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Durbridge looking to Wednesday for possible Giro d'Italia stage win
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Luke Durbridge knows he is not alone in regarding Wednesdays stage of the Giro dItalia as the last roll of the dice to stake some claim ofthe winners pie. With mountain stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the last day intoMilanon Sunday being suited for the sprinters, Wednesday is the last opportunity for therouleursfrom teams not contending for the overall classifications to escape on the flatter " but certainly not flat " terrain of the 134km 17thstage from Tirano to Lugano. Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) is such a rider, and his confidence is bubbling well after his 10thplace in Saturdays stage 14 time trial fromTrevisoto Valdobbiadene.ADVERTISEMENT Most significant about the Australianstime trial performance was not the result, but that it reassured him that he would be strong going into the third week. The Australian did not target the time trial as he would normally do, considering he started the Giro off the back of sustaining two broken ribs and cuts in a crash one week before the race started on May 9. His main job was to throw his all into the stage 1 team time trial that Orica-GreenEdge won and then see what happens. Durbridge, 24, toldCyclingnewsthat Orica-GreenEDGE head sports director Matt White told him at the start: Just ride through the Giro and see if you can get better. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kruijswijk keen to take advantage of form at Giro dItalia
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
History will recall Alberto Contadors comeback on the Mortirolo and Mikel Landas solo victory in Aprica, but Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) had to content himself with consolation prizes at the end of stage 16 of the Giro dItalia. Kruijswijk was honoured twice on the podium, receiving the blue jersey of king of the mountains and the Montagna Pantani award for being the first man to the top of the Mortirolo, but the stage win his efforts perhaps deserved escaped him. The Dutchman forged clear with Contador and Landa seven kilometres from the top of the Mortirolo, and he performed most of the pace-making duties on the way up the climb. Contador provided more lasting help on the descent and the final haul to Aprica, while Landa, citing the forlorn chase of Astana teammate Fabio Aru " sat in the wheels, only to solo clear with a little over four kilometres remaining. I knew that it could happen, Kruijswijk told Cyclingnews after descending from the podium. I chose to go full to the finish with Alberto. Obviously Landa wasnt going to work with us because of Aru in the back. But even if he had worked with us, I knew it would be hard to beat him. I think in the end, maybe I could have chosen another tactic. But Im satisfied with what I got today. Indeed, in his own press conference, Contador said in normal circumstances, he would have granted stage victory to Kruijswijk, and it was clear that he made no attempt to follow when the Dutchman launched a tired attack shortly before Landas winning move. If Kruijswijk was upset to miss out on the stage, he hid his disappointment well, preferring instead to focus on his ascent up the overall rankings. After a solid time trial at Valdobbiadene, he was a strong 5th at Madonna di Campiglio on Sunday, and he now lies 8th on general classification, 11:40 down on Contador. I didnt expect that today, for sure, he said. But Id had some good performances before the rest day in the time trial and in the uphill finish on Sunday so I knew this climb would suit me well. Its a steep one. I did my best and said Id see where I could be. I took advantage of the good form that I have. Kruijswijk confirmed that he had seen Contador stopped on the roadside to change a wheel on the descent that followed the races first passage through the finish line at Aprica. With Astana and Katusha forcing the pace in front, the Spaniard was forced to engage in a desperate pursuit, eventually pegging back a 52-second deficit on the lower slopes of the Mortirolo. I saw Saxo Bank stopping with Alberto so I think he had a flat tyre. They were waiting for him and chasing, and then he made the jump on the Mortirolo itself, he said. In the beginning, Astana were pulling pretty hard because Alberto was behind. But it was more that they were pulling really hard on the flat part because then on the climb it was just everyone for himself. Kruijswijk finished 8th overall at the 2011 Giro and he is on course to repeat or indeed better that result here. With mountaintop finishes at Cervinia and Sestriere to come, he is just over two minutes off 6th place and three minutes off 5th. I dont know what my target is. I have to see day by day. There are still a few hard stages to come but I think Im with the best climbers now. So I will see, I will try to move up as far as I can, he said, adding that the king of the mountains title is also a goal. If you can climb with the best, this comes out of it, so Ill try to keep it.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to watch more Giro d'Italia race highlights. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hesjedal shows no fear on Giro dItalia Mortirolo stage
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) was unanimously awarded the most aggressively rider of the massive mountain stage of the Giro dItalia to Aprica. The Canadian was part of the early breakaway of stage 16, and then went on the attack alone before the Mortirolo, fearlessly tackling the steep climb and then fighting to the finish for sixth place on the day. He secured little reward for his huge effort, but as he tried to spin out the lactic acid from his legs on the rollers, almost in tears with the pain, Hesjedal explained that was just simply trying to enjoy a big day out, trying to enjoy racing in the mountains. For the record, he finished sixth, 2:10 behind winner Mikel Landa (Astana) and moved up to tenth overall, 12:49 behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). Im happy with the result. I got out there, I raced. I think I showed, you know Hesjedal said. Its just about going out and racing, going for it, and not being scared. Im not scared to lose 13th overall. Whatever the result is after the outcome of choosing to race the wayThats it. Id rather just do it.ADVERTISEMENT Alberto chased me down by himself over the first climb The 2012 Giro dItalia winner was hoping the overall contenders would let the breakaway go clear and fight for the stage victory. He was angry that Contador kept him check on the first climb of the stage, even though he is more than ten minutes behind the Spaniard in the overall classification. Alberto chased me down by himself over the first climb. I guess thats another sign of respect. But Im at 11 minutes, what do they think? Let the break go he said with frustration and sarcasm. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Landa eclipses Aru on the Mortirolo
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landas decision to eschew the diplomatic answer made for a refreshing change of pace in the mixed zone in Aprica following his victory on stage 16 of the Giro dItalia, where the debate of the day concerned maglia rosa Alberto Contadors puncture on the descent ahead of the Mortirolo, and the rights and wrongs of Astana's and Katushas decision not to relax their pace on the front. We were all together as a team. We saw Contadors problem and we tried to keep things difficult, Landa said matter-of-factly when the question was put to him, seemingly unfazed by the consequences of such truth-telling. Perhaps polemica eventually dulls to mere elevator muzak. I believe that we caused him some pain to catch us. Katusha broke up the group and went full gas, and we collaborated with them. Initially at least, Landa was similarly forthcoming when asked if he was now Astanas sole leader, after a day that had seen him leapfrog Fabio Aru in the general classification. The Basque is now second overall, 4:02 down on Contador but 50 seconds ahead of his teammate. Yes, Landa said simply, before adding: But there are two easier days coming up so well try to recover a bit and make the race together. Their bid to make the race together on the lower slopes of the Mortirolo on Tuesday simply confirmed what the second week of the Giro had already suggested, that Landa is significantly stronger than his team leader. They began the climb with a 52-second advantage over the chasing Contador, and when Landa took over the pace-making, it was immediately apparent that Aru, his shoulders rocking, was struggling to keep time with the Basque. If anything, one felt that Landa was riding within himself, which surely helped Contador in his solo bid to make up the deficit. When Contador caught up seven kilometres from the summit and launched an attack of his own, Landa followed and Aru was finally left to his own devices. At the start with Aru, we tried to wear Contador down. I tried to set a regular tempo, Landa said. When Alberto caught up and then attacked, the team saw that I was strong so I was told to follow him and try to win the stage. They had Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) for company on the upper reaches of the Mortirolo, and the Dutchman performed the bulk of the pace-making, with Contador largely content to follow and Landa bound by team orders not to work at all. Contador contributed more on the descent, but said afterwards that he wanted to cede the stage win to Kruijswijjk in recognition of his efforts. Landa, however, jumped away from his two companions with a shade over four kilometres remaining, soloing home to win his second successive stage by 38 seconds. He dismissed the idea that he had reached a pact with Contador en route to his previous win at Madonna di Campiglio, and said that they had not spoken at all in the finale at Aprica. Alberto and I didnt talk, least of all today, Landa said. I saw he and Kruijswijk were talking and I could see that they had worked together and Alberto wanted him to win. But I attacked to see how their strength was and I saw I was the strongest.Leadership Just weeks on from securing a reprieve from the Licence Commission after the UCI had requested their exclusion from the WorldTour following a spate of doping cases, the Astana squad has performed at a strikingly high level at this Giro. From as early as stage 8 to Campitello Matese, Landa has appeared as their stand-out performer, though he batted away the notion that Astana ought to have brought him to the race as team leader. The former Euskaltel-Euskadi riders best finish at a Grand Tour was 28th at last years Vuelta a Espaa, though as an amateur he finished 5th in the hugely competitive Tour de lAvenir of 2010, which was won by Nairo Quintana ahead of Andrew Talansky. Maybe if Id come here as leader Id have done nothing, you never know, he said. This situation is new for me. Theres still a lot of the Giro to go and well see how it finishes. There are two easier days to come now and well see how Fabio recovers. It would be nice to have the two of us together to test Alberto. While Landa is beginning to overshadow the Italian favourite at the Giro, there is little prospect of the same thing happening at the Tour de France, as he will not be in the team that supports Vincenzo Nibalis bid for a repeat victory. I almost definitely wont do the Tour. It wasnt on my programme and I think its too much, Landa said. It remains to be seen whether Landa is still in the light blue of Astana in 2016. Its true that my contract is up and the end of this year. When the Giro is over, well see.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to watch more Giro d'Italia race highlights. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tinkov: I dont think Astana and Katusha showed any class
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Oleg Tinkov was happy to see Alberto Contador extending his overall lead in the Giro dItaliaafter following the stage in the Tinkoff-Saxo team car, yet he struggled to hide his anger against the Astana and Katusha teams, who attacked and forced Contador to chase after he stopped for a wheel change 20km before the start of the Mortirolo. The Spaniard went on to catch, pass and distance Fabio Aru and many of his other overall rivals but was forced to make a huge effort. There was much debate about fair play, respect, class and honesty after the stage at the team buses and in the hotels. Much of it was in Russian, with Tinkov calling Katusha directeur sportif Dimitri Konychev to question why they attacked en mass, as Contador slipped back to get a back wheel from teammate Ivan Basso. Konychev insisted to Cyclingnews that they did not know that Contador was behind when the team hit the front on the descent to Aprica to set up Yuri Trofimov for the Mortirolo.ADVERTISEMENT I told Oleg on the phone that race radio didnt announce that Contador had punctured. I just heard that one of the Astana riders had stopped " whether it was because of a fall or not, I dont know. But I didnt expect that Contador would lose Arus wheel [on the descent], the Russian said almost mischievously. We knew that there was a bad, bad descent after Aprica and we went to the front to set our own tempo and we managed to get up to the front group that changed the race a bit because Contador wasnt up there. In the end, we rode our race and Astana rode theirs. It went well for us. Trofimov rode well and moved up to fifth overall. The Astana team was more honest about attacking Contador, with Mikel Landa admitting that they tried to take advantage of his moment of misfortune. We went hard on the flat before the Mortirolo to make it hard for Contador, so that he might be a little more tired when he caught us, Landa said in his press conference. We saw that Contador had a problem, and we tried to take advantage of it. I believe that we caused him some pain to catch us. Katusha broke up the group and went full gas, and we collaborated with them. Tinkov has often for stopped coffee and a chat at the Katusha team bus at stage starts during the Giro dItalia but that relationship took a blow on the road to Aprica. The relationship with Astana has never been good and has become far worse as the Kazakhstani team has constantly attacked and jabbed at Contador during the Giro dItalia. I dont want to say too much but I think there was much more respect for the maglia rosa five or 10 years ago. Now when the leader punctures, they attack; when the leader crashes, they attack, Tinkov told Cyclingnews after praising his riders at the Tinkoff-Saxo team bus. Its up to the fans to say if there was fair play from the Astana and Katusha team. Maybe Im wrong but Ill be happy to hear what the Astana and Katusha fans have to say about it on Twitter. Alberto showed that hes the boss here Contador now leads Mikel Landa by 4:02, with his Astana teammate Fabio Aru slipping to third at 4:52. The Astana riders are hoping to accompany Contador on the final podium in Milan but Tinkov sees a different podium. For me this is the real podium after what happened today: Alberto is first on the top step and there is no one in second place and only one in third place, he said bluntly. Tinkov also mocked the attempts by Astana and Katusha to distance Contador before the Mortirolo. I dont understand what they were hoping to do by being 40 seconds ahead at the start of the Mortirolo. Alberto was by far the strongest guy here I dont think Astana and Katusha showed any class, he said. We were a little bit pissed off and angry with what happened, but then we just followed Alberto from the car as he picked up as many minutes as possible on the others. It was good to watch. Alberto showed hes a great champion and showed that hes the boss here. Click here to watch more Giro d'Italia race highlights. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador fights back on Mortirolo to extend Giro dItalia lead
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cycling isnt mathematics, Alberto Contador said after crossing the line in Aprica, and he wasnt wrong, certainly not after a stage so enthralling that the extension of his overall lead at this Giro dItalia to more than four minutes felt like something of an afterthought. These are the kind of stages that people remember. Stalled by a puncture shortly after passing through the finish line at Aprica for the first time, Contador was forced into a frantic chase as Katusha and Astana pushed the pace up front, and he had to claw his way back up to the leaders alone on the mighty Mortirolo. Once that remontada was complete, Contador then dropped Fabio Aru (Astana) six kilometres shy of the summit, only to be in turn distanced by the Sardinians teammate Mikel Landa on the final climb the finish. It was a very complicated stage, Contador said with some understatement. I punctured on the descent but until then it had been a perfect day. [Ivan] Basso gave me his wheel but it took a while to change. The whole team put in a huge effort to help me, my pulse was hitting 180 on the flat. They were riding full-on up front, and I knew then it would be a hard day.ADVERTISEMENT This Giro had appeared to be petering out to a predictable conclusion after a weekend that saw Contador put daylight into Aru at the top of the overall standing but, like Alex Fergusons Manchester United teams, the Spaniard never seems content to do things the easy way. Curiously, Contadors mechanical problem on the descent from Aprica was not reported on race radio, and he chose to accept a wheel from Basso rather than change his bike altogether. By the time he re-entered the fray, Contador was over a minute down on a leading group that was being driven by the Katusha and Astana squads. While Katusha directeur sportif Dimitri Konyshev pleaded ignorance of Contadors plight, Landa later suggested that his team had looked to take advantage of the situation. When I saw Astana were on the front, I knew that Id start the Mortirolo with a deficit, Contador said. The deficit itself wasnt the problem so much as having to ride flat out for 10 kilometres before the climb. On the Mortirolo, I rode at my own rhythm. I treated it like a time trial. I never lost my composure. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Aru: I could have lost 20 minutes
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Fabio Aru lost more than two minutes to Alberto Contador(Tinkoff-Saxo) and lost his second place overall to Astana teammate Mikel Landa after suffering on the steep slopes of the Mortirolo and the climb to the finish in Aprica. Yet the young Italian was relieved to have limited his losses after the finale of the race became a battle for survival. I suffered for 40km and I could have lost 20 minutes, Aru admitted after the stage, speaking briefly to Italian television before heading to his nearby hotel to recover from his huge effort. It honestly wasnt one of the best days of my career. I suffered a lot and I rode more with my head than my legs. I fought all the way to the line so that I didnt lose everything. Aru has struggled since stage 11 to Imola but had managed to limit his losses and insisted he had only suffered in the last five kilometres of the stage to Vicenza after failing to eat enough. However, Contador exposed his real level of form in the 59.4km time trial to Valdobbiadene and Aru opted to tame his aggressive riding. He managed to hang on to Contador on the first mountain stage to Madonna di Campiglio but was found out on the double-digit gradient of the Mortirolo after Contador angrily chased through the peloton after Astana went on the attack when he stopped to change a wheel. Contador did not hesitate to drop Aru and then worked hard to distance him on the long ride to Aprica. Aru bravely refused to give up, even when other riders caught and passed him, but lost 2:13 to Contador at the finish in Aprica. Landa gained even more by winning the stage and so jumped past his team leader to inherit second place, 4:02 behind Contador. Aru is now third at 4:52, with Andrey Amador (Movistar) not too far behind, at 56 seconds, and so perhaps a threat to his place on the final podium in Milan. Aru has always been Astanas designated team leader for the Giro dItalia but conceded his leadership to Landa. Mikel was feeling good and so it was right he got to play his cards. He won the stage and if someone is feeling better than you, team leader orders go by the way. Thats only fair, Aru said. Now I just want to think about recovering for the next few days, Im really tired, I did a huge effort. It was a kind of effort that you can only make on a bike.ADVERTISEMENT Click here to watch more Giro d'Italia race highlights. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Highlights of Giro d'Italia stage 16
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mikel Landa (Astana) rode himself into second place overall on stage 16 to Aprica after an epic day of racing at the Giro dItalia. With his team leader Fabio Aru already dropped, Landa attacked with four kilometres remaining to take his second stage victory of the race. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) out-sprinted Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) to take second. Aru eventually crossed the line 2:49 back on his teammate and dropped to third overall. Contador now leads Landa by 402 with Aru third at 4:52. It was a really beautiful day for me, maybe even more than the last one, said Landa. We saw that Contador had a problem and Katusha rode the group full gas and we collaborated with them. On the Mortirolo Fabio didnt feel very good and he told me to go with Alberto and Kruijswijk. In the last kilometres I saw that they were playing a little bit for winning the stage. I tried and I didnt know I was so strong.ADVERTISEMENT The day had been labelled as a defining one for the general classification and it proved to be just that. At one stage it looked like Aru had Contador on the ropes when the maglia rosa suffered a puncture on the first descent of the Aprica. Katusha drove on with some assistance from Astana, and forced Contador to mount what later became a solo chase with the gap extending to nearly a minute at the foot of the Mortirolo. Click here to watch more Giro d'Italia race highlights. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Horner critical of US Pro tactics
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Horner (Airgas-Safeway) is one of the best tacticians in cycling. He frequently gets himself in trouble for calling them like he sees them. Horners matter-of-fact attitude can be interpreted as analytical, or hubris, depending on ones frame of reference. Immediately after the US Professional Road Race in Chattanooga on Monday, Horner discussed his thoughts on the closing laps of the race. Horners Airgas-Safeway team is hoping to get into the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge later this summer. The general perception is a win at nationals can help a team bridge the gap if they are on the bubble. Horner felt hed done well despite some bad luck for the team. We started with six and we lost three instantly and we lost a fourth right after his chain broke, Horner said. So we were down to two guys, thats it. I was a bit off on form so I just tried to fake it the whole time but all in all I put on a show.ADVERTISEMENT Pulling back Talansky was the first priority. Horner was disappointed when Phil Gaimon (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) crashed out of the race due to a slick rainy corner. Immediately after dismissing Gaimons crash as his MO whenever it is slippery, Horner complimented Gaimon on his work pulling back Talansky. And Gaimon, he was fabulous, Horner said. Full on throwing everything into it but then he crashed so it left two of us [Horner and Busche] and some half-assed work from the other guys to pull back Talansky. After Busche and Dombrowski slipped away, Horner looked to Garmin to make a move. However, Horner didnt believe Dombrowski stood a chance against Busche. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Amador and Intxausti lead Movistar into Giro d'Italia final week
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As the final week of the Giro dItalia begins in earnest, Movistar find themselves fighting on two fronts. Despite not having defending champion Nairo Quintana in the line-up, they are still in the hunt for a podium finish and victory in the mountains competition. There is still plenty of racing to come but it is looking good for the Spanish team. After keeping his nose clean in the opening two weeks, Andrey Amador moved himself into third in the overall classification with a strong time trial performance last Saturday. His efforts have made him front page news in his home of Costa Rica, while his family have travelled over to Italy to see him race. Amador was in the mix on Sundays stage to Madonna di Campiglio before he was distanced in the last five kilometres and hes determined to fight on. I am motivated, willing and I will try to maintain and defend my position where I can. I have never been in this situation fighting for the general classification, pushing on all the climbs, and I am very happy and proud of what I achieved and pleased with the effort so far, Amador told the Spanish newspaper AS during the rest day.ADVERTISEMENT Mikel Landa (Astana) is now only 17 seconds behind him in fourth place, with a tough stage over the Mortirolo to come on Tuesday, but the Movistar rider is not worried. It will be very difficult: we have the Campo Carlo Magno to start, then the Tonale, then the Mortirolo, and Aprica two times Fear not. Respect yes, but fear no. And I believe that you always have to think big, he said. His teammate Beat Intxausti was meant to be the teams GC leader but he has other ambitions now as the wearer of the mountains jersey, on top of his stage win at Campitello Matese. He hadnt set out looking for the mountains classification but now that he finds himself in the lead he wants to keep it. The truth is that I have completed the first objective, winning a stage. Now I have another with the mountains jersey. I'm happy to keep going and day to day. The podium every day is a joy, I'm really enjoying it. And now it is a goal from here to Milan, he told Biciciclismo. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
inCycle video: Giro d'Italia stage 16 preview
May 27, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
After two weeks of arduous racing already completed, the final week of the Giro dItalia kicks off with a tough mountain stage to Aprica. The 174-kilometre stage takes in five climbs, including the formidable Mortirolo. The 11.8-kilometre Mortirolo averages 10.9 per cent, hitting gradients of up to 18 per cent. Former Italian cyclist Eros Poli - who won on Mont Ventoux at the 1994 Tour de France, despite not having a climbing pedigree " took inCycle up the infamous Alpine climb. I was there with my team in 1991, climbing for the Mortirolo for the first time, said Poli, as he hits the lower slopes of the ascent. Our leader Franco Chioccioli won the stage with an attack from three kilometres to the top. He won the stage and the Giro, it was a great moment.ADVERTISEMENT Follow Poli up the climb in this preview of stage 16, one of the toughest of this years Giro dItalia. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
College Sport: Travel big part of life for cyclist
May 26, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Bryony Botha is in Australia this week. Earlier this year, she was in Colombia. In August she'll be in Kazakhstan. Her trusty track bike will be with her.The 17-year-old, Year 13 Rangitoto College student gets to travel a lot because... More...
Cycling-Contador survives Astana onslaught to extend Giro lead (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (19:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds quotes) May 26 (Reuters) - Alberto Contador survived an onslaught from rival team Astana to move closer to a second Giro d'Italia title as he finished Tuesday's queen stage in Aprica in third place. Spain's Contador started the day with a 2:35 lead and now has an advantage of four minutes two seconds over compatriot Mikel Landa (Astana), who won the 16th stage 38 seconds ahead of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk. Contador also ended the punishing 177-km mountain stage 38 seconds behind. More...
Cycling-Road-Giro d'Italia team classification after stage 16 (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Team Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 16 on Tuesday 1. Astana(Kazakhstan) 194:52:42" 2. Movistar(Spain) +24:35" 3. BMC Racing(United States) +33:48" 4. Team Sky(Britain) +42:02" 5. Cannondale(United States) +1:22:38" 6. Tinkoff - Saxo(Russia) +1:37:09" 7. Lotto(Belgium) +2:03:45" 8. Katusha(Russia) +2:18:53" 9. AG2R(France) +2:51:56" 10. FDJ(France) +3:02:04" More...
Alberto Contador shows off climbing skills on Mortirolo
May 26, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
APRICA, Italy (AP) " Alberto Contador put on a demonstration of his climbing skills on the steep Mortirolo pass and extended his lead in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.Spanish rider Mikel Landa posted his second... More...
Cycling-Road-Giro d'Italia points classification after stage 16 (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Points Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 16 on Tuesday 1. Elia Viviani (Italy / Team Sky) 119 2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy / Trek) 119 3. Nicola Boem (Italy / Bardiani Valvole) 109 4. Sacha Modolo (Italy / Lampre) 91 5. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 86 6. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium / BMC Racing) 83 7. Diego Ulissi (Italy / Lampre) 75 8. Marco Frapporti (Italy / Androni Giocattoli) 72 9. Marco Bandiera (Italy / Androni Giocattoli) 60 10. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 57 More...
Cycling-Contador survives Astana onslaught to extend Giro lead (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Alberto Contador survived an onslaught from rival team Astana to move closer to a second Giro d'Italia title as he finished Tuesday's queen stage in Aprica in third place. Spain's Contador started the day with a 2:35 lead and now has an advantage of four minutes two seconds over compatriot Mikel Landa (Astana), who won the 16th stage 38 seconds ahead of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk. Contador also ended the punishing 177-km mountain stage 38 seconds behind. More...
Alberto Contador shows off climbing skills on Mortirolo (The Associated Press)
May 26, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
APRICA, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador put on a demonstration of his climbing skills on the Mortirolo pass and extended his lead in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. More...
Cycling-Road-Giro d'Italia mountain classification after stage 16 (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Mountain Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 16 on Tuesday 1. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 92 2. Benat Intxausti (Spain / Movistar) 91 3. Mikel Landa (Spain / Astana) 73 4. Carlos Betancur (Colombia / AG2R) 68 5. Simon Geschke (Germany / Giant) 53 6. Giovanni Visconti (Italy / Movistar) 51 7. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 45 8. Franco Pellizotti (Italy / Androni Giocattoli) 33 9. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada / Cannondale) 28 10. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) 28 More...
Cycling-Road-Giro d'Italia classification after stage 16 (Reuters)
May 26, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Giro d'Italia after Stage 16 on Tuesday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 65:04:59" 2. Mikel Landa (Spain / Astana) +4:02" 3. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) +4:52" 4. Andrey Amador (Costa Rica / Movistar) +5:48" 5. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) +8:27" 6. Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic / Team Sky) +9:21" 7. Damiano Caruso (Italy / BMC Racing) +9:52" 8. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) +11:40" 9. Alexandre Geniez (France / FDJ) +12:48" 10. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada / Cannondale) +12:49" More...

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