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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Time trial day in the Giro d’Italia was good for some: Primoz Roglic and Valerio Conti, but Simon Yates lost time. All the news from a wet Italy and results and video from the AMGEN Tour of California men’s and women’s races. Yates’ Giro set-back – Top Story. OVO Energy Tour Series from Durham, Robert Power abandons Giro d’Italia, Peter Sagan gets a new teammate and Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts less than perfect bike change. Big Monday cappuccino time.

TOP STORY: Not A Good TT for Simon Yates
Simon Yates was one of the losers of Sunday’s San Marino time trial stage 9 in the Giro d’Italia. Mitchelton-Scott’s leader lost three minutes on stage winner Primoz Roglic. “It was very difficult for me”, Yates said to CyclingWeekly magazine on-line. “I was going ok on the flat section there but when I tried to step on it once we reached the climb, I just didn’t have anything.”

“It’s just like that,” said the British climber, who lost 3:11 to Roglic. On overall, he is now 3:46 minutes behind the Slovenian Jumbo-Visma leader. “We must now come up with a new plan. A new strategy and start working from there.” The fact that we have only been on the road for nine days in the Giro gives Yates hope. “We are only early in the game. We only had to make an effort for today, that was the prologue. All other days were almost flat. I look forward to the mountains more and more to see what we can do there.”

According to Mitchelton-Scott DS, Matthew White, this result in the time trial provides an interesting situation. “We need to discuss the details of certain things and adjust our plan accordingly,” he says. We have not yet climbed in this Giro. If there is a Grand Tour that can just turn, it is this one.”

White doesn’t know why Yates lost so much time on his competitors. “I have no explanation for that. He went very quickly to the foot of the climb and must have paid the bill for it. We’ll just call it a bad day,” says White. “We expected an equal loss as Nibali. He was not far from there in the meantime. He then lost almost two minutes. He didn’t look comfortable and couldn’t get into his rhythm.”

This time last week we quoted Simon ‘I’m the No.1 favorite for the Giro d’Italia’ Yates saying: “I would be scared, I’d be shitting myself”, maybe the IMODIUM® has started to work?

Bring on the mountains for Simon:

Giro d’Italia 2019
Fausto Masnada of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec became the first Italian stage winner of the 2019 Giro d’Italia as he out-sprinted his breakaway companion, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) at the end of Stage 6 on Thursday. Conti took over the overall leaders pink jersey from Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), leading by 1:41 over Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) who is now the best young rider. Roglic dropped to 11th place on GC, now at 5:24.

After 50 kilometers of racing, the leading group was: José Joaquín Rojas, Rúben Plaza, Nans Peters, Andrea Bagioli, Valerio Conti, Andrey Amador, Fausto Masnada, Giovanni Carboni, Amaro Antunes, Valentin Madouas and Sam Oomen. On the climb of the Coppa Casarinelli, with a five minute lead, the first attack came from Masnada and he was joined by Conti. For the final 15 kilometers, Masnada and Conti managed to stay out of the grip of the chasers, giving us a 2-up sprint for the win. Conti was more concerned with the pink, and so drove hard for the line and Masnada came past for the stage win.

First win at the Giro d’Italia for Fausto Masnada who hadn’t previously placed among the top 20. This is his second participation in the Corsa Rosa. He’s the third “Fausto” to win a stage at the Giro after Coppi and Bertoglio who both also won the overall. This is the 19th stage win at the Giro d’Italia for a team managed by Gianni Savio. The first was by Venezuela’s Leonardo Sierra on stage 17 in 1990, the most recent one before today by Roberto Ferrari on stage 11 in 2012. The last Italian double in a stage of the Giro d’Italia was in stage 5 to Santa Ninfa last year with Enrico Battaglin and Giovanni Visconti. Valerio Conti is the first Italian rider in the Maglia Rosa since Vincenzo Nibali in Torino at the end of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. He has never led a pro stage race before.

Full PEZ Race Report with more photos HERE.

Stage winner and 7th overall, Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec): “It took us one and half hours to make the break. The rhythm was crazy. Luckily I was in the right move. We cooperated well. There were several strong rouleurs in the group and I knew I had to make the difference in the climb because sprinting isn’t my forte. Valerio Conti understood that it was the right thing to do and we rode together till the finish. Today I got something I didn’t expect. It makes me enthusiastic and happy.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates):“It’s a dream come true for me. Before the start we thought it could be possible to get the jersey but it’s never easy to do something like this. It certainly didn’t come by chance. We had a goal, and we worked hard for it. I know it won’t be easy but I’ll try to keep the pink jersey for as long as possible. Every stage is hard so we have to be ready and ride as a team to be at our best.”

8th on the stage, Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I was very motivated to get into the breakaway today. And after one unsuccessful attempt I managed to get into the right one finally, but it cost me a lot of energy. I wanted to go for the stage win. We knew that Roglic’s team did not want to keep the jersey, and the sprinters would not be able to manage the long climb before the finish. The only problem was I ended up in a break with a few guys stronger than me today, but I have no regrets. I am within 28 seconds of the jersey for the best young rider, and I’m in third overall, but that is a little anecdotal. Once we hit the mountains, I’ll quickly be back in the pack. But as long as the form is good I want to try my luck again. In these first six stages, I have managed to avoid all the traps, and I hope that will continue.”

17th overall, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Today the breakaway stayed away, but we didn’t have anyone in there from the team. I think many of the teams were tired after yesterday’s stage. We slipped down in the GC, but there are still several stages ahead of us. My teammates did a good job to keep us relatively safe today, which is the important thing.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 6 Result:
1. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec in 5:45:01
2. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:05
3. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 0:38
4. Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy
5. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 0:43
6. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:54
7. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:57
9. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar
10. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 6:
1. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 25:22:00
2. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:41
3. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:09
4. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 2:12
5. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:19
6. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC at 2:45
7. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 3:14
8. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:25
9. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 3:27
10. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 4:57.

Giro stage 6:

Pello Bilbao (Astana), sixth in the Giro d’Italia overall last year, made history as he took his first stage victory at the Corsa Rosa through a breakaway on Stage 7 that took a long time to develop, and threatened Valerio Conti’s Maglia Rosa. A strong chase was needed by UAE Team Emirates to close on riders including José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) who had been the virtual leader and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) who rounded out the podium along with runner-up Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale). It was a special stage to recall the effects of the earthquake here, ten years ago.

The break was started by Thomas De Gendt he was joined by Formolo, Gallopin, Bilbao, Rojas with Antonio Pedrero, Mattia Cattaneo, Andrey Zeits, Jay McCarthy, Kamil Gradek, Lucas Hamilton and Sebastian Henao. Their lead was limited to a 1:30, since UAE Team Emirates did not want to give up the pink jersey. This reduced the lead to one minute.

The lead eventually went up to over 2 minutes, Rojas, 4th at 2:19, rode into the virtual pink jersey. Fortunately for UAE Team Emirates, Bardiani-CSF and Trek-Segafredo also started to work in the peloton. Up front; Bilbao managed to take full advantage of a moment of calm. The Astana rider accelerated at a kilometer and a half out from the finish. There was a moment of hesitation, and Bilbao managed to take 5 seconds. In the final last kilometer Cattaneo and Formolo were unable to close the gap and Pello Bilbao had a fine Giro d’Italia stage win.

Pello Bilbao took the 777th stage victory for Spanish riders in Grand Tours. They comprise 111 at the Giro, 126 at the Tour de France, 540 at La Vuelta. For the fifth year running, at least one Spanish rider wins a stage at the Giro. The last one was Mikel Nieve on the penultimate day at Cervinia, last year. It’s the fourth stage podium for Davide Formolo: 1st at La Spezia in 2015, 2nd at Montevergine di Mercogliano last year, 3rd at Osimo, also last year.

Stage 7 PEZ Race Report HERE.

Stage winner, Pello Bilbao (Astana): “I am so happy with my win! Honestly, I can’t believe, that, finally, I took a big victory. It is a special day for me, since I like the Giro d’Italia so much and I really wanted to win a stage here! I want to thank my team for trust in me! Astana Pro Team did this possible! Honestly, I did not expect the day will end this way. It was an improvisation. We had Dario Cataldo, Manuele Boaro and Ion Izagirre, who tried to go in a break in the first kilometers, but the peloton just did not give them much space. Finally, me and Andrey Zeits could join a right group. I want to thank Andrey for an absolutely great job, he did today. Thanks to Andrey, our group managed to hold the gap and to play the stage win. In the end of the day I tried to play my card not only with the power, but also with my head. The final was a hard one and I just was looking for a moment to attack. With 1.5 km to go our sports director Alexandr Shefer told me it is a right moment and I just gave my best in that attack. This success means a lot for me and I want to dedicate it to my team, my family and to Michele Scarponi. It is great to take a stage win at the Giro, but, anyway, our main goal here is still the same – to help Miguel Angel Lopez to win the race. Me as well as all the team are for 100% for him at this Giro d’Italia.”

Overall leader, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates): “We knew it would be a hard stage, but it was harder than expected. I want to thank the team that has proved to be a family, ready to give their all and who helped empower me along the whole 185km. I have special gratitude for them; they have gifted me another day wearing the Pink Jersey.”

2nd on the stage, Tony Gallopin (AG2R-La Mondiale): “We were going flat-out from start to finish. With Rojas well-placed in the general, it did not give us much of a buffer to get ahead of the pack, so we had to use a lot of strength. Davide Formolo made a big impression; Pello Bilbao was super strong, and he played his cards well tactically. It’s a shame to get so close; I believed in my chances all day. There’s certainly a little disappointment tonight. I came to win a stage, it did not work today, but I will try my luck again. Today, I had only one thing in my mind: victory.”

3rd on the stage, Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe): “After a few attempts at forming the breakaway of the day were made, Jay and I were able to make it into the leading group. It wasn’t easy, but Jay worked hard for me the whole day. When Bilbao attacked on the last steep finishing ascent, I tried to go with him, but he was simply the strongest and I was able to finish in third place in the end. However, I think that I’m in good form at the moment. We’ll have some more chances in the coming weeks, and I hope to be able to do something again then.”

Commenting on his withdrawal, Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates): “I was struggling from the start today and my left knee has been already been hurting for some days. I tried to hang on but I could barely push the pedals. It’s a pity because we were doing okay in the sprints and were ready to have another crack. The knee pain can be complicated, but I’ll rest now, take care of the knee pain and come back and build towards the next big goal.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 7 Result:
1. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana in 4:06:27
2. Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:05
3. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:09
5. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
6. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 0:30
7. Sebastian Henao (Col) Ineos at 0:48
8. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar at 1:01
9. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:07
10. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 7:
1. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 29:29:34
2. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 1:32
3. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:41
4. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:09
5. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:17
6. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC at 2:45
7. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 3:14
8. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:25
9. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 3:37
10. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 4:57.

Giro stage 7:

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) claimed Stage 8 in a bunch gallop ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and on a lumpy terrain. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) retained the Maglia Rosa for the third straight day on the eve of the much anticipated individual time trial.

Saturday was the longest stage of the Giro at 239 kilometers along the Adriatic Sea between Tortoreto Lido and Pesaro. The course was mostly flat, although there were a few short climbs in the finalé. The break of the day, with Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Damiano Cima (Nippo Vini-Fantini-Faizanè) and at first Nathan Brown (EF Education First), was caught well before the finish. Near the end, Ciccone, Bidard and Vervaeke attacked, but the peloton pulled them back before the sprint. Deceuninck – Quick-Step led through the winding final kilometer, but Viviani was not well positioned. After the last bend, it was Ackermann who started his sprint first, but Ewan came round him for the win, with Viviani coming through for second place.

This is the second stage win for Caleb Ewan at the Giro d’Italia after stage 7 to Alberobello in 2017. It’s the 32nd stage victory for Australia, the sixth winningmost country, only five wins behind Germany. It’s the 15th stage top 3 for Elia Viviani at the Giro d’Italia (5 wins, 7 second places, 3 third places). It’s just as many as Vincenzo Nibali and more than any other contenders in the Giro102. Valerio Conti is the first Italian to wear the Maglia Rosa for three consecutive days since Vincenzo Nibali in 2013.

Giro stage 8 PEZ Race Report HERE.

Stage winner, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal): “The team did a great job today. Thomas De Gendt and Victor Campenaerts took control over the stage, while my other teammates kept me perfectly at the front of the peloton on the dangerous roads. The late breakaway of the three riders appeared to be dangerous, but eventually it turned out in a sprint thanks to Tosh Van der Sande and Jasper De Buyst. I really hoped to take the victory, because I was already second, third and fourth before. The second place behind Carapaz was not in a traditional sprint, but we tried to learn from the other bunch sprints. That way, we wanted to make a plan for the next one. We knew that today was going to be a risky finale, with a lot of curves and possibly, wet roads. That is why it was necessary to be at the front all the time, in which we succeeded well. The final turn was only 200 meters before the finish, so I needed to be in a perfect position there. I sat in the wheel of Ackermann and he had a teammate riding ahead of him. Beginning the sprint from third position was ideal for me. The sprint would have been too long for me if I was first after that turn. Then I maybe could not have kept pace high enough until the end.”

“The stage unfolded differently than predicted this morning. The finale appeared to be tougher than you could see in the roadbook. Jasper and Tosh had to work earlier than expected to catch the escapees. Because of that, they were not there anymore in the preparation towards the sprint. Fortunately, I was able to get a good position myself. It was also a very long stage, but when I won in Alberobello two years ago, it was after a long day of 224 kilometers as well. I think it is a great thing that I do not lose my sprint capacities after such long stages. It surely is a relief for me. Tomorrow, there is a time trial which is followed by a rest day. So I can enjoy the feeling of winning today for at least two more days. After the rest day, we will make up a new plan for the upcoming sprints. A Grand Tour stage win is always a goal. It is a fantastic feeling, certainly with all those strong sprinters who are participating in this Giro. This is my greatest victory so far at Lotto Soudal. I finished top three a lot of times already this year, but this win is the icing on the cake of the first part of this season. It really means a lot to me.”

Overall leader, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates): “It was a tricky finish today but once again the team did a super job and they kept me out of trouble. Now I will try to relax and rest as much as possible so I can give my best tomorrow in the time trial and honor the pink jersey.”

3rd on the stage, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “You can’t win every day and I think Caleb was simply the fastest. In the finale, he showed just how strong he is. I don’t know if it was a question of positioning today or not. But it was clear that Caleb performed better in the finale today. I’m just happy to be on the podium and retain the points jersey. Tomorrow we’ve got the time trial to contend with and then we have a rest day, before there will be another two stages for the sprinters.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 8 Result:
1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal in 5:43:32
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
6. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy
8. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
9. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
10. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 8:
1. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 35:13:06
2. José Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 1:32
3. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 1:41
4. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:09
5. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:17
6. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC at 2:45
7. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 3:14
8. Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 3:25
9. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 3:27
10. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 4:57.

Giro stage 8:

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made it two as he won the individual time trial Stage 9 to San Marino after the inaugural race against the clock up to the San Luca in Bologna. World hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the podium. Last on the road, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) endured even more rain than the stage favorites but fought hard to retain the Maglia Rosa ahead of the first rest day of the 2019 Giro d’Italia.

This is the third stage win for Primoz Roglic at the Giro d’Italia, all time trials: stage 9 in the Chianti area in 2016, stage 1 in Bologna and stage 9 to San Marino this time around. Only two current pro riders have won three time trials at the Giro: Tom Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic. Francesco Moser holds the all time record with 12. It’s the seventh stage win for Slovenia at the Giro d’Italia. The first one was in 2014 by Luka Mezgec on the last stage to Trieste.

Full PEZ Stage 9 TT Race Report HERE.

Stage winner and 2nd overall, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): “It was a long and tough time trial. It rained very hard. As a result, I took fewer risks in the corners. It was pretty dangerous. On the climb I accelerated and went all out. It turned out to be enough to win the stage. Everything went according to plan today and I am happy with this victory and with the time I gained on my competitors. There are still two weeks to go until the Giro ends in Verona and a lot can still happen, though I prefer to be in front of my competitors. But first I will enjoy the rest day before we’ll work towards the mountain stages.”

Overall leader, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates): “As planned, I did not take any risks, especially with this unbelievably bad weather. I raced the entire time trial in the pouring rain. It was hard to see, I tried to keep focus and to push hard on the climb. My goal was to retain the pink jersey and I achieved it; I made that promise to my teammates. We will spend the rest day in pink, which is great.”

2nd on the stage, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal): “Beforehand, I said that this time trial did not suit me perfectly and that winning wasn’t possible but as a time trialist, you are obliged to optimally prepare for a test against the clock and to go full gas. During the second Giro time trial last year, I was constantly fighting myself but today I immediately felt that I had good legs. The plan was to ride just below threshold until the climb and then ride above threshold; a strategy similar to the one I used during the world championships in Innsbruck. As a time trialist, it is very frustrating when you get a mechanical. Eventually, it was good that – like we had agreed – the mechanic opted for the road bike. We did agree beforehand – if I would have a mechanical on the climb – we would change to the road bike. The change did not go fluently and due to the adrenaline, I was a bit frustrated after the finish. Then, I thought that there would still be five to ten general classification riders who would improve my time, but one after another, they didn’t succeed. I had mixed feelings then. If I would have won, the bike change would have been immediately forgotten. If not, I would be cursing. Unfortunately, it became the latter. Eventually, I lose the time trial with eleven seconds, so without that mechanical it would have been a victory. But those are the hard laws of the top-level sport and I have to live with that. I don’t blame anyone. The final time trial should suit me even better. I hope to survive the mountains without too many troubles and energy losses to battle for victory in Verona.”

4th on the stage and 11th overall, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida): “Tomorrow we enjoy a well-deserved rest day – smiles Vincenzo Nibali – after an ITT that has satisfied me very much. From Tuesday, a new Giro d’Italia will start with many climbs and very demanding stages. I tried not to take risks facing the many curves of the initial part in the plain and then uphill I felt very good. My Giro is going as it was thought and today Primoz Roglic, a time trial specialist, has earned something on me as expected. I go on one step at a time and I know that the Giro is still very long and those opponents who lost seconds today will have to attack. It has been a Giro so far conditioned by bad weather and this has forced many to spend more energy. For my part, I must say that the cold does not affect me that much and therefore it does not seem to me that I have spent that much.”

3rd overall, Nans Peters (AG2R-La Mondiale): “It’s a little crazy. It’s completely unexpected. I had come to the Giro in the hope of getting into a break in the second or third week, and try to win a stage. I have already been successful joining a break. I avoided the falls, and I was able to get into a good breakaway, which helped me get into a good position on the GC. And then today I did a super time trial. I felt great. I focused on my effort, the course, the management of my power. I hardly noticed it was raining. Now I need to get used to the fact that I will wear the white jersey. I want to be worthy of it and defend it wholeheartedly.”

14th on the stage, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “On the wet and slippery roads I did not want to take many risks, particularly in the curves, and there were a lot of corners today. I was riding the whole time in the rain and I started with full rain as well, and this was certainly not an ideal situation. But all in all I am still satisfied with my result.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 9 Result:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma in 51:52
2. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:11
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1:00
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:05
5. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First at 1:10
6. Chad Haga (USA) Sunweb at 1:14
7. Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 1:16
8. Hugh John Carthy (GB) EF Education First at 1:30
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:01:43
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 1:52.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 9:
1. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates in 36:08:32
2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 1:50
3. Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:21
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 2:33
5. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 2:36
6. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 2:39
7. Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC at 3:05
8. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 3:27
9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 3:30
10. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 3:32.

Giro stage 9:

AMGEN Tour of California 2019
The breakaway group were caught in the final 10km of Stage 5, and the race split apart at the final intermediate sprint. An extremely fast pace with many attacks for positioning the leaders with a bit less of 20 riders to go in a battle for the hard, long and headwind sprint to the finish at the more ideal place for wakeboarder than for cyclists. In such conditions Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) took his chance to pull out at the right moment to fulfill his dream of his first WorldTour victory. It was such a beautiful victory of Ivan Garcia Cortina and Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling team at the US West Coast.

More from California with photos by Darrell Parks.

Stage winner, Ivan García Cortina (Bahrain-Merida): “I’m glad my team had full confidence in me. They pulled for the last 50km, and I was thinking that I could win today. That was a pretty strong headwind in the finale and I saw this as a big opportunity for me because I always make mistakes in the sprints – like, maybe I start few hundred meters too early and too far out. But today I was more patient and started later, or finally, in the right and optimal moment. I saw 200 meters to go, and I thought, OK, this is the opportunity to go and I just took the wheel, and at 100 meters I was going full gas. My main seasons’ goals are the classic races on which I put 200% and the rest of the season be as good as possible and helpful for my team at the big tours and look for good opportunities at these races and such races as Amgen Tour of California. After this victory and three years of waiting, I believe I will have more confidence from now on. Today my teammates did a great job to support me and get to this victory. I like California so much and winning here means a lot to me. I’m not a real sprinter and when such hard conditions show up, I see them as a big opportunity for me when other sprinter have more pain in their legs and I can stay there agains the wind and fight better all day. I want to thank to thank to all the people that are here for me in good and bad moments. My girlfriend, my family, my friends and of course to all of my team.”

6th on the stage and 5th overall, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a very hard day, from the start with an average speed of 50kmh in the first hour. It was full on with crosswinds and splits in the peloton. The strong pace kept on for the rest of the stage and in the finale, we had that kicker. Felix and I were in the front and wanted to attack but it was Urán, Bennett and another EF rider that launched the attack. We chased them down but there was too much headwind in the last 2km, so it was going to finish with a sprint. We gave our best but some sprinters had already reached us, so I took sixth.”

AMGEN Tour of California Stage 5 Result:
1. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-Merida in 4:56:11
2. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First
4. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Sunweb
5. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC
8. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis
9. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
10. Hugo Houle (Can) Astana.

AMGEN Tour of California Overall After Stage 5:
1. Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education First in 26:13:01
2. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:04
3. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos at 0:06
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 0:16
5. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:22
6. Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First at 0:28
7. Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana at 0:33
8. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:34
9. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:35
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First at 0:36.

ATOC stage 5:

The Queen Stage 6 of the 2019 Tour of California was 127,5 kilometers long, starting in Ontario and heading for the summit finish at Mt. Baldy. All UAE Team Emirates riders kept Pogačar well positioned and out of trouble leading into Mt. Baldy, then Pogačar continued pushing at his own pace to remain in the group of favorites.

Higuita (EF Education First) led the way heading to the final corner, but Pogačar took a better line and came past the Colombian, allowing him to pull ahead and sprint clear for the his first World Tour victory. In the general classification, the Slovenian is 16 seconds ahead of second place Higuita (EF Education First) heading into the final stage.

Stage 6 photo galley by Darrell Parks HERE.

Stage winner and overall leader, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “It was amazing. Once again my team did a really good job protecting me all day, leading me onto the final climb and supporting me all the way that they could. I just did my best in the last five kilometers. I was starting my sprint behind Higuita and he made mistake on last corner and I went through it much faster than him so was able to come around for the win. It feels really good. I hope tomorrow I can hold onto the jersey – for sure it would be the biggest win of my career.”

8th overall, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a very hard stage and I’d like to thank the team for the support they gave us. Maximilian gave it a shot and attacked early, while I waited. I didn’t have the best sensation but I think I’m happy with my form in this race and tomorrow we’ll have another opportunity to try our chances.”

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Heading to the last climb, the pace of the peloton eased, so I decided to grab the opportunity and attack. I was feeling pretty well at that moment as well as at the beginning of the final climb but then at some point, my legs abandoned me. I tried to recover but, I don’t know why it didn’t work today. It was as if I was blocked and I suffered in the final 3 km.”

AMGEN Tour of California Stage 6 Result:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 3:48:49
2. Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First
3. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:05
4. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 0:10
5. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) CCC at 0:20
6. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:22
7. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:25
8. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida at 0:47
9. Rob Britton (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
10. Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis.

AMGEN Tour of California Overall After Stage 6:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 30:01:56
2. Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First at 0:16
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:20
4. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:29
5. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 0:41
6. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:03
7. Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis at 1:18
8. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First at 1:22
10. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida at 1:23.

ATOC stage 6:

The Final Stage 7 in California saw the riders faced with a rolling 141 kilometers from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. There was a big fight to get in the early breakaway and Michael Storer once again made the move for Team Sunweb, finding himself in the break for the third time in California. However, with a rider who was close on GC, the gap was never allowed to grow too big and there were fireworks behind in the peloton, over the two categorized climbs of the day.

The race splintered with riders all over the road but on the long descent there was a general regrouping and a peloton formed behind those ahead. Once onto the local finish laps the breakaway was in sight and the bunch closed them down, which resulted in a fast finale. Team Sunweb worked well to move up to the front coming into the last lap, positioning Cees Bol near the head of the race. In the final few hundred meters Bol followed the wheels, launching his sprint at the perfect moment to take a resounding victory; his first at WorldTour level.

More from California Stage 7 HERE.

Stage winner, Cees Bol (Sunweb): “It was a really nice stage and I felt strong all day. The guys helped me a lot throughout the race; helping to bring back the group and then put me into a good position for the sprint in the closing kilometers. In the sprint itself I waited until the right moment and I just went full gas. I’m a bit surprised but most of all I’m super happy to have crossed the line first and take the win for the team, and reward them for their hard work today.”

Final overall winner, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates): “Today was amazing, and it has been all week. I’d like to thank all my teammates and the staff. The team worked very hard every day and this yellow jersey is not just for me but for the whole of UAE Team Emirates. The Mt. Baldy stage was the key moment for me, but this victory took the whole week to build up to. It’s the most beautiful victory of my career, and now I’m just going to focus on building and progressing as a rider.”

2nd on the stage, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was quite a chaotic stage, with so many attacks, counter attacks and moves in the peloton and the breakaways. All that action made it a tough one but in the end, the bunch entered the final lap of the circuit in Pasadena together for a fast sprint finish. I was well positioned in the finale but probably I reacted a bit late to Bol’s sprint. I think I can be satisfied with the performance we had here, both mine and of the team. We had a victory, two podium places and put in a great effort throughout the week.”

2nd overall, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): “I’m very happy with the result and in the team, I’m learning a lot, and that’s the most important thing.”

3rd overall, Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick-Step): “The stage was hard and crazy once the tempo went up and the group got split over the top of the first climb. When I heard on the radio that Fabio was dropped, I went for the intermediate sprint to take the points, and why not, try to win the overall. The latter was a long-shot and didn’t happen, but it still was an incredible day of racing. I go home with my first pro victory, the green jersey and this beautiful and unexpected third place on the general classification, having achieved a new level of confidence in my abilities on the climbs. I will think together with the team about what the future holds stage race wise, but now it’s time to get some rest after this solid first part of the season.”

8th overall, Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I wanted to secure my spot in the GC, so I had to stay with the other GC contenders today when they went on the attack on the climb but still, I’m satisfied with my 8th place overall in what was a very tough edition of the Tour of California.”

10th overall, Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “After yesterday’s bad luck in the finale on Mount Baldy, I focused all my anger and energy on today’s stage. I rode offensively in order to pick the bonus seconds and move up the GC. I think that the fact I was in the breakaway helped our guys in the back because the peloton had to ride very hard as well, which made the sprinters suffer a lot. It’s a pity though Peter came so close to victory.”

8th on the stage, Andrea Peron (Team Novo Nordisk): “When we came into the final laps, my teammates were fantastic. They were really focused and wanted a top result as much as me,” explained Peron. “I took the last corner on the wheel of [Peter] Sagan and tried to do my best. It was a big target for the team to do a Top 10 at a World Tour race and I’m happy I could achieve it.”

AMGEN Tour of California Stage 7 Result:
1. Cees Bol (Ned) Sunweb in 2:53:16
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
4. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
5. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
6. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Ineos
7. Travis McCabe (USA) USA National Team
8. Andrea Peron (Ita) Novo Nordisk
9. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Edwin Avila (Col) Israel Cycling Academy.

AMGEN Tour of California Final Overall Result:
1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates in 32:55:12
2. Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) EF Education First at 0:16
3. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck – Quick-Step at 0:17
4. George Bennett (NZ) Jumbo-Visma at 0:29
5. Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo at 0:41
6. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin at 1:03
7. Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis at 1:18
8. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First at 1:22
10. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:23.

ATOC stage 7:

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California 2019
The wind and challenging hills saw the peloton shatter and reform many times over, including on the final climb to the finish of Stage 1. As the teams were organizing to launch their sprinters to the line, World Champion Anna van der Breggen of the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team attacked and ran away to a solo victory despite a wicked headwind. Van der Breggen is a returning race champion, having won the event in 2017.

More Women’s ATOC News HERE.

Stage winner and overall leader, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans): “There was a beautiful climb 5k’s from the finish so it was a good moment to go and try to see if I could go solo to the finish line. It was up to us on that final climb to try something…I’m really happy for the team and for myself to take the stage win and to have a good start on this stage race.”

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam in 2:36:17
2. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling at 0:18
3. Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
4. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women
5. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
7. Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women
8. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo Women
9. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at 0:20
10. Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling.

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Overall After Stage 1:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans in 2:36:04
2. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling at 0:25
3. Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team at 0:27
4. Elizabeth Deignen (GB) Trek-Segafredo Women at 0:29
5. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women at 0:31
6. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
7. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
8. Emma White (USA) Rally UHC Cycling Women
9. Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb) Cogeas Mettler Look at 0:32
10. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at 0:33.

Women’s ATOC’19 stage 1:

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team staked their claim of Mt. Baldy at the midpoint of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, with the powerhouse duo of Katie Hall and Anna van der Breggen coming over the summit finish together on Stage 2. Hall, the reigning race champion, picked up her first stage win this year, with van der Breggen putting more time into her overall race lead established yesterday when she rode solo to a Stage 1 win. The World Champion will ride into tomorrow’s race conclusion in Pasadena +29 seconds ahead of Hall, who moved up to second place in the overall, and +1:06 up on Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) in third.

More Women’s ATOC News HERE.

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Result:
1. Katherine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team in 2:36:39
2. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv at 0:33
4. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling at 0:46
5. Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM at 0:57
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
7. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at 1:08
8. Emma Grant (GB) Sho-Air Twenty20 at 1:15
9. Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling at 1:19
10. Amber Leone Neben (USA) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team at 1:37.

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Overall After Stage 2:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team in 5:12:37
2. Katherine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team at 0:29
3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv at 1:06
4. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling at 1:25
5. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM at 1:34
6. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at 1:47
7. Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling at 1:58
8. Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM at 2:12
9. Emma Grant (GB) Sho-Air Twenty20 at 2:15
10. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv at 2:30.

Women’s ATOC’19 stage 2:

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team dominated the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM with World Champion Anna van der Breggen and teammate Katie Hall taking a decisive win and second place finish respectively as the women’s three-day race concluded at the Rose Bowl on Saturday’s on Stage 3. The World Champion was challenged for the green jersey today by Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance Cycling) who out-sprinted a tight field to take the stage win just ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team) who placed second for the stage, and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman Supermint) in third.

More Women’s ATOC News HERE.

Stage winner, Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance Cycling): “I have no words. This is my first WorldTour win and I’m so happy. I have to thank my teammates. I’m very happy. Yesterday was very hard, but we knew that today would be easier. It wasn’t that easy, but I could stay with the first group on the climb and my team did a great job.”

Overall winner, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans): “It feels really good. It was a hard stage race. They had three beautiful stages, and they didn’t make it easy for us the last day….To finish first and second is an amazing result,”

5th on the stage, Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb): “It was another hard stage with over 2000 meters of elevation. We tried to animate the race from the start to create a breakaway and eventually a big group of 20 riders got away with Pernille, Juliette and myself. Pernille did a great job driving the pace but eventually the break came back and the attacks started again. We made the call to set me up for the sprint, where Juliette and Coryn did a super job helping with the chase and setting up the lead out. We were set up well going into the sprint, but unfortunately Coryn dropped her chain when she went to accelerate. I had to find another way and fifth was the best I could manage. We did achieve our goal of defending Juliette’s lead in the young rider competition and as a team we are very happy with that.”

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Stage 3 Result:
1. Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar Cylance Cycling in 3:19:57
2. Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women’s Team
3. Leigh ann Ganzar (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
4. Chloe Dygert-Owen (USA) Sho-Air Twenty20
5. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Sunweb
6. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
7. Elizabeth Deignan (GB) Trek-Segafredo
8. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
9. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) BePink
10. Sara Bergen (Can) Rally UHC Cycling.

Women’s AMGEN Tour of California Final Overall Result:
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team in 8:32:34
2. Katharine Hall (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team at 0:29
3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv at 1:06
4. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling at 1:25
5. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM at 1:34
6. Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at 1:46
7. Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) Rally UHC Cycling at 1:58
8. Omer Shapira (Isr) Canyon-SRAM at 2:12
9. Emma Grant (GB) Sho-Air Twenty20 at 2:15
10. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv at 2:28.

Women’s ATOC’19 stage 3:

Wins for Joey Walker and Anna Henderson in Durham OVO Energy Tour Series Cycling
Joey Walker propelled Madison Genesis back to the top of the OVO Energy Tour Series standings in Durham as the 21-year-old took his maiden victory in the series by mastering the cobbles to take victory by 15 seconds from Saint Piran’s Cameron Jeffers.

Walker was one of four Madison Genesis riders in the top eight, with Jon Mould (third), Richard Handley (sixth) and Tom Moses (eighth) putting in an impressive performance to turn a two point deficit into a one point advantage over Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes.

Previous series leaders Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes endured a night to forget on Durham’s cobbles, finishing fourth on the night as Saint Piran excelled to take their best ever result of second.

Adding to Saint Piran’s success was road captain Steve Lampier retaking the Eisberg Points Jersey and Matt Nowell taking his first ever Brother UK Fastest Lap award.

The women’s OVO Energy Tour Series also saw change at the top, with British Circuit Race Champion Anna Henderson taking the individual win, breaking Team Breeze and Jess Roberts’ run of success. Henderson’s victory in Durham, something she identified as a key aim before Round One, moved Brother UK – Tifosi p/b Brother UK back into the lead of the standings on countback with three events to go.

After three race wins in a week, Roberts finished second on the night and continue in the Eisberg Sprints jersey, 16 points ahead of Campinense Velo Performance’s Jo Tindley.

Commenting on the races, OVO Energy Tour Series Race Director Mick Bennett said, “What a way to celebrate the series’ 10th visit to Durham. Once again our iconic circuit around the cathedral city delivered the goods, providing the scene for an action-packed day of racing, but I’d like to thank the crowd who came and braved less than ideal weather to watch Britain’s best in action. We thank them, as well as everybody involved in delivering the event in Durham once again.”

Round Five of the men’s and women’s OVO Energy Tour Series takes place on the Wirral at Birkenhead, which hosts a round for the first time ever with a 1.3 kilometer circuit based around the historic Hamilton Square in the town centre.

Highlights of the OVO Energy Tour Series are screened on ITV4 and broadcast around the world. Action from the Durham event will be shown at 18:00 on Monday 20 May, with the program also available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service.

Robert Power Abandons Giro d’Italia Due to Crash on stage 6
Team Sunweb’s string of bad luck continues at the Giro d’Italia as Robert Power is forced to abandon the race just one day after GC-man Tom Dumoulin. Power was caught up in a large crash in the peloton which came 40 kilometers into the stage, bringing down a significant amount of riders, including more from Team Sunweb. Initially trying to continue after assistance from the race doctor, Power was forced to abandon as a result of his injuries.

Robert Power said: “This is a really disappointing day. I would have loved to continue. I went down hard in the big crash and tried to keep riding but had to pull out with lot of pain in my hip. Luckily there is nothing broken but I’m still really disappointed to leave the Giro.”

Team Sunweb physician Stephan Jacolino said: “Fortunately x-rays show no breaks or fractures for Robert. He has overstretched his gluteal muscle, which meant that he was unable to push on the pedals anymore and it was too painful for him to continue. After a week’s rest it’s likely he will be able to restart training normally.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “This is another blow to the team. Robert was in great shape and one of our main contenders to go for stage success. It’s even more bad luck and another setback for our team, but we need to move on and make the best out of it again. We’ll continue to take the same aggressive approach as we did yesterday and today with both Louis and Sam in the break, and search for a stage win with the other strong riders that we have here.”

Robert Power:

Late new signing: BORA – hansgrohe secures Ion Göttlich
The internationally-renowned sprint specialist is to reinforce BORA – hansgrohe’s lead-out train around Peter Sagan for the Tour de France. With immediate effect, Ion Göttlich has become a member of the team and has already commenced his preparations for the highlight race of the season. In addition to the planning of his training, BORA – hansgrohe will also support Ion in the field of nutrition. To be fit for the Tour in July, Göttlich still has to lose weight. As exclusive media partner, Eurosport will accompany Ion as he prepares over the coming weeks.

“I think we have achieved a real coup with this latest signing. Ion is incredibly motivated and his sprinting prowess is undisputed. If we are able to bring him to such a form that he will be able to survive the big climbs of the Tour, then he could really make the difference for Peter in the sprint preparations. Our coaches and the performance team continue to remain in close contact with Ion. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we are confident.”Ralph Denk, Team Manager.

“With Ion at my side, BORA – hansgrohe will operate at a completely different level at the Tour. It is not only his enormous strength and speed that is so advantageous, but he also provides the perfect slipstream and can hold his own in the peloton. I am looking forward to seeing him again, and in the next few weeks we will do some altitude training together in preparation for the Tour de France.”Peter Sagan.

Bike Change Stage Loss for Campenaerts
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) finished second in the 34 kilometer hilly time trial stage 9 between Riccione and San Marino. Despite a bike change with 1.5 kilometers to go, Campenaerts finished with a time of 52:03 – Primoz Roglič won the stage in 51:52, just 11 seconds faster.

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