Giro d'Italia Stage 12: Hail, Cesare! Benedetti takes win for Bora-Hansgrohe, Jan Polanc keeps leader's jersey for UAE Team Emirates

Giro d'Italia trophy with flags (picture Fabio Ferrari - LaPresse - RCS Sport)

Today's stage marked 70th anniversary of legendary Coppi break - and didn't disappoint

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Giro d'Italia 2019: UAE-Team Emirates retain pink as breakaway wins by huge margin

Giro d'Italia 2019: UAE-Team Emirates retain pink as breakaway wins by huge margin

Joe Robinson 23 May 2019 Jan Polanc takes pink from teammate Conti as GC riders stretch their legs on Giro d'Italia's first mountain; Benedetti wins the stage Bora-Hansgrohe's Cesare Benedetti took the first professional victory of his career as UAE-Team Emirates' tactic to put Jan Polanc in the day's break paid off as he took the Maglia Rosa off of the shoulders of his teammate Valerio Conti. Benedetti launched his sprint in the final stages after catching the leading trio of Gianluca Brambilla, Erop Cappechi and Eddie Dunbar within site of the line. The Italian had been dropped on the final climb of the Muro San Maurizio but proved strong enough to chase back on. As for the favourites on General Classification, the biggest loser was Bob Jungles who was the highest profile name not to make the selection on the day's only climb eventually conceding a minute to his ...

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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 .

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Calm before the storm: Roglic stays a step ahead of GC rivals as Giro d'Italia heads for mountains

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) during stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) clutches the keys of power on this Giro d'Italia without holding formal office. His performances in the time trials that bookended the race's opening week left the Slovenian with a commanding lead on his rivals for final overall victory, but the pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), while he lies second overall, 1:50 down. Life as de facto race leader has its benefits. At the finish of stage 11 in Novi Ligure on Wednesday, Conti was immediately ushered towards the podium to collect a fresh maglia rosa. Roglic, by contrast, was able to freewheel unimpeded to the Jumbo-Visma bus, parked near the gates of the late Fausto Coppi's villa on the edge of town. By the time Conti had completed his media and anti-doping duties almost two hours later, Roglic was already on the massage table at his hotel. ...

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Bahrain-Merida's Milan Erzen under UCI investigation for doping links

Milan Erzen (right) is part of the Bahrain-Merida management

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is investigating a Slovenian cycling connection to the Operation Aderlass blood doping ring , with Milan Eržen, the current managing director at Bahrain-Merida , at the centre of their attention. The UCI has confirmed to Cyclingnews that since 2015 it has been carefully following the activities of several Slovenian individuals, including riders, rider support personnel and team management staff for potential roles in a number of different investigations, even before Operation Aderlass emerged. According to a recent profile by the Corriere della Sera newspaper in Italy, Eržen is considered the Dominus of Slovenian cycling. Cyclingnews approached Bahrain-Merida for a comment from Eržen, who responded through the team saying, "All and any implications regarding my involvement in Aderlass are absolutely false and unfounded." Eržen, who has yet to receive any notification from the UCI, helped create the Bahrain-Merida team for Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 11 finish line quotes

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) – Stage winner (On getting Ackermann's wheel) "I think he's proven he's one of the quickest here, and to be honest he was the first sprinter who came past me with a good train. So I decided to jump on him. My guys got me into a really good position where I didn't have to fight for the wheels too much. That just made my run a whole lot easier. He went quite early so I could just sit there and time my sprint to perfection. "I think my team's done a great job all week. I think I was a little more relaxed going into this stage because I already had the one win. When you're a bit relaxed you save more energy and everything seems to fall into place a little easier. "I think this is the most successful Grand Tour I've ...

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Giro d'Italia: Second win for Ewan on stage 11

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia

Caleb Ewan ( Lotto Soudal ) claimed his second win at the Giro d'Italia with victory on stage 11 into Novi Ligure. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) led the sprint out, but the German faded to third place with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) taking second place and with it the ciclamino jersey. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely in the bunch again to keep a hold of the maglia rosa for another day. The long finishing straight was not as easy as it first looked with a cross-headwind hitting the riders. With just one more sprint stage after this, and many of the sprinters expected to head home before the mountains, there were plenty of fastmen looking to make their mark on the Giro d'Italia. Israel Cycling Academy brought the bunch into the final kilometre, but it was the Groupama-FDJ riders that muscled their way to the front and assumed control almost ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Giro d'Italia 2019: A patient Ewan beats Demare on Stage 11 in Novi Ligure

Joe Robinson 22 May 2019 Caleb Ewan wins his second stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia as Elia Viviani faces winless three weeks Caleb Ewan ( Lotto-Soudal ) proved patience is a virtue launching a late burst to beat Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) to take victory on Stage 11, the final flat stage of this year's Giro d'Italia in Novi Ligure. The Australian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint, rounding a wounded Pascal Ackermann ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) who started his launch for the line too early. Ackermann eventually faded to third with Demare rolling in second. The result, along with intermediate points taken during the stage, was enough for Demare to take the purple jersey from Ackermann. Behind, Italian national champion Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) realised it was not his Giro as he failed to trouble the front three, eventually rolling in fourth. ...

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Lefevere: Keeping Alaphilippe comes down to money

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) attends a press conference on April 19 ahead of the Amstel

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 ...

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Stybar: I waited a long time to win a Classic

Zdenek Stybar restarted his post-Classics season at the 2019 Tour of California

Zdenek Stybar transitioned from the cold, narrow roads of Belgium and northern France to the wide-open, sunny California climbs to restart his season after putting in his most successful cobbled Classics campaign to date, bringing home the top prize at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the E3 BinckBank Classic, and playing a key role in Deceuninck-QuickStep 's dominant spring assault. Stybar was at the Amgen Tour of California last week, where his lack of personal result was tempered by the team's run of success that saw a group of up-and-coming riders win stages 2, 3 and 4 and bring home the final sprint jersey. "This was my first race since the Classics, so it was a really good race to restart with many kilometres and a lot of climbing," Stybar told Cyclingnews before the start of the final stage in Santa Clarita. "So, for me, it was like the perfect ...

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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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Moschetti out of Giro d'Italia after stage 10 crash

Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) suffering on stage 7

While Bora-Hansgrohe's Pascal Ackermann was able to ride away from the crash in the final kilometre of stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday to fight another day – albeit with cuts and bruises and a torn maglia ciclamino – spare a thought for Trek-Segafredo sprinter Matteo Moschetti , who was not so lucky. The Italian's Giro is over, with the 22-year-old having suffered a dislocated shoulder, leg injuries and cuts to his face. However, Moschetti's team reported that he hadn't lost consciousness, nor suffered concussion, despite the severity of the crash. Ackermann appeared to have tangled with CCC Team's Jakub Mareczko, with both riders crashing off to the right side of the road, while Moschetti appeared to hit either Ackermann's wheel or handlebar, and ricocheted off to the left side of the road, hitting the barriers at speed and with considerable force. Like Ackermann, this was the Trek-Segafredo ...

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Giro d'Italia 2019: Stage 10 finish line quotes

Arnaud Demare sprints to the stage 10 win at the Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Démare ( Groupama-FDJ ) - Stage 10 winner "I have obtained some big victories with this team and we set out here to achieve another one. I fulfilled the mission we set ourselves as a team. I'd have liked to have raised my arms earlier, but we stuck together. I knew that it would come, today or tomorrow, and I know how to be patient even if it's not easy mentally." Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) - overall leader "I hope nothing bad happened to my team mate Simone Consonni in the crash. I was well protected by my team the whole day. I thank them for giving me one more day in the Maglia Rosa ." Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hangrohe) - second place "I think [Pascal Ackermann] crashed off my back wheel as I started my lead-out for him. Unluckily, one rider, I think it was [Jacopo] Guarnieri came ...

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Giro d'Italia: Demare wins stage 10

Arnaud Demare wins stage 10 at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) claimed his first victory of 2019 on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia , beating Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to the line in Modena after double stage winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was taken out by a late crash. The Frenchman, who finished second in Orbetello on stage 3 and third in Terracina on stage 5, claimed the first Giro stage win of his career with a powerful sprint from a front group of 12 that emerged when maglia ciclamino Ackermann touched wheels and crashed heavily under the one-kilometre to go banner. FDJ’s lead-out man Jacopo Guarnieri led out the sprint alongside Jasper De Buyst for Lotto Soudal, and Demare chose to go early on the far left while Ewan waited a couple more seconds before going on the right. Viviani chose Ewan’s wheel and managed to pass him ...

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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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Giro d'Italia: Landa says he is 'on the back burner' in Movistar battle

Mikel Landa (Movistar)

Mikel Landa has admitted that he is “on the back burner” in the Giro d'Italia , with Movistar teammate Richard Carapaz stepping up a notch in the GC battle. As things stand, Landa is currently lying 30th, at 6:42 overall behind Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), although more importantly longterm he is now nearly five minutes behind leading favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). In comparison, Carapaz is now lying 20th, 3:16 down on Conti, and he has already won a stage for the second year running. For Landa, who came into the race as Movistar’s top contender, seemingly in good form and with the idea of ending a run of bad luck and injuries in Grand Tours, the Giro has been very disappointing so far. "I hoped not to lose so much time, and the Giro is looking very hard now," Landa, whose breakthrough result was third overall in the 2015 ...

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Manzana Postobon triggers UCI’s team suspension rule after second positive test

Supported by Colombian outfit Monzana Postobon faces a suspension of 15 to 45 days after triggering a UCI regulation that requires the suspension of any team with two adverse analytical findings (AAFs) within 12 months, according to a UCI statement. Juan José Amador’s positive A sample for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid, made him the second rider from … The post Manzana Postobon triggers UCI’s team suspension rule after second positive test 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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Power Analysis: 20-year-old Pogacar sets a new record on Mt. Baldy

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It seems the winner of the Amgen Tour of California gets younger and younger every year. This year we were treated to the youngest-ever overall winner of a UCI WorldTour race – 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar. Just like Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold, Pogacar posted all his California race days on Strava, including power … The post Power Analysis: 20-year-old Pogacar sets a new record on Mt. Baldy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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