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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Meintjes out of Tour of California with fractured wrist

Dimensiom Data's Louis Meintjes at the 2019 Tour of California

Dimension Data 's Louis Meintjes was a non-starter for stage 5 of the Tour of California in Pismo Beach on Thursday, having been a victim of the now infamous crash that happened just over 3km from the finish of stage 4 in Morro Bay. The South African fractured his wrist in the crash, which delayed race leader Tejay van Garderen and his EF Education First teammates in their efforts to return to the front of the race after van Garderen had crashed earlier on. Despite the crash in which Meintjes was involved having taken place with more than 3km to go to the finish, van Garderen was awarded the same finish time as the front group, as is the UCI ruling for crashes that happen inside the final 3km of a stage. "Meintjes bravely completed the stage in obvious discomfort and was immediately seen to by our medical team at ...

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Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’

Supported by Richie Porte said he would welcome the addition of Vincenzo Nibali to the Trek-Segafredo squad next year, adding that it would not change his role as a Grand Tour contender. Nibali, whose three-year contract with Bahrain-Merida ends this year, is rumored to have agreed to a two-year contract with the American squad beginning in 2020. … The post Porte: Nibali moving to Trek-Segafredo ‘would be great for me’ appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roglic’s Giro d’Italia rivals vow to bounce back after Bologna TT

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) put in a strong time

Primož Roglič ’s domination of the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia left his rivals recognising the Jumbo-Visma rider's superiority but still convinced that his stage victory only represents the opening shots in a very long war. Roglič’s margin was such that whilst he had a 19 second lead on second-placed Simon Yates , no less than 24 more riders finished within a minute of Roglic’s winning time of 12:54. As Simon Yates put it, Roglič’s run of success, stretching back to the UAE Tour and in particular his recent victories at the Tour de Romandie, rendered it highly likely he would impact strongly on terrain that favours the Slovenian. “Everyone was around the same mark, except for Roglic who made a really big gap, which we were expecting,” Yates said as he warmed down on the rollers over the top of the San Luca climb. “The pink would ...

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Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1

Supported by Bologna (Italy) (AFP) – Slovenian Primoz Roglic won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday ahead of Britain’s Simon Yates, pulling on the leader’s pink jersey after an eight kilometre individual time-trial. The three-week race got underway in Bologna and finished with an uphill ride to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San … The post Roglic leads after Giro d’Italia Stage 1 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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Tour of California: CCC Team on the hunt for stage wins

Will Barta (CCC Team) during the stage 5 time trial at the 2019 Paris-Nice

CCC Team 's Will Barta says that he's excited to race on home roads at the upcoming Tour of California as part of a WorldTour team for the first time, and vows that he'll be doing what he can to ensure that he's part of the action on each of the US race's seven stages. "As an American rider, it's always a highlight to race in front of a very supportive and excited crowd," said Barta as part of his team's announcement of its seven-rider line-up. "It's my third Tour of California, but my first with a WorldTour team, so it makes me extremely proud to return to California and the US as a member of a team at the highest level," he said, having joined CCC this season from the Axel-Merckx-run Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team. "I think that I came out of the Tour de Romandie with ...

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Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites

Supported by The grande partenza of the Giro d’Italia is days away. Riders are in Bologna, Italy, wandering around their team hotels in team-issue sweats, heading out for brief spins in the warm spring weather. It’s a week for press conferences, and handful of the favourites for the overall — Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Miguel Angel Lopez, Vincenzo … The post Giro Press Conferences: Quotes from the favourites appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roglic 'not worried' about starting Giro d'Italia in top form

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) before the Giro d'Italia

Any lingering doubts in Bologna about whether local media considered Primoz Roglic a top contender for this year’s Giro d’Italia evaporated as quickly as it takes to eat a spoonful of local Bolognese meat sauce in his press conference here on Thursday. Question number one for the 29-year-old Slovenian - "Primoz, you are the favourite, are you not worried that you have come into form too soon?" - both confirmed his top status and was swiftly batted away by the relaxed-looking Jumbo-Visma leader. "It’s true we have a really strong team, we’ve done some hard work specifically for this race, and I’m not really worried," Roglic told reporters. "We’ve done a nice job and I’m looking forward to starting here in two days' time." Roglic’s track record since January has been nothing short of exceptional, with victories at the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Tour de Romandie making it three ...

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Time for the Party at Mauro Vegni’s Place

In which I ramble about the Giro (as we cycling writers are wont to do) until I decide this post is long enough. In cycling there’s a good few maxims you can pretty much take for granted. Scheldeprijs will always be flat. Nobody will ever really target the Vuelta. Gianni Savio will always be there. You may think he’s gone, but he’s always there. I’m talking to you, Colombia. And finally, the Giro is every cycling fan’s favourite Grand Tour. Nobody prefers the Vuelta, for obvious reasons. Nobody likes the Tour because it’s too mainstream and less romantic. Well, there’s me. As you might have noticed from my body of work on this website over the last few years, I’ve prioritised it but as well as that, I’m a pragmatist. To me, Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour because that’s what the records say. Alejandro Valverde is one of my ...

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Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia

Classics season is behind us and the Tour de Romandie is now complete. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the Giro d’Italia. The 102nd edition of the Giro starts in Bologna this Saturday and concludes in Verona on June 2. Ahead of the first Grand Tour of the season we take … The post Preview: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Giro d’Italia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Campenaerts disappointed with Tour de Romandie time trial performance

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

New Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts ( Lotto Soudal ) says that he's been left disappointed by his time-trial performances at the Tour de Romandie , despite having finished second to overall race winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) on the final test around Geneva on Sunday. Campenaerts hoped to take his good form from setting a new best distance for the Hour Record in mid-April into the opening time trial stage of the Swiss stage race last Tuesday, but crashed on the Neuchâtel course, leaving him to limp home in last place. Campenaerts rode consistently over the following five days, finishing the race 83rd overall, but had gone into the final stage hoping that he might be able to make amends and win over the 16.85km course. It wasn't to be, and the 27-year-old had no choice but to settle for second place on the day, 13 seconds off Roglič's winning ...

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Roglic: Romandie victory was 'perfect preparation for the Giro'

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on the Tour de Romandie podium.

Primož Roglič ( Team Jumbo-Visma ) triumphed at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday afternoon, sealing his third stage race victory from three so far in 2019. The Slovenian's dominant performance in Switzerland has only cemented his position as a top favourite for the Giro d’Italia , which starts next weekend. Roglič won three of six stages in Romandie, also finishing second in the prologue and third on another stage. The comprehensive victory, which saw him beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) by 49 seconds and 1:12, respectively, is surely the perfect lead-in to the Italian race, which Roglič returns to after two years spent targeting the Tour de France. "I'm very happy with my third stage victory and my overall victory," said Roglič in a post-race team statement. "This victory Is a team achievement; the entire team was fantastic this week. "It shows how ...

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Tough decisions for Team Ineos after Bernal’s Giro d’Italia miss

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

According to Chris Froome , the spot once occupied by Egan Bernal at this year’s Giro d’Italia has already been filled by the team, but at the Team Ineos bus at the Tour de Yorkshire, the squad’s management were not giving anything away. On Saturday afternoon, Cyclingnews broke the news that Bernal had crashed in training in his native Colombia, breaking his collarbone. The Paris-Nice winner was set to lead Team Ineos at a Grand Tour for the first time, but his absence – just a week out from the race – has put the team’s Giro d’Italia plans under serious consideration. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been plotting their trajectory towards the Tour de France for several months, and Froome ruled himself out of consideration for the Giro spot when questioned in Yorkshire on Sunday morning. Thomas is currently riding the Tour de Romandie, and although his form ...

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Roglic wins Tour de Romandie

Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) secured final overall victory at the Tour de Romandie after he delivered a dominant display to win the concluding time trial in Geneva. It was the Slovenian’s third stage race victory of the season after triumphs at the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico, and the win further underscored his credentials ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway next Saturday. The last man down the start ramp in Geneva, Roglic racked up his third stage win of the Tour de Romandie with an assured and smooth performance on the 16.8km course, beating European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 13 seconds. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) delivered a solid display to take 7th on the stage, a performance that sufficed for him to retain second place overall, 49 seconds down on Roglic. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) availed of the final time trial to move up to ...

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Viviani confident he will be ready for Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) abandoned the Tour de Romandie ahead of stage 4 due to the effects of influenza but the Italian champion has confirmed that he will line out as planned at the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway in Bologna next Saturday. The Tour de Romandie was Viviani’s first race in over a month, as he had not pinned on a race number since bringing the curtain down on his early-season campaign at Gent-Wevelgem. Viviani betrayed signs of suffering on the first road stage but was keen to rack up racing miles in Switzerland ahead of the Giro. “I carried on for a few days because it was important to do a good block of work,” Viviani told La Gazzetta dello Sport . “I’m on antibiotics. My nose is blocked but the coughing has passed.” Saturday’s stage 4 was shortened by 70km due to the threat of snow ...

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Tour de Romandie: Stage 5 time trial start times

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) claims his second stage win at the 2019 Tour de Romandie.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) will look to seal a second successive overall win at the Tour de Romandie in Sunday's concluding time trial in Geneva. The Slovenian carries a 12-second lead over Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) into the 16.85km test, with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) a further 4 seconds back. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) begins the stage in 4th overall, 26 seconds behind Roglic. Rasmus Iversen (Lotto Soudal) will be the day's first starter, at 12:24 local time, with riders setting off at one-minute intervals in the first part of the afternoon. The top 20 overall will set out at two-minute intervals. Thomas rolls down the start ramp at 14:34 local time, with Roglic beginning his effort at 14:40. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Egan Bernal out of Giro d’Italia after collarbone break

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

Egan Bernal will miss this year’s Giro d’Italia after sustaining a broken collarbone on Saturday while training. He will undergo surgery on Sunday. The Colombian was set to lead Team Ineos at the Italian Grand Tour after an impressive debut season at WorldTour level in 2018. This spring he took his team’s only WorldTour win with overall victory at Paris-Nice. Team Ineos may now save the Colombian for a three-pronged attack at the Tour de France alongside Chris Froome and defending champion Geraint Thomas. Team Ineos confirmed the news on Twitter after Cyclingnews first broke the story earlier in the afternoon. Where this leaves Team Ineos ahead of the Giro is unclear. As well as winning Paris-Nice, Bernal had finished third in the Volta a Catalunya before running to his native Colombia. He has been there since March and was not set to race until the Giro d’Italia, which starts ...

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Tour de Romandie: Roglic wins stage 4

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) is in fine form as the Giro d'Italia approaches.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) cemented his overall lead at the Tour de Romandie after he sprinted to victory on the mountaintop finish at Torgon on stage 4. Just a week out from the Giro d’Italia, the Slovenian offered another indication of his form as he proved the strongest of the reduced group that contested the honours amid dismal conditions. Roglic had the strength to shut down a late attack from Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) in the final kilometre and the confidence to lead out the sprint from distance. His powerful effort saw him rip clear of his rivals to claim stage honours ahead of Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) placed third ahead of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Michael Woods (EF Education First), but, like Costa the Welshman never looked like overhauling the flying Roglic, who claimed his second stage win of the race. Plummeting temperatures, wind ...

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Key mountain stage of Tour de Romandie reduced by 70km due to weather conditions

The revised route of stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie.

The distance of stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie has been reduced by 70km due to plummeting temperatures on the Col des Mosses. The key mountain stage of the race will still start from Lucens and conclude with a summit finish at Torgon, but it will now be 107km in length and will not feature the Col des Mosses. The Tour de Romandie organisation announced the decision to implement the extreme weather protocol and shorten the stage on Saturday morning after consultation between the commissaires, the CPA and the competing teams. “The drop in temperature forecast as well as the strong winds and risk of snow showers across the Prealps called for a reduction of the day’s programme,” read a statement from the Tour de Romandie. “The temperature on the Col des Mosses will be 2°C but with an apparent temperature of -2°C.” The stage will start from Lucens ...

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