VN Archives: 1984 Giro to Moser
The 1989 Tour de France wasn't the first time that Laurent Fignon lost a grand tour in the final time trial to a rider with an aero advantage Read the full article at VN Archives: 1984 Giro to Moser on VeloNews.com .
Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani leave Giro d'Italia with mixed success
Joe Robinson 23 May 2019 Caleb Ewan leaves on the high of two stage victories while Elia Viviani is left wanting Sprinting duo Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani have both left the Giro d'Italia with varying success as the race heads for its first mountain stage in Pinerolo. Both riders are scheduled to start the Tour de France on the Saturday 6th July in Brussels so were not expected to see the Giro through to its conclusion in Verona. It was even more certain when neither rider found themselves in contention for the sprinter's ciclamino jersey, with the classification currently being led by Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare from Pascal Ackermann of Bora-Hansgrohe. It was widely expected that the race's sprinters would pull out of the Giro after Stage 11 to Novi Ligure with there being 45,000m of elevation left to tackle in the final 10 stages. There is also only one ...
Campenaerts hits back at Wiggins' suggestion that he should swap teams
Lotto Soudal 's Victor Campenaerts has responded to former pro Bradley Wiggins' comments that he should change teams to one with a more modern approach, telling Cyclingnews at the Giro d'Italia that he's perfectly happy where he is. Speaking on the latest edition of Eurosport 's The Bradley Wiggins Show, in reference to Campenaerts' botched bike change during Sunday's stage 9 time trial at the Giro – where the Belgian's spare bike appeared to have been left in too high a gear for him to get going again on the climb to the stage finish, effectively causing him to lose the stage to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) – Wiggins had suggested that Lotto Soudal were "still acting like it's 1974". "He's in a Belgian team – the biggest Belgian team – Lotto [Soudal], that's still acting like it's 1974," said the former Hour Record holder, whose record was beaten by Campenaerts ...
Ewan leaves Giro d'Italia early to prepare for Tour de France
Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) has decided to take an early leave from the Giro d'Italia , on a high note after securing two stage wins, in order to adequately prepare for the Tour de France in July. It was a successful Grand Tour for the Australian who captured his first victory on stage 8 in Pesaro on Saturday and his second on stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday. "I am happy that I came to the Giro, the succession of the long and sometimes challenging stages will have done me good, condition-wise." Ewan said in a team press release. "Of course, I am going home with a great feeling. I came into the Giro and I really wanted to win one stage. To get two is more than I expected, so I am really satisfied with that and I am happy with how the team rode as ...
Meet Sergio Higuita, the Colombian who finished second in his WorldTour debut
It was no surprise to see an EF Education First rider climbing through the mist in a tight battle with wunderkind Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) on Mt. Baldy last Friday. After all, EF’s Tejay van Garderen started the day leading the Amgen Tour of California, with former Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Urán in the … The post Meet Sergio Higuita, the Colombian who finished second in his WorldTour debut appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pantani Was a God, by Marco Pastonesi
Title: Pantani Was a God Author: Marco Pastonesi (translated by Colin O’Brien) Publisher: Rapha Editions, in association with Bluetrain Publishing Year: 2018 (originally published in Italian in 2014) Pages: 234 Order: Rapha What it is: A book about Marco Pantani, but also about Italian cycling and some of the great and tragic heroes of the mountains Strengths: Pastonesi is an elegant writer and comes at his subject from interesting angles Weaknesses: No critical distance, very little criticism Pantani Was a God . There’s a title that’ll divide opinion. On the one side, the fans, nodding along, yes, yes, yes, on the other, the critics, shaking their fillings loose, no, no, no. From the outset, there’s a bit of defensiveness about it, from both the author and the translator. Here’s Colin O’Brien , in his translator’s introduction: “Whatever the title might suggest at first glance, it isn’t some silly psalm to ...
The Official Tour de France Race Guide 2019 is available to pre-order now
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Lefevere: Keeping Alaphilippe comes down to money
Patrick Lefevere has made Julian Alaphilippe a contract offer but the Belgian team boss is still none the wiser as to whether the French rider will stay with Deceuninck-QuickStep beyond 2019. Alaphilippe has been linked with a big-money transfer to Total Direct Energie for 2020, with the French team significantly increasing their budget after Total came on as a sponsor earlier this year. Lefevere has a fight on his hands to keep a number of high-profile riders, with Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas among those on the transfer market for next year. Alaphilippe, in particular, has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season with eight wins already, including victories in La Flèche Wallonne, Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianche and two stages in Tirreno-Adriatico. He is currently training for the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France , where last year he won two stages and the King of the ...
The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion
There’s a youth movement happening in pro cycling, and the Amgen Tour of California is the proving ground. Last year, 21-year-old Egan Bernal crowned as the youngest-ever winner of the Amgen Tour. This year, it was 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who is nearly a year younger than Bernal. At this rate, we’ll soon have a teenager … The post The weekly spin: Meet Tadej Pogacar, future Grand Tour champion appeared first on CyclingTips .
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We Rode All Day, by Gareth Cartman
Title: We Rode All Day Author: Gareth Cartman Publisher: Gareth Cartman Year: 2019 Pages: 230 Order: WeRodeAllDay.cc What it is: A cycling novel, telling a story of the 1919 Tour de France, through the voices of riders and organisers Strengths: It’s an imaginative approach to the subject Weaknesses: As with all historical novels, its interpretation of history is open to debate La Vie au Grand Air (BnF) The 1919 Tour de France, as seen by readers of ‘La Vie au Grand Air’ What passes through your mind when you’re riding? If you’re any good ... nothing. So opens Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day , which offers a version of how the 1919 Tour came to be won by Firmin Lambot and lost by Eugène Christophe. Unlike Dave Thomas’s The Great Loop and David Coventry’s The Invisible Mile – which took the history of the 1911 and 1928 Tours ...
Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists
Supported by I’ll be honest — I often get Pascal Ackermann, Max Schachmann and Emanuel Buchmann mixed up. I know they don’t look the same, but they all race for the same team (Bora-Hansgrohe) and their names are similar enough that when I try to remember who won what race, who’s racing where, and who’s good at … The post Mann-splaining: How to tell the difference between Germany’s top male cyclists appeared first on CyclingTips .
Giro Stage 10 Preview: I’ll Call it Tradition
It’s the second week of the Giro now, and so we return to what has become an institution — the almost unbelievably flat stage before the mountains kick off. 2017 had it on stage 13, 2016 had it on stage 12 and 2015 on stage 13. Only last year missed out but wouldn’t you know, we’re making up for it by having another one on stage 11. Don’t you just love it? I don’t. I do not love it. This was the Giro stage that nobody at Podium Café towers wanted, and can you blame us? I can do a good approximation of that diagram using an underscore. Then again, I can do a good approximation of that diagram by holding down the z key. The wind will be a non-factor. The rain might get involved but not to the extent that it has so far in this goddamned summer’s ...
A serious man: Roglic living in the moment at Giro d’Italia
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 ...
Interview: Gareth Cartman
Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day tells a story of the 1919 Tour de France, how it was lost by Eugène Christophe and won by Firmin Lambot, using the imagined voices of some of the race’s key protagonists to tell the tale. Here he talks to us about the race and the book. Podium Café: I’d like, if we could, to quickly tell the story of the 1919 Tour, for those unfamiliar with it. Let’s start with Henri Pélissier: he had been a close second in the Tour, in 1914, beaten by Philippe Thys. He came into the 1919 Tour on the back of victory in Paris-Roubaix – where, I think, L’Auto ’s headline compared him to a well-bred greyhound – and he gets off to a good start, especially when Thys abandons. Then...? Gareth Cartman: Pélissier really should have won this Tour. As other riders point out in ...
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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 .
Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes
Supported by SANTA CLARITA, CA (CT) — When the Amgen Tour of California went WorldTour and cut the pile of third-tier Continental teams out of its invite list, it also cut off an important venue for young talent to prove itself. This year, the dreamers are back. The Tour of California no longer has a place for … The post Seven riders dreaming the WorldTour dream, wrapped in stars and stripes appeared first on CyclingTips .
Ewan overcomes increasing pressure to win second career Giro d'Italia stage
Third. Fifteenth. Second. Fourth. With each near miss in this year's Giro d'Italia bunch sprints, Caleb Ewan 's disappointment at not being able to net a stage victory had been steadily growing. And so, too, was the pressure to win. But finally at Pesaro on stage 8 the Lotto Soudal sprinter captured the second Giro d'Italia victory of his career, just four days after a deeply frustrating near-miss when he mistimed his attempt to chase down Movistar's Richard Carapaz on the uphill finish in Orbetello. It was also Ewan's biggest win to date with his new team, Lotto-Soudal, for which he signed after a year of missing out on Grand Tours completely with Mitchelton-Scott. Once back on the bigger race stage, though, Ewan has proved again he can take on the world's other top sprinters. And even as he completed his Giro d'Italia winner's press conference, the 24-year-old confirmed he ...
Roglic fighting against himself as Giro d'Italia reaches moment of truth
"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 ...