Giro Stage 15 Preview: Giro di Lombardia
Stage 15: Ivrea to Como (232 kilometers) Many race organizers throw mini-versions of classic races into their stage races-- most notably recently with the ASO including mini-Roubaixs in the Tour. Earlier this race, there was even a stage that resembled a mini-Milano-Sanremo, though on the opposite coast of Italy. Well, this stage is that, but cranked up to 11-- otherwise known as going the full Vegni-- transposing the full Il Lombardia into a Giro stage-- length and climbs and all. In fact, the last 60+ kilometers of the stage follow the route of last year’s Il Lombardia almost exactly. Here’s the profile of stage 15 and the profile of last year’s Il Lombardia: Stage 15 profile 2018 Il Lombardia profile Let’s try to spot the differences. Stage 15 is 9 kilometers shorter at 232 kilometers to the Lombardia’s 241 kilometers (don’t totally believe the above profile for Stage 15, which ...
Risk of avalanche, icy roads forces Giro to remove Gavia climb
A risk of avalanches and icy roads has forced organizers to remove the Gavia from this year's Giro. Read the full article at Risk of avalanche, icy roads forces Giro to remove Gavia climb on VeloNews.com .
CyclingTips on the road: Behind the scenes at the Giro’s first big mountain stage
Here we go people, the first of a few vids from the Giro. Watch by clicking play above. Now that the race has hit the mountains, we decided that it was about time Caley, our editor-in-chief, and Dave, our roving European reporter, hit the ground. Episode one sees the guys tackle the usual grand tour … The post CyclingTips on the road: Behind the scenes at the Giro’s first big mountain stage appeared first on CyclingTips .
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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 ...
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 ...
Giro d'Italia: Landa vows 'I'll continue to attack for as long my legs hold'
Two mountain stages, two attacks, two minutes gained. The path of Mikel Landa 's Giro d'Italia has hardly run smoothly to this point, but all of a sudden, he is beating a direct track towards the upper reaches of the overall classification after he picked up another minute and a half on Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali by placing third on the summit finish at Ceresole Reale on stage 13 . Landa came home third on the stage, 1:20 behind winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) but some 1:37 ahead of Roglic and Nibali. The two favourites for overall victory had eyes only for another on the Colle del Nivolet, and they marked one another tightly as the final climb progressed rather than commit to pursuing Landa, who attacked forcefully at the base of the ascent. They seemed oblivious, or perhaps simply indifferent, to the fire that they were leaving unattended further ...
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Lost Lanes West, by Jack Thurston
Title : Lost Lanes West - 36 Glorious Bike Rides in the West Country Author : Jack Thurston Publisher : Wild Things Publishing Year : 2018 Pages : 255 Order : Wild Things What it is : 36 suggested bike rides in the West Country in England’s south-west corner, down Devon and Dorset way Strengths : Three books in and the ‘Lost Lanes’ series has established itself as serving up the best cycling guidebooks for British-based riders looking to get off the beaten track Weaknesses : Someone will always quibble about what was left out, that’s half the fun of books like these Where does the time go? Slipped away without me knowing. It’s already getting on for six years since the first in the ‘Lost Lanes’ series of cycling guidebooks came out, and a year since this third volume was published. Having done the south west of England in ...
Bikes of the Bunch: Bianchi Oltre XR2 reincarnated
In this Bikes of the Bunch, we take a look at a well-loved, and well-used Bianchi Oltre XR2 that was recently given a new lease of life. The bike’s owner Adam Marshall hails from the UK and is the owner of boutique clothing brand We Can Be. In the following article he writes about his … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Bianchi Oltre XR2 reincarnated appeared first on CyclingTips .
The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #12: Test your wits
As the popular saying goes, there are three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes and the CyclingTips Weekly Quiz. While you can’t do much about the first two, you can absolutely crush the last one with this background reading… Neal Rogers, in his latest ‘Weekly Spin’ column, sat down with one of the greatest talents of … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #12: Test your wits appeared first on CyclingTips .
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Nibali irritated by Roglic's defensive Giro d'Italia tactics
The wait for the showdown between Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the Giro d'Italia continued on the road to Pinerolo, but the first signs of a rivalry emerged after the finish, with the Italian clearly irritated by Roglic's defensive riding and his refusal to help chase down attackers and potential overall contenders Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). "We all worked, except Roglic," Nibali said with disapproval while at the Bahrain-Merida bus post stage. "I worked, Yates did turns, all the big guys in the move worked except him." Nibali acknowledged that Roglic has the right to race defensively but hinted Friday's mountain stage up to Lago Serru will be a very different day in the saddle. "He can do that because he's got a decent lead. He knows he's got the final time trial, too, and so he's defending his lead but tomorrow will ...
Silca Viaggio travel pump review: Works well, but too big and too heavy
I spend a lot of time traveling with a bike, and I’ve grown pretty adept at paring down my assortment of tools, spares, and accessories to the bare essentials. After all, many airlines charge a small fortune if your travel case is even a smidgeon overweight, and a failure to keep your grams in check … The post Silca Viaggio travel pump review: Works well, but too big and too heavy appeared first on CyclingTips .
Giro Stage 13: Magical Nivolet
Pinerolo - Ceresole Reale 195 km Praise be to all the Gods above, we have finally reached the Alps and the decisive part of the Giro. Pinerolo was a teaser and although we got quite a bit of early action this is the real stuff. And we get an introduction to two entirely new climbs in the Giro as well, Pian del Lupo and the Colle del Nivolet. THE COURSE We stay in the area close to France, bypassing Turin before we turn into the valley heading west to Ceresole Reale, the little village named as the finish but which is in reality just the starting point of the final 12 kms of the climb to Lago Serrù. On the way we pass two quite serious climbs, the Colle del Lys and the Pian del Lupo. I’m not going to go on too much about Colle del Nivolet since Will ...
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 ...
Giro d'Italia 2019: UAE-Team Emirates retain pink as breakaway wins by huge margin on Stage 12
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 's tactic to put Jan Polanc in the day's break paid off as he took the Maglia Rosa from the shoulders of his teammate Valerio Conti. Benedetti launched his sprint in the final stages after catching the leading trio of Gianluca Brambilla ( Trek-Segafredo ), Erop Cappechi ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) and Eddie Dunbar ( Team Ineos ) 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 ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) who was the highest profile name not to ...
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