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The Giro d’Italia is done with Israel, we catch up with the Italian Grand Tour with results and video. The sad story of Alaa Al-Daly – Top Story. Not all Giro, also Tour de Yorkshire video and reports. Plus: AG2R-La Mondiale for Dunkerque, Primoz Roglic visits the Worlds’18 course in Innsbruck, Yoann Offredo, Marco Minnaard and Tom Bohli injury updates, new bikes for Alexey Lutsenko and Adam Hansen and video behind the scenes at Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia stage 1 victory.

TOP STORY:The Giro d’Italia Says Goodbye to Israel
As the Giro d’Italia got underway in Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli forces were implementing a shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy, firing tear gas and live ammunition at Palestinian protesters in Gaza, wounding hundreds, 83 from live ammunition. Thousands have been injured since March 30, many for life, including 21-year-old cyclist Alaa Al-Daly, whose leg was amputated after being shot by Israeli snipers, ending his cycling career.

As reported by Reuters: Alaa Al-Daly, 21, had his right leg amputated after he attended the first day of what has been called “The Great March of Return,” a six-week demonstration at the frontier fence between the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel. Daly said that he and three friends cycled towards a border protest area on March 30, then walked to what they expected to be a non-violent demonstration. “I only went because it was a peaceful rally, I did not expect any harm to come to me.”

Daly said he was 150-200 meters (500-660 feet) from the fence, and not involved in any belligerent action against Israeli troops, when he was struck by gunfire. He said his family asked that he be evacuated from Gaza to receive better treatment in the West Bank or in Israel, but Palestinian authorities told him that Israeli officials refused to let him exit Gaza. The Israeli military said that senior commanders had ruled that apart from “exceptional humanitarian cases,” medical treatment would not be given to Palestinians who participated in the border protests.

Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed in the extended protest along the fenced 65-km (40-mile) Gaza-Israel frontier, pressing for a right of return for Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel. No Israeli casualties have been reported. Gaza medical officials said at least 16 Palestinians were killed on March 30, the day that Daly was hit, and that 17 wounded people needed amputations.

Daly, who trained for more than six hours a day for months to compete at the Asian Games in Indonesia, now accepts that his “dream of waving the flag of Palestine in Jakarta” is over. He is learning to walk with the help of crutches, and intends to compete in the future as an amputee.

Alaa Al-Daly, 21, who lost his leg by a bullet fired by Israeli troops, talks with his sister while holding his bicycle at his house in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, April 18, 2018:

Giro d’Italia 2018
Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin secured the Stage 1 victory at the Giro d’Italia on Friday, finishing his race against the clock in a time of 12 minutes and 2 seconds. His efforts also meant that he wears the first Maglia Rosa of the 2018 edition of the race.

BMC’s Rohan Dennis came nail-bitingly close to securing the maglia rosa, crossing the line with the second-fastest time. Dennis made his intentions clear and recorded the fastest provisional time of 6:21 at the checkpoint, before laying everything on the line in the second part of the time trial to cross the line in 12:04. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto FixAll) finished in the same time as the Australian champion, but Dennis got the second spot by tenths of a second.

Of the GC men; Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was best placed at 20 seconds, while Chris Froome (Sky) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) lost over 30 seconds.

Read the full PEZ Race Report HERE.

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Stage winner and overall leader, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb): “It’s been quite a cool few days in Israel and today tops it off with the win. I knew that I felt good but you have to see how things go during the race. We’ve worked really hard over the last few months, so I’m really happy with the win because it confirms that all of the work has paid off. The course was really good for me; it was really technical and I’m good on the corners. I could go full gas, then recover, then go full gas and recover again. It’s nice to be in the Maglia Rosa but it will be hard to keep it for three weeks. We aren’t planning on defending it every day so we will see what we do with that in the coming days.”

2nd, Rohan Dennis (BMC): “It was a technical course. It was hard to get a rhythm and it was challenging. I would have liked the roads to be a bit smoother but you can’t have everything. I did everything I could and the only way I can judge how I rode is my position at the end of the day. I was pretty relaxed until the last half an hour of the race. I knew Tom was going to be the big rival today and he proved that by taking the win. There were a few other riders that I was surprised about. There was nothing I could have done better today. I was just beaten by the better guy.”

3rd, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto FixAll): “Of course I am disappointed after coming so close to victory, especially because the pink jersey was at stake today. That I finished third in the end, makes it a bit more bearable. This result proves that my pink dream was realistic, although I knew beforehand that it wouldn’t be easy. I have earned my place among the time trial specialists. In a time trial like today it all depends on details. In the last downhill part, I felt I couldn’t reach my maximum speed anymore. That’s something every time trialist thinks after a race. But two seconds isn’t a detail, the difference of a few hundredths of seconds with Dennis is. In the next hours my disappointment will disappear, I’m sure. I can be proud of all my efforts of the past months to prepare myself for this day. It ended with a nice third place. The team has put its faith in me and I got the perfect preparation. I am very grateful to the team. The Giro is still long. The time trial on the sixteenth stage should suit me, but of course I had preferred to win today. But congratulations to Tom Dumoulin.”

Best Young Rider, Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors): “I knew that I had a good chance to take the jersey, but I can’t say I was expecting this, I was just hoping to move into it at the end of the stage. Last month I went to an altitude training camp before riding the Ardennes Classics, and after a short period of rest I came here with good legs and confidence. The course was up and down, very hard for the first day of a race. After passing through the intermediate, Davide Bramati told me I was the fastest there. At that moment, I was already beginning to feel tired, but I pushed myself and ignored the pain. It’s always tricky to find the right balance between riding on the limit and not going over it, but I think I managed well the situation.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Result:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb in 12:02
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:02
3. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto FixAll
4. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:12
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:16
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:18
7. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 00:20
8. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:21
9. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:27
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:27.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb in 12:02
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 0:02
3. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto FixAll
4. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:12
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:16
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:18
7. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:20
8. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:21
9. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:27
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 0:27.

Giro stage 1 TT:

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), who was the hot favorite for Stage 2, won an expected bunch gallop in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean seaside, while Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) made it a 1-2 for Italian riders. Rohan Dennis (BMC) moved into the lead as he won the only intermediate sprint awarding a time bonus to dethrone Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), becoming the ninth Australian to wear the Maglia Rosa and the 23rd cyclist to lead all three Grand Tours.

The day rolled out from Haifa for 167 kilometers on a flat parcours which featured a small fourth-category climb whose sole purpose was to see the blue jersey being awarded at the end of the day. After a frantic start, Lars Bak (Lotto-FixAll), Davide Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec) and Guillaume Bovin (Israel Cycling Academy) established a 3:30 lead, but by the time they arrived at the bottom of the ascent that advantage was gone and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) crossed the top first.

Things calmed down for a few kilometers, before tension began to build up again ahead of the second intermediate sprint, where Elia Viviani grabbed more vital points after the ones scored earlier on the stage at the first intermediate. Immediately, the bunch slowed down, and that was the cue for Victor Campanaerts (Lotto FixAll) to jump from the field, but his move was a short-lived one.

With more than 40 kilometers left, Boivin attacked again and put one and a half minutes between himself and the pack, prompting a reaction from Quick-Step Floors, who began chewing into his advantage. The catch was made with 10 kilometers to go, and just as the teams began fighting for position, some riders decided to attack and see if they could foil the sprinters’ plans. That didn’t happen, but their actions made for a hectic and chaotic finish. Well-positioned after his teammates’ fine job, Elia Viviani jumped on the wheel of Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), before displaying his track pedigree and rounding his countryman, thus opening an unassailable lead, which landed the 29-year-old his seventh victory since the start of the season.

Read the full PEZ Race Report HERE.

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Stage winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step floors): “It wasn’t easy to win today. I am usually very calm, but coming here after an excellent start to the season there was some pressure on me and I was a bit nervous, especially as many were tipping me as the main favorite in the bunch sprints. This victory is for Elena, my girlfriend; she knows how many sacrifices I have to do and is always supporting me, which means a lot. The guys did an amazing job and I want to say a big thanks for that! Rémi took the responsibility on his shoulders and closed the breakaway, Styby brought us to the front, then Florian took over with two kilometers to go, before Michael and Saba dropped me in the closing kilometer. It was chaotic because of all those corners and roundabouts, but we can be proud of ourselves. The cyclamen jersey is a historic and prestigious one, and winning it is a dream of mine. The road to Rome is long and hard, but we will try to defend it and get more points. The team is strong and believes in mine, and I am ready to repay them for their confidence and fight for more wins, because these will increase my chances of taking home the cyclamen jersey.”

Overall leader, Rohan Dennis (BMC): “The plan was to just play it by ear initially. We knew that the second sprint was the one with bonus time and we thought that if it was within grasp, and the breakaway wasn’t too far away, we would try. About 40km or 50km from the sprint, they asked me if I wanted to do and I said not really but we did it anyway and I thought that I can’t not put 100% into it. The team delivered me exactly where I needed to be for the sprint and all I had to do was go as hard as I could and there was no way I couldn’t win it. Then after that, it was about making sure I didn’t lose time in the splits in the final. It was massive teamwork. It’s a special feeling to have the Maglia Rosa. Yesterday was a bit disappointing but the team backed me today and the team did everything possible to put me into pink. It’s a great jersey and it’s a real honor to be the leader of a Grand Tour and for our team, we wanted to do it for Andy Rihs. He put a lot into our team and we wanted to give back to him and to do this for him and his family is a real pleasure for us. We will keep it as long as possible but I think for me it is more about learning still. I’m sure at some stage it will be taken away from me but I will keep fighting all the way to Rome. When I first started cycling, I never thought that I would wear all Grand Tour leaders’ jerseys. I saw guys do things like this and I always thought that was really amazing so to be a part of that little group is a real honor.”

KOM, Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF): “I didn’t even think about it but I heard after the finish that I beat a rider from home soil for the KOM. But this is cycling. Congratulations to them but this time I’m the winner. I wasn’t targeting the climber’s jersey but the breakaway was close and we heard from the car that we could try so I tried and it went well.”

3rd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “Like always the first sprint stage in a Grand Tour gets pretty frantic in the end because everybody is fresh and motivated. Our team worked very well and we were in a good position going into Tel Aviv. On the final kilometer I was in front too early and decided to wait a moment before launching my sprint. Viviani took advantage of the situation and I had to settle for third, but sensations were pretty good during the day and also in the sprint. Therefore, I am optimistic for tomorrow’s third stage at the Giro d’Italia.”

4th on the stage, Niccoló Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida): “It is a good result for me. I worked hard in the last kilometers until 400 m to go to take a good position. It was a hectic final, but I am very happy for me and my legs. I thank to my teammates for their help and support.”

6th, Clément Venturini (AG2R-La Mondiale): “I had studied the final, I knew by heart the sequence of turns in the last five kilometers. It was a first stage, so it was really nervous. I tried to mingle with the best, and my teammates took care of me as well as they could. The whole team believes in me, and that motivates me a lot! I’m still lacking some experience, and I hope that will come. For a first try, I am happy with this result.”

7th on the stage, Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data): “It was good to get started again and good to be in a bunch sprint again. It was the first bunch sprint I’ve actually been part of this year. It’s always a bit of a different feeling in the legs and to have that confidence for a final. The road surface was quite slippery and I lost my nerve a little in the second to last corner, so I was bit too far back. I think I can do better but under the circumstances, to finish 7th is not a bad start but we will definitely be aiming to get better and better in the coming stages.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors in 3:51:20
2. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
6. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
7. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
8. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 4:03:21
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:01
3. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto FixAll at 0:03
4. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:13
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:17
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:19
7. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:21
8. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:22
9. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:28
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida.

Giro stage 2:

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) made it two out of three by winning Sunday’s Stage 3 bunch sprint in Eilat following on from Saturday’s victory in Tel Aviv. Rohan Dennis (BMC) retained the Maglia Rosa with a one second advantage over second placed Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), while Victor Campenaerts (Lotto FixAll) – previously in third placed – dropped down to 15th following the crosswinds towards the finale of today’s stage.

Three men – Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy) and Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec) – set out soon after the start and were allowed by the peloton to open a six-minute advantage just ten kilometers into the stage. The trio fought for the intermediate sprints and the day’s sole categorized climb, while from behind, escorted by his Quick-Step Floors teammates, Elia Viviani bagged more points to extend his lead in the cyclamen jersey classification.

As the 229 kilometer stage, one of the longest of this edition, continued to take the bunch through the Negev Desert, the Quick-Step floors team took the reins and set a fierce pace behind the escapees, who were reeled in some seven kilometers from the finish located in the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

Czech Champion Zdenek Stybar and white jersey Max Schachmann put the hammer down with five kilometers to go, their huge tempo resulting in a strung out bunch. Elia Viviani remained at all times in the top ten positions and not even a late puncture of trusted lead-out man Fabio Sabatini could stop him from taking part in the bunch sprint, where despite being squeezed in by Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), he kept his composure and found the space needed to get past the Irishman, punching the air as he out-sprinted countryman Sacha Modolo (Education First-Drapac).

More from Giro d’Italia stage 3 HERE.

Stage winner and Points leader, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors): “We stayed together in this crazy final and did a great job. The guys were incredible today and this victory is for them. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have such a fantastic team around me. It wasn’t an easy day, we had some 2000 vertical meters and a nervous peloton, as many were afraid of the potential crosswinds. In the first two hours of the race I felt bad and my energy was low, but as the kilometers ticked down I began to feel better and knew I was the favorite at the finish. We took the front just before the first roundabout and remained there despite a puncture of Saba. Things became chaotic and with the headwind I decided to drop back and follow Bennett after the last corner. The rest is history, as they say.”

Overall leader, Rohan Dennis (BMC): “It was very stressful today but I’m glad it’s done. It was a hard day, it was long, and we were somewhat lucky that it was a tailwind. The wind was very strong. The last 40 or 50km, when we were chasing the breakaway and especially the last 20km, we were sitting on 70km an hour so we couldn’t go any faster. It was super fast and we were lucky that it wasn’t a crosswind. Once again, the team did a great job and kept me up the front. I was hoping for a stage victory on stage 1 but I would love to get a stage victory at some stage during this Giro d’Italia. It would be amazing to top off this Grand Tour. The time trial in Trento is a given but if I get an opportunity with the climbers, then I’m probably one of the quicker guys in the bunch. I’m never going to beat guys like Viviani but I think if the main sprinters aren’t there then I have a chance. Tomorrow, I will rest as much as possible and go for a ride. The plan for the Italian stages will be to hold the jersey for as long as possible and then the battle after that will be getting to Rome.”

3rd on the stage, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe): “First, I want to thank my teammates for another great job today. They worked very hard in this long stage. As we headed into the finale, I started my sprint way too early and Viviani was able to overtake me and took another stage win. I finished third, another podium but of course the victory would have been great.”

Best Young Rider and 7th overall, Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors): “We’re living a dream and we are very happy! It was an unbelievable weekend in Israel, where we enjoyed not only a great start to the race, but also an excellent organization and the amazing support of the fans, who showed everybody how much they love this sport. Tomorrow is a rest day, but we’re eager to go to Italy and prove ourselves also there. These wins came as a confirmation of the fact that I can be at a high level in the Grand Tours and give me even more confidence for the next three weeks.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 5:02:09
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia
5. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
6. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto FixAll
7. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
10. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 3:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 9:05:30
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:01
3. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:13
4. Alex Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:17
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:19
6. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:21
7. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:22
8. Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:28
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
10. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 0:29.

Giro stage 3:

Tour de Yorkshire 2018
Home hero Harry Tanfield sealed a surprise victory as the Opening Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire reached a rip-roaring conclusion in Doncaster. The 23 year old from Great Ayton worked his way into the day’s main breakaway and then played a pivotal role as the escapees evaded the peloton on the 182km trek from Beverley. With 300 meters to go Tanfield turned on the afterburners and edged past Alistair Slater (JLT Condor) to become the first-ever Yorkshireman to win a stage of the race.

Huge crowds turned out in Beverley to see the start of the fourth edition and clement conditions meant the county was at its magnificent best as the riders wound their way through the Yorkshire Wolds and then headed south towards Doncaster for that dramatic finish along Bennetthorpe. Banners, bunting and a whole host of ingenious land art provided a brilliant backdrop as the riders sped across the largely flat parcours, and the 450,000 roadside spectators set a record figure for the first stage of the race.

The breakaway group containing Tanfield formed early in the stage and Michael Cuming (Madison Genesis) was the first rider over the Côte de Baggaby Hill to earn himself a spell in the best climber’s jersey sponsored by Virgin Trains. Tanfield then passed Cuming on the descent which followed to take maximum points in the first intermediate sprint in Pocklington, while Slater took the next of those points in Howden.

With those in the bag the breakaway reformed and a live Twitter vote saw Tanfield awarded the most active jersey sponsored by Dimension Data before the escapees survived to battle it out for the victory. Tanfield emerged triumphant and the bonus seconds awarded for that win meant he opened up a three-second advantage over Slater in the General Classification. The Canyon Eisberg rider will now wear the blue leader’s jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries for the second stage. He also tops the Best Sprinter Classification sponsored by Asda.

Harry Tanfield spoke to PEZ recently.

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Stage winner, Harry Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg): “When we heard on the radio that we still had a 30 second lead with 5km to go, I thought something was wrong but as we approached the 3km sign and I couldn’t see them I said, let’s ride and I just kept shouting at the guys, we can do it, we can do it! I wouldn’t really call it a sprint, it was more like a time trial to the line. I just went from the back and built and built and built. I was on the chevrons and it was pretty bumpy but I had time to get my hands up in the air so I can’t complain. Cheers for the cheering, there were lots of people on the roads shouting my name and the support all the way around the course is crazy so it’s really nice. I just want to say thanks to everyone for the support and obviously for voting for me in the Most Aggressive Rider vote, as it was long hard day, there was a headwind all day and it was pretty tough.”

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 1 result:
1. Harry Tanfield (GB) Canyon Eisberg in 4:08:12
2. Alistair Slater (GB) JLT Condor
3. Michael Cuming (GB) Madison Genesis
4. Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling
5. Thomas Baylis (GB) One Pro Cycling
6. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:05
7. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
8. Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling
9. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
10. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana.

Tour de Yorkshire Overall After Stage 1:
1. Harry Tanfield (GB) Canyon Eisberg in 4:07:58
2. Alistair Slater (GB) JLT Condor at 0:03
3. Michael Cuming (GB) Madison Genesis at 0:10
4. Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:14
5. Thomas Baylis (GB) One Pro Cycling
6. Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie at 0:16
7. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb at 0:19
8. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
9. Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling
10. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling.

Yorkshire stage 1:

Colossal crowds on the Cote de Cow and Calf watched Magnus Cort Nielsen launch a stinging late attack to win the Tour de Yorkshire’s first-ever summit finish on Stage 2. Ilkley’s most iconic climb was bathed in sunshine for the culmination of day two and the action proved equally colorful as some of the best riders in the business battled it out for a historic stage success.

Defending champion Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) kicked things off on the infamous ascent but was passed by Olympic gold medallist Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on one of the steepest sections. All the while Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) had been waiting in the wings though and the Dane timed his last-gasp attack to perfection and stole the headlines.

That triumph meant Nielsen took control of the blue leader’s jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries and opened up a four-second advantage over Van Avermaet at the top of the general classification. Thursday’s stage winner Harry Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg) fought back from an early tumble and the Yorkshireman will wear the green jersey sponsored by Asda on Saturday as he remains top of the sprint classification. Tanfield’s fellow breakaway accomplice from stage one – Michael Cuming (Madison Genesis) – also retained the red best climber’s jersey sponsored by Virgin Trains while One Pro Cycling rider Tom Baylis was voted into the grey most active rider jersey sponsored by Dimension Data via a live Twitter poll on @letouryorkshire.

Stage 2 photos HERE.

Ilkley - Great Brittain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Magnus Cort NIELSEN (Danmark / Team Astana) pictured during  the Tour de Yorkshire (2.1) stage 2 from Barnsley to Ilkley (149KM)- photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2018

Stage winner Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana): “It was a relatively short stage today but a really hard one. My team supported me and I am very grateful to them for believing in me. I gave everything I had in that uphill sprint to the line and now I want to defend this jersey. I’m really enjoying this race. It’s not a WorldTour race but with the crowds it certainly feels like it. There are so many people on the side of the roads and it’s like racing the Tour de France.”

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2 result:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana in 3:25:34
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
3. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
4. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
5. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie at 0:05
6. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb
8. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
9. Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:11
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC.

Tour de Yorkshire Overall After Stage 2:
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana in 7:33:41
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:04
3. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 0:06
4. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 0:10
5. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:15
6. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb
8. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:21
9. Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis.

Yorkshire stage 2:

A wall of sound greeted Maximillian Walscheid as he sprinted to victory on a sizzling Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire. The crescent-shaped slopes of Scarborough’s North Bay provided a perfect natural amphitheater for the fourth year in succession and tens of thousands of fans bathed in temperatures hotter than Palma, Paris and Tenerife to watch another dramatic finish unfurl.

The total crowd of 650,000 had lined the 181km route from Richmond, taking the three-day total to a whopping 1.7 million!

It had looked as though French rider Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Énergie) was going to spoil the sprinters’ party once again, but the three-time Tour de France stage winner was caught with just 300m to go and Walscheid (Sunweb) fired past him to seal his first victory of the season.

Friday’s stage winner Magnus Cort Nielsen crossed the line just inches behind to take second place, and bonus seconds on the line saw him tighten his grip on the blue leader’s jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries. Astana Pro Team Rider now leads Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) by 10 seconds with just the final ‘Yorkshire Terrier’ stage remaining. Nielsen also tops the best sprinter classification sponsored by Asda, while Michael Cuming (Madison Genesis) will defend the red best climber’s jersey sponsored by Virgin Trains for a third successive stage.

Skipton-based rider Pete Williams will wear the grey most active rider jersey on Sunday after fans on the Tour de Yorkshire Twitter page @letouryorkshire bestowed him the honor following his classy climbing display on fearsome Côte de Sutton Bank.

Yorkshire stage 3 photos HERE.

Stage winner, Maximillian Walscheid (Sunweb): “The scenery, the people and the weather were all incredible, and it seems like the race organizers have picked a really good week in the year for sun! The stage designers also did a really good job. The route was demanding but it still finished in a sprint royale and it was spectacular for the spectators. The reception we got all day was fantastic – people were standing in many rows. I’ve ridden famous races like Paris-Roubaix before but never seen crowds like that. This win was one of the proudest moments of my career.”

Overall race leader, Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana): “The crowds were amazing and there was so many people. They seemed extremely excited and it wasn’t just kids jumping up and down but adults as well. That was a lot of fun to see and we all took time to soak it all in.”

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3 Result:
1. Max Walscheid (Ger) Sunweb in 4:10:27
2. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana
3. Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
4. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
5. Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor
6. Connor Swift (GB) Madison Genesis
7. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Sunweb
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
9. Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling
10. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling.

Tour de Yorkshire Overall After Stage 3:
1. Magnus Cort (Den) Astana in 11:44:02
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:10
3. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 0:12
4. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 0:16
5. Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:21
6. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb
8. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC at 0:27
9. Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis.

Stage 3:

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire was officially the biggest and best one yet with 2.6 million fans lining the route over the four days. No less than 900,000 roadside spectators witnessed a gripping conclusion on Sunday’s Stage 4 with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wrapping up the overall victory after Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) had secured a sensational stage win.

Rossetto’s ride will go down in Yorkshire folklore after the Frenchman launched an audacious solo attack with 120km of the brutally tough ‘Yorkshire Terrier’ remaining, and the 31 year old evaded a vastly reduced peloton to seal the biggest stage win of his career and top the best climber classification sponsored by Virgin Trains in the process. Not surprisingly, Rossetto was also awarded the grey most active rider jersey sponsored by Dimension Data.

Van Avermaet sprinted home 37 seconds behind Rossetto in second place to tie up the race leader’s blue jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, nine seconds ahead of Spaniard Eduard Prades Reverter (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias). Last year’s race winner Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) rounded out the podium, five seconds further adrift. The bonus points Van Avermaet accrued on the line also saw him win the best sprinter classification sponsored by Asda.

Stage 4 photos HERE.

Leeds - Great Brittain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - PRADES REVERTER Eduard (ESP) of Euskadi Basque Country - Murias - Greg VAN AVERMAET (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) - PAUWELS Serge (BEL) of Team Dimension Data pictured during the Tour de Yorkshire (2.1) stage 4 from Halifax to Leeds (189.5 KM) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2018

Interview with overall winner, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC):
Congratulations, Greg! What does this win mean for you?

“First of all, I want to say that this is a victory for Andy Rihs. I’m really happy with the win. It’s the first win for BMC Racing Team since Andy died so it was a goal to win the race in honor of him. We all had it in mind to win the race for him and tomorrow is his funeral. He supported our team for many years and I think that the work that the team did was really amazing. We had him in our minds and it was really great that we could finish it off. So thank you to Andy, thank you to the team, and I’m so happy that I can win this race. It was a great atmosphere and I’m happy to have the Tour de Yorkshire on my palmarès. It’s always nice to win a GC as it’s not that easy for me.”

We saw another aggressive race from BMC Racing Team today. Was that the plan coming into the stage?
“We had a pretty good plan. We wanted to put Brent in the front as he was still a GC contender and that worked well. Magnus Cort Nielsen could not follow so it was up to us to take a bonus second and then at the end of the stage, it was good enough for the overall. It was really hard with more than 2000m of elevation. Everybody is in good shape, everybody did what they had to do, and I’m super happy that I can finish it off. When the race opened up, we still had three or four guys there and we really tried to control the situation. We were only five guys but everyone did their best so it’s nice to finish it off.”

What did you think of the atmosphere and the crowds at the Tour de Yorkshire this week?
“It was amazing here. There are not so many races with so much support. I remember from the Tour de France and the previous edition I did, it was already amazing but I think this year tops it off with the nice weather and the good parcours so congratulations to the organization. The whole week was incredible. This race really has a place on the calendar. The Tour de Yorkshire overall is a race that really suits me. It has a punchy parcours and one that I’m really good at. First of all, I was coming here to try and win stages but in the end, I think it was good that I came second on day two as we didn’t have to control the race really and this was the main thing that helped us win. We still had four guys when the race opened up and we could control from there. I just had to finish it off. This week was really a team effort and I’m happy I could take the win for the guys.”

Stage winner, Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis): “This is my third professional win and certainly my most beautiful. I did it on a race that is growing in stature all the time, has more history now, and an amazing crowd. It’s been like riding the Tour de France over the last four days.”

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 4 Result:
1. Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis in 4:53:22
2. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:34
3. Ian Bibby (GB) JLT Condor
4. Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
5. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
6. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
7. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie
8. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
9. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb.

Tour de Yorkshire Final Overall Result:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 16:38:00
2. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias at 0:09
3. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 0:14
4. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:19
5. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb
6. Ian Bibby (GB) JLT Condor at 0:23
7. Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis at 0:25
8. Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport at 0:27
9. Patrick Bevin (NZ) BMC at 0:37
10. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie at 0:39.

Final stage 4:

AG2R-La Mondiale for the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
Nans Peters: “After I fractured my right collarbone during the Classic Loire Atlantique on March 24th, I took ten days off, and then had two weeks on the home trainer. For the past three weeks I have been able to ride normally, and I am happy to be racing the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque. But I am going to have to be careful because this is a difficult race with a lot of pitfalls. While I was recovering, I was vigilant about my diet, and because in the beginning there was only so much I could do, I feel like I’ve gained some strength. I don’t really have a results goal for this first race back, but I am very happy to be racing, so I am going with a lot of enthusiasm. It will also help me find my rhythm again ahead of the Tour de l’Ain (May 18-20), which is a race I like very much and takes place close to home. I am disappointed not to be taking part in the Giro, which was to be my first Grand Tour, but injury is also part of the life of a cyclist. I don’t know yet how the second part of the season will play out for me, but I hope to be strong enough to win a place on the team going to the Vuelta.”

Clément Venturini won the Four Days of Dunkirk last year, which was his first road success as a professional in a stage race. He was racing for Cofidis at the time. Clément is currently participating in his first Giro with AG2R LA MONDIALE.

Tour de Romandie winner Roglic returns to Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria: From Geneva straight to Innsbruck! On Sunday 29th April Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic stood on the top step of the podium after the final stage of the Tour de Romandie in western Switzerland; just two days later, on Tuesday, the Lotto NL – Jumbo pro was in Austria for a recce of the courses for the 2018 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Innsbruck-Tirol from 22nd to 30th September. During his stay in Innsbruck, the former professional ski jumper couldn’t resist the chance to visit the legendary Bergisel ski jump in the south of the city.

Primoz Roglic has enjoyed an outstanding start to 2018. After claiming overall victory in the Tour of the Basque Country in early April, the pro rider from team Lotto NL – Jumbo secured top-spot in the General Classification of the Tour de Romandie on Sunday. Far from heading to the beach to celebrate and recover, there is no let-up in Roglic’s training schedule. After the recce in Tirol, he will be heading to France to prepare for the Tour of Slovenia in June – which he won in 2015 – and then on to the Tour de France in July. “I will use these days to take a closer look at the World Championships courses and some sections of the Tour de France. I rode the course of the Men’s Elite Road Race yesterday – the profile suits me,” says Roglic.

Outstanding talent in two sports
Roglic started road cycling just six years ago after ending his career as a professional ski jumper, having already shown his outstanding talent in both sports. In 2007 he won the Junior World Ski Jumping Championships in Planica and claimed gold as a member of the Slovenian national ski jumping team. Ten years later he took second place in the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen. At last year’s Tour de France the 28-year-old took victory on the stage from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier featuring some of the Tour’s most iconic climbs.

While ski jumping is about going downhill fast, at this year’s UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol Roglic can look forward to uphill gradients of up to 28% on the final climb of the day, known as the Höttinger Höll. “Jumping downhill is, of course, easier than riding uphill – but it is also much more dangerous,” he explains with a smile. “The Höll climb will be an interesting challenge that will push all the riders to their absolute limits.” When it comes to the mental side, however, Roglic sees more similarities than differences between road cycling and ski jumping: “It’s all about believing in yourself – that is equally true for both sports.”​

Back in Innsbruck
The famous Bergisel ski jump in the south of Innsbruck is a familiar sight to Roglic from his days as a pro ski jumper: “I have jumped here before. It is a great feeling to come back now as a visitor. I have also had a little bit of time to take a look around Innsbruck. The old town with the snow-capped mountains in the background is really beautiful,” he says.

Yoann Offredo and Marco Minnaard Injured
Wanty-Groupe Gobert currently has two injured riders: Yoann Offredo and Marco Minnaard. Offredo crashed on training on April 24th, Minnaard on April 28th in Tour de Romandie.

Team Doctor Joost De Maeseneer: “Yoann crashed after hitting a car’s door when he was training. Several rib fractures were determined in the hospital. He also had a cut in the left lower leg, which required an adhesion. There is a favorable evolution of the ribs, but he does have complaints about the left knee as a result of the contusion. From today on training should be possible. Within two weeks Yoann should be able to resume competition. Marco Minnaard crashed in a descent in the queen stage of Tour de Romandie. The race doctor diagnosed a shoulder luxation, which was treated correctly in the race. In the hospital of Goes a fracture of the left little finger was diagnosed. Marco needed a temporary gypsum and will undergo a radiology check on Monday. But the prognosis is quite favorable. The foreseen altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada next week would not be jeopardized. “

Marco Minnaard: “My revalidation is progressing well, every day I feel that the nagging pain in my shoulder is decreasing. I have a positive feeling. I am going to check again on Monday. I hope that my shoulder can strengthen over the next four days and then I hope for a green light to go to Sierra Nevada. Just yesterday the four-day Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour started, a stage race that I won last year. After a good Tour de Romandie, where I wore the mountain jersey for three days, I was ready to defend my title. Of course I am sad to miss this race. My teammates who finished Tour de Romandie are now also taking a short break. So I don’t think I will lose much form compared to the others. This only motivates me for the second part of the season, in which I usually perform better. With more race rhythm and in warmer weather conditions I feel stronger.”

Marco Minnaard:

Bohli Forced to Abandon the Tour de Yorkshire After Crash on Stage 2
Tom Bohli has been forced to abandon the Tour de Yorkshire after a crash early into stage 2 which left him with multiple contusions, BMC Racing Team doctor, Dr. Daniele Zaccaria confirmed.

“After his crash, Tom was taken to the hospital where he underwent X-rays and a CT scan. Fortunately, everything came back negative so at this point it looks like there are no fractures. However, he does have a lot of contusions and bruises especially on his arms, and he has some pain at the bottom of his back which is making it difficult for him to move at the moment.”

“He is going to spend the night under observation at the hospital and hopefully, he will be able to fly back home tomorrow. We will continue to monitor his condition,” Dr. Zaccaria explained.

BMC Racing Team will continue to provide updates on Bohli’s recovery.

Tom Bohli:
Fujairah - Dubai - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Tom Bohli (SUI - BMC)  pictured during the 2018 Dubai Tour stage 3 - from Skydive Dubai to Fujairah (183KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018

Alexey Lutsenko’s new bike: SnowLeopard goes hunting at Giro d’Italia
For the first time in his career the Kazakh leader of Astana Pro Team Alexey Lutsenko is taking part in the Giro d’Italia and for the first time today, at stage 2 of the race, he will ride his new one-of-a-kind custom painted Gallium Pro Snow Leopard bike from Argon 18. The strongest Kazakh rider in the peloton Alexey Lutsenko proved to be one of the key parts of Astana Team at the Giro d’Italia as well as a man, who can achieve some nice results in the Italian Grand tour. Together, the rider and his new bike are ready to show class, the Snow Leopard goes hunting at the Giro-2018.

“I thank Argon 18 for an amazing gift, which I’ve got special for my debut at the Giro d’Italia. This is absolutely fantastic and very beautiful bike, which brings me a lot of inspiration and motivation for the Giro! Proud to ride my custom SnowLeopard design Argon 18 Gallium Pro!” Expressed Alexey Lutsenko.

Inspiration behind the design of SnowLeopard-ParticuleR 02 Argon 18 latest Custom Paint Gallium Pro 2018
The process behind the custom paint scheme for Lutsenko incorporated multiple elements specific to Alexey’s roots. The overall idea behind the bike was to create a modern Kazakh bike with a strong aggressive look.

The goal was to create an iconic Gallium Pro integrating numerous national symbols of the country, from the national Flag colors to some leopard pattern on the inside of the fork. On the top tube was designed an aggressive snow leopard face, an icon of Kazakhstan.

The overall graphic concept of this bike is a visual representation of this powerful rider’s dynamic racing style. An up-close look at the bike showcases a luxurious paint finish highlighted with a high flakes metallic paint, making certain, that Alexey Lutsenko will be seen in the peloton throughout the Giro d’Italia.

Art director Alexandre Saint-Jalm worked alongside with Astana Pro Team management to elaborate the unique design of Lutsenko ParticuleR Gallium Pro.

“This project was the perfect opportunity to find the right balance between new aesthetics while paying tribute to the history of cycling with the use of iconic elements. The end goal is not only to have made the prettiest bike, but the one that will encourage Alexey to push even further,” said Alexandre Saint-Jalm.

“Alexey Lutsenko has shown strength in riding and character over the last years. We wanted to celebrate him as Lutsenko is one of the most promising Kazakhstan riders. He is ambitious and confident, just like us – we are proud to introduce a new ParticuleR custom painted bike for Alexey Lutsenko that pays tribute to his roots,” said Gervais Rioux, CEO and Founder of Argon 18.

A special Giro Bike for Iron Man Adam Hansen
Ridley Bikes has designed a special bike for Adam Hansen on the occasion of his twentieth consecutive Grand Tour.

This Giro Adam will be racing on a Helium SLX with a design based on Iron Man, one of the characters in the Marvel Comics and the nickname of record man Adam Hansen. The number 20 also has a prominent place on the bike.

Behind the Scenes at Team Sunweb’s Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Victory
Back with another series of #InsideOut videos for the 2018 edition of the Giro d’Italia, Team Sunweb provide an exclusive behind the scenes insight into their grand tour journey. Check out the first installment of footage featuring world time trial champion, Tom Dumoulin (NED), on the road to the stage one victory:

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