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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!

Tom Dumoulin leads the Giro in more way’s than one – Top Story. Giro d’Italia, Amgen Tour of California and the Tour of Norway – All the results, quotes and video in a very full EUROTRASH Monday. In other cycling news: Geraint Thomas explains his Giro d’Italia abandonment, Jurgen Van den Broeck to retire, Clément Betouigt-Suire leaves Sunweb, Bahrain-Merida App and Giro the Movie. Coffee time.

TOP STORY: Is Tom Dumoulin the new ‘Chef de Peloton’ or ‘Capo’?
There have been a few controlling influences in the bunch over the years, Bernard Hinault was probably the strongest of them all, in his day no one went for a piss without asking the Badger for permission. Eddy Merckx was another, but he could back up his mouth with his legs. Lance Armstrong also had a hold on the peloton, and that was down to his character as well as his strength. There has been others who could hold court to some degree; Fabian Cancellara could stop an attack or let a group go on the flatter Grand Tour stages, but there hasn’t been an overall ‘Boss’ for a few years… Until maybe now. On Sunday’s Giro d’Italia stage 15 Movistar’s Nairo Quintana crashed on a bend descending the Stelvio, the Colombian was unhurt, but needed to take a teammates bike and chase back to the GC group and later needed to change bike again. The pink jersey signaled to the group to ease off the gas and wait for the 2nd overall Quintana, which they did.

Dumoulin denies his new role in the bunch, saying “I don’t need to be the boss of the peloton, I don’t think that way. I think it’s normal to wait for a rival when they fall, particularly at a time like that on the descent.” The Giro d’Italia leader added “I don’t want to take time on competitors because they crash. I don’t think that’s the way to do it. It’s true that sometimes the race is on but not this time. I think it was a good moment to wait for him.”

‘OK boss!’

Giro d’Italia 2017
Fernando Gaviria continued his fantastic Giro d’Italia debut on Thursday afternoon’s Stage 12, when he roared first over the finish line in Reggio Emilia, after a tremendous job of Maximiliano Richeze, who provided a perfect lead-out despite a flat tire in the last 15 kilometers which forced him to chase hard the frantic peloton who was heading to the finish with 55 km/h.

Quick-Step Floors’ Gaviria – first rider in six years to score three stage victories at his maiden Grand Tour – came out of his teammate’s wheel with 150 meters to go and powered to the line with remarkable ease, beating Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). The stage 12 dominant win helped the Colombian extend his already comfortable advantage to 80 points in the maglia ciclamino classification, which he leads since last week.

Sardinia, Sicily and now mainland Italy – the 22-year-old Colombian has left an indelible mark on the 100th Giro d’Italia, a race which he wants to complete, despite a brutal third week – with Mortirolo and Stelvio on the menu – looming on the horizon.

Full PEZ race report HERE.

Reggio Emilia - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON (Columbia / Team Quick Step - Floors) - Jakub MARECZKO (Italy / Team Wilier Triestina) pictured during team stage 12 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Forlì to Reggio Emilia, 237.00 km - photo LB/RB//Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “I was a bit worried when Max punctured, because the finish was nearing and the bunch was going really fast. Fortunately, he came back and I was relieved, because Max is very important for me. I want to say a big thanks to him and to the entire team, they were wonderful today and I couldn’t have asked for more. I would have never imagined such a run on my Grand Tour debut. I was hoping to get a stage win, but to have three so far is beyond any expectations. It’s been a tough race so far, but I feel good and that’s important. I already said it and will repeat it, I want to go all the way to Milan, not only to win the maglia ciclamino, but also to repay Bob as much as I can for his help in these two weeks.”

Overall race leader, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “Today was a pretty relaxed stage so it was a good day. There was a tailwind in the final which made it really fast, but the team had positioned me well to stay out of any trouble. Tomorrow is another sprint day so we aim to keep safe again and look forward to the mountain stages coming up at the weekend.”

6th on the stage, Ryan Gibbons (Dimension data): “Coming into the sprint, the team was good in positioning me and Kristian [Sbaragli]. With about two kilometers to go, I moved in front of Kristian to try to move him up. It was quite hard and unfortunately, we lost each other with about 600 meters to go. I was a bit in no-man’s-land, thinking should I go or not. I looked back and saw that Kristian was not there, so I decided to try. I felt really good but I was never really sprinting to win, only to salvage something. Now, we are looking forward to tomorrow, which seems to be the last chance for the sprinters.”

Giro KOM, Omar Fraile (Dimension Data): “The team was really great today. In the last kilometer of the climb, Daniel [Teklehaimanot] pulled so hard it created a gap. Only me and Polanc stayed with him. Polanc then attacked but I had good legs and managed to get around him and take the points. From now on, I’ll take it day by day and see how long I can keep this jersey. The Giro is still long and we have to wait and see what happens.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 5:18:55
2. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb
5. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
6. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
10. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 12:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb in 52:41:08
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:23
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 2:38
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 2:40
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 2:47
6. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 3:05
7. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 3:56
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 3:59
9. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:17.

Stage 12:

Fernando Gaviria confirmed once again he is one of the fastest riders in the world, with a fantastic sprint which landed his fourth stage victory at the 100th Giro d’Italia. Friday’s Stage 13 win was completely different from the previous ones, as he had to come from a long way back, basically kicking off his blistering turn of speed with 350 meters remaining, and flying past all his rivals next to the barriers before notching Quick-Step Floors’ 63rd Grand Tour stage win.

A tricky left-hand bend with 450 meters remaining turned the bunch sprint into a messy affair, but despite not being in the best position, Gaviria unleashed an incredible acceleration on the final straight and hit a peak power of 1478W, which resulted into a 72.8 km/h top speed that catapulted the South American to another outstanding and exciting victory, ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).

It was a success of the entire Quick-Step Floors team, from Pieter Serry, who spent dozens of kilometers at the front of the peloton keeping the escapees’ advantage around the two-minute mark, and Iljo Keisse, who took the reins in the crosswinds, to Davide Martinelli – the Grand Tour debutant who countered an attack of Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) inside the last 1500 meters – and Max Richeze, one of the best lead-out men in the business, who opened the door for Fernando with 200 meters to go.

Not only he is now the Colombian rider with the most stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, but he also became the first rider since Bernard Hinault at the 1978 Tour de France to notch four stage successes on his Grand Tour debut. Despite these fantastic achievements, Gaviria insisted on keeping his feet on the ground.

Race report HERE.

Tortona - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fernando Gaviria (COL - QuickStep - Floors) Jasper STUYVEN (Belgium / Team Trek Segafredo) - Sam BENNETT (Irland / Team Bora - Hansgrohe) - Caleb EWAN (Australia / Team Orica Scott) pictured during team stage 13 of the Giro D’Italia 2017 from Reggio Emilia to Tortona, 162.00 km - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “Having this record doesn’t mean much for me. What is important is that it underlines the fact that I came well-prepared to the Giro d’Italia. At the same time, I am happy to take so many victories and have the maglia ciclamino going into the penultimate week-end of the race, especially as many Colombians, from fans to important athletes, came here to watch me. That really means a lot. The sprint was fast and tense, but sprints are always like that. To be honest, in those moments, with 400 meters left, I didn’t think I still had a chance of winning, but I decided to just give everything I had and see how things go. I think there were around 13 or 15 riders in front of me, and to take the victory after such a sprint it’s something special. I want to thank my team for helping me pull it off also today, the guys were incredible once again!”

2nd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Like I said yesterday, the team did an amazing job and also today. We rode perfectly into the finish I don’t know what happened, the headwind was quite strong but I missed the victory by bike length. Gaviria came from behind and I couldn’t react anymore. I am disappointed but also happy with the second place. However, I got fourth podium results in this 100th edition at the Giro d´Italia which is really special anyway.”

Maglia Rosa, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “Today was once again a great job from the team. Looking ahead to tomorrow, things will be pretty steady during the day and then it will be full gas onto the last climb. The coming week will be more tricky but we just have to stay calm, stay sharp and hope for the best.”

5th, Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data): “The team was really good today. Everybody did their part, whether it was to help in the wind or to get bottles. Kristian [Sbaragli] was great in the final. He’s an absolute wizard and I always feel safe on his wheel. With about 1.2 km to go, I got on the wheel of Greipel and I thought that was a good place to be. I moved up quite nicely but then there was a lot of chaos with the attack from the Bora rider. Kristian then came back to take me to the front again and he left me in a good position with 300 meters to go. Unfortunately, I was stuck behind a UAE Team Emirates rider and when I finally could get around him, it was too late. I’m disappointed about the outcome but I must also be honest and admit that I didn’t have the legs I was hoping for today. However, I still feel that I’m capable of much more than I have been able to show in this Giro so far.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 13 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 3:47:45
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
4. Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
6. Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
9. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
10. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 13:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb in 56:28:53
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:23
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 2:38
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 2:40
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 2:47
6. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 3:05
7. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 3:56
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 3:59
9. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:17.

Stage 13:

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) increased his lead in the overall classification of the Giro 100 as he won on the uphill finish Stage 14 of the sanctuary of Oropa, beating Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) at the eleventh hour and gaining 24 seconds on Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who had attacked earlier on in the climb. The Dutchman now has an advantage of 2:47 over the Colombian and 3:25 over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).

Team Sunweb delivered the goods once again, positioning their Maglia Rosa in prime position ahead of the days Oropa ascent. Dumoulin remained composed and focused on his own climb, saving enough power for an explosive attack in the final meters.

Stage 14 race report.

Stage 14 winner and overall leader, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “I knew Quintana would attack and I was dreaming of hitting back but I didn’t think this would happen. It was hard when Quintana rode away. I couldn’t follow him so I took my own pace. Then I came closer and closer. When Zakarin accelerated I only thought of gaining time on Nibali, Pinot and Mollema. I have a big advantage to take into the last week. We’ll see if it’s enough. This stage suited me but the last week will be different with a lot of climbing. I really didn’t expect this, it’s something I had always dreamed about but I didn’t think I could do it. At the end I still had something left it was incredible. It’s still a long way to Milan.”

2nd on the stage and 5th overall, Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin): “I am happy with my performance today. Of course I wanted to win the stage but Dumoulin was a bit stronger in the last meters. As I said before, the final week will be very decisive and I focused on it. It was only the first fight from a lot of hard days in the Alps and I am only looking to my own performance and not to the other riders. I try to race as best as possible and then we’ll see what’s going on at the end in Milan.”

3rd on the stage, Mikel Landa (Sky) told TeamSky.com: “You always want to win, but I have to remember that six days ago I crashed and I have pain so I have to be happy. The team were helping me and they were focused on the race. We have one week to race and it would be nice for us to get a stage win. I am feeling healthier and better day by day. I hope after the rest day I will be 100 per cent.”

4th on the stage and 2nd overall, Nairo Quintana (Movistar): “It was a different end than we’d hoped for, we’d hoped to do better on this stage. With all the climbing that Remains in this Giro we have to continue fighting. I feel good. The data we have indicates I should be good in the final week. As long as we have strength, we will try everything possible until the Giro is finished.”

5th on the stage and 3rd overall, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ): “The road is still long and a lot of things can happen yet. But today was a good taster for what lies ahead in the third week. I’m still confident. Obviously, it was a day where I wasn’t going very well but I managed to limit the damage.”

14th on the stage, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “The team supported me very well today. I had a good position on the busy way to the climb and also in the first kilometers, which was important to save energy. Unfortunately, the Etna stage, where I lost many minutes due to my illness, costs me a lot. But I feel much better now and looking forward to the next stages.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 14 Result:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 3:02:03
2. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:03
3. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:09
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:14
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 0:35
6. Adam Yates (GB) Orica-Scott at 0:41
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:43
8. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:46
10. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 14:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb in 59:31:17
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:47
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 3:25
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 3:40
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:24
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 4:32
7. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 4:55
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:59
9. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 5:28
10. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 5:36.

Stage 14:

Bob Jungels sprinted to his maiden World Tour victory in Stage 15 on Sunday afternoon, when a wild stage unfolded at the Giro d’Italia as soon as the flag was waved. The 24-year-old, who enjoyed a five-day stint in the maglia rosa before moving into the white jersey, put in a brutal attack on the cobbled climb of Bergamo Alta, his huge acceleration catching many of his opponents off guard and forcing an important selection.

After instigating that move on the short and steep hill which last year featured on the route of Il Lombardia, Bob was joined on the descent by defending champion Giro d’Italia Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), among others, and the newly-formed group powered ahead to the finish line, which was less than four kilometers away.

Nibali pushed hard to distance the others, but it was to no avail, as the select group stayed together and continued to ride at a huge speed, stretching their lead over the chasers. In the last kilometer, they pulled back a combined attack of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R), before Jungels took the front of the group, driving it to the finish.

The stage concluded with a sprint between the GC contenders, and Bob carefully bided his time and came out of the slipstream of Pozzovivo with 150 meters to go, making use of his huge time trial power and roaring over the line arms aloft, ahead of Quintana and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). It was a victory for the history books, as the 24-year-old became only the second Luxemburger ever to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, after Charly Gaul in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Stage 15 race report HERE.

Stage winner and ‘Best Young Rider’, Bob Jungels (Quick-Step): “I’m very happy for this win, but I must admit I still can’t realize what happened. I am super proud for taking such a big and historical success in the colors of my country. This victory is for my team and for Luxembourg, I hope I gave my countrymen something to celebrate about today. I had strong legs, felt good on the climbs, but wasn’t thinking of this outcome. When I saw Nibali moving up on that hill, I decided to have a go and attack; the atmosphere on the climb was incredible and I couldn’t hear Davide Bramati in the earphones, who was encouraging me from the car. I knew it was going to be tight, as all the riders in the group would be interested in the win and the bonus seconds. Fortunately, I also had a bit of luck, being in a perfect position in the last meters and launching the sprint from the wheel of Pozzovivo. To take a stage at the Giro in front of such a quality field is really incredible. It’s an exceptional Giro d’Italia for us and I am proud not only of the results, but also for showing a great team spirit since the start. This adds extra motivation for the final week. Today the course was similar to the one of a classic and it really suited me, but I know that the remaining stages will be very tough and demanding. The plan is to take it day by day and see how things pan out.”

Overall leader Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “Today has shown that there aren’t going to be anymore rest days for the GC contenders. I expected today to be a little bit easier but it was a really fast and hectic stage. The breakaway went late and there were lots of attacks in the final. The team stayed calm throughout everything and we were there when we needed to be so it was a good day.”

6th on the stage, Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I knew that I was the fastest sprinter in this group but the attack of B. Jungels in the final short climb has hurt. So, I came with a little gap into the descent, which I closed on the last 500 meters to the finish. Where the others started to sprint for the win, therefore I hadn’t any chance to fight with them about the win.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 15 Result:
1. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors in 4:16:51
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
4. Adam Yates (GB) Orica-Scott
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
9. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 15:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb in 63:48:08
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2:41
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 3:21
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 3:40
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:24
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 4:32
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:59
8. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 5:18
9. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 6:01
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 7:03.

Giro stage 15:

Amgen Tour of California 2017
Confidence was the name of the game on Stage 5 of the Tour of California. First, the UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan, joined the breakaway to collect points for the green jersey contest, before Rafał Majka kept a cool head while his GC rivals were trying to take time from him in the yellow jersey race. The Polish national road champion finished the day in second spot, narrowly beaten to the line on a tough climb up the bumpy road surface of Mount Baldy to a challenging summit finish.

On the Tour of California’s Queen Stage, there were only three climbs on the 125.5km route. However, these climbs made up the entire stage – dominating the profile and doubtless making the riders’ legs ache just by looking at the route map. After barely being given an opportunity to recover from the relentless pace at the end of yesterday’s stage, an already tough stage was made all the more difficult by the efforts of the past four days. The first climb started from the drop of the flag – almost 10km at 6.8%, before another 12.6km climb at an average gradient of 5.1% would set riders up for the finale – the race’s second Hors Catégorie ascent to the summit finish on Mount Baldy, where the GC riders would have their eye on gaining some time in the overall standings.

With the BORA-hansgrohe team having started the day with two of the Tour’s jerseys – Rafał Majka in the yellow leaders’ jersey and UCI World Champion, Peter Sagan in the green points jersey, the Slovak rider decided to try to add to his fourteen point lead in the contest, jumping in the break. With sprints at 11.5km and 82km, there would just be the small matter of staying in touch over the first category Glendora Ridge Road for the second lot of points. While the escape group started out large, with BORA-hansgrohe’s Erik Baška alongside Peter in the break, another group attacked the front, again with Peter in their midst. There was no real threat to the GC standings in the break, and those with their eye on the stage win would be looking to make their move on the final climb of the day.

Having taken second in the first intermediate sprint, Peter took all of the points in the second, tightening his grip on the green jersey. With this sprint out of the way, it would be uphill more or less all the way to the finish, and this was when everyone would really start to suffer. With the attacks coming from the front, the break was starting to show signs of their efforts, and at the foot of Mount Baldy, more and more members of the break were caught by the peloton. The gap to the remaining riders was down to less than two minutes, but in just a few kilometers, this was down to forty-five seconds. The catch made shortly after, a small bunch of GC riders was starting their own fight for the finale, with Rafał Majka in the mix, responding well to attacks and staying calm when it was clear his rivals were eager to take time from him.

With just 2km remaining, the Polish national champion attacked, surprising his rivals, who were slow to pull him back in. With the finish line looming and the climb taking its toll, it was down to five on the front – with Rafał confidently responding to every move made, even on the steepest sections. Fighting it out on the rough road surface, a slightly wide line on the last corner saw Rafał just beaten to the line by Cannondale-Drapac’s Talansky, but this second spot gained him a few precious seconds over his rivals in the GC, going into tomorrow’s time trial with a six-second advantage.

Stage winner and 4th overall, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac): “I’m so happy, we needed that. That’s what happens when we have fun. We’re all overjoyed, the guys set it up on the stage. My form, as far as everyone else was concerned, was unknown coming into this, and the guys put full trust and full faith in me. I ended up losing a bit of time on Mt. Hamilton on Monday. Brendan Canty saved my day yesterday, the whole team did. I could have been a minute back after getting a flat at a bad time. I’d prefer to be in the yellow jersey right now, but we won the stage today, and I’ll enjoy that. Tomorrow I’ll focus on the time trial. If we win this race, we win this race, and if we lose, we lose. Life goes on. Rafal is a great time trialist. I like my chances, but I can’t underestimate what he will do tomorrow. I have no doubt that we’ll both go out there and give it everything we have. Whoever ends up on top, ends up on top. We had the four of us more or less for the last few kilometers. Obviously I would have loved to take a bit of time today but Rafal is super strong. He always fought his way back, put in a few attacks of his own. George Bennett did the same. I have a pretty good sprint, so once we were inside the last kilometer, I thought about winning the stage rather than continuing to attack. It’s where you have to be, I’ve seen it play out enough to know that I wanted to come from underneath Rafal. I’m happy I could deliver, this belongs to the team. It was a full team effort, and not only the team here, but the team as a whole. The team placed their belief in me and gave me time to prepare for this race. I don’t think you’d find that in many places. I’m happy I could pay them back with this stage win today. I’m from Miami, Florida, so that’s home, but this is my adopted home. I live up in Napa. I have family, I have friends here. It’s been awhile since I won a race. It’s fantastic to win this stage, be on the podium. Hopefully it made for some good bike racing today.”

Overall leader, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I didn’t win but I think that second was still a good result. I’d like to thank all my teammates for the excellent work they did today. Tomorrow I’ll try to keep the jersey, but it’ll be difficult with Talansky. I wanted to gain some time today but it wasn’t easy. I didn’t know the finish – there were a lot of corners and with 100m to go I tried to sprint, but Talansky passed me on the left hand side. Congratulations to him on his win. I’m still happy with this second place but tomorrow we need to try to keep the jersey. When we look at the race so far, I’ve been strong and I don’t feel too bad. For the time trial tomorrow it’s 24km and I’ll try to keep the jersey.”

2nd overall, George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo): “The team supported me today. Bora, with race leader Majka, let the escape go further and then our team began the chase. I rode for victory, but in the final, I saw that Talansky and Majka had more in the tank. The team should be proud of what they did today. The young men did very well. I’ll take this experience to the next races.”

7th on the stage, Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data): “The pace was on for most of the day once again but the team were great in looking after me all stage. Ben was real strong today and on the final climb he was going so fast, it was awesome to have that support. I decided to throw in a few early jabs on the climb. I went pretty deep and in hindsight, taking the altitude into consideration, maybe I should have waited. Talanksy was really good though and a deserved winner today.”

Blue jersey, Rob Britton Rally Cycling): “Today it was my job to get in the breakaway and take the pressure off the guys behind,” said Britton. “I went solo because the peloton was going to catch the break before the final climb and we didn’t want to give other teams the opportunity to counter attack. The squad has been fantastic all week. From day one we rode as a team, we knew our objectives, and everyone has remained focused. We rode with a plan today and delivered another top result.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 Result:
1. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac in 3:43:15
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:02
4. Ian Boswell (USA) Sky at 0:05
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:08
6. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 0:20
7. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data at 0:27
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 0:40
9. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:56

Amgen Tour of California Overall After Stage 5:
1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe in 19:47:57
2. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:06
3. Ian Boswell (USA) Sky at 0:25
4. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:44
5. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data at 0:49
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 1:02
7. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 1:14
8. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 1:31
9. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 1:34
10. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 1:50.

California stage 5:

Jonathan Dibben (Sky) was the fastest on a demanding individual time-trial Stage 6 around Big Bear Lake. The altitude didn’t faze the young British rouleur on his way to his first World Tour victory ahead of American TT specialists Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac). A day after his win at Mount Baldy, Talansky put on another strong performance. But George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo) surprised everyone with a 4th place granting him the Yellow Jersey ahead of Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) with only one day left of racing.

Stage winner, Jonathan Dibben (Sky): “George (Bennett) said it was a disbelief for him, and I can say it’s certainly a bigger shock for me. At altitude you can’t afford to go into the red too much, so I got out there and let the pain come to me, and after a few kilometers I was already swinging and I just kept digging in. It wasn’t really a target today as it’s my first time trial of the year, so I figured I’d go full gas and see how it goes, and it couldn’t have gone any better.”

2nd on the stage and 4th overall, Brent Bookwalter (BMC): “I gave it everything today. Unfortunately, I just missed out on the stage win, but again, I am proud of my effort. I executed what I had trained for which was to improve my time trial skills on a flatter course, and I showed that of the GC guys I was the best today. For me, that was a bit of a milestone and a breakthrough ride in terms of racing against the other GC contenders on a course like today. It stings a little bit to miss out on the win, but there are lots of positives to take away from it, and I think I proved that I am one of the strongest riders here.”

2nd overall, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “My legs were not perfect today. I tried everything and pushed as hard as I could, but it was my first ITT of the year, and it just feels different. I still need to do more training on my TT bike because I want to win these races. Today, to be honest, I am a little bit disappointed because I wanted to keep the yellow jersey. Still second place in the GC is a good result.”

9th on the stage, Martin Elmiger (BMC): “It was a nice time trial. The parcours was good, a lot of corners and nice blue sky. Riding at an altitude of over 2000 meters was something a little special. That was a first for me and it was why I started off a little bit easier. Overall, I was happy with my effort, and I was able to keep a good rhythm all the way.”

Points leader, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I’m happy with my performance in today’s individual time trial. My main goal was to ride safely and avoid crashes without thinking too much about the result. However, I felt my legs were in good shape, so I kept a strong pace and was able to clock in a good time in the top ten.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Result:
1. Jonathan Dibben (GB) Sky in 28:27
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:07
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:16
4. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:18
5. Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:21
6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
7. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:23
8. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC at 0:25
10. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:27.

Amgen Tour of California Overall After Stage 6:
1. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo in 20:16:48
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:35
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:36
4. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:45
5. Ian Boswell (USA) Sky at 1:00
6. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates at 1:54
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 2:12
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 2:15
9. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data at 2:20
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 3:14.

TT stage 6:

The Final Stage 7 of racing at the 2017 Amgen Tour of California was nothing like a parade. George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo) faced many attacks from his GC rivals, led by Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac). But the Kiwi climber made it to the finish in a reduced bunch to celebrate his biggest win to date. At the front, Rally Cycling managed to upset the sprinters once again with a second breakaway victory for Evan Huffman this week.

Stage 7 winner, Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling): “I actually felt pretty bad this morning. But it was our plan to go for the breakaway and upset the sprinters. I’m quite in disbelief to be able to win two stages here, especially like that. I knew Lopez was gonna go for it so with two kilometers I decided to sit in his wheel. We started sprinting early, it was kind of a slow-motion sprint. And I was able to outmuscle him.”

Overall winner, George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo): “This is really really special. Yesterday I was in disbelief and then it had time to sink in last night. It was pain, then I was happy, then pain again… Talansky must have attacked me ten times today. The guys made it a very hard race. It was relieving to cross the line. It gives me a lot of confidence but it’s not like I’m going for the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France now. It’s a big step from here. I gotta keep my feet on the ground.”

2nd overall, Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a really nervous final stage at the Tour of California with many attacks and crashes. We would have liked to see Peter win the stage but it wasn’t possible to catch the breakaway. I’m happy with my results here and the way we raced. The team worked well, so overall it was a good Tour of California for us.”

3rd overall, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac): “I’m really satisfied with the week overall. Obviously the goal was always to win. I wanted to repay all the hard work and effort the team put in this week. My teammates here believed in me from day one, and they rode their hearts out every day. I’m happy I could end up on the overall podium and come away with a win on Baldy for them. I didn’t have fantastic experiences here in 2011, 2012, and I was little frustrated because it was a race that I really wanted to do well at in my adopted home of California. I took a couple years off from racing California, returned in 2015 and made it 30 kilometers into the Sacramento stage before I dropped out sick. I came back in 2016 and things turned around, we were supporting Lawson Craddock, and my own personal result ended up being solid as well. Finishing in fourth place here last year really motivated me. I had such a good time here, and it was a turning point in my season.”

4th on the stage, 7th overall and Best Young Rider, Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data): “Today was just a great bike race to be part of. The team had worked so hard for me all week and I kind of wanted to repay them somehow, so I saw an opportunity today and took it. We had 5 guys really going for it in the break and it was just full gas all the way. To come away with the jersey in the end is great, and it ends the tour off on a positive note for our team. I feel right at home with the team, we race for a great cause, it’s like one big family so I am happy with how it ended today for all of us.”

Points Competition winner, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It was a complicated stage to Pasadena, affected by the crashes in the descent. We had two goals today – firstly to try to win the stage and secondly to defend Rafał’s position in the GC, and even attack if possible. However, the falls and the dangerous descent made it impossible to reel in the escapees. I was in good form at the sprint and I tried to take the group sprint, which I did. The Tour of California concludes with good sensations and I will now focus on another high altitude training camp here in the USA.”

Amgen Tour of California Stage 7 Result:
1. Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling in 2:37:28
2. David Lopez (Spa) Sky
3. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis
4. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
5. Rob Britton (USA) Rally Cycling
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:22
7. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
8. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
9. Ben King (Can) Dimension Data
10. Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin.

Amgen Tour of California Final Overall Result:
1. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNl-Jumbo in 22:54:38
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:35
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:36
4. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:45
5. Ian Boswell (USA) Sky at 1:00
6. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Emirates at 1:54
7. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data at 1:55
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky at 2:12
9. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 2:15
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo at 3:14.

Final stage 7:

Tour of Norway 2017
The Tour of Norway could not have got off to a better start for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Edvald Boasson Hagen, as the Norwegian Champion won Stage 1 on his birthday. Boasson Hagen beat Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) in the sprint for the line.

The opening stage of the Tour of Norway took riders on a 170km trip from Honefoss to Asker. There were numerous undulations throughout the stage with a final drag all the way to the line finish as well. The stage suited our Norwegian Champion to a tee and most of the rival teams were looking to our African Team to make the decisive moves.

With only three riders going up the road, it made things slightly easier to control for our African Team and we worked together with a few other World Tour teams to ensure the leaders were brought back before reaching the finishing circuit in Asker. The attacks came thick and fast over the final 25km and we kept it together as best we could before young Ben O’Connor had a go in the final 10km.

With O’Connor up the road Boasson Hagen could sit back and let the other teams chase, which they did do. O’Connor’s move was brought back just before the line and then our Norwegian Champion did the rest by sprinting to a special win. With the stage victory, Boasson Hagen also pulled on the overall race leaders jersey as well. The victory was made ever sweeter by the fact that Omar Fraile had also just won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia minutes earlier.

Tour of Norway Stage 1 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 4:14:01
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
4. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
5. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
7. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
8. Rasmus Guldhammer Poulsen (Den) Team Veloconcept
9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
10. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 1:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 4:13:51
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:04
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:06
4. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal at 0:09
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:10
6. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
8. Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
9. Rasmus Guldhammer Poulsen (Den) Team Veloconcept
10. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal.

Norway stage 1:

Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory in Stage 2 of the Tour of Norway’s stage in Brumunddal. The Dutchman of team LottoNL-Jumbo beat the U23 world champion Kristoffer Halvorsen and Norwegian Champion Edvald Boasson Hagen. It was the third win this season for Groenewegen and the eighth for the team.

“This is a team victory,” said Groenewegen. “Yesterday it was too difficult and we knew that. Today, we had to go and it worked out. It was a perfect sprint. I was perfectly put in the right spot and did not see anyone anymore when I sprinted.”

The race went like a typical sprint stage. A small group gained a big gap and the leader’s team controlled the race. With another 50 kilometers remaining, Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s Lars Boom went to the front. The rain made the job harder.

“It gives me confidence when the team is riding like that. It’s great to finish it in this way,” said Dutch Champion Groenewegen. “Fortunately, it was dry at the start, but the rest of the day it rained. That made it difficult. If you ride uphill, you were too hot while you really cooled down on the descent.”

Sports Director Nico Verhoeven helped Groenewegen orchestrate the win perfectly. “We came here to ride such a lead-out,” Verhoeven said. “Lars Boom controlled the race and in the final, the other men did so. Timo Roosen and Amund Grondahl Jansen dropped off Dylan in the front, while Tom Leezer and Robert Wagner were the perfect lead-out.”

Tour of Norway Stage 2 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo in 4:49:53
2. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Joker Icopal
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
4. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
5. Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
6. Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport
7. Daniel Mclay (GB) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
8. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
9. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
10. Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 2:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 9:03:40
2. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:08
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:10
4. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal at 0:13
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:14
6. Rasmus Guldhammer Poulsen (Den) Team Veloconcept
7. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac
8. Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9. Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott
10. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Norway stage 2:

Pieter Weening (Roompot), wearing No. 1, was the fastest of the final group and took the stage and leadership of the Tour de Norway in the Olympic city of Lillehammer at the end of Stage 3. Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) finished at 2 seconds and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) was at 4 with the bunch at 7 seconds.

Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot), Lluís Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen), Sébastien Delfosse (BM), Vegard Breen (Joker) and Philip Lindau (Coop) made the break of the day. Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) attacked when they were caught and went solo. When the race reached Kanthaugen, Armée attacked taking Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Robert Power, Pieter Weening, Simon Gerrans and Andreas Vangstad, Weening was the best of the group.

Tour of Norway Stage 3 Result:
1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij in 4:37:13
2. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:02
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:04
4. Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor at 0:07
5. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Veloconcept
6. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
8. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
9. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac
10. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 3:
1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 13:40:57
2. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:06
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:12
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:17
6. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac
7. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
9. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
10. Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor.

Norway stage 3:

Team LottoNL-Jumbo sprinter Dylan Groenewegen sprinted uphill to win the Tour of Norway’s Stage 4 in Sarpsborg. Groenewegen, after 192 kilometers, topped Edvald Boasson Hagen and August Jensen and took his second victory of the race.

Previously, he had won the second stage. Pieter Weening maintained his overall leader’s jersey. “It was a difficult arrival that went uphill in the last kilometer,” Groenewegen said. “Boom had ridden hard for almost the whole day to catch the breakaway.

“The sprint train positioned me well. It was not ideal, but I ended up in Simon Gerrans’s wheel and saw that Edvald Boasson Hagen went for it. Then, I also start sprinting and I beat him fairly easily.”

The stage unfolded with an early breakaway of five cyclists. Lars Boom with the help of Team Joker went full-throttle in the chase later and brought then under control. With the escape caught deep in the final, the sprinters hit high gear heading to Sarpsborg.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo had two goals in the Tour of Norway, and with Groenewegen’s stage victories they have achieved those. Sports Director Nico Verhoeven kept his team calm yesterday to stay focused on today with Groenewegen in which the 24-year-old dominated.

“When the breakaway went away, nobody wanted to take any responsibility,” explained Verhoeven. “Boom rode 65 kilometers hard with the Joker riders to catch them. When they were caught with five kilometers remaining, the sprint train took over and dropped Dylan off for the win.

“It was not that easy to win against Boasson Hagen and Gerrans because those men are specialists on these kinds of arrivals. It was a real good achievement and Dylan showed has class. Like the whole team. We dominated both stage we won, so I am pleased.”

The victory today marked Groenewegen’s third of the season. The last stage tomorrow runs 153 kilometers to Moss.

Tour of Norway Stage 4 Result:
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo in 4:26:43
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
3. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
4. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
7. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
8. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:03
9. Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
10. Anders Skaarseth (Nor) Team Joker Icopal.

Tour of Norway Overall After Stage 4:
1. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij in 18:07:43
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:03
3. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
4. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:06
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:10
6. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:17
7. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
9. Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor
10. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal.

Norway stage 4:

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had an amazing end to Tour of Norway. Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to victory on the Final Stage 5 and thereby also took the overall win in his home race.

The team started out Sunday’s last stage knowing that if Boasson Hagen could make podium in the final sprint, and race leader Pieter Weening (Roompot) didn’t, he would win the race overall. Extremely motivated and determined, our African Team controlled the stage perfectly, always keeping the breakaway within reach.

As the riders took on the final circuit in Oslo, a strong headwind made it even more difficult for the break to stay away. On a hilly circuit, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did a great job setting up Boasson Hagen for the sprint. However, it turned out to be much more stressful than expected as first Mekseb Debesay and then Boasson Hagen crashed on the circuit and had to change bikes.

Ultimately, it all worked out perfectly as both riders made it back to the pack and Boasson Hagen out-sprinted Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) to win the stage and take 10 bonus seconds, which handed him the overall win as well. With two stage wins and two additional podium places, Boasson Hagen also topped the points classification.

Tour of Norway Stage 5 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 3:31:44
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott
3. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop
6. Anders Skaarseth (Nor) Joker Icopal
7. Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
8. Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
9. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
10. Alexander Kamp (Den) Team Veloconcept.

Tour of Norway Final Overall Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 21:39:20
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:04
3. Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij at 0:10
4. Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 0:16
5. August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop at 0:17
6. Patrick Bevin (NZ) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:24
7. Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:27
8. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
9. Andreas Vangstad (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sor
10. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal.

Final stage 5:

Geraint Thomas forced to withdraw from Giro d’Italia
Geraint Thomas’ Giro d’Italia has come to an end after injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Stage 9 forced him to withdraw from the race.

The physical impact of the crash was obvious at the top of Blockhaus, where Thomas had fought back bravely to limit his losses, and in the immediate aftermath he described the damage he had sustained to his shoulder.

Thomas bounced back to record a brilliant second place in Tuesday’s Individual Time Trial. However, with the impacts of the crash taking their toll over the past 2 days of tough racing, the decision has been made that he will withdraw from the Giro.

Geraint Thomas: “I’ve been suffering since my crash on Sunday. I’ve had an issue with my shoulder which is manageable, but my knee has also been getting worse each day. Obviously it’s never nice to leave a race early, especially when it’s your main goal of the season, but I have to look at the bigger picture. I’d love to continue, but it would be a case of trying to survive each day rather than racing. I’ll turn my attention to the Tour de France now, and I want to arrive there with the same good form I started the Giro with. I want to thank all the staff and riders here. It’s been great fun and I wish them all the best for the remainder of the Giro. I’ve really enjoyed racing in Italy again. The fans have been amazing and I’ll be back.”

Sir Dave Brailsford: “It’s desperately sad for Geraint. He has worked hard to arrive here in such great condition and we were looking forward to seeing him compete. As always, he has shown true fighting spirit and demonstrated what a competitor he is, but the impacts of a crash like that take their toll. We have to make sure that his injuries are managed optimally, ensure he is able to maintain his fitness and condition, and then look to set new targets. As far as the team goes, the GC has gone but there is still plenty to fight for and the opportunity is there for our riders to achieve a stage win in the 100th Giro.”

Geraint Thomas after Stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia in Messina:

Jurgen Van den Broeck quits cycling after this season
Jurgen Van den Broeck is riding his last season as a professional cyclist. The Belgian rider of Team LottoNL-Jumbo wants to prevent that another year as a cyclist will be ‘too much’. He had a contract until end 2018, but that has been adapted in good consultation.

The 34-year-old rider from Herentals currently supports Steven Kruijswijk in the Giro d’Italia. The efforts he made to achieve the required level, made him realize that he didn’t want to continue as a cyclist next year. “I listen to my body and heart”, says Van den Broeck. “You can only be a professional cyclist if you go for it one hundred percent. It becomes more and more difficult to achieve that and to be away from home that much.”

Van den Broeck debuted on the highest level in 2004. In his fourteen seasons as a pro, he rode for teams like Discovery Channel, the Belgian Lotto and Katusha. Van den Broeck started in fifteen Grand Tours. On top of that, he achieved a top ten classification in the three different Grand Tours. “I feel at home at Team LottoNL-Jumbo”, stated Van den Broeck. “My current supportive role suited me better over the years. I’m very grateful that the team has thought about what’s the best for me.”

“Jurgen can look back on a beautiful career”, says Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s sportive director Merijn Zeeman. “He can be proud of that. I admire his honesty in this case. We talked a lot and came together to this decision. His focus remains on the Giro d’Italia and his supporting role in that race. A successful Giro d’Italia will highlight Jurgen’s very last season as a cyclist.”

Jurgen Van den Broeck in the Giro’17:
Bagno di Romagna - Italia - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK (Belgium / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)  pictured during team stage 11 of the Giro D’Italia 2017  from Firenze to Bagno di Romagna, 161.00 km -  photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2017

Team Sunweb and Clément Betouigt-Suire Part Ways
Following extensive talks, Team Sunweb and Clément Betouigt-Suire (FRA) have decided to part ways. The 19-year-old Frenchman, in his first season riding for Development Team Sunweb, has decided to put a full stop to his 2017 road race season. This decision comes after a sequence of physical discomfort. The team accepts and supports the decision of Betouigt-Suire and will remain in full support.

Betouigt-Suire said: “It hasn’t been an easy period for me and we made this decision together after multiple talks and support from the team. It has been a challenging opening half to the season with some bad luck. I had a heavy crash last year at the juniors Course de la Paix and I did everything to come back quickly to be able to fight for the World Champion title. At the beginning of the 2017 season I had another crash at Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux where an old injury to my collarbone returned and this time I need to listen to my body. In consultation with the medical staff at the team it has been decided that I will have a rest and undergo surgery. It’s a shame to leave such a professional environment, but for now it’s definitely the best decision. I am grateful for the team’s understanding of my feelings and situation and hope that one day our paths will cross again.”

Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert (GER) explained: “Clément has had a difficult time with the bad luck he faced. Although it’s often a difficult choice, taking a step back and re-evaluating before taking the next steps forward requires courage and on the long term brings one further. Not only as a rider, but also as a human. After extensive talks, we fully support Clèment’s decision and we sincerely wish him all the best for his future career.”

Clément Betouigt-Suire:

New Team Mobile App Launched
After a few months of development, we are really proud to reveal our new mean of communication – mobile phone app. The app is available for all our fans, and fans of cycling in general, to be able to get latest news, get to know the riders, to follow social media related to the team and races, as well as to see exciting videos and in race highlights. App is developed with our younger, more tech savvy, fans in mind, fans that spend a lot of times browsing on their mobile phones. We also want to win some fans, and get people to follow the sport with all the videos that will show how exciting cycling is.

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Giro d’Italia – Stage 12 – The Movie
The Giro organizers have been making ‘Behind the Scenes’ film of every day of the Italian Grand Tour, here is stage 12. Catch up on all the stages on the Giro d’Italia YouTube Channel.

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