Strava shows Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia was easy enough even for amateurs

Joe Robinson 22 May 2019 A sedate 145km flat Stage 10 gave the peloton a chance for an extra day's rest Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia from Ravenna to Modena was one of the easiest in living memory, and after looking at the Strava data, it looks as if even us amateurs could have kept up. The stage was eventually won by French sprinter Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) however, before the frantic final 10km, the race proved to be relatively benign. The 145km stage across the Emilia-Romagna region contained only 140m of vertical elevation with long, straight roads and little wind. This easy parcours caused the peloton to take it very easy and to treat the stage as an extra rest day. Once Demare had rolled across the line, the average speed of the stage was taken at 40.256kmh however, this was inflated by the sudden burst of speed in ...

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Philipsen faces forward after missing out in California

Jasper Philipsen (BEL - UAE - Team Emirates)

UAE Team Emirates sprinter Jasper Philipsen wasn't able to secure a stage victory at the recent Tour of California , but says that he's ready to take advantage of his good form in his upcoming races, which include the Hammer Limburg, in the Netherlands, at the start of next month. Philipsen finished second in the bunch-sprint finish to stage 4 of the Tour of California to Fabio Jakobsen – who took Deceuninck-QuickStep's third stage win in a row – and then took third place on the final stage behind Cees Bol (Sunweb) and Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan, again in a bunch sprint. The 21-year-old is one of Belgium's most exciting up-and-coming riders, and has even been compared to the now-retired sprinter and Classics specialist Tom Boonen , who nevertheless still occasionally trains with Philipsen, as the two come from the same part of Belgium. It could be argued that Philipsen's rise ...

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Meyer to lead Mitchelton-Scott's title defence at Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott en route to victory in Hammer Stavanger

Mitchelton-Scott will begin their defence of their 2018 Hammer Series title in Stavanger, Norway, on Friday, hoping to repeat the victory they also took in the opening round of the unique racing format last year. Introduced in 2017, the Hammer Series sees WorldTour teams compete in each round across three very different styles of racing over three days, with the best team – rather than an individual rider – crowned the winner. In the Hammer Sprint, points are scored by riders for their teams on specific laps of a circuit, and again at the finish, with the same system used on a hillier circuit for the following day's Hammer Climb. A final team time trial called the Hammer Chase on the third day – pursuit-style, with teams trying to catch the higher-placed teams, who set off before them – decides the winners. Riders can also be 'substituted' between races, so ...

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In Dumoulin's absence, Sunweb change tack at Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin finishes stage 4 after crashing at the Giro d'Italia

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Jai Hindley 's Giro d’Italia debut was meant to be devoted entirely to riding in the service of Tom Dumoulin , but the Dutchman's crash in Frascati and untimely abandon has forced a radical redrawing of Team Sunweb 's race. The Giro squad was selected with the objective of marshalling Dumoulin through the flat opening phase and then shepherding him through the high mountains as he went in search of a second overall victory in the corsa rosa. Now, rather than racing cautiously to protect and serve one of the outright favourites, Hindley and his teammates have been forced to redraw their plans. "It was a bit devastating for the team to lose Tom, and so early as well, so we've had to shift the focus a bit," Hindley told Cyclingnews in Ravenna. "It's opened up a lot of opportunities for us because ...

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Photo gallery: A wet first week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia

It might still be early in the 2019 Giro d’Italia but there’s been no shortage of drama in the race so far. We’ve seen Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) stamp his authority on the time trials, building a handy lead over his GC rivals. We’ve seen one of those rivals, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), crash out of the … The post Photo gallery: A wet first week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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A serious man: Roglic living in the moment at Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) en route to victory

His telemark podium salute aside, Primoz Roglic ’s self-containment is such that he makes Miguel Indurain seem like Conor McGregor. In Espelette last July, for instance, after Roglic had lost his place on the Tour de France podium in the final time trial, journalists hurried to his team van expecting to interview a man overcome by the emotion of falling short at the last. Instead, they found Roglic as composed as ever . "I did what I could," he shrugged. Roglic is just as inscrutable in victory, a quality that may yet serve him well on this Giro d’Italia . Winner of both the Bologna and San Marino time trials, the Jumbo-Visma rider lies second on general classification, 1:50 down on maglia rosa Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) but already with significant buffers over his direct rivals for final overall victory. During his rest day press conference in the Hotel ...

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Mollema moves up Giro d'Italia hierarchy after strong time trial

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

As the rain teemed down the hotel in San Marino where riders changed after the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial, interest in Bauke Mollema 's unexpected third place in the time trial was such that the Trek-Segafredo racer staged an impromptu press conference. Wrapped in warm weather gear from head to foot, capped with a team issue beanie, Mollema plonked himself behind a hotel desk and patiently fielded a lengthy series of interviews from media, including Cyclingnews. Mollema has produced some solid results in the past in Italy's Grand Tour, with seventh in the Giro in 2017, his last appearance in the race, and ninth in this year's opening time trial in Bologna But if Dutch media interest had swerved somewhat towards Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the Giro's early days, it was another top Dutch racer who was fielding the questions after the San Marino chrono. "I ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 9 finish line quotes

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) gets going after a bike change

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 1st at 51:52 "It was again a nice time trial for me. Everything went good. I did my best so I’m happy with it. "It was just different – [Campenaerts] had really dry conditions and I had rain so I couldn’t take any risks in the corner. Then I went all-out in the end. "I went really slow in the corners in the beginning but otherwise then on the flat and on the climb [the weather] didn’t matter so much. "We’ll see at the end [who is still in the mix]. It’s still a long way to go – a lot of kilometres, a lot of mountains – so it’s always nice to have some seconds in your advantage and be focussing on the days to come. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) – 2nd at 52:03 "It’s a really nice TT parcours. It’s really a beautiful all-round ...

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Start times for Giro d'Italia stage 9 time trial

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The second of three time trials during the 2019 Giro d'Italia , Sunday's 34.8 kilometre test between Riccione and the microstate of San Marino is perhaps the toughest to gauge. Flat for 22 kilometres, it's the 12.8-kilometre climb to the finish that provides the most uncertainty. With two time checks coming before the climbing starts (at 11.7 and 22.2 kilometres), there'll be some idea of which riders have coped best with the rain-hit opening week, and who is gaining form as the race progresses. However, the uneven ascent to the finish is set to throw all of that out of the window. Officially, the average for the climb might be 4.5 per cent, but the hill's rhythm-altering false flats and descents hide what is an average gradient of almost 7 per cent when the road rears up. Maximum gradients of 11 per cent feature both in the final kilometre and ...

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Bol wins sprint, Pogačar overall after chaotic final stage at Tour of California

Bol wins sprint, Pogačar overall after chaotic final stage at Tour of California

Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) emerged from the middle of the pack to take victory in the final stage of the the Tour of California, with Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) given a number of nervous moments as he managed to defend his lead in the yellow jersey to take the overall win.

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Bol powers to victory on final stage of Tour of California – Video

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) extended his race lead

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) sewed up the overall victory at the 2019 Tour of California on Saturday, getting through the final stage from Santa Clarita to Pasadena unscathed, having taken the race lead the previous day on Mount Baldy. Stage 7 was won by Team Sunweb's Cees Bol , who outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pogacar's UAE Team Emirates teammate Jasper Philipsen, topping off a tough week of racing that saw Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish retire from the race on the final stage. Twenty-year-old Pogacar's overall win by 16 seconds over EF Education First's Sergio Higuita – with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen only a single second further back in third – was never truly in doubt, although Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann, who started the day 11th overall, 1:28 down on Pogacar, featured in the day's early breakaway, and at one point held the virtual race lead, and was later ...

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Tour of California: Bol wins final stage in Pasadena ahead of Sagan

Team Sunweb's Cees Bol sprints to victory on the final stage of the 2019 Tour of California in Pasad

Cees Bol ( Team Sunweb ) sprinted to victory on the final stage of the Tour of California in Pasadena on Saturday. The Dutchman beat three-time road race world champion Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) to the line after an unexpectedly active day that saw big names going on the attack mid-stage. Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates ) finished safely in the peloton to claim his first WorldTour stage-race victory ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep). "This race was my main goal this year," said the Slovenian in the post-race press conference. "I knew that I was well prepared, but I surprised myself a bit that I took the overall win. I'm really happy and looking forward to returning next year." Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who's been active all week, was nevertheless a surprise face in the break of ...

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Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8

Australia’s Caleb Ewan celebrated wildly after storming a bunch sprint to win stage eight of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday after coming close to victory three times already in the opening week. Chief contenders for overall Giro victory, Britain’s Simon Yates, form favourite Primoz Roglic, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez all … The post Caleb Ewan wins: Giro d’Italia, stage 8 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of California Women's Race: Van der Breggen seals overall

Race leader Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in full flight on stage 3 of the 2019 Tour of Calif

Elisa Balsamo ( Valcar-Cylance Cycling ) won the final stage of the Women's Tour of California , outsprinting Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) in Pasadena on Saturday. With a bunch sprint to finish the race, yellow jersey Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) secured the overall victory – her third of the season. "I have no words," said Balsamo after the stage. "This is my first WorldTour win and I'm so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I'm very happy. "Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn't that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job." How it happened Stage 3 took the peloton from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, covering 126 kilometres through the mountainous Angeles National Forest and finishing with three laps of a ...

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Yates: Roglic is the big favourite for Giro d'Italia time trial

Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott)

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) remained in defiant mood prior to Sunday's time trial amidst widespread predictions that rival Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) could once again rule the roost in the Giro d'Italia 's second 'race of truth'. Yates has improved notably his time trial ability over the last 12 months, and even last year in the Giro d'Italia, the widely predicted big differences between himself and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) did not materialise, although he did lose time. Second to Roglič in this year's opening TT in Bologna, on Saturday Yates was convinced he had a solid chance of defending his options. "I showed I was going well in the Bologna time trial and I've felt the same in these last few days," Yates told reporters. "I hope I'll be able to do well against Roglič, who's the big favourite – as we could see was the case in Bologna ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Giro d'Italia 2019: Caleb Ewan wins sprint at the end of a nervy Stage 8

Pete Muir 18 May 2019 Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter denies Elia Viviani once again Lotto-Soudal's Australian sprinter, Caleb Ewan, managed to hold off Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a fenzied sprint at the end of Stage 8 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia. After the win, the 24-year-old declared his victory was down to ‘determination and a committed team, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win'. Meanwhile, despite a strong showing from his QuickStep team, Viviani had to once again settle for a disappointing loss. Most of the GC contenders arrived together in the bunch, meaning that Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) retains the pink jersey of race leader going into Stage 9. See related Giro d'Italia 2019: Astana's Bilbao wins Stage 7 as Conti holds pink Giro d'Italia 2019: Route, riders, live TV guide and all you need to know Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands ...

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Tour of California: Pogacar seizes control on Mt. Baldy

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar won stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California on Mount Baldy and took

Tadej Pogacar 's overall victory at the UCI 2.HC Volta ao Algarve in February turned a lot of heads as the 20-year-old neo pro got the better of more-well-established riders like Wout Poels (Team Ineos), Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) and Deceuninck-QuickStep's Zdenek Stybar. The UAE Team Emirates rider took his accomplishment up a notch this week at the Amgen Tour of California – a WorldTour-level race – riding consistently up the general classification after the stage 2 slog to South Lake Tahoe and taking a decisive win and the race lead on the stage 6 'queen stage' to Mt. Baldy. "This feels different," the young Slovenian said at the post-stage press conference, comparing his win at Algarve to Friday's accomplishment in California. "It's quite a bit more amazing. It's the highest level, and I hope tomorrow I can hold onto the jersey, which would then be ...

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Tour of California Women's Race: Hall wins on Mt. Baldy

Katie Hall (Boels Dolmans) wins ahead of teammate and race leader Anna van der Breggen

Katie Hall ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 2 of the Tour of California Women's Race . The defending champion climbed strongly on the slopes of Mount Baldy. Only her teammate in the yellow jersey, Anna van der Breggen , was able to keep up, and the two agreed to let Hall win the stage as Van der Breggen defended her GC lead, with Hall now second overall. A late surge by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) brought the South African climber to third place on the stage and overall. The second stage of the three-day race was the queen stage, with two big ascents during the 74 kilometres, with the road climbing almost continuously from the intermediate sprint after 30km. With the mountains looming in the distance, the peloton cruised along on the first part of the stage that started in Ontario. Several riders from Valcar Cylance tried to get a ...

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The hardest day so far: Attrition rate rises on the Giro d’Italia

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), the new pink jersey

If the thousand-yard stares on the faces ghosting their way up Viale Crispi in the heart of L'Aquila already told much of the story, then the reading on the screen near the finish line confirmed it. Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, which brought the gruppo into the rugged hills of the Apennines, was run off at an average speed of 45.040kph. It was, by any metric, a brutally tough day of racing. Pello Bilbao ( Astana Pro Team ) emerged victorious in the capital of the Abruzzo region, clipping clear of the break as they began the final rise towards the line, but this was a day of races within races. While the escapees squabbled over the stage honours, Valerio Conti's UAE Team Emirates squad chased grimly to retain his maglia rosa. Earlier, teams with an eye to final overall victory battled to shut down moves by their rivals. ...

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Team Ineos rally around GC challenge at the Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

After a dramatic finish to the previous day, Team Ineos were more than happy to enjoy a transition day on stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia . Though there was a chance to seek out a stage win, the team decided to stay in the peloton and look after their general classification interests and recover from the crashes of the previous days. The team’s two GC hopes Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov slipped down the rankings along with all of the other contenders, as the peloton crossed the finish line over seven minutes behind the stage winner Fausto Masnada (Androni-Giocattoli) and new race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates). Stage 6 was the second longest of the whole Giro d’Italia at 238 kilometres, just one kilometre shorter than the longest on stage 8. With many of the general classification contenders caught up in the major crash at the end ...

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