Sagan's teammate Rafal Majka remains second overall behind Bernal, with Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates in third, 31 seconds back. Skujins' victory – his third career stage win at the Tour of California – came one day shy of a year after he crashed on stage 2 of the 2017 event and eventually abandoned the race with a concussion. "The only time I dreamed about [the stage win] was in the last 300 metres," said Skujins, who also won stage 3 in the 2015 ...

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A second comeback at 22: Macey Stewart on loss, injury and perspective

When Macey Stewart lined up in her Wiggle High5 jersey for the first time in January, the then-21-year-old believed she was starting a career reboot with the form of her life. The former junior track and road world champion had moved so far beyond the cycling malaise that led her to walk away from the … The post A second comeback at 22: Macey Stewart on loss, injury and perspective appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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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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Different riders, same tactic, same result: Team Sky in control in California

SANTA BARBARA, CA (CT) — It was a sight familiar to cycling fans: Team Sky, amassed at the front of the peloton at the bottom of a climb, setting a blistering pace, shedding riders off the back before launching their GC leader to victory. Only this wasn’t the Tour de France, and it wasn’t Geraint Thomas … The post Different riders, same tactic, same result: Team Sky in control in California appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Tour of California: Majka misses out to Bernal on stage 2

Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacks

Team Sky's Egan Bernal may have been a little too strong on the finish up Gibraltar Road on stage 2 of the Tour of California, but Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) now sits comfortably in second place overall, and is ready to pounce. Strong work leading into the final climb by his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates, including world champion Peter Sagan , put Majka in the ideal position for the finish, and although he wasn't able to follow Bernal, he was able to distance himself from third-placed Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and now sits second overall, six seconds in front of Yates, and just 25 behind Bernal. "After nearly a month out of racing, I'm happy with my result today," Majka said in a team press release. 'It was a hard climb, but I managed to keep my pace and finish second. We have five more stages to go and, together with the rest of ...

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Bernal takes Sky 2.0 to new heights in California

Bernal takes Sky 2.0 to new heights in California

Colombian Egan Bernal is a face of Team Sky’s generation 2.0 that proved more current than future investment, taking a stranglehold on stage two of the Amgen Tour of California.

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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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Sky launches Bernal into Amgen Tour of California lead

Sky launches Bernal into Amgen Tour of California lead

Team Sky did what it does best in grinding the peloton into the ground before launching Colombian youngster Egan Bernal into the Amgen Tour of California lead.

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