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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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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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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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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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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Time trial could give Roglic more advantage

Time trial could give Roglic more advantage

In the absence of Tom Dumoulin, Primoz Roglic is hot favorite for stage 9's time trial. However, the hilly profile means GC contenders Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez should be more than able to limit losses. Read the full article at Time trial could give Roglic more advantage on VeloNews.com .

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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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One man less: Dumoulin's departure alters Giro d'Italia GC landscape

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) started stage 5 but soon climbed off

When a Giro d’Italia route complete with three individual time trials was unveiled last October, the consensus was that it was made to measure for Tom Dumoulin . The Dutchman clearly agreed. His Sunweb team had already made plans to build his 2019 season around the Tour de France but the biddable nature of the Giro course meant that it was, as Dumoulin himself acknowledged, "a golden opportunity." Dumoulin arrived in Bologna among the top echelon of favourites for this year’s corsa rosa, and that status was scarcely diminished even when he conceded rather more ground than anticipated to Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the opening time trial. Overall winner in 2017 and second a year ago, Dumoulin’s past pedigree and aptitude for this year’s course meant that he remained a lodestar for the GC battle. The landscape of the Giro shifted dramatically in the finale in Frascati on stage 4, ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands pink jersey to Valerio Conti as Fausto Masnada wins Stage 6 from break

Giro d'Italia 2019: Roglic hands pink jersey to Valerio Conti as Fausto Masnada wins Stage 6 from br

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Breakaway beats peloton as Conti takes pink and Masnada takes stage in good day for Italy Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) ceded control of the pink jersey to UAE-Team Emirates rider Valerio Conti as Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Fausto Masnada took the first Grand Tour stage of his career on Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia . Masnada proved himself to be the strongest member of the day's large breakaway, making the race-winning attack on the ascent of the Coppa Casarinelle around 20km from the line. Conti was the only member of the breakaway strong enough to hold Masnada's wheel, riding into the final with his compatriot. Masnada won the stage in a two-up sprint with Conti, who settled for the overall race lead, but this could have been an agreement decided betweent the riders ahead of the finish. It proved a day for the Italians with Masnada taking ...

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Roglic caught up in crash at Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was soon back in the peloton after his crash

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and several other overall contenders at the Giro d’Italia , where involved in an early crash during stage 6 to San Giovanni Rotondo, leaving the race leader with road rash and a large hole in his shorts. Roglic did not seem to badly injured but the crash was a painful reminder of the dangers and unpredictability of the Giro d’Italia. Grega Bole (Bahrain-Merida) was the first to crash in the peloton as they chased a series of early attacks after leaving Cassino. A few minutes later another crash took down Roglic, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikel Landa (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Zakarin), with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) apparently also delayed. Australia’s Rob Power was also caught up in the crash, with Team Sunweb later confirming he had been forced to abandon the race due to his injuries. After losing team leader Tom Dumoulin on Wednesday, Team Sunweb is down to ...

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Ackermann sprints to second Giro stage win in heavy rain

Ackermann sprints to second Giro stage win in heavy rain

German champion Pascal Ackermann took his second stage win of the Giro d’Italia in a sprint finish through torrential rain while injured former race winner Tom Dumoulin pulled out.

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Giro d'Italia: Watch Ackermann win in the rain on stage 5 – Video

Riders had to endure constant rain on stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia

For the second time in this year's Giro d'Italia , Germany's Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) showed his sprint rivals a clean pair of heels with the sprinter winning stage 5. Ackermann held his nerve in atrocious rain, edging out Fernando Gaviria at the line. Meanwhile, Elia Viviani struggled and finished outside the top ten. Earlier in the day, Tom Dumoulin abandoned the race . The 2017 Giro d'Italia winner fell heavily on stage 4 and lost over four minutes to his main rivals but he started Wednesday's stage. However, Dumoulin failed to make it through the neutralized zone and will now build up towards the Tour de France in July. "It was a crazy finale, it was really difficult in the rain,” Ackermann said. “In the sprint I trusted my teammate Rüdi Selig and I was happy he found a gap and that Gaviria did a good lead out ...

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Roglic: Slovenian riders' involvement in Aderlass doping investigation is 'sad'

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in action on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

Giro d’Italia leader Primož Roglič has said that it is “sad for Slovenian cycling” after a day in which two of his fellow-countrymen were confirmed to have possible links to joint German-Austrian anti-doping investigation Operation Aderlass . Two of the four individuals notified on Wednesday by the UCI of potential anti-doping rules violations, former professional Borut Božič and current veteran pro Kristjian Koren, are from Slovenia. After stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia, a journalist described Roglič as a member of a new generation of riders, but asked him what he made of the situation following the riders’ suspension. "For me, it’s a hard [situation] and it’s just sad, because I think now we have a lot of good riders and it’s sad for sure for Slovenian cycling," Roglič said. The other big news of the day, of course, was the end of Tom Dumoulin ’s bid to win the ...

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Dumoulin on leaving the Giro d'Italia: I wasn't ready to go home

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) warms up ahead of stage 5 at the Giro d'Italia

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. Tom Dumoulin ’s Giro d’Italia finished not amid the splendour and light of the Arena in Verona, but beneath driving rain on an anonymous stretch of strada provinciale 216 just outside Frascati. The gruppo hadn’t even left the neutralised zone on stage 5 when he wheeled to a halt at the roadside and climbed gingerly into a team car. After crashing heavily in the finale of stage 4 and losing more than four minutes on his general classification rivals, Dumoulin had already conceded that a second overall victory was now decisively beyond his grasp. Despite injuring his right knee in the fall, however, he was still clutching at the idea of continuing in the race when he woke up on Wednesday morning. A retinue of journalists and television crews assembled in the lobby of the Sunweb hotel just off the Grande Raccordo Anulare, ...

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Haga and Sunweb to now focus on Giro stage wins

Haga and Sunweb to now focus on Giro stage wins

With an injured Tom Dumoulin abandoning the race, Sunweb have reset their sights on stage wins Read the full article at Haga and Sunweb to now focus on Giro stage wins on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 5 finish line quotes

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes out on top

Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) – stage winner "It was a crazy finale, it was really difficult in the rain. In the sprint I trusted my teammate Rudi Selig and I was happy he found a gap and that Gaviria did a good lead out for me too. I’m strong but I was lucky too. I did two sprints: I had to break with 250 metres and then go again. I’m really happy with today. "All the stage was scary and sprint was scary because you can’t see much. It was cold all day. But I’m ‘heavier’ than most other guys and so that perhaps helped too." Tom Dumoulin ( Team Sunweb ) "I came here for a three week adventure and I wanted to finish it and I'm not ready to go home yet. I didn't want to be home and in two days time, be able to ride ...

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Dumoulin’s exit leaves Giro GC hole

Dumoulin’s exit leaves Giro GC hole

Tom Dumoulin's early exit will mean one fewer favorite for the 102nd Giro d'Italia Read the full article at Dumoulin’s exit leaves Giro GC hole on VeloNews.com .

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Tour de France to have 20 individual yellow jersey designs in celebration of centenary

Tour de France to have 20 individual yellow jersey designs in celebration of centenary

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 Legends such as Merckx, the Galibier and Paris all to be remembered in special edition jerseys Tour de France organisers Amaury Sports Organisation and yellow jersey manufacturers Le Coq Sportif will create 20 individual yellow jerseys for this year's race to celebrate the centenary of the leader's jersey. From the start of Stage 2 in Brussels, each day will see the race leader wear a uniquely designed jersey to mark significant climbs, buildings and individuals from the race's past. Each day starting from the end of Stage 1, the race leader will be presented with the special jersey for the next day of riding. The images are subtle as to not detract from the tradition of the yellow jersey but should be clear enough to be made out by television cameras. The first of the jerseys will depict the famous Atomium structure in Brussels, with ...

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Navarro suffers perforated lung in Giro d'Italia crash

Daniel Navarro on stage 8 of the Critérium du Dauphiné

Daniel Navarro ( Katusha-Alpecin ) suffered a litany of injuries after getting caught up in the mass pile-up at the end of stage 4 of the Giro d’Italia , which also forced Tom Dumoulin to abandon. The Spaniard was left with a perforated lung, three broken ribs, a broken collarbone, as well as further injuries to his lung. Navarro was one of four Katusha-Alpecin riders to be involved in the crash, with Marco Haller, Reto Hollenstein and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov also coming down. Haller injured his hand in the incident, but a subsequent x-ray showed that he had not fractured any bones. All three of the other Katusha-Alpecin riders were able to complete the stage, though the same couldn’t be said for Navarro, who abandoned the race immediately. He was taken to hospital, where he underwent scans and stayed overnight. The crash occurred with just over six kilometres to go of ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Pascal Ackermann wins wet and wild sprint on Stage 5

Giro d'Italia 2019: Pascal Ackermann wins wet and wild sprint on Stage 5

Jack Elton-Walters 15 May 2019 Pascal Ackermann won the sprint for stage honours, but due to the weather the GC times were taken at the 10km mark on Stage 5 of the Giro Pascal Ackermann won Stage 5 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish that did not have any influence on the overall General Classification. Ackermann was the strongest in the sprint and also timed his effort the best to take his second stage win of the race, and further his lead in the points classification. The time for the GC was neutralised at the first time across the finish line, with 10km still to race, due to particularly foul weather and treacherous road conditions throughout the whole day of racing. The sprinters were left to fight for stage honours while the GC contenders and their teams kept out the way. Following Ackermann over the line was ...

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