Manzana Postobon fold with immediate effect after doping cases
Manzana Postobón have already raced their final race, with the team's owners announcing that the squad is folding with immediate effect due to a pair of recent doping cases . The ‘Pedeleamos por Colombia’ corporation, which owns the Colombian Pro Continental team, issued a statement on Friday in which they highlighted the progress made over the past decade but stated that the problem of doping "prevented us from moving forward". Since their inception in 2006 as Colombia es Pasión, the team have always taken a strong anti-doping stance, with internal testing, a focus on educating riders, and a modern, scientific approach to developing Colombian talent such as Nairo Quintana. However, they have been damaged by two doping cases in the space of two months. In early April, it was revealed that Wilmar Paredes had tested positive for EPO , and this week it emerged that Juan José Amador had tested ...
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Giro d'Italia: Risk of avalanches likely to end hopes of climbing the Gavia
A risk of avalanches and new, more stringent, safety laws in Italy mean the Passo Gavia is likely to be cut from Tuesday’s queen stage of the Giro d’Italia , meaning one of the most difficult and decisive climbs of the race would not feature. Last week, Giro d’Italia race director Mauro Vegni suggested there was a 60 per cent chance of the race climbing the legendary Passo Gavia, where Andy Hampsten famously rode through a snow storm to set up victory in the 1988 Corsa Rosa. According to Saturday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport , Vegni is far less optimistic now and could soon confirm the cutting of the Gavia from stage 16 and reveal a new, shorter stage with just the Passo del Mortirolo as the major climb of the day. Snow and freezing temperatures are also forecast for Tuesday. Vegni could announce his decision early to perhaps inspire ...
Sivakov eyes battle with Lopez for Giro d'Italia white jersey
Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) has set his sights on the white jersey at the Giro d'Italia , after moving into the lead of the young rider classification at Lago Serrù on stage 13 on Friday. The 21-year-old, riding his second Grand Tour, started the day in 19th place overall but propelled himself into 9th with an impressive ride on the first summit finish of the race. He finished 9th on the stage, 3:34 down on winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) but 37 seconds down on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), the two race favourites who marked each other on the Colle de Nivolet. With just under three kilometres to go, Sivakov had ridden away from the pair as Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar) attacked from the elite group, but he was brought back. "I didn’t really attack them [Roglic and Nibali] because they were looking at each ...
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Wiles takes first Women's WorldTour win for Trek-Segafredo
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High mountain Giro stage win for Katusha's Zakarin
Ilnur Zakarin powered to victory in the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the first mountain test for the overall contenders, while favourites Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali finished together.
Giro Stage 14 Preview: Lose Control
I did not have time to write an article after stage twelve of the Giro. If I had, it would have been entitled Control is Dead in this Giro d’Italia. Because, well, it is. Jumbo-Visma brought plenty of climbing talent to the race but after Laurens De Plus called in sick, for anything more strenuous than putting a cap on an early breakaway Roglic may as well be backed up by a few clones of Jakub Mareczko. Now, don’t get me wrong — Kuss and Tolhoek are good climbers but they have no answer to Astana or Movistar, nor Nibali’s smaller backup in Pozzovivo. What this means, essentially, is that anyone can break up this Giro whenever they feel like it. And boy, do they feel like it. Stage fourteen is ideal terrain for doing so, in fact I can’t think of any stage that would be more suited to ...
Tayler Wiles takes first WorldTour victory at Emakumeen Bira
American Tayler Wiles won her first WorldTour race on Friday in Spain Read the full article at Tayler Wiles takes first WorldTour victory at Emakumeen Bira on VeloNews.com .
Simon Yates' Giro d'Italia challenge suffers fresh blow on first summit finish
Simon Yates stared into the middle distance as he sat into the back of the Mitchelton-Scott van, his legs splayed before him. He was, for those quiet moments at least, in a place beyond comprehension and consolation. A Giro d'Italia challenge that began with such promise in Bologna two weeks ago suffered a devastating blow on the first summit finish at Ceresole Reale on Friday. After shipping time to Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali in the San Marino time trial last weekend, Yates had hoped stage 13 of the Giro might mark the beginning of his comeback. Instead, it put the maglia rosa further beyond his reach, as he conceded two more minutes to the Giro favourites after losing contact with the Roglic group with almost 15km still to race on the Colle del Nivolet. In the overall standings, Yates now lies 12th, 8:14 behind maglia rosa Jan Polanc (UAE ...
Ineos Version 3.0: Pavel Sivakov and their new generation of talent
A year after Chris Froome blew up the Giro d'Italia, the team brings youth to plant the seeds for the future Read the full article at Ineos Version 3.0: Pavel Sivakov and their new generation of talent on VeloNews.com .
Roglic and Jumbo-Visma shrug off Nibali's Giro d'Italia mind games
Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ) seemed unruffled by Vincenzo Nibali's mind games on the long climb of the Col del Nivolet as the race for the maglia rosa in the Giro d'Italia exploded on stage 13 . Roglic's disregard for his role as an overall contender was confirmed post-stage and he preferred not to speak to the media after the summit finish, instead quickly changing in to dry clothes and then descending to the Jumbo-Visma team bus parked 25km back down the valley. While Nibali was fueling their rivalry with accusations that the Slovenian refused to work and refuses to accept his responsibility as an overall contender, Roglic was already on the descent, riding against the direction of the race. His emotions and any doubts or difficulties of the day were, as ever, kept out of view. Roglic was no doubt pleased to have kept his 1:44 lead on Nibali ...
Unplanned stage victory puts Zakarin back into podium contention at Giro d'Italia
Three years have passed since Ilnur Zakarin ( Katusha-Alpecin ) was last on a mountain straddling the Franco-Italian border during the Giro d'Italia , but it was a different kind of experience this time around as he claimed the stage 13 victory at Ceresole Reale to move into third place overall. Zakarin's podium challenge on the 2016 Giro ended when he sustained a broken collarbone in a heavy crash shortly after crossing from Italy into France atop the Colle dell'Agnello. This time out, the Giro scaled the Colle del Nivolet, where the road peters out somewhere shy of the border, but after taking the stage honours, Zakarin gently dismissed the idea that he had been in some way inspired by the events of three years ago in this corner of the Alps. "No, why do I need to think about that?" Zakarin said. "I don't think about this." Zakarin admitted ...
Nibali to Roglic: 'Basta! No more!' on first Giro d'Italia summit finish
Vincenzo Nibali ( Bahrain-Merida ) continued his psychological and physical battle with Primoz Roglic on the first mountain finish of the Giro d'Italia , calling the Slovenian's bluff when other riders attacked and again criticizing the Jumbo-Visma rider for failing to help set the pace and lead the chase on the ascent of the Col del Nivolet. Nibali sat on Roglic's wheel when other riders kicked away in the final kilometres, with the two locked in a standoff as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) powered to victory and moved up to third overall, now only 31 seconds behind Roglic. Nibali is fifth overall, 4:09 down on race leader Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) and still 1:44 down on Roglic. "He let the gap go to Carapaz and Majka and wanted me to close it and I said: 'Basta! No more!' I told him that if he wants to win the Giro he ...
Nibali blasts Roglic for uncooperative attitude
As their apparent rivalry deepens at the Giro d'Italia, Vincenzo Nibali invites Primoz Roglic to photograph his 'bag of trophies' Read the full article at Nibali blasts Roglic for uncooperative attitude on VeloNews.com .