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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Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win

Supported by This past Friday afternoon, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) climbed his way to fourth on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. While perhaps a little off what some expected of the Tasmanian, it was a solid result, and one that saw Porte ride to fifth overall by tour’s end. As Dane Cash reports, 2019 … The post Porte’s dreams of a Tour de France podium bolstered by Thomas’s win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team of the Week: Normal Service Is Resumed Edition

Anna van der Breggen

The week in women’s racing Races A WWT stage race in the USA ( Tour of California, WWT 11 ), and an aspirational Spanish one ( Vuelta a Burgos ). Coverage Highlights. With decent amounts of action. (Don’t worry ‘atmosphere in the team parking’ fans, there’s a bit of that too.) Cali . Burgos . Well-intentioned social media of varying degrees of usefulness/ hilarity . (TotW is harsh: it’s not entirely their fault connectivity in the California mountains isn’t up to Luxembourg standards.) Riders Anna van der Breggen [2]: To near universal cheers attacked lone leader Olga Zabelinskaya with 5km to go on stage one of the Tour of California , then soloed home into a stiff headwind for the win. It was no surprise when she (along with Katie Hall) emerged from the no-signal fog towards the top of Mount Baldy the next day. Back to dominance, and rider ...

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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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Roglic: The Giro d'Italia isn't over until the finish line in Verona

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

As expected, he came, he saw, and he conquered. Before the Giro d'Italia had even reached San Marino, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had been all but crowned as the winner of the stage 9 time trial on the Giro d'Italia. "Primoz will kill them," European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts said of his former teammate on the eve of the stage. From the camps of men like Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), the most optimistic talk revolved around limiting their losses to anything under a minute. In the event, Campenaerts came closest to denying Roglic the honours, and were it not for an untimely mechanical problem and slow bike change near the finish, the Belgian would surely have won the stage rather than settling for second place at 10 seconds. "I feel sorry for him. We were all competing for the win. We all went full gas, but you ...

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Campenaerts rues botched bike change at Giro d'Italia time trial

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was the class of the field in Sunday afternoon in San Marino, putting at least a minute between himself and every other rider in the Giro d'Italia field. Every rider, that is, aside from Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts ( Lotto Soudal ). The Belgian finished the day in second place, a mere 11 seconds down on Roglič's commanding performance. But before the Slovenian stormed through the rain to take his second time trial victory of the Giro, Campenaerts spent over two hours in the hot seat, waiting for another rider to challenge his time. "Beforehand, I said that this time trial did not suit me perfectly, and that winning wasn't possible," said Campenaerts in a team press release. "But as a time trialist, you are obliged to optimally prepare for a test against the clock and to go full gas. "During the second Giro time trial ...

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Giro d'Italia stage 9 highlights - Video

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won his second stage of the race in San Marino

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made the pre-race predictions come true on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia , crushing all his opponents in the 34.8km time trial to San Marino. The Slovenian overhauled Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds, with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) the only other rider to come one minute or less from the winning margin. Campenaerts might have sealed the win were it not for a botched bike change, while the last riders suffered through an intense rain storm on the climb. Despite the challenges, the Italian race leader Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held his lead in the overall by 1:50 on Roglic, with Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) taking over as best young rider in third place overall. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Nibali: Too early to say Giro d'Italia is a duel with Roglic

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) outside his team bus

Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) craned his neck for one look at the stalactites of rain outside before ducking back into the mixed zone to ride out the storm. "I'm not going anywhere with this rain," Nibali laughed, taking his seat once again amid a scrum of reporters. "We've had enough of it these last few days." Seasoned Shark watchers don't always need to listen to his post-race comments to understand how his day has gone; the body language often says everything. "Those who know me know that when I'm tranquillo, I'll happily speak with anybody," Nibali explained. "And when I'm a bit nervous, sometimes I don't want to talk." On Sunday afternoon in San Marino, Nibali was happy to talk, after a 4th-place finish in the Giro d'Italia 's stage 9 time trial that saw him limit his losses on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to 1:04. If that was broadly ...

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'No explanation' for Yates time trial defeat in Giro d'Italia, says White

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White says he is at a loss to explain why Simon Yates fell off the pace so badly in the longest time trial of the Giro d'Italia on stage 9. Yates was in good shape in the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial in Bologna, which, like Sunday's stage to San Marino, also began with a flat section then concluded with a tough climb. But unlike in Bologna, the British rider shipped a considerable amount of time on stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on Sunday, and as White told Cyclingnews , there was no clear reason why. "I'm not sure, I've not got an explanation for you," White said. "He went out hard and then didn't have a good climb." White brushed aside the idea that Yates' crash and minor injuries to his left side on stage 4 could have had an effect. "Mate, we're not ...

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Giro d'Italia time trial 'a bit of a stinker' for Simon Yates

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates ' chances of winning the Giro d'Italia took a serious blow on Sunday when the Mitchelton-Scott rider suffered a considerably larger than expected time loss on leading favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). Mitchelton-Scott management had estimated that Yates' time loss could be between 30 and 40 seconds on Roglič on the demanding 34-kilometre time trial to San Marino, with the expectation he would be at a disadvantage on the flatter first section then limit the gaps on the second category climb to the finish. Instead, the opposite occurred, with Yates ceding just 48 seconds on the flatter segment to the Slovenian, but then shipping serious amounts of time on the climb. He was 51st fastest up the 12-kilometre climb, shedding 2:23 to Roglič. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), who came second, had predicted "more than a minute" between most of the favourites and Roglič. But Yates lost 3:11 on Roglič, ...

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Roglic pulls ahead, Yates falters: Giro d’Italia, stage 9

Supported by San Marino, May 19, 2019 (AFP) – Slovenian ace Primoz Roglic set a serious marker on the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, not only winning the stage nine individual time-trial, but damaging several key title rivals in the process. The Team Jumbo-Visma rider, who also won the opening day’s time-trial, finished the 34.8km rain-sodden run to … The post Roglic pulls ahead, Yates falters: Giro d’Italia, stage 9 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 9: Roglic wins Stage 9 TT in the rain as Yates loses 3 minutes

Martin James 19 May 2019 Jumbo-Visma rider up to 2nd overall behind Conti but Simon Yates disappoints in changeable weather Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) dominated a hilly 34.8km individual time trial course into San Marino in changeable weather to win Stage 9 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and take a huge stride towards overall victory. Roglic, finishing in a time of 51min 50sec, was the only one of the later starters to beat the mark of 52:01 set early on by new World Hour Record holder Victor Campanaerts, who was left wondering what might have been after a fluffed bike change before the final climb lost him a clutch of seconds that might have made the difference been first and second on the line. However, his disappointment will have been nothing like that felt by overall contender Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), whose time-trialling and general form recently was good enough that he ...

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Amgen Women’s Race: Moolman-Pasio third overall after vertebral compression injury

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) had targeted the Ardennes classics and the mountainous Tour of California Women’s Race – but a crash in the final sprint at Amstel Gold Race forced a change in priorities upon her. “I crashed hard in the sprint for eighth. I launched my sprint and got switched, so I went from full speed to nothing and hit my back hard. I tried not to make much of it because Flèche Wallonne was two days away and that was my goal. It started to materialise that it was more serious than what I wanted to accept, to be honest,” she told Cyclingnews . Flèche Wallonne is always a big goal for Moolman-Pasio , and after a second place in 2018 she was eager to line up and race. She finished seventh. Four days later she had to abandon Liège-Bastogne-Liège and finally went for a check-up of her injury. ...

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Pogačar surprises himself to win Tour of California

Pogačar surprises himself to win Tour of California

Tadej Pogačar bypassed WorldTour initiation to level with and outclass decorated rivals, winning the Tour of California in a welcome good news story for his UAE Emirates team today.

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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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Tadej Pogacar: Tour of California was my main goal

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) takes the spoils for having won the overall classification at the

Tadej Pogacar ( UAE Team Emirates ) may not have the grizzled demeanor of a well-seasoned GC rider, but the 20-year-old put away some of the top riders in the world this week on his way to winning the 2019 Tour of California . Pogacar climbed the general classification with fourth place on the high-altitude climbing leg to South Lake Tahoe on stage 2, and then weathered the storms and attacks over the next three days to set himself up for victory with a winning ride on Mt. Baldy ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First), George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) on stage 6 on Friday. It has been the culmination of a neo-pro season with UAE Team Emirates that saw Pogacar take both a stage and the overall victory earlier this year at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. "This race was my main goal this ...

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Asgreen sees future in stage racing after success at Tour of California

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Kasper Asgreen – in the green points jersey – leads the breakaway on stage 7

Kasper Asgreen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) may not have won the overall title at the Tour of California , but he was pleased at have walked away with a stage victory, the green points jersey and third overall. The versatile rider from Denmark stood on the final podium behind winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) in Pasadena on Saturday after what he called an unexpected week of racing in the US. "It's amazing to have the green jersey," Asgreen said in the post-race press conference at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday. "This week has been way more than I expected, and so I'm really happy with what I was able to do here." The race – which has traditionally attracted the peloton's fastest sprinters – was one of the toughest editions in its 14-year history. The route covered almost 21,000 metres of elevation gain, ...

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