Road – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:31:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.velonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Velonews_favicon-2-32x32.png Road – VeloNews.com http://www.velonews.com 32 32 Chad Young not expected to recover from Gila crash http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/chad-young-not-expected-to-recover-from-gila-crash_436685 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/chad-young-not-expected-to-recover-from-gila-crash_436685#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:32:28 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436685 Chad Young, 21, is not expected to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour of the Gila.

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Chad Young is not expected to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at the Tour of the Gila, according to a statement from his Axeon Hagens Berman team late on Thursday.

The 21-year-old New Hampshire native crashed on a high-speed descent midway through the Gila’s final stage on Sunday and suffered a severe head injury. He was airlifted from New Mexico to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, where he was upgraded to stable condition. His team announced that he was in critical condition on Tuesday.

Young is in his third year with the Axeon program and was racing his first Tour of the Gila. He was part of an early breakaway in the Gila’s queen stage and was continuing to push off the front along with teammate Edward Anderson, who also went down in the crash.

VeloNews extends its thoughts and prayers to Young’s family, friends, and team.

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Face-off: The Giro d’Italia vs. the Tour de France http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/from-the-mag/face-off-giro-ditalia-vs-tour-de-france_436674 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/from-the-mag/face-off-giro-ditalia-vs-tour-de-france_436674#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:07:10 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436674 The battle for grand-tour supremacy rages on between the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. So we let Fred Dreier and Chris Case duke it

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The battle for grand-tour supremacy rages on between the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. So we let VeloNews editor in chief Fred Dreier duke it out with managing editor Chris Case. Which race do you love best?

The Tour

This year’s Giro d’Italia features a murderer’s row of GC strongmen: Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Steven Kruijswijk, Geraint Thomas, Bauke Mollema, and even Tejay van Garderen.

But you know who isn’t there? Chris Froome.

That’s right, the best stage racer of this generation has once again chosen France over Italy. As such, I’m inclined to grudgingly elevate the Tour de France ahead of the Giro d’Italia yet again.

I agree with many of your sentiments, Chris. The climb up Passo dello Stelvio always turns into a massive battle amongst the snowdrifts. The race up Mt. Etna forever erupts into a volatile explosion. The Giro is seemingly impossible to predict. The only formula at the Giro is pandemonium.

Yet the strongest of the strong will not be in attendance. And not all of the Giro’s lineup will be there on top form. Every year, some riders use the Giro as a strength-building slingshot for their ambitions later in the season, most notably the Tour. They arrive in Italy with chubbier midsections and weaker legs, hoping that three weeks of racing hammers them into Tour condition.

Nobody has ever used the Tour de France as a training ride. At Le Tour, every single rider arrives at the absolute peak of his physical form. As such, winning the Tour requires a painstaking plan that must be executed to precision.

The Tour is strategy and execution. It is chess. The Giro? It’s chaos. It’s Hungry Hungry Hippos.

— Fred Dreier

The Giro

So what if the Tour de France will feature Chris Froome bludgeoning everyone, including a past-his-prime Alberto Contador, into submission? That’s supremely boring. In fact, I’m bored just writing that sentence.

If you want to witness history in the making, with no less than 12 legitimate contenders battling to make it onto the final podium of the 100th edition of Italy’s grand tour, check out the Giro. If you want to wallow through endless hot, boring, monotonous stages across great fields of sunflowers and wheat, check out that race in July.

If you want a real race, with tasty tactics and savory surprises, the Giro is the race to watch. If you’d rather watch Team Sky and all its mystery potions and “negligible advantages” slowly degrade cycling into a robot tea party, tune in for the Tour.

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of a snow-lined Stelvio — twice! — and look forward to the chaos that will ensue on the 237 switchbacks the riders will traverse that day, make a date with May. If you’re more of a fan of the Izoard and Galibier, well then, cool, those are great climbs too. But there ain’t no snow!

If you’re the type of person who loves linguine, who relishes in all forms of gluten, go Giro. Prefer escargot and pâté (heaves)? Tour.

Passion — Giro. Badger — Tour.

The Giro is harder, prettier, it has wilder weather and wilder roads. More danger? Check. Less hype? Check. Better racing every day? Check!

The Giro is infinite love.

— Chris Case

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Barguil breaks pelvis in Tour de Romandie crash http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/barguil-breaks-pelvis-tour-de-romandie-crash_436653 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/barguil-breaks-pelvis-tour-de-romandie-crash_436653#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436653 Tour de France hopeful Warren Barguil crashes out of Tour de Romandie Thursday. His team says he broke his pelvis.

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Tour de France hopeful Warren Barguil crashed out of Tour de Romandie Thursday, and later, his Sunweb team said the Frenchman broke his pelvis in the fall at the Swiss race.

Barguil, 25, is one of France’s top GC riders, having finished eighth overall at the 2014 Vuelta a España and eighth in this year’s Paris-Nice.

“Warren has a fracture of the left iliac crest. The fracture is only slightly displaced,” said team physician Anko Boelens. “As far we can judge now surgery will not be needed, but this will be rechecked after a few days.”

In his sixth season as a professional, Barguil was showing promise with a sixth-place finish at La Flèche Wallonne the week prior. In 2013, he won two stages at the Vuelta. His team said he will return to his home in France after a few more days in Switzerland.  Sunweb did not say how the injury would affect Barguil’s race schedule or his goal of the Tour.

“As soon as pain permits Warren can start walking again, this is usually after one week,” Boelens added. “Riding on rollers is possible after approximately three weeks. From there on we will have to see when he is able to be competitive again.“

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Quintana ‘on right track’ for Giro-Tour double http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/giro-ditalia/quintana-on-right-track-for-giro-tour-double_436629 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/giro-ditalia/quintana-on-right-track-for-giro-tour-double_436629#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:23:12 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436629 Nairo Quintana re-tools his training program for a run at the elusive Giro-Tour double, and he's confident with the Giro only a week away.

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MADRID (AFP) — Colombian climber Nairo Quintana insisted on Thursday that he is in good shape to tackle a Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double this year.

“I feel this year I’ve got a little bit more maturity and resistance in the body,” Quintana said. “That’s why I think it’s the time to do it, when you’re in a good physical condition.”

The last rider to win both the Tour and Giro in the same year was the late Italian Marco Pantani in 1998, and when two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador tried to achieve the feat two years ago, he managed only fifth in France after winning the Giro.

“Everyone has seen how difficult it has become in the last few years, as many tried to go for it and no one succeeded. [Miguel] Indurain and Pantani were two big champions, and cycling was also different,” said Movistar team leader Quintana, who won the Giro in 2014 but has a best finish of second at the Tour in 2013 and 2015.

It will be the fourth time that Quintana goes for a grand tour double — although this is the first time he will ride the Giro and Tour in the same year — and he’s been getting closer each time.

In 2014, he crashed out of the Vuelta a España after winning the Giro.

The following year, he was second at the Tour and then fourth in the Vuelta, and in 2016, he was third at the Tour before winning the Vuelta.

“It was all about the Tour in previous seasons and the Vuelta was only an afterthought; we didn’t base our efforts on saving energy for it. This time, though, we knew we had to aim at both of them [Giro and Tour], and the preparations have changed,” Quintana added.

The Giro begins one week from Friday in Sardinia before finishing on May 28 in Milan.

“We’ve never before tried this wager, but we think we’re on the right track, with a training program adapted to arriving at both in form,” he said.

“Some other riders go for it at the end of their careers — I want to have a try now that I’m still young.”

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Gallery: Romandie rain persists, as does Kung in stage 2 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-romandie-rain-persists-as-does-kung_436608 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-romandie-rain-persists-as-does-kung_436608#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:47:29 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436608 Snow forces organizers to shorten Tour de Romandie stage 2, and Stefan Kung wins from a small breakaway.

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Tour de Romandie: Kung wins stage 2 from the break http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/tour-de-romandie-kung-wins-stage-2-from-the-break_436603 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/tour-de-romandie-kung-wins-stage-2-from-the-break_436603#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:46:55 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436603 On another wet day in Switzerland, Stefan Kung wins stage 2 at Tour de Romandie, out-sprinting breakaway companion Andrei Grivko.

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On another wet day in Switzerland, Stefan Kung (BMC) won stage 2 at Tour de Romandie, out-sprinting breakaway companion Andrei Grivko (Astana) in Bulle. The stage was shortened due to snowy conditions, and the peloton seemed willing to let a breakaway take center stage on Thursday. Sonny Colbrelli (UAE Team Emirates) sprinted to third from the bunch. Yellow jersey Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) was not far behind in sixth, defending his GC lead.

Stage 2, top 10

  • 1. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, in 3:33:15
  • 2. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 4. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 5. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 6. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 7. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 8. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 9. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 10. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 8:12:42
  • 2. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 7. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 8. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 9. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 10. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14

Four men animated the wet day with a breakaway: Sander Armée (Lotto-Soudal), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Grivko, and Kung.

Armée, who rode in stage 1’s breakaway as well, was dropped from the escape with about 20 kilometers to go.

Grivko put in a dig with a little under five kilometers remaining, and the acceleration dropped Veuchelen from the lead. Kung followed the Ukranian and under the red kite, with one kilometer to go, the duo led the peloton by about one minute.

Kung led-out the sprint around the final left-hand bend with about 300 meters to go. Grivko was right on his wheel but didn’t have the strength to come past. The 23-year-old Swiss celebrated his first victory of 2017 in front of a home crowd.

Friday’s stage 3 starts and finishes in Payerne and includes four category 3 climbs on the 187km route. Felline should again be able to defend his overall lead, barring catastrophe. One of the race’s GC favorites will not carry on after Thursday’s stage — Sunweb’s Warren Barguil crashed on the slippery roads and abandoned the race with a broken pelvis. He was 25 seconds behind Felline at the start of stage 2.

Stage 2 results

  • 1. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, in 3:33:15
  • 2. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 3. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 4. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 5. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 6. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 7. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 8. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 9. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 10. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 11. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 12. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 13. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 14. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 15. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 16. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 17. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 18. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :20
  • 19. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :20
  • 20. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 21. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 22. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 23. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 24. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 25. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 26. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 27. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :20
  • 28. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 29. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 30. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 31. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 32. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 33. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 34. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 35. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 36. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 37. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 38. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 39. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 40. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 41. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 42. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 43. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 44. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 45. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 46. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 47. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 48. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 49. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :20
  • 50. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 51. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :20
  • 52. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 53. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 54. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 55. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 56. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 57. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 58. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 59. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 60. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 61. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 62. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 63. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 64. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 65. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 66. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 67. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 68. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 69. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 70. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 71. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 72. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 73. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 74. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 75. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 76. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 77. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :20
  • 78. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :20
  • 79. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 80. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 81. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 82. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 83. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 84. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :20
  • 85. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 86. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 87. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :20
  • 88. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 89. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 90. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :20
  • 91. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 92. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 93. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :20
  • 94. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :20
  • 95. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 96. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :20
  • 97. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 98. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :20
  • 99. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 100. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 101. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 102. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 103. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :20
  • 104. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 105. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 106. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :20
  • 107. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :20
  • 108. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :45
  • 109. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at :45
  • 110. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :51
  • 111. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :54
  • 112. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:00
  • 113. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 1:02
  • 114. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:02
  • 115. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:29
  • 116. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:30
  • 117. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:33
  • 118. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:38
  • 119. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:04
  • 120. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 2:04
  • 121. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:24
  • 122. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:02
  • 123. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:29
  • 124. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 3:29
  • 125. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 3:29
  • 126. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:29
  • 127. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:29
  • 128. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 3:29
  • 129. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:29
  • 130. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:02
  • 131. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:02
  • 132. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:02
  • 133. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 5:02
  • 134. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:02
  • 135. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 5:02
  • 136. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at 7:29
  • 137. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:22
  • 138. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 10:18
  • 139. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:18
  • 140. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 10:36
  • 141. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 10:37
  • 142. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 10:37
  • 143. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 10:37
  • 144. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 10:37
  • 145. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 10:37
  • 146. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 10:37
  • 147. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 10:37
  • 148. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 10:37
  • 149. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 13:09
  • DNF Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO
  • DNF Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB
  • DNF Léo VINCENT, FDJ

General classification

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 8:12:42
  • 2. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 7. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 8. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 9. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 10. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 11. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 12. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 13. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 14. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 15. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 16. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 17. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 18. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 19. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 20. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 21. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 22. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 23. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 24. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 25. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 26. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 27. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 28. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 29. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 30. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 31. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 32. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 33. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 34. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 35. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 36. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 37. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 38. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 39. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 40. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 41. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 42. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 43. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 44. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 45. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 46. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 47. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 48. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 49. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 50. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 51. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :37
  • 52. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 53. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :37
  • 54. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 55. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 56. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 57. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 58. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :58
  • 59. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:02
  • 60. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:02
  • 61. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:04
  • 62. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:09
  • 63. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:25
  • 64. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:37
  • 65. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:42
  • 66. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:53
  • 67. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:03
  • 68. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:03
  • 69. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:03
  • 70. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 2:04
  • 71. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:07
  • 72. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:14
  • 73. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:21
  • 74. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:03
  • 75. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:35
  • 76. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:36
  • 77. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 4:34
  • 78. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 4:47
  • 79. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:50
  • 80. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:59
  • 81. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:23
  • 82. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:24
  • 83. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 5:28
  • 84. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:09
  • 85. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 6:42
  • 86. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:42
  • 87. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 6:48
  • 88. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at 7:33
  • 89. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 7:56
  • 90. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 8:08
  • 91. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:34
  • 92. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:05
  • 93. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:13
  • 94. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:17
  • 95. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:19
  • 96. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at 9:23
  • 97. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:26
  • 98. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:28
  • 99. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:29
  • 100. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 9:33
  • 101. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:33
  • 102. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 9:34
  • 103. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 9:35
  • 104. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 9:36
  • 105. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:38
  • 106. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:44
  • 107. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:54
  • 108. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 10:01
  • 109. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 10:20
  • 110. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 10:45
  • 111. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 11:17
  • 112. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 12:40
  • 113. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:41
  • 114. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:43
  • 115. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:44
  • 116. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:45
  • 117. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:46
  • 118. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 12:52
  • 119. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:57
  • 120. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 13:01
  • 121. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:04
  • 122. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:13
  • 123. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:14
  • 124. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 13:15
  • 125. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:38
  • 126. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 13:49
  • 127. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 14:16
  • 128. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 14:18
  • 129. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 15:04
  • 130. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 15:46
  • 131. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 16:44
  • 132. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 17:02
  • 133. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 17:08
  • 134. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 18:30
  • 135. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 20:11
  • 136. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 20:22
  • 137. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 20:24
  • 138. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 21:01
  • 139. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 21:36
  • 140. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 21:54
  • 141. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 23:02
  • 142. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 23:15
  • 143. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 23:40
  • 144. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 24:27
  • 145. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 24:57
  • 146. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 27:24
  • 147. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 27:40
  • 148. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 27:47
  • 149. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 28:03

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Road to the Giro: Evaluating five GC favorites http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/giro-ditalia/road-giro-evaluating-five-gc-favorites_436588 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/giro-ditalia/road-giro-evaluating-five-gc-favorites_436588#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:21:56 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436588 There is no single path to reach the Giro d'Italia in top form. These five GC favorites have had very different spring race schedules.

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) returns to action this weekend after a long European absence to race the three-day Vuelta a Asturias in northern Spain.

Every Giro d’Italia favorite has taken a different approach to the May 5 start of the centenary edition of the corsa rosa. Each is hoping to peak in late May for a shot at the pink jersey, while at the same time leaving something in the tank for goals later in the season. It’s always a tricky balancing act to prepare for a grand tour, especially one as demanding and unpredictable as the Giro.

With the 100th Giro barely a week away, anticipation is building for the season’s first grand tour, and everyone is anxious to see how the favorites will stack up. The approach to the Giro has changed over the past decade or so, and each of the favorites seems to have taken a different path to Sardinia.

There a few factors making this year’s Giro different. Not only will there be a lot of anticipation for the race’s centenary edition, the favorites list is deeper than perhaps any Giro’s over the past decade. Even with the loss of Fabio Aru (Astana) to injury, the race will have nearly a dozen riders who could win.

And the Giro is much harder than it used to be, especially on the flats and transition stages, so riders need to be hitting the start of the race in top form. Some riders have chosen training over racing, while others have put in nearly 30 race days ahead of the Giro.

Which approach will work best? Here’s a look at how five top favorites are coming into the Giro:

Nairo Quintana (Movistar): Giro-Tour attempt complicates approach

Nairo Quintana won Tirreno-Adriatico with an emphatic victory on the Terminillo stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Quintana, 26, has been off the radar since March, choosing to return to his high-altitude Colombian home to prepare for the Giro.

It’s a similar approach he’s taken the past few years, with some early season racing in Europe followed by a return to South America. The Colombian altitude seems to suit him well upon his return to Europe, but is it enough to keep him going all the way through July?

The 2014 Giro d’Italia winner took two early season victories, including a dominant win at Tirreno-Adriatico, and then promptly returned to Colombia. He’s back in Europe to race this weekend in Spain before attempting the Giro-Tour double. The climb-heavy final week at the Giro favors Quintana, who might be under the gun to take back early-race losses. The big question will be: How deep must he go to win the Giro and then still have something left for the Tour. Among all the top favorites, Quintana is the only attempting the Giro-Tour double (others might race the Tour, but in a helper’s role), so the Colombian’s approach to the Giro will be scrutinized.

Race days: 19; two stage wins, two overall GC wins
Best performances: Overall victories at Volta a Valencia and Tirreno-Adriatico, with one stage win in each. His victory atop the Terminillo at Tirreno stands out, but he was quick to say that results in March don’t mean much in May.
Key Giro teammates: Movistar will bring a packed squad to help Quintana, minus Alejandro Valverde, who is taking a break following his spectacular spring and will return for the Tour. Even without Valverde, Movistar will bring a strong lineup. Winner Anacona and Gorka Izagirre will provide help in the mountains, Andrey Amador, a former Giro stage winner and pink jersey holder, is an all-rounder. Alex Dowsett will provide support in the flats.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): All-in for a third

Vincenzo Nibali has had a quiet spring season so far. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Nibali will start the Giro as the most experienced rider among the favorites, the only one who’s won all three grand tours. With that experience, Nibali is an expert at timing his fitness and honing his approach to the Giro.

Per Nibali’s style, he rode into the season without too much pressure to score big early season results. He floated through the spring confident he would be ready for the Giro. Earlier this month, he took his first win in Croatia against a relatively weak field, but it was enough to show that he’s hitting form ahead of the Giro. Backed by a strong team, he and Quintana should be the ones controlling the race. Nibali will also be racing with something to prove, both for his new team and for his place in the peloton’s hierarchy.

Race days: 26, with overall victory at the Tour of Croatia
Best performances: Nibali used a more traditional approach to the Giro, building form at early season races. Nibali came to life earlier this month, with the overall at the Tour of Croatia. That win indicates Nibali is ready to defend his Giro title, although he’s yet to cross swords with top GC riders this season.
Key teammates: The Giro is very important for the start-up Bahrain-Merida outfit, and it’s bringing its A-team. Valerio Agnoli will be there in all the key moments; experienced riders Franco Pellizotti, Kanstantsin Siutsou, and Giovanni Visconti will shepherd Nibali through the mountains. Ramunas Navardauskas, Javier Moreno, and Manuele Boaro will have his back in the transition stages.

Geraint Thomas (Sky): Taking his chance to lead

Can Geraint Thomas prove himself as a true GC leader in a grand tour? Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

This Giro d’Italia is critical to Thomas’s future role at Team Sky. After being a loyal helper to Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Thomas finally gets his opportunity to lead during a grand tour. And he’s leaving nothing to chance.

Thomas turned away from the northern classics to have a more traditional approach to the Giro, with a solid mix of stage racing across the spring. He looks to be hitting form just in time for the Giro.

An important overall victory at the hard-fought Tour of the Alps not only served as notice to his teammates that he’s up to the task, it gave him additional favorite status inside the pack heading to the Giro. The other teams will be looking to Sky to do its share of the work during the race.

Thomas turns 31 during the final week of the Giro, and he knows the pressure is on for a strong performance in Italy if he ever hopes to have a shot at leadership during July. Thomas is all-in for this Giro, and he appears to be arriving in Sardinia with winning form.

Race days: 25, with two stages wins, and one GC victory
Best performances: Thomas looks to be checking all the boxes. A solid fifth at Tirreno-Adriatico was followed up by the Volta a Catalunya, where he was top-10 until illness zapped him with two stages to go. He won a stage and the overall at the hard-fought Tour of the Alps to confirm his form.
Key teammates: Sky has enough depth to leave the Tour de France-bound riders at home, and still bring one of the best Giro lineups in May. Mikel Landa will start as a co-leader, at least on paper, but it’s Thomas who will be the gravitational center of the team. Kenny Elissonde, David Lopez, Phil Deignan, and Diego Rosa will chaperone him through the climbs. Sebastian Henao and Salvatore Puccio bring help on the flats, with Elia Viviani in for a shot at the sprints.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo): The mystery man

Nobody knows what to expect from Bauke Mollema, who has had an inconsistent run-up to the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Among the top favorites, the Dutch rider has had the most uneven run into the Giro. After a hot start with victory in Argentina, he was hoping for more than ninth at Tirreno-Adriatico. He then abandoned Volta a Catalunya in March. The ever-steady Dutchman hasn’t raced since, and instead spent time training at altitude on the Teide volcano at Tenerife.

Mollema tweaked his racing schedule this year to make room for Alberto Contador to lead at the Tour de France, giving him team leadership for the Giro. Last year, Mollema was close to reaching the Tour podium, second overall before a crash on the penultimate mountain stage in the Alps. His 11th overall result didn’t reflect his true form. A newly confident Mollema will roll into the Giro as a bit of an enigma, at least in terms of form, but ready to embrace the challenge and confirm his GC chops.

Race days: 24, one victory
Best performances: Mollema opened the season with a bang with overall victory at the Tour de San Juan. He hasn’t raced since abandoning Catalunya with a stomach bug, but has been training at altitude in Tenerife.
Key teammates: Peter Stetina, who helped Ryder Hesjedal win in 2012, knows what it takes to win the Giro, and will bring solid support in the mountains. Laurent Didier, Eugenio Alafaci, and Mads Pedersen will also go deep. Giacomo Nizzolo, winner of last year’s points competition, will hunt for an elusive stage win.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing): Pressure to deliver

Tejay van Garderen has never raced the Giro before, but its tough final week of climbing could suit him. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

After twice finishing fifth at the Tour de France, van Garderen is taking on the challenge of the Giro d’Italia with a positive attitude. Richie Porte was handed team leadership for July, and van Garderen said he sees the Giro as a new challenge and opportunity. The pressure will be on to deliver a consistent, three-week performance.

Van Garderen, who is racing this week at the Tour de Romandie, has had a solid but less-than-spectacular approach to the Giro. Of the top pre-Giro favorites, he’s the only one who hasn’t won a race (not counting team time trials). Despite holding the lead early in the Volta a Catalunya, he couldn’t respond to attacks from Valverde. Van Garderen prefers the long, steady climbs of the grand tours compared to the shorter, explosive summits typical of early season, one-week stage races, so everyone at BMC Racing is hoping he can be a factor in the Giro’s decisive third week.

Race days: 20 days and counting (currently at Tour de Romandie)
Best performances: Van Garderen was part of two team time trial victories this spring (Tirreno-Adriatico and Catalunya), and held on to finish fifth overall at Catalunya.
Key teammates: Italian veterans Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss will control things during the transition stages, with Ben Hermans and Alessandro Di Marchi to help in the mountains. Rohan Dennis, who’s won four times this spring, including the overall at the Tour La Provence in France, will also have freedom to ride for GC. On paper, van Garderen is better in the longer climbs, but Rohan will also be looking to confirm his leadership abilities during this Giro.

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CHAMPERY, Switzerland (AFP) — Tour de France champion Chris Froome will have a slightly easier day in the saddle on Thursday as the second stage of the Tour de Romandie was shortened due to snow.

Originally due to begin in Champery and cover just over 160km, it will now start in Aigle and cover just 136.5km to the finish in Bulle, removing a potentially treacherous descent.

Organizers said the cold and “light snowfall” was to blame for the change.

Italian Fabio Felline leads overall having won Tuesday’s opening prologue.

Froome, a twice former winner in Romandie, is 39th but only 29 seconds off the lead ahead of a rolling stage in the mountains.

The race ends on Sunday with an 18.3km individual time-trial.

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Southern Italy finally gets its due in balanced Giro route http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/from-the-mag/southern-italy-finally-gets-its-due-in-balanced-giro-route_436578 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/from-the-mag/southern-italy-finally-gets-its-due-in-balanced-giro-route_436578#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:29:14 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436578 The centenary Giro d'Italia route pays homage to the familiar migration many Italians made from South to North, aspiring cyclists included.

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On the eve of the final stage of the 2007 Giro d’Italia, Danilo Di Luca greeted the press in Verona. All that stood between “The Killer from Spoltore” and Italian cycling history was a routine sprint stage into Milan.

“I am proud to be the first southerner, the first terrone to win the Giro d’Italia,” Di Luca proclaimed, commandeering the derogative that northern Italians deploy against their southern countrymen. “Indeed, I’ll be the first born below Florence.”

Until that day, all 39 Italian Giro winners were northerners, products of the rolling hills of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna or raised in Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino, and the Veneto with the Alps towering above. Di Luca’s win did not only go against the weight of Italian cycling history — it represented a rare, triumphant ending to a story that has played out repeatedly for his fellow southerners for over a century.

Since 2007, the south has scored two more wins: Vincenzo Nibali, who hails from southern Sicily, grabbed Giro victories in 2013 and 2016, bringing the total number of southern wins to three. Still, the disparity between north and south is supremely lopsided. Of the 99 Giri run to date, northerners have won 66. Lombardy has produced the most wins and winners, taking 28 Giro titles with 17 riders, including Alfredo Binda, Felice Gimondi, and Ivan Basso. Fausto Coppi and Guiseppe Saronni’s native Piedmont comes a distant second, with 19 wins spread over nine riders, while Gino Bartali and Fiorenzo Magni play an outsized role in securing Tuscany’s third place.

The disparity between Italy’s Giro champions is due to the longstanding economic and cultural rivalries between the country’s north and south. Since the unification of Italy in the late 19th century, southerners have escaped the crushing poverty in the Mezzogiorno, Italy’s nine southern regions. For many, that meant a boat ride to the Americas. Others headed to the wealthier north, where Turin’s factories, Milan’s financial institutions, and Genoa’s port formed the basis of a modern, industrialized economy.

By the first decade of the 20th century, that industrial might had made northern Italy the center of the country’s cycling culture. Factory workers needed bicycles to get to work, so bicycle manufacturers sprang up among the automotive and textile factories. Those names — Bianchi, Maino a Dei, Legnano, Atala — would grace the names of the earliest professional cycling teams, because where there were bicycles, there would inevitably be bicycle racers.

Cycling culture took hold in the north in a way that it could not in the south, with its poor road network, agrarian life, and dysfunctional government. A century later, nearly every major institution of Italian cycling is in the north, from the storied Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan to the Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, to the alpha and the omega of the traditional racing season, Milano-Sanremo and Il Lombardia. Gazzetta dello Sport, which launched the Giro in 1909 and remains the dominant organizer in Italian cycling through owner RCS Sport, still operates from downtown Milan. The Federazione Ciclistica Italiana is headquartered in Rome, an apparent concession to the city’s status as the nation’s capital, if not its cycling capital.

Southern cyclists have always headed north in search of a career. Multiple-time Giro stage winner Giovanni Corriere, who passed away in January at the age of 96, moved from Sicily to Tuscany in 1940 when he was 20. Nearly 60 years later, Paolo Tiralongo left Avola on the southern tip of Sicily to ride for U23 squad G.S. Giusti Vellutex Vigorplant in Bergamo.

Domenico Pozzovivo left Policoro in Basilicata to ride for that team’s successor, U.S. Palazzago. Di Luca left Abruzzo to take his shot with G.S. Euromop Caneva Record Cucine in the Veneto.

“All those riders, when they talk of being 16 years old and going to live with another family in the north to start riding as elites or in the U23s and the top national teams in those categories, we miss the nuance,” says Matt Rendell, author of “The Death of Marco Pantani.” “They’re talking about a journey that all Italians know about — leaving your family and the reality that you’re familiar with, and your language, your dialect, to go to another part of Italy where historically your people have not been treated very well. There’s this storyline that for any Italian is implicit.”

Success can breed acceptance, though, and this year Italy’s best hopes for a Giro win rest on the shoulders of a familiar terroni, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali. He knows the upheaval of migration firsthand, having left Sicily at age 19 and moved to Tuscany, where he lived with his director while riding for the U23 G.S. Mastromarco team.

With four grand tour wins, Nibali could tip the balance of power within Italian cycling. For the race’s 100th edition, organizer RCS is serving up a Giro that lingers in the southern sun more than any in recent memory.

The Giro has traditionally held few stages in the south, due to the region’s lacking cycling culture and reputation for reneging on financial commitments. After starting in the Netherlands, the 2016 Giro held just four stages in the south, making a beeline up the country’s spine, the shortest route to the north. In 2015, there were just three stages held south of Tuscany, for a grand total of 665 kilometers.

Not so this year. The race opens with three stages in Sardinia before jumping to Nibali’s Sicily for two more, with the second finishing on Nibali’s doorstep in Messina. All told, 10 stages and 1,690 kilometers of the 2017 Giro — nearly half the race — will fall below the Florentine line that Di Luca used to delineate north from south. The race will visit seven of the nine southern regions. With summit finishes at Mount Etna and Blockhaus and a time trial in Perugia, the south — usually limited to a few rolling and sprint stages — will have an uncommon impact on the general classification battle.

Giro organizers say this year’s route honors the race’s champions. That assertion is borne out by the stage starts in Bartali’s hometown of Ponte a Ema and in Castellania, home of his archrival Fausto Coppi, as well as a trip through Marco Pantani’s old stomping grounds and the finish in Nibali’s Messina. In finally giving the south its due, the 100th Giro also honors those southerners who have made cycling’s great migration, leaving home and family to seek fame and fortune in the north.

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Hot off his third-career Ardennes double, Alejandro Valverde is like a fine Spanish wine that just keeps getting better with age. In 26 race days so far this year, he’s only finished out of the top-20 once, and won a WorldTour-leading 11 stages and races along the way. That’s downright Merckxian by any measure.

While Valverde’s domination is celebrated in Spain — the Spanish daily MARCA gave Valverde a full-page spread Tuesday to celebrate his 37th birthday — more than a few might be rolling their eyes. You could almost hear the collective groan on social media when Valverde powered to victory Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. To some, Valverde’s run seems too good to be true.

There’s an expression in Spain that seems to fit the moment — “No se puede poner la mano en el fuego por nadie” — that roughly translates to, “Don’t put your hand in the fire for anyone.”

Yet rather than blindly thrusting our collective hands into the fire, perhaps it’s better to step back at arm’s length, and look at things contextually. Just how “amazing” was Valverde’s spring? Here are some talking points:

1. Age advantage

The first thing to cause skepticism is Valverde’s age. He turned 37 this week, an age when cyclists often retire. So how is Valverde better than ever at his age? A few things to consider: Valverde has never suffered a serious crash or major injury throughout his career, and his two-year stop for the Puerto ban actually gave his body a break from the day-in, day-out rigors of racing. When he returned in 2012, he said he felt like he had a second chance on life. Remember, Joop Zoetemelk won the world title at 38. And while younger riders are succeeding in today’s peloton, 2017 seems to be season of the 30-something winners. Three of the four monuments this spring were won by riders in their 30s (except Michal Kwiatkowski, 26, at Milano-Sanremo), with Greg Van Avermaet at 31 and Philippe Gilbert at 34. Sure, Valverde is old, but veteran riders will also tell you they know how to train, how to recover, and how to get the most out of their bodies.

2. Focus on strengths

With that age comes the wisdom of knowing his strengths. Valverde’s schedule is packed with races he knows he can win. In fact, he tries to win nearly ever race he starts (another reason why he’s always hovering in the top 10). The three stage races he won this spring — Ruta del Sol, Volta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al Pais Vasco — were packed with stages that suit his style of racing. The short, punchy climbs, the undulating time trials, and mid-range mountaintop finales of the week-long Spanish tours are where Valverde thrives. And the Ardennes are simply an extension of Valverde’s favored terrain. Valverde isn’t blowing the wheels off everyone at Ronde van Vlaanderen; he sticks to what he knows.

3. Spring peak

If Valverde was winning everywhere, all the time, then it might be time to hack into his UCI medical files — but he’s not. Valverde targeted an early season peak in March and April, and prepared for the Ardennes classics just like the cobble-bashers do for the northern classics. And now he’s taking a break before returning to the Tour de France as a helper for Nairo Quintana in July, with an eye on possibly targeting the overall in the Vuelta a España. You don’t see Valverde trying to win over the bumpy cobbles at Paris-Roubaix, and he’s given up on the Tour de France, because he knows the longer climbs and time trials are too much for him. This spring was to Valverde what July is to Chris Froome.

4. Team support

Another major factor in Valverde’s amazing spring run is how well Movistar is riding to support him in both stage races and one-day classics. Movistar is among the few teams deep enough with talent and budget to rival Team Sky across the calendar. Other teams might have an equally stacked squad or even a bigger star, but unless those two elements line up on the day — team support coupled with an on-form captain — it’s very hard to win solely on pure talent. Look at Peter Sagan, clearly the most gifted rider in the peloton: This spring he came away with only one major victory, in part because he didn’t have the team support like Van Avermaet and Valverde enjoyed. Movistar has the horsepower to control the race on the flats, and then the climbers to keep Valverde enveloped inside a protective cocoon. You didn’t even see Valverde at Flèche Wallonne until the final 150 meters of the Mur de Huy because he was being towed at the front of the peloton. And it was same story at Liège, where he finally was forced to move with 500m to go when Dan Martin (Quick-Step) attacked. If Valverde wasn’t on Movistar, he wouldn’t be winning nearly as much.

5. Calculation beats panache

People often remark about how much they like Valverde’s aggressive racing style, which baffles me. As Valverde’s gained more experience, he’s become more surgical and less of a risk-taker. Earlier in his career, he would make aggressive, crowd-pleasing attacks, often to the dismay of his sport directors and teammates. As he’s grown wiser, he knows where and when to attack to win, and in today’s peloton, that usually means playing a waiting game. And when he finally reached an elusive Tour de France podium in 2015, Valverde didn’t attack once. All he did was follow wheels all the way to Paris to finish third overall. Valverde wins a lot because he has the experience to know when to move in just about every race he starts.

6. Winning big — but not that big

And finally, all of Valverde’s victories this spring seem to pass the “sniff test.” There hasn’t been one victory that seems so outrageous to challenge our sense of propriety. It’s not as if he attacked solo from La Redoute to win Liège or won the Vuelta al País Vasco by five minutes. In fact, he won Ruta del Sol by one second, and the Basque Country tour by 17 seconds, each time ahead of Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), another successful 30-something. The Catalunya victory was at a more comfortable 1:03 (also ahead of Contador) despite Movistar being penalized in the team time trial. And in the Ardennes, Valverde’s wins came with lethal, perfectly timed finishing attacks.

So how does it all add up?

To get our heads around Valverde, two things must be considered: First, it must be acknowledged that Valverde served a two-year ban, and while we might not know the when and the where (Valverde never made a tell-all confession), the DNA-linked bag that was part of the Operation Puerto booty helps us guess the how. And since he returned to the peloton, he’s also been subject to the same battery of doping controls that the entire peloton faces, and even more so, because he wins so frequently. If we don’t accept the effectiveness and deterrence of the anti-doping apparatus, then the peloton still has a very serious problem.

There’s another factor that’s just as important. Valverde is one of those rare outliers of cycling talent — the one percent of the one-percenters. Valverde is like Messi slamming home the winning goal, or like LeBron James dribbling his way out of a fix. Valverde seems born to race a bike, and this spring he’s hit the absolute peak of his powers. He’s not coming out of the blue. These are all races he’s won and challenged for victory, year-in and year-out, with a big target on his back and pressure that comes with being a favorite.

Would he risk doping? Who knows, but the fallout would be incalculable. Not only would he banned for life and see his reputation in tatters, but it would likely sink his entire team (we don’t know the details of Movistar’s sponsorship deal, but most contracts have an escape clause for doping cases). And it would be a massive blow for the credibility that cycling has slowing clawed back over the past decade. While there are still doping cases, and there’s no question that some teams and riders push the ethical line — look no further than the TUE scandal brewing in the UK right now — there hasn’t been a major, full-blown doping scandal involving a big star or major team in nearly a decade.

There are plenty of tests to prove a rider is doping, but until there is a test to prove that they are not, well, the only fair thing to do is accept and cheer the victories equally across the peloton. I’m not sticking my hands in the fire for anyone, but I’m not going to throw anyone into a bonfire, either.

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Gallery: Albasini wins yet another Romandie stage http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-albasini-wins-yet-another-romandie-stage_436536 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/gallery/gallery-albasini-wins-yet-another-romandie-stage_436536#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:46:47 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436536 Facing rain, fog, and five categorized climbs, Michael Albasini sprints to his seventh career stage win at Tour de Romandie in stage 1.

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Gilbert to make return this weekend http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/gilbert-make-return-weekend_436532 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/gilbert-make-return-weekend_436532#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:37:16 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436532 Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert has made a quicker than expected recovery from a kidney tear and will return to racing this weekend.

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BRUSSELS (AFP) — Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert has made a quicker than expected recovery from a kidney tear and will return to racing this weekend, his Quick-Step team said on Wednesday.

Just over a week ago, the 34-year-old was ruled out next month’s Giro d’Italia after doctors ordered him to take two weeks of total rest before returning to training.

But Quick-Step said he’d “received good news from the doctors, who gave him the green light to start training again.”

He is due to race in a couple of low-key Belgian events on Saturday and Sunday. The first is his teammate Tom Boonen’s farewell race in Zilvermeer, and Sunday is the Philippe Gilbert Classic in Aywaille.

Quick-Step gave no indication as to whether this meant he would still miss the Giro but said his new “racing schedule” would be published in a few days.

Gilbert spent a couple of nights in hospital due to the kidney problem after winning the Amstel Gold one-day classic on April 16.

He had been in great form this year, winning the prestigious monument one-day classic Tour of Flanders two weeks before that.

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Romandie: Albasini sprints to stage 1 win http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-albasini-sprints-stage-1-win_436525 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-albasini-sprints-stage-1-win_436525#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:12 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436525 Michael Albasini sprints to victory in Champéry, Switzerland at the end of a cold, rainy stage 1 in Tour de Romandie Wednesday.

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Emerging from the fog in the final 200 meters, Michael Albasini sprinted to victory in Champéry, Switzerland at the end of a cold, rainy stage 1 in Tour de Romandie Wednesday. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) sprinted to second behind Orica-Scott’s Swiss rider. Jesus Herrada (Movistar) was third in the rainy finish after 173.3km. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) finished safely in the bunch and kept his overall lead.

“It is a great victory today,” Albasini, 36, said. “It was not easy to win today coming straight from the classics as that was a big goal and it takes a lot of mental energy.

“I really needed to focus coming to this race to suffer and to fight.”

Stage 1, top 10

  • 1. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, in 4:33:10
  • 2. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 4. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 5. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 6. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 8. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 9. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 4:39:07
  • 2. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 7. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 8. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 9. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 10. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14

Albasini’s seventh career Tour de Romandie stage win came at the top of a category 1 climb to Champéry, following four other categorized climbs on the day.

The peloton caught Lotto-Soudal’s Sander Armée, the last rider from the early breakaway, at the base of the final climb. Armée had been hunting king of the mountains points throughout the day with three other escapees: Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Matvey Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin), Oliviero Troia (UAE Team Emirates), and Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data).

The Swiss was aided in the run to the line by teammate Simon Yates who set a hard tempo, as Roman Kreuziger who launched a late attack. Albasini was able to sit back and wait for the sprint to unfold. A large group came into the finish, and though Ulissi looked well-positioned, he might have gone out a bit too early, as Albasini timed his jump perfectly to sprint to victory.

German Maximilian Schachmann jumped two places to second overall at 8 seconds with Herrada now third on the same time. Albasini’s victory continued his string of solid spring results after he finished third at the Amstel Gold Race 10 days ago.

“I wasn’t so confident for today’s stage, but I told myself if I can be there at the end in Liege-Bastogne-Liege after 4,000 meters of climbing then why can’t I be able to be here over the climbs today,” Albasini added.

Felline, winner of Tuesday’s prologue, could be able to keep the yellow jersey for another day as Thursday’s stage 2 does not venture into the high mountains. The 160.7km race from Champéry to Bulle has three categorized climbs — two Cat. 3 and one Cat 2. — and a slight uphill kick to the finish.

Stage 1 results

  • 1. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, in 4:33:10
  • 2. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 4. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 5. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 6. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 7. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 8. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 9. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 10. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 11. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 12. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :00
  • 13. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 14. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 15. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 16. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 17. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 18. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 19. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 20. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 21. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 22. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 23. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 24. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 25. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 26. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 27. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 28. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 29. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :00
  • 30. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 31. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 32. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 33. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 35. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 36. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 37. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 38. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 39. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 40. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 42. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 43. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 44. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :00
  • 45. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 46. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 47. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :00
  • 48. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 49. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 50. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 51. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 52. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 53. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :00
  • 54. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :00
  • 55. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 56. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 57. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 58. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 59. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :13
  • 60. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 61. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 62. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :32
  • 63. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :32
  • 64. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :44
  • 65. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:00
  • 66. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:06
  • 67. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:15
  • 68. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:31
  • 69. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 1:31
  • 70. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:31
  • 71. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 1:31
  • 72. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:31
  • 73. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:31
  • 74. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:31
  • 75. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:31
  • 76. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 1:31
  • 77. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:31
  • 78. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:31
  • 79. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at 1:34
  • 80. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:39
  • 81. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 2:47
  • 82. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:15
  • 83. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:15
  • 84. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:15
  • 85. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:15
  • 86. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:15
  • 87. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 3:57
  • 88. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 4:39
  • 89. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 4:57
  • 90. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 4:57
  • 91. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:57
  • 92. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:35
  • 93. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 6:13
  • 94. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:06
  • 95. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:06
  • 96. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 8:44
  • 97. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 8:44
  • 98. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 8:44
  • 99. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at 8:46
  • 100. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:00
  • 101. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:00
  • 102. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:00
  • 103. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:00
  • 104. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 9:00
  • 105. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:00
  • 106. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 9:00
  • 107. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 9:00
  • 108. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:00
  • 109. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:00
  • 110. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:00
  • 111. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:00
  • 112. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:00
  • 113. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:00
  • 114. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:00
  • 115. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:00
  • 116. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:00
  • 117. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:00
  • 118. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:00
  • 119. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:00
  • 120. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at 9:00
  • 121. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:37
  • 122. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 12:36
  • 123. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 12:36
  • 124. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:36
  • 125. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 12:36
  • 126. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 12:36
  • 127. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:36
  • 128. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:36
  • 129. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 12:36
  • 130. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 12:36
  • 131. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 12:36
  • 132. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:36
  • 133. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 12:36
  • 134. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:36
  • 135. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 12:36
  • 136. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:36
  • 137. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 12:36
  • 138. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:27
  • 139. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 13:27
  • 140. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:27
  • 141. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:27
  • 142. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 13:44
  • 143. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 16:43
  • 144. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 16:43
  • 145. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 16:43
  • 146. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 16:43
  • 147. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:43
  • 148. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 16:43
  • 149. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:43
  • 150. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 16:43
  • 151. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 17:03
  • 152. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 17:05

General classification

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 4:39:07
  • 2. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 3. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :08
  • 4. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 5. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 7. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 8. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 9. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :14
  • 10. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 11. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 12. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 13. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 14. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 15. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 16. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 17. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 18. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 19. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 20. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 21. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 22. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 23. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 24. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 25. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 26. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 27. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 28. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 29. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 30. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 31. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 32. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :25
  • 33. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 34. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 35. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 36. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 37. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 38. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 39. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 40. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 41. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 42. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 43. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 44. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 45. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 46. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 47. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 48. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 49. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 50. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 51. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 52. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 53. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 54. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :37
  • 55. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 56. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :37
  • 57. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 58. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 59. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 60. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 61. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :58
  • 62. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:02
  • 63. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:04
  • 64. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:09
  • 65. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:25
  • 66. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:37
  • 67. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:41
  • 68. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:42
  • 69. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:53
  • 70. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:00
  • 71. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 2:00
  • 72. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:03
  • 73. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at 2:03
  • 74. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:03
  • 75. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at 2:04
  • 76. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:07
  • 77. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 2:12
  • 78. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:14
  • 79. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 2:19
  • 80. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 2:21
  • 81. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 2:57
  • 82. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:35
  • 83. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:36
  • 84. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 3:38
  • 85. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 3:39
  • 86. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:05
  • 87. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 4:34
  • 88. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 4:59
  • 89. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 5:19
  • 90. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 5:24
  • 91. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 6:04
  • 92. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 6:09
  • 93. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 6:46
  • 94. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:26
  • 95. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:34
  • 96. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:09
  • 97. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at 9:11
  • 98. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 9:13
  • 99. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:17
  • 100. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:19
  • 101. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at 9:23
  • 102. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at 9:25
  • 103. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:26
  • 104. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:28
  • 105. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:29
  • 106. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:29
  • 107. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:31
  • 108. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 9:32
  • 109. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 9:33
  • 110. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:33
  • 111. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 9:33
  • 112. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at 9:34
  • 113. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:35
  • 114. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 9:35
  • 115. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 9:36
  • 116. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 9:38
  • 117. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at 9:38
  • 118. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 9:44
  • 119. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 9:54
  • 120. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:56
  • 121. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 11:59
  • 122. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:43
  • 123. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:44
  • 124. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:46
  • 125. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 12:52
  • 126. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at 12:57
  • 127. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:58
  • 128. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 13:01
  • 129. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 13:03
  • 130. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:04
  • 131. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:04
  • 132. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 13:11
  • 133. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:13
  • 134. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:14
  • 135. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at 13:15
  • 136. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at 13:23
  • 137. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 13:38
  • 138. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 13:49
  • 139. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:02
  • 140. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 14:10
  • 141. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 14:24
  • 142. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 14:59
  • 143. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:54
  • 144. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 17:07
  • 145. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 17:08
  • 146. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:12
  • 147. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 17:13
  • 148. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 17:15
  • 149. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 17:23
  • 150. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 17:30
  • 151. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 17:46
  • 152. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at 17:48

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Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

The classics are over. Sad trombone. But Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison still have plenty to say about the Ardennes courses, Alejandro Valverde, Boels-Dolmans, and much more.

Plus, a look at a late stage of the 1988 Giro d’Italia that might have been even more crucial to Andy Hampsten’s victory than the fabled Gavia stage, which includes a chat with Hampsten himself.

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The full story of the 1988 Giro d’Italia is about so much more than the freezing climb of the Passo di Gavia. Over three weeks, Andy Hampsten withstood repeated attacks by a Eurocentric peloton. And a late-race, unorthodox tactical decision nearly cost him the victory.

This is the complete story, one best told by the men who were there.

The 3,300 feet up Italy’s Passo Duran is harder than Andy Hampsten thought it would be, and that is the first mistake. Perhaps he should have known; perhaps it is the construction and bad pavement that tips the balance in his rivals’ favor.

The climb comes early in the 1988 Giro d’Italia’s 19th stage. Hampsten wears pink, gained five days earlier when the race crossed the snow-covered Passo di Gavia, a day that will go down in cycling history. Only two days sit between this pink jersey and the final time trial in Vittorio Veneto. A win would bring Hampsten and his Team 7-Eleven a historic victory. No American has ever won the Italian tour, and Team 7-Eleven has come to this race as plucky underdogs. Dutchman Erik Breukink of Panasonic is second overall, two minutes down. The Swiss Urs Zimmerman is in third overall, just over five minutes down. He is not content to stay there, and he attacks.

Zimmerman’s smooth pedal stroke ekes out 45 seconds as the top of the Duran approaches. Hampsten could have followed, he tells a VeloNews reporter later, but it felt too early — much too early. There are nearly 140 kilometers to go and he still has those five minutes over Zimmerman in hand. The pink jersey feels safe. He can see his Swiss rival one switchback ahead. Surely there is no cause for concern. And then suddenly there is. Italian climber Stefano Giuliani attacks and quickly joins Zimmerman. Almost immediately, the two begin to pull away from Hampsten’s group.

The story of Andy Hampsten’s Giro victory goes beyond his exploits on the Gavia and its spectacular snow. It is also about the moments when the race was almost lost, and thus truly won. This story is best told through the memories of the men who were there.

We begin with stage 19, 233 kilometers through the Dolomites to Arta Terme that began with the Duran. For a few tense hours that day, Hampsten was willing to lose the 1988 Giro d’Italia. He had to be, if he wanted to win.

 

Andy Hampsten and Flavio Guipponi round a corner in the 1988 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Cor Vos

ANDY HAMPSTEN: I make the decision not to follow Zimmerman so early on this long stage. And then Giuliani jumps across. Now, I’m not so sure about my tactics. The group is decimated and we have a few hours of mountains and hills to go. I have Jeff Pierce and Breukink and a few other guys. We’re on this climb, so it’s to my advantage, but the break is minutes up the road and Breukink is making me chase. I’m afraid he’ll play the obvious card and attack me on the flats, and I’ll never get him back. I go back to the team car and talk to [team director] Mike Neel. I’m like ‘This is really bad.’ He tells me I need to be willing to lose the race in order to win the Giro.

JEFF PIERCE (7-Eleven teammate): We’re pulling time back on the climb and then losing it on the descent. It was like three minutes but growing.

Breukink panicked and came up to us and I thought he was going to cry he was so upset. He didn’t understand why we weren’t catching these guys. Mike [Neel] comes up in the car to tell us there’s a group of guys about two minutes back. If we keep killing ourselves maybe we make the time back to the break, but it’s going to be close.

JIM OCHOWICZ (7-Eleven team founder/manager): We did have some allies in that Breukink was in the same boat, and Panasonic was a strong team. It was a tense stage. I remember Jeff and Andy coming back to the car and there was some fright on their faces when they really realized the situation.

The pink jersey is floating away across the Dolomites. Alarm bells are ringing. The only source of calm is Hampsten’s considerable buffer, built through the first and second weeks of the race and confirmed on that frightful stage over the Gavia. To understand this Giro, and how its outcome came down to a stage that few recall, we must first look to the time Hampsten previously gained.

We head back to the opening week of the race. It is clear that 7-Eleven is no normal team. They are innovative and hopeful underdogs. They are ambitious but cognizant of the hurdles that stand in their way. Italians dominate the Giro, and foreign teams and riders often find themselves battling an entire peloton of adversaries. Americans were still the new kids on the block, but a lack of old-school tradition can be a benefit, too.

OCHOWICZ: Our biggest challenge was to keep everybody healthy. We were really focused on that part of the mission. I was always nervous about food contamination, and I was a bit worried that somebody would spike our drinks or something. We were in hotels with some of the other teams that were our rivals. I’d sit there early in the morning until late at night making sure the food wasn’t played with on the table. I was really paranoid in that Giro!

“I go back to the team car and talk to Mike Neel. I’m like, ‘This is really bad.’ He tells me I need to be willing to lose the race in order to win the Giro.”
– Andy Hampsten

PIERCE: We didn’t trust anything that came out of the kitchen. We brought our own drinks and food because we were in that paranoia stage where we are not going to have anybody poison our food. Mike [Neel] would check out the kitchen before a meal. There were so many stories of guys getting poisoned.

ROY KNICKMAN (7-Eleven teammate): I got sick and was throwing up during the first week. I have a few memories of hot days where I could barely pedal and just got dropped. I was back home in Denver by the time they got to the mountains.

In my perception we weren’t always taken seriously. Even before I was on the team, 7-Eleven was the novelty American team. ‘They’re not a real team,’ is what the Europeans thought.

HAMPSTEN: Before the prologue, we’re on this TV show. All of the teams are lined up and the guys are interviewed, and everybody is saying that someone else is going to win. ‘Oh, [Gianni] Bugno will win.’ ‘Oh, [Franco] Chioccioli will win.’ Nobody says ‘Yeah, I’m going to win.’

We’re bored out of our minds just standing there in our sweat suits. Then [teammate Raúl] Alcalá is at the front of our row and they ask him, ‘Raúl, what do you think?’ He says, ‘Oh, Andy is going to win.’ We jumped up with our arms out and were like, ‘Yeah!’

Who will win the Giro? “We will.” It is a brashness that the Italian fans, the tifosi, appreciate through the first week, as Hampsten shows his form with a second place in stage six, on the race’s first mountaintop finish in Campitello Matese. His teammate, Roy Knickman, falls ill and must abandon, but the team is otherwise healthy and optimistic.

Stage 12 is the first opportunity for Hampsten to take serious time out of his rivals. Novara to Selvino, 205 mountainous kilometers culminating with a mountaintop finish. The games commence with 10 kilometers remaining, drawing out the leaders. Chioccioli is there. Marc Madiot is there. Zimmerman is there. Breukink is there.

Hampsten attacks late. Only Breukink can follow. But that’s all he can do: follow. Then he can’t even follow anymore. “Hampsten asked me to come through,” Breukink tells reporters after the stage. “But I couldn’t. Hampsten is the strongest climber here.”

OCHOWICZ: We’d have our team meetings in a café every morning. We’d drive to the race start, and then about five kilometers from the start, we’d stop and unload the bikes. We’d go into a café and buy some coffees, sit around and the riders would put on their clothes, put the leg cream on and their race numbers. We’d go over the medical report from Max Testa, and Mike would talk about racing strategy for the day. Then we’d pay the café, maybe take some photos, and then ride from the café to the start. It was easy.

HAMPSTEN: On the penultimate climb [of stage 12] the pace is fast but steady, and I’m out of water. Half the guys are local, and I see a guy I raced with as an amateur get a bottle from a fan. He has two great bottles. I never take a drink from anyone else. I love this kid though, and he is on Carerra, which is definitely an opposing team. I’m like, ‘Do you mind, can I have a drink?’ I think he’s going to tell his captain that I’m out of water, but he just gives me the entire bottle, no problem. I’ve never forgotten that.

“I attack and nobody comes. I thought they must be playing a joke on me. I’m pedaling up this false falt and I’m flying. It’s the best day.”
– Hampsten

So the final climb is this beautiful climb with lots of switchbacks. All of the Italian guys want to win it. I just played it by the book: I attacked once from five kilometers out and broke things up. I had [Raúl] Alcalá there. I remember thinking, ‘This is terrible, we’re going really slow.’ It’s nerve-wracking, because now we have three kilometers to go. I’m used to accelerating in these mountains, and I have a few more in me. So I attack and nobody comes. I thought they must be playing a joke on me. ‘They’re so funny!’ I’m pedaling up this false flat and I’m flying. It’s the best day. Everything hurts but I’m flying up this mountain. I have the Oakley Pilots on my head, and I know that I get a $1,000 bonus if I get my photo in them. I want to buy a house, and $1,000 is a lot of money!

Hampsten wins stage 12, a mountainous 205-kilometer stage from Novara to Selvino. Photo: Cor Vos

The Gavia. Ask many of the riders in the ’88 Giro about that race and it’s the only stage they can recall with clarity. One of the hardest stages in the history of pro cycling has a way of hanging in one’s memory.

This is supposed to be Hampsten’s day. Stage 14 is perfect for him. The team has intel that the Gavia is a harder climb than many are expecting, and the dirt section appeals to a man who spends his offseason riding unpaved roads in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado.

The peloton wakes on June 5th to pissing rain and temperatures just above freezing. That’s in the valley. Surely it’s snowing at the top. There’s some confusion: Will the stage be canceled? Shortened?

No. Race on.

OCHOWICZ: I remember the Gavia meeting. The weather conditions for the day prior were pretty bad, and they got worse overnight. I went to the local ski shop and bought winter gloves for everybody the night before. I bought as many gloves as I could. We gave them to the riders that morning when they started. We had the team meeting and Hans Hess was there from our clothing sponsor, Descente. He was just listening, having a coffee, as we talked about the strategy. My plan was to drive up ahead of the race to the top of the Gavia and then hand out bottles of hot tea and hats and jackets. We took off early, and it took forever to get up there because there were several avalanches on the way up. We drove up and at halfway the road turned to dirt, and it was like ‘Whoa, how are these guys going to get up this?’

HAMPSTEN: It’s the team meeting and [Mike] Neel talks us into putting lanolin on our entire bodies, not just our legs. It’s like we were preparing to swim in the English Channel. Nobody has seen [the Gavia] or scouted it. We hear it’s this one-lane steep dirt road, and I love dirt.

So the break goes up the road with [Johan] van der Velde and eight others, but we don’t worry about it. By the time we go down the [Passo] Tonale, I’m frozen. It’s just bucketing sleet at the top. It’s as bad as it can be. We’re going along the valley and I’m just thinking ‘Poor me, poor me!’ Then I look around. I see Chioccioli and he has the leader’s jersey and just a rain jacket. He looks like he’s seen a ghost. I mean he’s just dead!

So we are riding up to [the Gavia] and there is this beautiful hairpin. Max Testa had told me the road turned to dirt here and became just one lane through a stand of larch trees. The hairpin is at 14 kilometers from the top. The guys lead me out, and I just feel like a sitting duck because everyone knows I’m going to attack.

“The guys lead me out, and I just feel like a sitting duck because everyone knows I’m going to attack.”
– Hampsten

DAG OTTO LAURITZEN (7-Eleven teammate): The Gavia was the coldest day of my life. Normally I like tough weather. I always have been quite strong in extreme weather because a lot of riders are beaten before the start. I also remember that I had never been so cold! We were working very hard at the bottom of the [Gavia]. It’s raining and getting slushy and we are keeping a good pace. Then the road turns to dirt or gravel. And after a while Andy had to leave us.

HAMPSTEN: I do the first of three hard attacks once it turns to dirt, and I was gone. The switchbacks were really tight, and you can look down and see everyone, and nobody is close. It doesn’t matter if somebody has a really good team. I go past the soigneur where there is hot tea, and the chalkboard says Breukink is at 47 seconds. I’m opening up and trying to be cool because I know I’m not racing for the top — I’m racing for the descent, so I don’t want to go too hard. It’s the 1980s and I have this “Flock of Seagulls” hairstyle. I call the team car up and put on this neck gaiter, and I put it over my nose and get a wool cap. When I put [the hat] on — because I had wonderful hair — this snowball rolls down my back off my hair. I’m not even melting snow on my head I’m that cold!

RAÚL ALCALÁ (7-Eleven teammate): I tried to stay in the first group but I can’t, I’m freezing. I’m riding in a small group. When we start climbing the hill, 15 kilometers from the top, it is raining. Then at 10 kilometers everything is closed, and eight kilometers from the top you can no longer see the road. There is mist all over. The only mark to follow on the road is the tire tracks from the cars. It was a terrible stage.

OCHOWICZ: The only riders I recall coming over the summit are Andy and Bob Roll. Andy wasn’t the first rider, he was third, and he had his race face on and he actually looked pretty good. He was pedaling and didn’t look fatigued. I handed him a musette, and there was a hat, jacket, and hot tea in there. He took it out and put on the jacket and hat. One by one the guys came up. The last guy was Bob, and he looked like he wasn’t in good shape. I don’t think he could even grab the musette.

LAURITZEN: At the top it does not go directly down, but you have to stay riding up there for a while. I remember thinking that if somebody was alone and they crashed, they could be buried in the snow there until spring. The conditions were very dangerous, life-threatening. I didn’t know if I was braking. I had to look at the brakes to make sure my fingers were working because I had no feeling in them anymore.

HAMPSTEN: Breukink catches me and I think it’s great because I can follow him on the descent. I got rid of all of them except for one, so I don’t need to win. This is the whole thing we’ve been going for the entire week. The road is covered in snow; it’s blowing snow, probably in the mid-20s. I’m trying to draft on him and I’m not going very fast, and he wants me to go first. I remember the dirt road under the slush actually had pretty good traction. I’m trying to be intelligent, because if I don’t have enough glycogen in my brain then I might start to make bad decisions.

From here I can see there is no lead car, no helicopter, no follow car, no police car, no escort whatsoever. They’re all just waiting in Santa Caterina, about 12 kilometers down the mountain.

LAURITZEN: It was everyone for themselves on the way down. We were just surviving. I was on my bike crying on the descent. I don’t ever feel sorry for myself, but it was one of the moments when — apart from being a commando and doing extremely hard things — I have never suffered so hard in my life.

ALCALÁ: I was maybe 25 kilometers from the finish going downhill. I have nothing on my body and I am freezing. I have the hardest time braking. I didn’t have a rain jacket or gloves. So I stop and I am asking people on the side of the road watching the race and am asking them for a jacket. Some guy gives me a jacket. That was gorgeous, a marvelous jacket. I keep the jacket and start descending again. Otherwise I would have quit the Giro right there.

HAMPSTEN: I tell myself not to look at my bare legs. They are bright red with lanolin and there is a sheet of ice on the shin. I keep descending but I’m not going fast, maybe 70 percent as fast as a tourist on a dry road. I’m moving alright but I don’t want to overcook it. The snow changes to rain at the outskirts of Santa Caterina, and the dirt becomes pavement. I pedal, tuck, not knowing whether to take off the jacket. There’s no chalkboard, no time checks. We’re not racing tactically anymore. I want to protect what I have.

Psychologically it was the most stress I’ve ever been under. I’m thinking this is an artificial circumstance that’s causing the pain, and I know I can stop at any time. ‘If you want, just stop and get warm, have a hot bath! You have hypothermia! We’re probably staying at a two-star hotel tonight and it probably won’t have hot water.’

Breukink passes me at seven kilometers to go. Now there’s TV, and it looks like I’m asleep. I should jump on his wheel but I can’t do a single thing, so I just keep him at seven seconds. My mind is a mess.

Going up to the finish line, you’re in downtown Bormio, and nobody cares! I go to the team car really quickly, and the team got my clothes off and I had a Patagonia sweater — it’s the warmest sweater. Mike leaves the car running and I’m just shaking and crying, ‘What do I do?’ Emotionally I was able to push myself further physically, so I don’t’ know if it’s shock. I’m crying, drinking tea. Mike comes to talk to me, and I talk back and nothing comes out that’s intelligible.

Then I realize I have the pink jersey and it’s like, ‘Oh God, I have the pink jersey!’ That was our whole motivation.

ALCALÁ: I didn’t give the guy his jacket back. When I finished I take the longest possible time warming up. At the hotel my roommate Bobby Roll was hypothermic. He was blue! Bobby was blue in the shower.

The Gavia turns Bob Roll blue and Hampsten pink, but he doesn’t have the lead by much. Hampsten’s next chance to extend his lead is the stage 18 uphill time trial, an 18-kilometer effort to Valico del Vetriolo. He doesn’t waste the opportunity. He takes 48 seconds from Zimmerman and 1:04 from Breukink, and comes into stage 19 with 2:06 over Breukink and 5:10 over Zimmerman.

He will need almost all of it. If the Gavia stage was the most memorable of the ’88 Giro, stage 19 is the most tactically crucial. It will be the only time Hampsten loses pink, if only virtually.

So, we return to stage 19.

Call Jeff Pierce a super domestique if you want. Pierce has already won a stage of the Tour de France — the flat day on the 1987 Champs-Élysées — yet he is best when the road goes uphill. He certainly is super on the Passo Duran and in the harrowing kilometers that follow. The American sticks with his leader over the Duran and pulls the small chase group, just six riders by the bottom of the descent, to keep Zimmerman close. But the gap begins to swell. Only Pierce and Hampsten chase. Breukink, second overall, sits on, not yet worried by Zimmerman’s assault on his podium spot. By the time the race reaches Pieve, halfway to the next climb, the gap has ballooned to 4’10”.

By the lower slopes of the Passo della Mauria, with 73 kilometers to go, Zimmerman has a gap of 5:30 and has the virtual pink jersey.

The chase splinters; Breukink panics. Hampsten has only one teammate with him, but three more are riding two minutes further behind. He has a decision to make. Wait or go? To win the Giro, Hampsten might have to risk losing it.

OCHOWICZ: We didn’t scare the team with any scenarios that could happen during the race that would be fatal to our attempt to win. It was more about being a little more relaxed and not being too stressed, and keeping our focus that way. But we were really nervous about that final time trial. It was flat. Andy is a great time trialist when it goes uphill, but on the flatter course, we knew he could lose some time. We were looking at that stage early in the race. So when [stage 19] came around, we didn’t think it was too dangerous.

Outside a cafe in his hometown of Boulder, Hampsten reenacts his stage 12 win. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

HAMPSTEN: We’re going easy at the beginning. That was back when the Giro went slow. In the 1980s we went so frickin’ slow that anybody could ride it. We would go 22 kilometers in an hour. Your hands would hurt from braking. And then we’d go so incredibly fast!

So my buddy Helmut Wechselberger comes over and looks at my gear and tells me it’s not big enough. He says the race [book] purposely doesn’t show how hard the Duran Pass is, but all of the Italians know it. It’s 10 percent and on dirt. So on our team car we have three wheels with a 27-tooth cog, which is what I need. We pull over and swap wheels. I get one; Pierce gets one. Wechselberger also tells me that the Italians are gunning for me.

So going up the Duran it’s Zimmermann who does this really good hard attack, and I’m at the front. I have Bob Roll and Pierce and they are riding out of their skin tempo. I could have gone with Zimmerman but my teammates were in good shape. So I make the decision not to go. I played the team card.

Zimmerman is joined by Giuliani. The duo build a four-minute lead on the group, and the gap continues to expand. Roll is dropped, and suddenly Hampsten is alone with Pierce and Breukink.

PIERCE: We still had 50 to 60 kilometers of rolling terrain. There wasn’t a whole lot of need to talk about the situation with Andy. We’d raced together through a number of tours and knew exactly what was going on. I noticed Andy was not in the mood to take a lot of risks on the descents, so we lost time on them. It was Andy’s call on the pace. He seemed really calm. I didn’t sense that he was worried.

HAMPSTEN: I regretted the decision to not go with [Zimmerman]. I was worried. If I chase for another three hours then [Breukink] is going to annihilate me on the flats. I’m going to have to gamble. On our radios we knew there was another group of guys about two minutes back. It’s good guys, with some of my teammates and Panasonic guys. So I did it. I said, ‘Okay, I’m not going to pull.’ Let’s let it come back together. All of a sudden Zimmermann is now seven minutes up the road. I lost the jersey on the road.

ERIK BREUKINK (Panasonic): It was a strange situation. It was far from the finish when Zimmermann attacked. I waited to see what Hampsten would do. He was only focusing on me. Hampsten waited for his teammates, so the gap was growing quickly. Only in the moment when teammates were coming back did we decide also to chase. There were no big climbs anymore so we had to defend the situation with still a long time trial to come.

PIERCE: Who in their right mind waits another two minutes when you’re already in danger of losing the jersey? We trusted Mike’s call on that. He was talking to Andy. The other guys are like, ‘Holy crap.’ Breukink is ready to lose it. After an eternity we look back and see the other group coming on the horizon. It’s like 40 guys. Thank God.

As soon as they caught us, Bob, Dag Otto, Raúl, Ron [Kiefel], and myself went to the front and started the chase. I remember going back to Breukink and saying, ‘You gotta put some guys on the front, too.’ He looked at me like, ‘No, your team has the jersey, you do the work.’ Sure enough, a little later a few of his teammates start chasing.

ALCALÁ: I was with Kiefel, Bob, and other guys. We catch the group with [Hampsten] and I was tired but I think, ‘This is the moment. He has lost the Giro [lead].’ This is the moment to keep the jersey and win the Giro. When I see Andy in the moment he is very nervous. I say, ‘Hey man, take it easy, we will catch him.’

HAMPSTEN: We’re pulling our brains out. I said, ‘Breukink, you gonna throw your boys at it?’ He finally says, ‘Okay, I’ll help.’ We have 10 guys pulling in the last hour, and there’s still five minutes of a gap. It’s starting to come down.

ALCALÁ: That was a crazy moment. We know we have to make the chase very hard. I was tired, but we opened full gas. This is the time to do work. Then in the last 20 kilometers we know that it’s no longer a big risk to lose the jersey.

PIERCE: We never backed off. We bring the gap down, two and a half minutes, then two minutes. We were so tired. In the last kilometer, Ron came off. Then I came off. I couldn’t even finish with the group. We gave it absolutely everything. To have confidence in the team to give up a couple of minutes on the razor’s edge really said something.

BREUKINK: Finally it was [my team] Panasonic who chased and brought the gap down.

HAMPSTEN: Looking back, I think we played it right. It would have taken me an hour to catch Zimmerman, and there was enough road left that the cavalry wouldn’t have come up. I think Breukink would have gotten me.

PIERCE: Our sponsor [Ermino] Dell’Oglio [of sponsor Hoonved] had never won a Giro. He called us and said he couldn’t watch the race on TV anymore because he thought he would have a heart attack. He said that no matter what happened, he was proud of us. He said it was the best time of his life.

Andy was my roommate that night. He’s quiet. He doesn’t say a lot usually. That night he came over and said thanks. It’s like, ‘You’re welcome. We gave it everything.’ And that’s all we needed to say.

There is still one final hurdle standing in the way of Hampsten and Team 7-Eleven: the stage 20 individual time trial. Hampsten already won the uphill TT on stage 12, padding his lead. But he’s notoriously weaker on flatter roads, and his chief rival, Breukink, is an ace in flat time trials. As Hampsten leaves the start gate, the skies above Vittorio Veneto open up and a heavy rain begins to fall.

“Who in their right mind waits another two minutes when you’re already in danger of losing the jersey? We trusted Mike’s call on that. He was talking to Andy. The other guys were like, ‘Holy crap.’ Breukink is ready to lose it. After an eternity we look back and see the other group coming on the horizon. It’s like 40 guys. Thank God.”
– Jeff Pierce

HAMPSTEN: I’m nervous but the TT is not terribly long, and I already have 2:06 on Breukink. Of course, I’ve lost that much time in prologues to him! I want to be conservative. I hate flat TTs but to conquer my nervousness, I think back to when I was a junior and [U.S. national team coach] Eddie [Borysewicz] doesn’t even know my name, and I need to get him to notice me. In those TTs, I would focus on pedaling, then tucking, then pedaling and relaxing.

OCHOWICZ: I was so nervous that day. You think, ‘We’re gonna win the Giro, man!’ It was incredible. I was petrified. And I didn’t really have that much responsibility. I only had to check my watch and give the time split. We only cared about the split to Breukink.

HAMPSTEN: This thunderstorm rolls in, and I’m out there climbing a hill. Mike Neel comes over the crest next to me — it’s illegal for him to drive next to me on a TT — but he says, ‘Listen: Andy, use up some of your time on the downhills.’ Basically telling me to take it easy. I’m like, ‘I’m going to go for it!’ The rain is coming down and it’s nasty, and I do a right turn, then a left turn, then there is this right-hand curve that is nasty. I decide to use the entire road and be as conservative as I can. And sure enough, right in front of me there is this muddy streak going off the road. Zimmerman had crashed and he was three minutes up from me. Now I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’

OCHOWICZ: Breukink came by so we were then worried about the split to Andy. We didn’t have two-way radios with the riders then so I held a coaching chalkboard with the time.

When Andy came by we knew he’d done enough. He was behind but he had more than enough of a window to play with. He was just halfway through the TT. I was hoping he’d keep it up.

HAMPSTEN: If I didn’t listen to Mike Neel I’d probably have ended up in that field. I’m like ‘Crawl, sprint, crawl’ for the rest of it. I didn’t lose that much time. I didn’t beat him, but I only lost by 20 seconds to [Breukink].

PIERCE: It wasn’t a conventional way to ride a race back then. That’s what was so exciting. Cycling wasn’t nearly as formulaic as it is now. It was a thrill to be in those races because you didn’t know what was going to happen from one day to the next.

HAMPSTEN: It was moments like [stage 19] that you remember. We didn’t defend the jersey, but it’s like, ‘Here is our tactic. This is desperate.’ Looking back, almost 30 years later, you can remember how much fun it was.

Andy Hampsten and his team needed a perfect first week. They had one. He needed to take time when he could — on stage 12, first, and then again when Mother Nature struck on the Gavia. He did, with gusto. 7-Eleven was forced to beat back cunning attacks in the following days, and had to remain calm in the one moment when the Giro was almost lost, as the pink jersey flew up the road to Arta Terme. They did.

Everyone remembers the Gavia. That photo of Hampsten riding in the snow — yes, the same one that we’ve put on the cover of this very issue — is one of the most iconic in all of cycling. But grand tours are three weeks long. One day never tells the whole story. The only Giro won by an American took more than guts on the Gavia. To win, Hampsten had to be willing to lose.

Hampsten holds a framed pink jersey and map that hang in Vecchio’s Bicicletteria in Boulder. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

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This special episode comes straight from the Little 500 race of “Breaking Away” box office fame. Caley Fretz heads to Bloomington, Indiana for the annual event, which captivates a 40,000 student campus and an entire state, to embed himself inside the winning Black Key Bulls team for the weekend. His goal: find out what makes this collegiate singlespeed race, held on a pan-flat cinder track, such an incredibly popular event.

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Romandie: Fabio Felline wins prologue http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-fabio-felline-wins-prologue_436453 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/race-report/romandie-fabio-felline-wins-prologue_436453#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:28:11 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436453 Trek-Segafredo's Fabio Felline claimed Tour de Romandie's 4.8km prologue time trial, beating Movistar's Alex Dowsett by two seconds.

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Trek-Segafredo’s Fabio Felline claimed his first win in two months in Tour de Romandie’s 4.8km prologue time trial, beating Movistar’s Alex Dowsett by two seconds. Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott) was third in the opening stage around Aigle, Switzerland.

“This victory is for Scarponi,” said Felline, referring to fellow pro rider Michele Scarponi who died in a tragic training crash Saturday. “I also want to dedicate this to another family close to me who one week before Scarponi also went through the same situation. For me, the last 10 days have not been easy.”

The route included a one-kilometer climb as well as a technical descent. To make matters worse, the weather turned rainy sooner than expected, but that didn’t stop Trek’s Italian from clocking the fastest time, averaging 48.4kph. As is sometimes the case in Romandie’s traditional opening stage, some riders opted to ride standard road bikes for more reliable handling. Felline, 27, rode his time trial bike.

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome — a two-time winner of the Swiss race — opted to start among the early riders to avoid the rain but his tactics backfired on a slippery surface. The Sky rider lost 29 seconds to the winner, with BMC’s Tejay van Garderen conceding 34 seconds.

“The road was really slippery, and on the third corner, Tejay van Garderen unfortunately crashed,” said BMC director Fabio Baldato. “Everyone was at their limit, and it was a difficult point on the course. After that, though he recovered well and he was pulling back time quickly.” The American rider did not suffer any serious injuries in the crash.

“I never expected this victory,” Felline added. “This is the biggest victory of this season for me, and I needed this win for a lot of reasons. It has been two months that I have always been in the front [of races], always with the good riders, but always I missed the results. This victory is for sure a good present for me, and for the team.”

Felline will carry the leader’s jersey into Wednesday’s fearsome stage 1, a 173.3km race with five categorized climbs, including a Cat. 1 uphill finish in Champéry.

Prologue results

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 5:57
  • 2. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 4. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 5. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 6. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 7. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 8. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 9. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at :11
  • 10. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :11
  • 11. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :11
  • 12. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 14. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :12
  • 15. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :13
  • 16. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 17. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 18. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 19. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 20. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 21. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 22. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 23. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 24. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :17
  • 25. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 26. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :18
  • 27. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 28. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :19
  • 29. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 30. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 31. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 32. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 33. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 34. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 35. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 36. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 37. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 38. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 39. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 40. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :21
  • 41. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 42. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :22
  • 43. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 44. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 45. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 46. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 47. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 48. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :23
  • 49. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 50. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :24
  • 51. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 52. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 53. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 54. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 55. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :24
  • 56. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :24
  • 57. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :25
  • 58. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at :25
  • 59. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 60. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 61. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 62. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :25
  • 63. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :25
  • 64. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :25
  • 65. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 66. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 67. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 68. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 69. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :27
  • 70. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 71. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 72. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 73. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :28
  • 74. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 75. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 76. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 77. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :28
  • 78. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 79. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :29
  • 80. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 81. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 82. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 83. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :29
  • 84. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 85. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 86. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :29
  • 87. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 88. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 89. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 90. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :30
  • 91. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 92. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 93. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 94. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :31
  • 95. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 96. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :31
  • 97. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :32
  • 98. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :32
  • 99. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :32
  • 100. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :32
  • 101. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :32
  • 102. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :33
  • 103. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :33
  • 104. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 105. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 106. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :33
  • 107. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :33
  • 108. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 109. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :34
  • 110. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 111. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :34
  • 112. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 113. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 114. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :35
  • 115. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :35
  • 116. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 117. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :35
  • 118. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 119. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :36
  • 120. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 121. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :36
  • 122. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :37
  • 123. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :37
  • 124. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :37
  • 125. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :37
  • 126. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 127. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 128. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :38
  • 129. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :38
  • 130. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :39
  • 131. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :40
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :41
  • 133. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 134. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 135. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :44
  • 136. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 137. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 138. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 139. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :47
  • 140. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :48
  • 141. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :49
  • 142. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :50
  • 143. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :50
  • 144. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 145. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :54
  • 146. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 147. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :56
  • 148. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :57
  • 149. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:02
  • 150. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:03
  • 151. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:07
  • 152. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:15

General classification

  • 1. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, in 5:57
  • 2. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :02
  • 3. Alexander EDMONSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :07
  • 4. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :08
  • 5. Victor CAMPENAERTS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :08
  • 6. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :09
  • 7. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at :10
  • 8. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :10
  • 9. Johan LE BON, FDJ, at :11
  • 10. Christoph PFINGSTEN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :11
  • 11. Koen BOUWMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :11
  • 12. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :12
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :12
  • 14. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :12
  • 15. Lukas PÖSTLBERGER, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :13
  • 16. José GONÇALVES, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :13
  • 17. Ruben FERNANDEZ ANDUJAR, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :13
  • 18. Jonathan CASTROVIEJO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :14
  • 19. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :15
  • 20. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – SCOTT, at :15
  • 21. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :16
  • 22. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :16
  • 23. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at :16
  • 24. NICHOLAS ROCHE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :17
  • 25. Simon YATES, ORICA – SCOTT, at :18
  • 26. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :18
  • 27. Jack HAIG, ORICA – SCOTT, at :19
  • 28. Michael GOGL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :19
  • 29. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 30. Emanuel BUCHMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :20
  • 31. Pello BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :20
  • 32. Mathias FRANK, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :20
  • 33. Lennard KÄMNA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :20
  • 34. Stefan KÜNG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :20
  • 35. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :20
  • 36. Robert GESINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :20
  • 37. Diego ULISSI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :20
  • 38. Antwan TOLHOEK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :21
  • 39. Chad HAGA, TEAM SUNWEB, at :21
  • 40. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – SCOTT, at :21
  • 41. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :21
  • 42. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :22
  • 43. Mekseb DEBESAY, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 44. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 45. Rémi Cavagna, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 46. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :22
  • 47. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :23
  • 48. Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :23
  • 49. WINNER ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :23
  • 50. Ondrej CINK, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :24
  • 51. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 51. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :24
  • 53. Louis MEINTJES, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 54. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :24
  • 55. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – SCOTT, at :24
  • 56. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :24
  • 57. William CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :25
  • 58. Léo VINCENT, FDJ, at :25
  • 59. Peter STETINA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :25
  • 60. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 61. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :25
  • 62. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM SUNWEB, at :25
  • 63. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at :25
  • 64. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :25
  • 65. Jaco VENTER, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :26
  • 66. James SHAW, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 67. Roman KREUZIGER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :26
  • 68. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :27
  • 69. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :27
  • 70. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :28
  • 71. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :28
  • 72. Sébastien REICHENBACH, FDJ, at :28
  • 73. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING TEAM, at :28
  • 74. Kris BOECKMANS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :28
  • 75. Pierre Roger LATOUR, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 76. Samuel DUMOULIN, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :28
  • 77. Dion SMITH, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :28
  • 78. Chris FROOME, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 79. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :29
  • 80. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :29
  • 81. Nans PETERS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 82. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 83. Xandro MEURISSE, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :29
  • 84. David GAUDU, FDJ, at :29
  • 85. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :29
  • 86. Rob POWER, ORICA – SCOTT, at :29
  • 87. Mikael CHEREL, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :29
  • 88. Moreno HOFLAND, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :29
  • 89. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :30
  • 90. Tim DECLERCQ, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :30
  • 91. Richard Antonio CARAPAZ MONTENEGRO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :30
  • 92. Guillaume MARTIN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :30
  • 93. Thomas DEGAND, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :31
  • 94. Toms SKUJINS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :31
  • 95. Natnael BERHANE, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :31
  • 96. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :31
  • 97. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :32
  • 98. Jay Robert THOMSON, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :32
  • 99. Janez BRAJKOVIC, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :32
  • 100. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :32
  • 101. Oliviero TROIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :32
  • 102. Fabien DOUBEY, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :33
  • 103. Yukiya ARASHIRO, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :33
  • 104. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 105. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :33
  • 106. Odd Christian EIKING, FDJ, at :33
  • 107. Silvio HERKLOTZ, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :33
  • 108. Richie PORTE, BMC RACING TEAM, at :33
  • 109. Andrea PASQUALON, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :34
  • 110. Sergei CHERNETSKI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :34
  • 111. Ben SWIFT, UAE ABU DHABI, at :34
  • 112. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :34
  • 113. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :34
  • 114. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :35
  • 115. ANDREY GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :35
  • 116. Rein TAARAMÄE, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 117. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :35
  • 118. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :35
  • 119. Thomas DE GENDT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :36
  • 120. Laurens TEN DAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :36
  • 121. Manuele MORI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :36
  • 122. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :37
  • 123. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :37
  • 124. Juraj SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :37
  • 125. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :37
  • 126. Tosh VAN DER SANDE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :37
  • 127. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at :38
  • 128. Remy MERTZ, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :38
  • 129. Frederik VEUCHELEN, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :38
  • 130. Lorrenzo MANZIN, FDJ, at :39
  • 131. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :40
  • 132. Youcef REGUIGUI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :41
  • 133. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at :42
  • 134. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :43
  • 135. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :44
  • 136. Anass AIT EL ABDIA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :44
  • 137. Marco MINNAARD, WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT, at :45
  • 138. Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :45
  • 139. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :47
  • 140. Antonio NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :48
  • 141. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :49
  • 142. André CARDOSO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :50
  • 143. Nikita STALNOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :50
  • 144. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 145. Meiyin WANG, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at :54
  • 146. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :54
  • 147. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :56
  • 148. Marcus BURGHARDT, BORA – HANSGROHE, at :57
  • 149. Michael SCHWARZMANN, BORA – HANSGROHE, at 1:02
  • 150. Martin VELITS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 1:03
  • 151. Matvey MAMYKIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 1:07
  • 152. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:15

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Video: Highlights from women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379 http://www.velonews.com/2017/04/news/video-highlights-womens-liege-bastogne-liege_436379#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:39:47 +0000 http://www.velonews.com/?p=436379 Catch up on the action from the final race of Ardennes week, the first-ever Women's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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In 2011, I photographed Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. On stage 6, the race went through Filottrano, Michele Scarponi’s hometown. As I was passing thorough Filottrano on the way to the finish in Macerata, I couldn’t help but notice how popular Scarponi was. I stopped to check out the town and take some photographs. There were signs and banners for him all over town, but there were very few people out and about. As it turns out, they were all at the finish 25 kilometers away in Macerata awaiting the arrival of their hometown hero. The circuit through Macerata took the riders up and down 20 percent grades — it’s no wonder Scarponi was such a great climber. He finished third that day, but you would have thought he was the winner by the amount of avid support that was present at the podium presentation.

After Scarponi’s tragic death Saturday, I went back into my photo archives to remember him.

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