Giro d'Italia: A different kind of opening act for Simon Yates

Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott)

A different kind of opening act for Simon Yates . This time last year, the Briton was already in the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia , having seized the overall lead on Mount Etna on stage 6. In the days that followed, the Briton sought to add seconds everywhere he could. By the end of the second week, he had notched up three stage victories, but those efforts ultimately contributed to his undoing on the Colle de Finestre, just two days short of the finish in Rome. By last Autumn’s Vuelta a España , where he rode into Madrid as an emphatic overall winner, Yates had already digested and applied the harsh lessons of the Giro by doling out his energy more sparingly in the first half of the race. On this Giro, he has no choice but to do so. This time around, the terrain of the Giro’s ...

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Egan Bernal well on road to recovery after missing Giro d'Italia

Egan Bernal has grand plans for this coming May in Italy

Team Ineos management are satisfied that their young star Egan Bernal is well on the road to making a full recovery after breaking his collarbone and missing the Giro d’Italia. Bernal’s crash happened when he fell during a training ride the Saturday before the Giro d’Italia, Ineos team coach Xabi Artetxe told Cyclingnews . But the 2019 Paris-Nice winner was in such good underlying shape that after nearly a week without touching the bike, he is back training. In fact, Artexte confimed, Bernal’s underlying condition is so good he has established a new Strava record for the ascent of the Col de Gallina, the last climb used in the 2018 Vuelta a España and reputed to one of the hardest in Andorra. Bernal shaved 56 seconds off teammate David de la Cruz's previous record. This Thursday, whilst the 2019 Giro riders were tackling the second longest stage of the race, ...

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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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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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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Nibali fresh and fast ahead of Giro start

Nibali fresh and fast ahead of Giro start

Vincenzo Nibali is ready to forget about his disappointing outings at last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a España as he hits peak form for the Giro d'Italia.

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Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart have freedom to try 'crazy things' at Giro d'Italia

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov celebrate

Team Ineos are hoping to turn the challenge of riding the Giro d'Italia without expected leader Egan Bernal into an opportunity for their next generation of young riders, with Tao Geoghegan Hart , Pavel Sivakov, Ivan Sosa, Eddie Dunbar and Jhonatan Narváez given the freedom to race and learn over the next three weeks. Bernal crashed on Saturday and fractured his left collarbone in one of his last big training rides. He underwent surgery and will soon start training indoors. He is expected to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse before being part of the Tour de France team. Team Ineos decided against bringing another experienced team leader to the Giro d'Italia, preferring to give their young guns the freedom to race for themselves. "They're young for sure but I think the expectation is to have fun. There's no expectation but to try to learn," team ...

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How to watch the Giro d’Italia 2019 live

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Yorkshire plots return of Tour de France and Vuelta start

The scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales

The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire are continuing their pursuit of another Tour de France Grand Départ in the next five to six years. Welcome to Yorkshire is also in talks with the Vuelta a España as they look to bring a start of the Spanish race to the British county. "There are ongoing conversations to bring the Vuelta here and our belief is when the Tour de France comes back to Yorkshire, definitely not if," Peter Dodd, the commercial director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said at the end of Sunday’s four-day event in Leeds. "It’s too early to put a date on it but I think in the next five or six years," he said in relation to both bids. "Our ambition would be to host the Vuelta and for the Tour de France to follow shortly. Our agenda is to bring top class events, and obviously top ...

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Vuelta a Espana announces four wildcard teams

Cofidis reduced the red for 2019

The four wildcard teams for this year’s Vuelta a España have been unveiled by the organisers. The list has a distinctly Spanish flavour, with Burgos BH, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Euskadi Basque Country-Murias making the cut, while French Pro Continental team Cofidis have also earned an invite once again. The Vuelta a España is the last of the Grand Tours to confirm its full line-up of teams, with the Tour de France confirming its in March and the Giro d’Italia – which begins this week – announcing in January. As required by the regulations, all 18 of the WorldTour teams have been invited to the race. There are no big surprises in the selection for the four wildcard berths, which mirrors that of last year, with only three Spanish Pro Continental teams fighting for a place in their home Grand Tour. Euskadi-Murias impressed on their debut last year, winning a ...

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Team Ineos announce Giro d’Italia squad after Bernal's injury

Champagne for Tao Geoghegan Hart on the podium

Team Ineos have announced their Giro d’Italia team 72 hours after it was confirmed that Egan Bernal would not race due to a broken collarbone sustained in training. The team have decided not to derail the Tour de France preparations of either Geraint Thomas or Chris Froome and, as Cyclingnews reported on Monday, have awarded Eddie Dunbar with his Grand Tour debut. The Irishman impressed at the recent Tour de Yorkshire and will add an attacking element to the team as they hunt stage wins and develop their next crop of stage racing talent. Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart, who both recently tasted success at the Tour of the Alps, have both been announced as part of the eight-man Giro d’Italia team. Sebastian Henao, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Jhonathan Narvarez and Ivan Sosa have also been named within the squad. Gianni Moscon, who was originally down to ride the ...

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Kuss to replace Gesink in Jumbo-Visma's Giro d'Italia squad

Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) launches a solo attack on stage 6 of the 2018 Tour of Utah

Sepp Kuss will replace the injured Robert Gesink in Jumbo-Visma ’s line-up at this month’s Giro d’Italia , the team have confirmed. Gesink was originally slated as one of the seven men to support Primoz Roglic at the Corsa Rosa , but the Dutchman suffered a broken collarbone and pelvis in a crash during Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Kuss has been training at altitude recently ahead of the Tour of California, so the American should be able to slot into the team with relative ease. The Giro will be Kuss’ second Grand Tour and his first appearance at the Italian race. The 24-year-old Kuss turned professional with Jumbo-Visma last year, having previously raced with the US Rally team. He made a big impression in the latter half of the year, winning the Tour of Utah before going on to debut at the Vuelta a España. At the Spanish Grand Tour, Kuss was ...

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Giro d'Italia: Ewan and Campenaerts named in Lotto Soudal's squad

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

Lotto Soudal have announced their eight-man squad for next month's Giro d'Italia , with new signing Caleb Ewan leading the line for the bunch sprints and new Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts seemingly a great bet to take the opening individual time trial in Bologna. The Belgian WorldTour team named their line-up one rider at a time, every hour, on their social media channels on Monday, to create an element of suspense. The squad boasts four former Giro stage winners in Ewan, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen and Roger Kluge, and so has no shortage of experience when tackling the world's second-biggest stage race. Former Tour de France stage winner Jelle Vanendert also brings a wealth of experience to the table, and will hope to get his chance in the mountains. The 34-year-old will be taking part in his 10th Grand Tour, and his third Giro, although the Belgian's nevertheless ...

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Bennati suffers collarbone fracture at Vuelta a Castilla y Leon

Daniele Bennati (Movistar)

Daniele Bennati ( Movistar ) suffered a fractured collarbone after being caught up in a crash at the end of the final stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León on Saturday. The veteran, who finished third on stage 2 of the race, went down along with teammate Carlos Barbero in the crash, on the 151km stage from León to Villafranca del Bierzo. According to a team press release, Bennati suffered a blow to his right shoulder, while Barbero injured an elbow. Later on, the pair were taken to a hospital in Ponferrada for further exams, which revealed that Bennati had fractured his collarbone. Barbero suffered a contusion, but no broken bones. Bennati lay fourth overall at the time of the crash, but keeps his final result, just one second off the podium, as the crash happened in the final 3km of the race. It's the best result of the ...

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Majka back to his best as Giro d'Italia nears

All-in for Majka but to no avail

Rafal Majka ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) landed yet another third place at the Tour of the Alps in Cles on Thursday, but after a difficult 2018 season and his last victory coming during the 2017 Vuelta a España, the Polish climber and Grand Tour rider is just happy to be back at the sharp end of the action. In the absence of teammate Peter Sagan, Majka and Davide Formolo will lead Bora-Hansgrohe at the Giro d'Italia, with Pascal Ackermann the German team's designated sprinter. Majka is using the Tour of the Alps as a final test and block of racing before the Giro d'Italia and found optimism and satisfaction even in defeat. "I tried to win the stage today, but I got another third place. But I'm happy, day by day the condition is coming," he told Cyclingnews after finishing behind Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and ...

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Rally UHC continues growth with Fleche Wallonne start

Gavin Mannion and Colin Joyce talk about the view during the Rally UHC training camp in California

Rally UHC Cycling will take another step in its continuing growth Wednesday when the US Pro Continental team starts Flèche Wallonne – the midweek WorldTour Ardennes Classic that is the transition race between Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Minnesota-based team jumped to the Pro Continental ranks last season after 11 years at Continental level, and Flèche Wallonne marks the team's biggest European race to date. Rally has also secured invitations to the Tour de Suisse in June and has thrown its hat in the ring for a Grand Tour nod at the Vuelta a España in September. "You know, it's all kind of part of the plan," Rally UHC Performance Manager Jonas Carney told Cyclingnews earlier this spring. "We're trying to grow things at a sustainable rate. Last year was kind of our first transition year to Europe, and this is kind of our second transition year, and we ...

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