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TOP STORY: Can Tom Still Do Two in a Row?
Until the weekend it was looking very possible that Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin could follow up his 2017 Giro win with the victory this year, but now that looks less likely. The man himself thinks the same after he lost 41 seconds to Simon Yates on stage fifteen to Sappada. “Winning the Giro… Then something really crazy must happen, if I’m to succeed”, Dumoulin said to NOS.

Dumoulin had to chase with Thibaut Pinot, Domenico Pozzovio, Richard Carapaz and Miguel Ángel López behind Yates. “I had to go so deep on the climb where Yates attacked, to stay with the four others. In the end it does not matter anyway, because they were just messing about. If I had started driving alone, I would have lost less on Yates. I lost a lot more because of the other four. I really did everything right today. Yates is just too strong.”

“Thibaut Pinot cooperated and Pozzovivo had a few cowardly shots. I also understand them. That is cycling and that makes it very beautiful. If that is the case, then I have to adjust my tactics. I think I did very well,” Dumoulin remarked. He was even dropped on the last meters of the climb towards the finish. “Luckily I could still join in and almost win the sprint.” The Sunweb leader eventually finished third on the stage.

Dumoulin thinks Yates strength is immeasurable. “He shot away so strongly, that isn’t normal. The group couldn’t follow him. I am going to keep fighting, I did that today and then we will see in Rome.”

Dumoulin not too impressed by Pozzovivo on stage 15:
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Giro d’Italia 2018
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) outsmarted the bunch, by taking victory on a cold and wet Stage 12 on Thursday. He crossed the finish line ahead of Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida).

The stage was another long day out, running from Osimo and ending on the Imola race circuit after 214km. It was a relatively flat stage and so was ear-marked for the sprinters.

An early break of five riders was established once racing got underway. They spent the majority of the race out front, being caught by the peloton with 18km of racing remaining. The wind and rain played a major role in the race, splitting the peloton in two before the riders entered the final race circuit. Once on the circuit, the tough conditions continued to influence the race, causing havoc within the peloton with all GC and sprint teams disorganized.

There were a few attacks from the GC contenders, but in the end, a strategic “long sprint” by Sam Bennett saw him win the stage ahead of Van Poppel and Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida). The overall didn’t change with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) by 47 seconds and 1:04 on Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) with Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) in 4th at 1:18.

See more from stage 12 HERE.

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Stage winner, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The way it happened, that I had to go so early and I pulled it off – that’s a nice way to win. It gives me confidence. We still had two guys in front. I didn’t know how much energy they had left, but I didn’t want another stage getting away from me, so I decided to go early. I didn’t know if I could hold it or not. I think I caught some guys by surprise, so it worked to my advantage. The guys did an unbelievable job today, especially in the final kilometers. The victory wouldn’t have happened without them, today was a real team effort.”

The Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “When a split in the bunch occurred, I had my team close to the front just to be careful. I heard through the radio there was a split but I didn’t know how many guys were there and how big the gap was. Once I heard [Domenico] Pozzovivo was caught behind, he was already back with the front group. Nobody likes to race in the rain but I have confidence in my equipment, especially in my tires. It was a more difficult circuit at the end than we expected.”

2nd on the stage, Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo): “We are getting closer. I felt strong and tomorrow there’s another chance.”

3rd on the stage, Niccoló Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): “I’m happy with the final. I had good legs and I resisted on the climb, where the speed was high. Bennet went for a long sprint and too bad that I didn’t follow him immediately.”

12th on the stage, Jaco Venter (Dimension Data): “Today was another long stage over 200km, which started in good weather along the coast for the first 100km. The second 100km was very different though, as we raced through a big thunder shower. Quickstep and Bora were controlling the break for a bunch sprint today but the rain and tricky final circuit didn’t make it a straight forward sprint stage. The bunch was splitting in the tough conditions, and after the final climb we were only about 50 guys in the front. The plan was to set up Ryan for the sprint but after the climb in the final 15km, the descent to the finish was fast and slippery in the rain. It was difficult to know who was in the group in those conditions, so we ended up just doing what we could to get something out of the stage.”

Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Merida): “Today was a hard stage because of the wet weather and roads. At the last climb www went really fast ad the guys started attacking and I followed along and Betancour with whom I found myself in the front after the descent didn’t wand to collaborate with me at all. As I knew that he is fast in the sprint and as I have won the stage two days ago, I realized that that it would be hard to push more and the group caught us back again.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Result:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 4:49:34
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
5. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC
6. Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors
7. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
10. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 12:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 51:57:55
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:47
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:04
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:18
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 1:56
6. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 2:09
7. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 2:36
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 2:54
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:55
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 3:10.

Giro stage 12:

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) secured his third win in the 2018 Giro d’Italia by out-sprinting the bunch on Stage 13. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took second spot with Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) rounding off the podium.

It was another flat stage marked down for the sprinters. The 180km stage ran from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia. Similarly to Thursday, it was a sunny start to the day before the clouds came over for the final, but fortunately there wasn’t a torrential downpour in the end.

A break of five riders managed to break away within the first 15kms of racing: Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), Andrea Vendrame (Androni Gioccatoli-Sidermec), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia). They kept the race in suspense, holding on to their position in the front until the last 6 kms.

With five kilometers to go, as the teams began jostling for position, the Quick-Step Floors boys kept their composure and patiently waited for the flamme rouge, before moving Elia Viviani to the front, while at the same time keeping Zdenek Stybar on his wheel to prevent any of the rival sprinters from using his slipstream. After being expertly dropped on the wheel of Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac), the 29-year-old Italian struck out from 200 meters to go and left everyone else trailing, winning by more than a bike length over Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo). As a result, Viviani took his season haul to nine victories and extended his lead in the cyclamen jersey standings to 40 points.

Stage 13 Report.

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Stage winner and points leader, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “This is the nicest and the most emotional victory of the three I got. We rode over some roads I knew from when I started my career and which brought back the memories, so this makes today’s win even more special. It’s really amazing! The past two days were difficult, but this morning we were 100% focused and motivated on getting the win, so we put two guys at the front to set the tempo behind the breakaway and did a great job also in the final, where the guys made sure of bringing me in the best position. Before the start of the race, I was asked what were my goals and I said that it would be a dream to take three wins and the maglia ciclamino. Now, with three stages in the bag and the lead in the points classification, everything is going as planned. The morale is high and the legs are good, so hopefully nothing will change over the next stages. I know that I have a strong team around and the guys will help me get over the climbs, so I’m confident in my chances.”

2nd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The team worked again perfectly together and protected me the whole day. In the finale I couldn’t overtake Viviani I was a little too far behind and couldn’t make back the ground but I am happy with my second place. Tomorrow will be a really tough stage, where I want to support our GC contenders as best as possible.”

Overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “We’ve already done some high mountains in this Giro but, tomorrow, it’s gonna be difficult. I don’t know the Zoncolan, I’ve never reckoned it – I’ve only seen it on TV. I hope to have good legs and, if so, I’ll try something. It’s been a hard race every day, except today – everyone is tired and everyone is talking about the Zoncolan. But if someone goes too deep tomorrow, they might pay the price the day after, which is another very difficult stage. I feel the responsibility of the Maglia Rosa but I came to win the Giro and I feel comfortable in leading the race.”

5th on the stage, Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data): “It was a pretty straight forward day and quite easy until the final climb with 20km to go. There was a bit of rain again to make it interesting but nothing major. Heading into the final I had Jaco which was great but with about 5km to go I lost him. There was quite a strong headwind so it wasn’t a normal run-in to the sprint with one team driving it, it was more of a washing machine type feel with a team going to the front and then dying in the headwind. With 1.5km to go I decided to sit on Bennett’s wheel, he’s been showing consistency and has won 2 stages already, so I just stuck on him. When we finally broke free it was quite late and we had to go around the outside, and I still had to try go around him too. So, I was happy to show what I am capable of and get up there for 5th. It’s still not quite where I want to be but the distance between 5th and 2nd was very close. With better positioning and taking a better line, that could be the difference between 5th and 1st. I’ll definitely take positives from today and I’m happy to have been in the top 5.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 3:56:25
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
4. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
5. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
6. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC
7. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto FixAll.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 55:54:20
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:47
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:04
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:18
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 1:56
6. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 2:09
7. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 2:36
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 2:54
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:55
10. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 3:10.

Stage 13:

Chris Froome (Sky) took his first-ever Giro d’Italia stage victory at the dream location of the Monte Zoncolan as he fended off race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who rode superbly behind him and extended his advantage over the other favorites. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) finished in 5th place and is now at 1:24 to the pink jersey.

Stage 14 was maybe the most challenging stage in this year’s edition of the Giro d’Italia. With an elevation gain of more than 4,400 meters and five demanding categorized climbs, a brutal stage awaited the riders. The first part was calmer with only one KOM (cat.3), but the second part led the riders over three categorized climbs before they had to face the iconic ascent up to the finish on the Monte Zoncolan, with a maximum gradient of 22%.

After some kilometers of racing a group of seven riders went up the road and built a gap of more than 5 minutes over the peloton and was gone for most of the stage. As the race came into the final climb of the day, the breakaway was caught, but two riders launched an attack and built a small gap. The race came alive as the group with all favorites started to chase. All of them pulled hard on the climb to the finish, but with 4km to go Chris Froome launched an attack, closed the gap to the two riders at the front as the back of the group fell apart. Simon Yates increased the pace and on the last meters Yates came closer and closer but it was Froome who took the win on the legendary Monte Zoncolan. Tom Dumoulin held his 2nd place overall, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) is now only 13 seconds behind the 2017 Giro winner.

Race Report HERE and Photo Gallery HERE.

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Stage winner and 5th overall, Chris Froome (Sky): “I’m really happy with the victory today. It’s a big boost in morale after what’s been a tough start to the Giro for the team and me but, being realistic, I’m still three minutes down. There are really strong riders here. Simon [Yates] has done a really amazing ride. In the last kilometer, I thought he was going to catch me – he’s got more of a kick than me – so having resisted [him] makes it a special victory. I want to thank everyone who supported us through this hard part of the race and kept the morale high. It never crossed my mind to retire from the race. It’ll remain as a memorable victory atop Zoncolan, which is one of the most iconic climbs here in Italy. Knowing the climb helped me. The fans have been fantastic. Grazie mille to all the tifosi, they make the race what it is.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I’m happy and not happy. I really tried for the stage win. I just couldn‘t get Chris in the final, but any time I could get on the other rivals is good for me. As expected, the gaps aren’t massive. I’m still happy with the gap to Tom [Dumoulin] and the rest of the guys behind. I wasn’t more nervous than the other days, as much as I am sure that Tom is confident ahead of time trials. I couldn’t follow Froome – he went at a really good moment. He put in a really strong acceleration. It was still a long way to go. I rode my own tempo at that moment – he didn’t get a huge gap. I tried to bridge but that’s ok. I did the best I could.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida): “I knew this ascent because I climbed it twice at the Giro. It’s unforgiving. You have to save power and avoid unnecessary attacks. I tried to keep my pace and accelerate in the final part where in the past I always suffered. I tried to catch the Maglia Rosa too, but he was still powerful as well. All in all I’m satisfied with my third place. I think I can compete for this year’s final podium. Besides, I don’t want to settle for the third place, but I will fight for a stage win.”

5th on the stage and 2nd overall, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “It was good but I was never able to stay with the real first riders so I lost a little bit of time. I’m not the strongest uphill but I was close and that’s how it is. It was an impressive ride from Froome today. I don’t know if it was one good day for him or if he will keep improving; if he does then he’s still in contention. I think the gap to Yates is still ok but there are a lot of mountain stages to come. I’m satisfied, I did well, I paced myself and got everything out of it so I can’t be unhappy. It was brutal, the hardest I’ve ever done. It was harder than I’d expected but the fans were great.”

10th overall, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am satisfied with my performance and result today, it was a brutal stage but I stayed in a good position and tried to ride my own rhythm. But I am happy that this stage is over, especially the final climb is really a tough one. I am still in the Top-ten in the overall ranking and therefore, I am in a good position for the upcoming stages to secure my position.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 14 Result:
1. Chris Froome (GB) Sky in 5:25:31
2. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:06
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:23
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:25
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:37
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:42
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 1:07
8. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ at 1:19
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 1:35
10. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 1:43.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 14:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 61:19:51
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 1:24
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:37
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 1:46
5. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 3:10
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 3:42
7. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 3:56
8. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 4:04
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 4:29
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 4:43.

Stage 14:

The last stage ahead of the second rest day wasn’t an easy one. Right from the start and until the final kilometers the race saw many attacks. On the second last climb Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) launched the winning attack and managed to keep an advantage until the finish line of Stage 15. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) lost 41 seconds on Yates and Saturday’s winner, Chris Froome (Sky) came in 1:32 after the stage winner.

A big group of 27 riders made up the break of the day, but they were only allowed a two minute lead. With 55 km remaining, the breakaway fell apart and only three riders were able to stay out front of the race, but the race was all together for the final climb. On the climb, the Maglia Rosa Simon Yates, increased the pace and went up the road, he was able to keep his advantage until the finish line to take a solo victory and extend his lead.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “Yesterday it was extremely difficult and today was the same. I knew everybody would be tired today. I was also really tired but, at the same time, I was very motivated to take as much time as I could on Tom [Dumoulin] before the time trial. I rode with passion. I gave everything, knowing that everyone would finish empty. I came to the Giro to win the race but I didn’t expect to win three stages. It’s a magnificent achievement. I’m lost for words. I couldn’t imagine this. But I don’t know if the advantage I have now is enough to win the Giro. I’m not sure if I’m the favorite or not.”

2nd on the stage and 5th overall, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana): “Another hard stage and it was even harder after yesterday efforts on the Zoncolan. Also, the pace of the race was really high, especially during the last three climbs. It was tough, a lot of attacks inside our group, we had to answer to each other. Once I answered to Yates, but later he could go away clear. Later everyone of us tried to attack, on the climb and on the descent. Despite all yesterday stage I felt quite good and I am happy with it. I did my best to be in front and to protect my white jersey. So I finished second and took some more seconds, that’s good. I am happy to have another rest day tomorrow, but after it a whole week of racing is coming with the individual time trial on Tuesday. We will see how I could do it. All rivals are really strong and still many things can happen in this race.”

3rd on the stage and 2nd overall, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “Today was another hard day and at the end I had absolutely nothing left. Being 3rd after a day like this, I can be very proud. It was such a deep effort into the final climb, I did everything well but Yates is really strong. When we were chasing it was a tactical game, everyone was looking to each other and I think I did pretty well. I managed to return after they jumped away from me and I could even almost win the sprint. The team did such a good job again, how Sam reduced the group was really top class. First we focus on the rest day and then we continue to fight as we did today, and we’ll see what happens in Rome. I’m going to carry on giving all I can every day. I’m happy and satisfied with where I am now. I’m proving everyday that I belong in this select GC group and I hope that I can keep it going until the end.”

4th on the stage and 3rd overall, Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida): “It was a very tough day after the big stage with the Zoncolan yesterday due to the bad weather too. It was cold atop Tre Croci and I suffered in the descent. We kept a high pace all day long and in the final there were not very long climbs but steep, so it was difficult to stay in front. Too bad that there was a split before the Costalissoio climb and I was behind Froome. Then I had to work a lot to get back and I paid that effort when I tried to bridge the gap on Yates. We were closing on him, we tried to manage the gap, but then there wasn’t enough collaboration among us.”

8th on the stage, Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Today was another tough day in the saddle. The race was so fast and saw many attacks, I managed to stay in one of the chasing groups and rode my own rhythm and as Patrick crashed, of course I waited for him and we stayed together. As Yates attacked the race went on fire but I kept my pace and was able to finish in the top ten. Tomorrow is rest day, finally.”

12th overall, Ben O’Connor (Mitchelton-Scott): “Today was meant to be a day for the breakaway and that wasn’t so! It took almost 2hrs for the break to form – and then soon after a chase by EF, they brought the break back on the Tre Coci climb to close enough distance. The GC men then decided have a go again. Jacques and Ben (King) were able to help support and bring me to the front before the 2nd last climb. The last few kms were very hard and it essentially came down to the top 20 guys. After a nasty fast descent a gap opened up immediately on the final climb. I was able to hold onto Froome and co as they had the incentive to chase. So on the final run up the valley to the finish, I was able to place well in 16th. I could have done no more today and each day for me to be up the front is a revelation. It may sound like that every day but it truly has been wonderful. Now for some good rest on Monday and a reunion with the TT bike Tuesday!”

Rohan Dennis (BMC): “Today was crazy. I think any potential General Classification day just before a rest day is a recipe for everyone to go as hard as they can. The final categorized climb was solid and I got gapped at the bottom, but just rode my tempo which got me on about one kilometer from the top and then the valley road to the finish was perfect for me. My legs are obviously sore but for stage 15 it is the best I have ever felt in a Grand Tour. The time trial on Tuesday is perfect for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Result:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott 4:37:56
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:41
3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
7. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:20
8. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
10. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 15:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 65:57:37
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 2:11
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 2:28
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 2:37
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 4:27
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
7. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 4:52
8. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 5:34
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 5:59
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 6:13.

Stage 15:

Amgen Tour of California 2018
Fernando Gaviria emerged victorious from a nervous peloton who caught the last survivors of Stage 5‘s breakaway just as the flamme rouge arch was looming on the horizon, after a big crash initially disrupted their efforts with four kilometers to go, and took Quick-Step Floors’ season tally to a staggering 31 wins, 16 of which came on the WorldTour circuit.

Neo-pros Kasper Asgreen and Jhonatan Narvaez were the two Quick-Step Floors riders who kept the five-man breakaway on a tight leash, helping with the chase and making sure the day would be an easy one for the bunch, before Iljo Keisse, Alvaro Hodeg and Maximiliano Richeze took the front in the closing kilometers, forming a stellar lead-out train which brought Fernando into position as the race was coming down to crunch time.

Once Richeze peeled off the front, Gaviria put in an enormous acceleration 200 meters from the line, dashing to a clear victory in Elk Grove – a stage finish at the Tour of California for the first time – where the podium was completed by Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), just like in Long Beach on day one, when Fernando took his first ever win in the United States.

More photo for California stage 5 HERE.


Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “I am happy for this nice victory, which couldn’t have been possible without my fantastic team. All the guys did a brilliant job and being able to repay their work with this win gives me a lot of satisfaction. Today it was hot and crazy, especially in the last 20 kilometers, when the chase was on behind the breakaway. There was also that crash with 4-5 kilometers to go, but luckily I was at the front, protected by my excellent team. In the final, I just followed Max’s wheel, he has a huge experience and knows how to bring me in the best position to launch my sprint. It’s really great to get two victories at my first Tour of California appearance, I’m really enjoying this race and the fans, and hopefully we’ll get some more solid results before leaving.”

Overall leader, Tejay van Garderen (BMC): “Today was a pretty straightforward day. It was more about conserving energy and staying safe. It got a little hectic there in the final, and I just had to stay glued to my teammates’ wheels. They did a good job protecting me, and now it’s all systems go for the stage tomorrow. Looking ahead to tomorrow, first of all, I think the breakaway will not roll off the line like you’ve seen it do the past few days. I’ll bet it will be a hard breakaway to get into, just attrition-wise, and then the final climb heading up into Tahoe I expect that [Egan] Bernal and a lot of the other climbers will try to attack and win the race there.”

2nd on the stage and points leader, Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott): “Until the final it was a pretty straightforward stage, lots of flat kilometers at a steady pace. Some cross winds with around 25/30kilometers to go started to make the nerves set in, but otherwise all the action happened at the end. I punctured with about ten kilometers to go and that ruined our initial lead out, but we didn’t panic and the guys did a great job to pace me back into the bunch before the sprint and I owe them a big thank you for that. It’s really good to be in the green jersey proper going into tomorrow’s stage instead of just ‘holding’ it. It’s kind of frustrating not getting the stage win, but under the circumstances I am pleased with the result.”

3rd on the stage, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was another fast stage at the Tour of California, quite hotter than the other days. The squad again worked hard to close the gap with the breakaway – they have been putting such an effort this week. In the final kilometers, my brother Juraj, Daniel Oss and Michael Kolar did a great job in keeping me safe and positioning me well in the front of the bunch. I had a good spot for the sprint and did my best but it wasn’t possible to overtake Gaviria. Rafał had a minor crash during the race but we are all happy it wasn’t anything serious.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 4:04:34
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
5. John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
6. Sean Bennett (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
7. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
8. Ivo Oliveira (Por) Hagens Berman Axeon
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
10. Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.

Amgen Tour of California Overall After Stage 5:
1. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC in 16:55:29
2. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky at 0:23
3. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:37
4. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:07
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 1:15
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:29
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling at 2:08
8. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 2:13
9. Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates at 2:15
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 2:34.

Stage 5:

Egan Bernal (Sky) may have ceded his King of the Mountains lead to Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) in Friday’s mountainous Queen Stage 6, but he regained the overall Amgen Tour of California race lead in spades with a daring solo uphill finish that pulled him 1:25 ahead of Tejay van Garderen (BMC), who now sits second overall going into Saturday’s Sacramento race finale. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished second with Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky) in third. Van Garderen is second overall at 1:25 to Bernal with Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) third at 2:14. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is only 2 seconds adrift at 2:16.

Photos from stage 6 by Darrell Parks.


Stage winner and overall leader, Egan Bernal (Sky): “I attacked on the last, long climb, when there was still 10km to go and a long flat section, so in that part I was just thinking about how to push very hard and do my best as the team had worked hard today. But it was when I started the last climb, with 1.5km to go and then in the final 100m that I knew I could win the race. I am proud to be in this team and this victory is for them as they are working so hard for me to win. The team is very strong, I’m so proud of the team, the staff the Sport Directors. This week for me has been amazing for me, they are all doing a really god job.”

2nd on the stage and 4th overall, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was a pretty tough stage today, there was a lot of climbs and it’s not so easy not even for the climbers. We knew the situation going into the stage and we knew that Team-Sky were going to set a tough pace onto the final climb because they needed to attack Tejay and try to gain some time. It all came to life on the last climb and Sky did exactly as expected and it was tough, especially at the altitude, which makes it more difficult and it came down to every man for themselves. We were up in Tahoe for a couple of weeks of training prior to the race and that definitely helped because we did a solid recon of the final climb and I knew what to expect.”

7th on the stage and 2nd overall, Tejay van Garderen: “It was a hard day, and BMC Racing Team rode brilliantly. I was isolated on the final climb where Bernal made his move, and I fought as hard as I could. On days like this, the only thing you can do is tip your hat to your competitor. He is a young talent with a bright future, and I was simply overmatched. I’m happy with my form and I hope to continue this trajectory into my next events.”

8th on the stage and 6th overall, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It wasn’t an easy day for me. I gave it all to stay in the group together with the main contenders but my injuries in my crash yesterday didn’t allow me to do any better. It really is a pity, I was in good shape, my form was improving every day. My teammates did an excellent job to place me in a strong position for the climb but again, the injuries pulled me back. Tomorrow, we will all help Peter win the final stage in Sacramento.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Result:
1. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky in 5:30:58
2. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:28
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 1:30
4. Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling at 1:33
5. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb at 1:38
6. Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:45
9. Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:46
10. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 1:50.

Amgen Tour of California Overall After Stage 6:
1. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky in 22:26:40
2. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:25
3. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 2:14
4. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 2:16
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 2:28
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 3:01
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling at 3:28
8. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 3:50
9. Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates at 3:59
10. Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:01.

Stage 6:

Fernando Gaviria claimed his 30th victory in the Quick-Step Floors jersey on the Final Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California after a nail-biting sprint, which saw the 23-year-old beat Max Walscheid (Sunweb) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) with a perfectly timed bike throw over the line in downtown Sacramento.

The fifth different city in history to serve as capital for the state of California, Sacramento welcomed the peloton for the tenth time since the race’s inception, with a circuit around Capitol Park, where the sprinters battled it out after the original four-man break had been caught inside the last five kilometers, on the local circuit.

Quick-Step Floors’ lead-out train took the front with two kilometers to go, and was so powerful that the men in blue dislodged all the other riders from their wheel. Fernando Gaviria hit it out early, and despite his rivals gaining ground in the closing meters, he had enough to hold them off for the team’s 33rd victory of the season.

Sky’s Egan Bernal finished safely in Sacramento to put the finishing touches to a superb winning performance. The young Colombian star was well protected by his team-mates across the 143-kilometer test and crossed the line to make sure of victory. The foundations for Bernal’s one minute and 25 second victory were laid by two superb mountain stage victories on days two and six respectively. By default Bernal also picked up the jersey for best young rider in his first WorldTour stage race success. Tao Geoghegan Hart added to a strong team outing with fifth place overall, 2:28 back on Bernal after playing such an instrumental part in his victory.

BMC’s Tejay van Garderen finished second overall at 1:25 with Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) in third at 2:14 as Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) filled the fourth spot at 2:16.

Photos from the final stage 7.


Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “I couldn’t be happier! When I came into the race I wasn’t thinking of winning all three flat stages, so now that I’ve done it, I am super delighted. The green jersey wasn’t a goal at the start, but it came along with the three victories, and it’s a nice bonus after what has been a hard and challenging race.”

Final overall and best young rider winner, Egan Bernal (Sky): “I’m so happy because it’s my first overall win on the WorldTour level. Today I feel great. The team did a really good job on the race and I won, and I’m just happy.”

2nd overall, Tejay van Garderen (BMC): “It’s been great to be back racing over here and hear the crowds and hear my name. I have a stage win and a podium finish here and obviously, a victory is nice but I think we can look back on this week and be proud. I think he [Egan Bernal] played his cards well. We knew he was going to attack in the mountains and I had to nail the time trial and in the end, the race went in his favor. I did everything that I could do and I can’t think of any mistakes or anything I would do differently to come out on top. I came here with the goal to win. That’s not me saying that I am not stoked to finish in second place but I came here thinking I had the ability to win. I think I showed I have pretty good form and we are still a couple of months away from July so I have a little room to improve but I think I am on track. When I won here in 2013, I think the level was a little lower. It wasn’t a UCI WorldTour race and there weren’t as many WorldTour teams here. With the importance that WorldTour points have, I think teams send a deeper roster to the race with more ambition and a higher level. I’m not going to say it was easy to win here in 2013. I would never disrespect the field in that way but it was certainly a deeper race this year.”

3rd overall, Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale): “For me, this is a very important result, it’s the best result of my career, the best result I’ve had in the WorldTour. The team was great today, like every day, they were always around me, on the front, up the road when they needed to be. Everybody did his job. Racing in the United States is something I enjoyed, the organization is spectacular. The mountains are very good. I like racing here very much, and I would be happy to come back.”

4th on the stage, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I love racing in California and I think it’s a pity this is the first time I don’t win a stage but I’m so grateful for the BORA-hansgrohe riders for supporting me so well. Every day they worked hard and I would have liked to win a stage for them, as well as for the fans here. I really appreciate their warm welcome. However, that’s bike racing, you can’t always win. We now focus on continuing my preparation and then the Tour de Suisse in three weeks.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 7 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:07:39
2. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb
3. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
7. Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
8. Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling
9. Daniel McLay (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
10. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo.

Amgen Tour of California Final Overall Result:
1. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky in 25:34:19
2. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC at 1:25
3. Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 2:14
4. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 2:16
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 2:28
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 3:01
7. Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally Cycling at 3:28
8. Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 3:50
9. Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates at 3:59
10. Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:01.

Final stage 7:

Tour of Norway 2018
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) stormed to victory on Stage 2 at the Tour of Norway, on a day that marked the Norwegian’s birthday and the Norwegian Constitution Day. Second on the stage was Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) placed 3rd.

Stage two of the Tour of Norway was a lumpy, 146km stage running from Hønefoss to Asker. The stage included 2 category three climbs, with a number of other uncategorized undulations throughout the stage.

A break of four riders went clear from the peloton after a fast start to racing. They extended their lead to just over three minutes during the course of the stage. Our riders worked hard at the front of the peloton, constantly controlling the break in order to set up Boasson Hagen for the finale. With 18km to go, our African Team had succeeded in reeling the breakaway back in.

Leading into the final kms, Team Dimension Data held their position near the front of the peloton, maintaining the optimal position for Edvald Boasson Hagen. Our powerful Norwegian then managed to out sprint Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy) and Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) for the stage. With today’s stage win, Boasson Hagen moved into second in the overall race classification.

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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “I did it last year on the same finish, so I knew what to do and it worked out well today, so I am really happy. The team did well today, they did a great job in the end. It’s really fantastic. I had to dig pretty deep, it was a hard finish, but it’s really worth it when you win it.”

Tour of Norway Stage 2 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 3:25:32
2. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
3. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
4. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
5. Leonardo Basso (Ita) Sky
6. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling
7. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
8. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
9. Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:03
10. Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 2:
1. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy in 7:59:14
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:02
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:05
4. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:08
5. Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team at 0:09
6. Bjørn Tore Hoem (Nor) Joker Icopal at 0:11
7. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:12
8. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
9. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling
10. Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Joker Icopal.

Lars Boom punches Preben van Hecke on stage 2:

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won Stage 3 of the Tour of Norway in an impressive way. The 24-year-old sprinter won the stage in the streets of Sarpsborg. The manner in which he won resembled his win on Wednesday; very convincingly and with bravado. With his second stage victory and the bonus seconds that came with it, Groenewegen reclaimed the overall lead. It’s his seventh victory of the season and the fourteenth for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

Only in the last five hundred meters the early breakaway was caught. After a strong and perfect lead out by Timo Roosen and Amund Jansen, Groenewegen perfectly timed his sprint.

Stage winner and overall leader, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo): “This was a very close call, I’m very happy that we succeeded and that I won the stage. Once again, the team has done an incredible job and for this I’m very grateful to my team mates. It was a long and very difficult sprint, but the stage win is in the bag. The lead-out of Timo and Amund was another textbook sprint and also Paul Martens and Pascal Eenkhoorn contributed to this win a lot. Tomorrow, there’s another chance and we are fully going for it again. For now, I’m very happy and relieved that I’ve won. My seventh victory this season, it’s going very well this year.”

Tour of Norway Stage 3 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:09:16
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
3. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
4. Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop
5. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
7. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
8. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Sky at 0:04
9. Niklas Larsen (Den) Team Virtu Cycling
10. Leonardo Basso (Ita) Sky.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 3:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 12:08:25
2. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:01
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:17
5. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:18
7. Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
8. Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:20
9. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
10. Krister Hagen (Nor) Team Coop.

Stage 3:

Dylan Groenewegen has sprinted to a hat-trick in the Tour of Norway. Groenewegen showed that he’s by far the fastest in the race and in Stage 4 he sprinted to his third stage victory this week. Due to his win, he extends his lead in the overall classification. His victory tally for this season is now at eight wins and the fifteenth for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

The final of the 218 kilometer long stage to Brumunddal was very chaotic. Amund Jansen, one of the regular lead out men for Groenewegen, almost crashed and the lead out was thoroughly disrupted. Nevertheless, Team LottoNL-Jumbo controlled the stage with panache, after which Jansen and Timo Roosen initiated the sprint.

Stage winner and overall leader, Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo): “The final was crazy and chaotic, it went fast. I lost the wheel of my lead out men in the final because I was almost brought down. Amund almost crashed as well, but he was still able to return to the front and do an impressive job. When Boasson Hagen wanted to surprise me with an attack, I started my sprint. I’m glad that I was able to finish it off. The team once again did a great job and I can’t thank my team mates enough for that. Tomorrow will be a tough stage, but I will give everything and do my best. I’m very happy with my three stage wins. The week has been a great success. Perhaps, the stage is more suitable for Amund. He is very, very strong. Just look at today. He almost crashed, he came back and was still able to help me. Then you’re better than just good.”

Tour of Norway Stage 4 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 5:04:22
2. Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
3. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Sky
4. Shane Archbold (NZ) Aqua Blue Sport
5. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
6. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
7. Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
9. Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 4:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 17:12:37
2. Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:11
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:27
5. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:28
7. Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
8. Trond Håkon Trondsen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:30
9. Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
10. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 0:31.

Stage 4:

Alexander Kamp won the Final Stage 5 of the Tour of Norway. Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) snatched the overall victory from Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) who couldn’t stay with the front runners on the difficult circuit.

There were many attacks on the tough 154 kilometers course between Moelv and Lillehammer and race leader Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) was dropped on the climb to Musdalen, where David Lopez Garcia (Sky) took the KOM points. With 80 kilometers to go a break of five escaped and was joined by two others. With 35 kilometers to go they were reeled in by what was left of the peloton, around 50 riders. With 15 kilometers to go the winning break formed. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Joker Icopal), Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) and Alexander Kamp (Virtu) had 35 seconds lead 10 kilometers out, this increased to 50 seconds over a chase group of around 20 riders. Kamp took the stage win as Prades took the overall win.

Tour of Norway Stage 5 Result:
1. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling in 3:34:55
2. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
3. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal at 0:09
4. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:26
5. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
6. Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
7. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
8. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9. Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

Tour of Norway Final Overall Result:
1. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias in 20:47:57
2. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Virtu Cycling at 0:03
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:12
4. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal at 0:21
5. Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:28
6. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:29
7. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic at 0:32
8. Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice at 0:35
9. Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
10. Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo.

Overall winner Eduard Prades:

Ed Clancy Powers JLT Condor Back into Green in Aberdeen
Ed Clancy powered JLT Condor back into the lead of the OVO Energy Tour Series in front of packed crowds in Aberdeen city centre, taking the individual victory ahead of Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis) and Robert Scott (Team WIGGINS).

The victory, his ninth in Series history, came at the expense of the Tanfield brothers of Canyon Eisberg, but their fourth (Harry) and sixth (Charlie) placed finishes ensured they took the team win, 12 months on from their previous win in Aberdeen.

While Clancy has nine individual wins to his name, breaking her OVO Energy Tour Series duck in Aberdeen was perennial challenger Nikki Juniper, who won the first women’s race to be held in the city.

“It’s an amazing feeling – it’s been four years coming!” said Juniper (NJC-Biemme-Echelon) afterwards. “To come away with the individual victory for the first time was unreal. I think half of Aberdeen heard my roar. The Tour Series has never really worked out for me before; to be able to do it for my team-mates means more than the win personally.

“We have no budget – my team-mates fund everything themselves. There are four of us in a car, paying for our own accommodation, so this shows that you don’t need all the thrills to be able to perform well.”

Juniper fought off a highly competitive six-rider move for the race victory, heading home a pair of former race winners in the Series – Rebecca Durrell and Jess Roberts – and also extending her lead in the Eisberg Points jersey classification.

Storey Racing took the team win on the night, mean just four points separate the top three teams, with Breeze leading the way on 29 points, ahead of NJC-Biemme-Echelon and Storey.

In the men’s competition JLT Condor lead by a single point from Madison Genesis, with Canyon Eisberg third a point further in arrears, heading to Durham (Tuesday 22 May), where two sets of points will be available across an individual hill climb and circuit race.

Commenting on his win, Ed Clancy, JLT Condor said; “In the last races I’ve been sat in the bunch marking out the Madison Genesis guys. Tonight I got into the break without too much thought and effort to be honest. You know my style – I’m happy to wait for a sprint. The tactics were straightforward but it got difficult when we started catching dropped riders!

“I didn’t feel good all race to be honest, which put me off doing any real hard work on the front. That meant I had a fair bit left in the tank come the finish. I always fancy my chances in a Tour Series sprint.”

Third on the night, Robert Scott moved into the lead of the Eisberg Points competition, with a slender one-point advantage over previous incumbent Matt Gibson and Harry Tanfield.

Just finishing outside the top six on the night and the final member of the seven rider lead group was Morvelo Basso’s Mikey Mottram, recording both his and the team’s best-ever Tour Series performance, helping the team remain sixth in the standings, ahead of UCI teams Vitus and Holdsworth.

Brother Fastest Laps on the night went to Durrell (Storey Racing) and Alistair Slater (JLT Condor).

For full results from the men and women’s races, please click here.

Highlights of the Aberdeen event of the OVO Energy Tour Series are on ITV4 at 18:00 on Monday 21 May with a repeat the following morning (Tuesday 22 May) at 06:00. All the 2018 highlights are also available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

Action resumes at Round Four in Durham on Tuesday 22 May. For more details please visit www.tourseries.co.uk

Preview Tour des Fjords and Hammer Stavanger
‘The world’s best riders in the world’s most beautiful surroundings’. This is how the organizers of the Tour des Fjords describe the race. They have the right to say so, because this Europe Tour race in southern Norway always produces breath-taking images. Still, the riders will have to race in the splendid sceneries! For the first time, Lotto Soudal participates in the three-day race from Tuesday 22 May till Thursday 24 May. Immediately after the Tour des Fjords, the second edition of the revolutionary Hammer Series takes place in the Norwegian city of Stavanger (Friday 25 May till Sunday 27 May). Last year, Lotto Soudal became fourth in the first edition of the Hammer Series in Sittard.

The first stage of the Tour des Fjords starts in Lindesnes, which is the most southern point of Norway. The riders will finish 191 kilometers later in kilometers, where they will do two local laps. This opening stage offers opportunities for sprinters as well as punchers or attackers. On the second day of racing, the riders start in Risør and head to Kristiansand, where they will once again cover two local laps which include a short climb. The final stage counts over 4,000 meters of elevation, so a tough last day awaits the riders before the winner of the Tour des Fjords is known. Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen won the race last year.

Mario Aerts, sports director Lotto Soudal: “The Tour des Fjords is with its three stages relatively short, but by no means easy. The first stage could be one for the sprinters, however that’s not yet sure because the road to the finish goes slightly uphill. On stage two, the riders have to face two climbs in the final phase of the race, so a sprint is not likely at all. The final stage promises to be a tough one as it contains a lot of climbs. We will approach the race with an attacking mind-set. Almost every Lotto Soudal rider is allowed to go in the breakaway. Bjorg Lambrecht will be our rider for the general classification. It is only his first year as a professional and he still has a lot to discover, but he will be given the freedom to go for a good overall result. The explosive finales should suit Maxime Monfort as well.”

The day after the Tour des Fjords, Lotto Soudal will take part in the second edition of the Hammer Series in Stavanger. During this three-day event, fourteen teams will battle against each other in three different races. For each race, the team selects five of their seven riders, depending on the course of the day. In the first two races, the Hammer Climb and the Hammer Sprint, teams can earn points which will be decisive for their starting position in the conclusive team time trial.

During the Hammer Climb, which is scheduled on Friday 24 May, the riders will race on a local circuit of eight and a half kilometers. The riders will pass the finish line of the hilly course ten times. Each time, there are points to earn for the first ten riders to cross the line. At the end of the third, sixth and last lap, double points will be awarded. The Hammer Sprint takes place the day after and is similar to the Hammer Climb but is ridden on a relatively flat course. The Hammer Series will be decided in the Hammer Chase, a team time trial in which the starting order is based on the previously earned points. The goal is simple: the first team to cross the line with four riders, will be crowned as Hammer champions.

Mario Aerts, sports director Lotto Soudal: “We will at least try to match our performance of last year, although that won’t be easy at all. The riders know what the race is like by now, so I expect the same race tactics as last year. This means two hours of racing at full speed. It is a strange thought that the rider who crosses the finish line in first place, does not win. Only team performance is rewarded. We have different cards to play in the Hammer Series. Bjorg Lambrecht, Maxime Monfort and James Shaw are suited to race the Hammer Climb. In the Hammer Sprint, Enzo Wouters and Moreno Hofland will be our main riders to earn points together with Lawrence Naesen. Maxime Monfort will be the engine of the team in the time trial.”

Line-up Lotto Soudal:
Moreno Hofland, Bjorg Lambrecht, Rémy Mertz (only Hammer Series), Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, James Shaw and Enzo Wouters.
Sports directors: Mario Aerts and Kurt Van de Wouwer.

Tour des Fjords
Stage 1 Tuesday 22 May: Lindesnes – Grimstad (191 km)
Stage 2 Wednesday 23 May: Risør – Kristiansand (188 km)
Stage 3 Thursday 24 May: Farsund – Egersund (183 km).

Hammer Series Stavanger
Stage 1 Friday 25 May: Hammer Climb (80 km)
Stage 2 Saturday 26 May: Hammer Sprint (92 km)
Stage 3 Sunday 27 May: Hammer Chase (48 km).

Moreno Hofland:

Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team to Tour des Fjords and Hammer Stavanger
Ronde van Vlaanderen victor Niki Terpstra will kick off the second part of his season in Norway

The Tour des Fjords return for its 11th edition, one that will debut with a 202km stage from Lindesnes to Grimstad which on paper should end up in a bunch sprint, although the last kilometer features a 400m section averaging 5.5% that could make things interesting. Stage 2 shouldn’t pose any problem to sprinters, with the final leg of the event being an up-and-down affair from the start of the day, which is set to culminate with an 800m-long climb kicking out at 9% after the flamme rouge.

For Quick-Step Floors, this will be the first outing at the Tour des Fjords, where our team will rely on Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Nokere Koerse and Scheldeprijs winner Fabio Jakobsen, fellow neo-pro James Knox, Davide Martinelli and Ronde van Vlaanderen champion Niki Terpstra.

“We haven’t raced here before, but we hope it will be a nice experience, although the course is a demanding one, always up and down on twisty roads. It’s difficult to predict what will happen, because the stages can very well go to sprinters, puncheurs or even a breakaway, but we have some guys who can be there regardless of the scenario, so we are quite confident”, said sports director Tom Steels.

Less than 24 hours later, the same squad will line out for the inaugural Hammer Stavanger, first Hammer Series appointment of the season and an event made up of three race days – the Hammer Climb, the Hammer Sprint and the Hammer Chase – which will pit five-man teams against each other to determine the best squad. The first race will take place over a climbing course, the second will give the fast men of the peloton the chance to help their outfits, while the third and final one will consist of a team time trial in which the start order will be based by the points accumulated over the previous days.

“It is a completely different race than what we are used to, but I like this concept, because it brings something new. You get some very spectacular racing as everybody is going full gas from the start. For these races you need to be present in all the moments, which is why guys like Knox, who can handle a climb, and Fabio and Niki, who can take points on the flat, are important before the TTT”, explained Tom Steels.

All three races taking place this year will be streamed live on social media, meaning fans anywhere in the world will be able to watch the Hammer Series on any device and without being charged for access.

22.05–24.05 Tour des Fjords (NOR) 2.HC

Tim Declercq (BEL), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Fabio Jakobsen (NED), James Knox (GBR), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Niki Terpstra (NED).
Sports Director: Tom Steels (BEL).

22.05.18 Stage 1 Lindesnes – Grimstad 202.2 km
23.05.18 Stage 2 Risør – Kristiansand 195.3 km
24.05.18 Stage 3 Farsund – Egersund 186.3 km

25.05–27.05 Hammer Stavanger (NOR) 2.1

Tim Declercq (BEL), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Fabio Jakobsen (NED), James Knox (GBR), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Niki Terpstra (NED).
Sports Director: Tom Steels (BEL).

25.05.18 Stage 1 Stavanger – Sandnes 79.2 km
26.05.18 Stage 2 Stavanger – Stavanger 92.0 km
27.05.18 Stage 3 Stavanger – Stavanger 48.9 km (TTT).

Niki Terpstra:
Roubaix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Niki TERPSTRA (Netherlands / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during the 116th UCI World Tour Paris - Roubaix cycling race with start in Compiegne and finish at the Velodrome Andre-Petrieux in Roubaix on April 08, 2018 in Roubaix, France, 8/04/18 - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018

Neymar’s Custom Foil Disc!
Neymar is working hard on his comeback to be fit in time for the FIFA World Cup. He has been riding bikes to get back his fitness on his path to recovery.

With the biggest sports event of the year coming up in Russia, SCOTT adds a little touch of cycling to the FIFA World Cup. Or let’s say: to one of the main protagonists. Brazil’s mega star Neymar Jr., is still recovering from a broken metatarsal sustained late last February. With less than a month to go until the FIFA World Cup in Russia, his recovery process is full on. SCOTT provides him a personalized bike on his way back to the pitch. To get back his fitness, Neymar currently is riding a bike for his rehab at least 1 hour per day.

Neymar Jr. with his Foil Disc Special Edition, and his Mitchelton-SCOTT kit

David Fernandez, a Mitchelton-SCOTT mechanic presented him a customized Foil disc in Paris. The bike is covered in Brazilian colors and shows some personal details. Neymar’s tattoo ‘family forever’ is both on the top tube and down tube. Furthermore his personal logo and that of the Brazilian federation gives the bike an even stronger personal touch.


Neymar said he was aware of the success of Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves at the Giro d’Italia and happily posed with the team jersey of Mitchelton-SCOTT to wish them the best of luck for the rest of the race.


Specs: Foil disc Special Edition Neymar Jr.
Frame set: FOIL disc M
Saddle: Syncros RR1.0
Seatpost: Syncros Foil seatpost
Handlebar: Syncros Combo 120/42
Groupset: Dura Ace 9150
Pedals: Dura Ace PD R9100
Bartape: Syncros super light
Wheels: Syncros Aero Wheels
Tires: Continental Grand prix 4000
Weight: 7,2kg.


SCOTT’s Inline 2018 Foil Disc
The Foil has been SCOTT’s flagship high end road bike for many years. The new Foil Disc for 2018 is an entirely new development. It combines light weight, aerodynamics, comfort, pedaling efficiency and now also control like no other bike currently on the market. Find all info, download links and imagery for our 2018 line-up with the links below.

The disc version has the same well-proven lightweight and aero frame as its rim brake version and is still amongst the lightest aero bikes on the market. In order to minimize air drag and to optimize performance in cross winds the fork has been completely redesigned. A one piece construction allows for a lightweight fork with increased stiffness.

Learn more at the dedicated Foil Disc page.

L’Étape du Tour: In the Bike Shoes of a Pro!
This coming July 8th, during the 28th edition of the Étape du Tour, 15,000 amateur cyclists will get a taste of what it is like to be a rider on the Tour de France on the 169km route from Annecy to Grand-Bornand. The professional riders will compete on the same course on stage 10 of this year’s Tour.

A quintessence of the Tour de France
The Étape du Tour has all the ingredients that has made the Tour de France what it is today:a friendly village at the start of the race, closed roads, a timed stage and an arrival in front of a massive crowd of enthusiastic spectators. This event, which will take place on July 8, will offer to the riders a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of a Tour de France stage. In the village – on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 – an area dedicated to the history of the Tour de France will allow the public and the riders to (re)discover all the specificities of the race and what makes it quintessential. Around the village, the riders and the public will meet the emblematic characters of the Tour such as El Diablo. This festive event promises to be demanding for the riders with a 169km course between Annecy and Grand-Bornand. The cyclists will have to peddle hard to pass the four climbs of Croix Fry, Romme and the Colombière as well as the climb to the Glières plateau, which has never been included in the Tour de France. Each climb will be timed and the results will determine the classification of the best climber.

Guides for shining on race day
In order for the riders to be ideally prepared for this race and for them to savor their arrival at Grand-Bornand, the organizers have made different guides available to them. A training guide, conceived by the National Technical Direction of the French Cycling Federation, presents all the sessions to be done to optimize their physical preparation. Also, an equipment tip guide, put together in partnership with Rapha, recommends the clothing to wear to give riders their best possible chance. In addition, written in collaboration with Isostar, a nutrition guide will be published soon. All the guides are available and can be downloaded from the letapedutour.com site. The participants will have all they need to shine on race day and experience the route of the Tour de France, like a real pro!

Key points:
– 15,000 amateur riders will attack the four climbs linking Annecy and Grand-Bornand
– All the conditions will come together to offer participants an identical experience to what the Tour de France peloton will go through
– Training, equipment and nutrition: guides are already available for riders to optimally prepare for the race.

Roulons ensemble
This coming May 26, the “Roulons ensemble” initiative of the French Cycling Federation (F.F.C.) and A.S.O. will make the passion of cycling come alive. The “Roulons ensemble” operation proposes, through the participation of several clubs in France, a free of charge and adapted ride accompanied by qualified supervisors. The objective will be to take part in the most beautiful training rides and share a moment of conviviality. Whether it is to prepare for a race, to hone one’s riding skills or just simply to have some fun, there’s nothing better to set off to meet the enthusiasts in the F.F.C. clubs.

For more information and subscriptions: HERE.

All information about l’Etape du Tour on www.letapedutour.com

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