VeloNews.com » Road http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Tue, 31 May 2016 18:08:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Giro roundtable: Nibali’s last stand, Chaves vs. Kruijswijk http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/giro-roundtable-our-top-moments-winners-losers_408047 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/giro-roundtable-our-top-moments-winners-losers_408047#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 17:34:19 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408047

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth career grand tour victory Sunday in Torino. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Giro is finally over. We break down four of the biggest questions coming out of the race.

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Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth career grand tour victory Sunday in Torino. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

I think we’re all still trying to recover from watching that Giro d’Italia. After a fairly tame start, the race packed years of drama into a few days of racing. There were crashes. There were implosions. There were even cheeseburger fantasies.

What were our lasting memories? What were our grand conclusions from this exciting race? Let’s roundtable!

The 2016 Giro will always be remembered for ______.

Spencer Powlison: Stevey Cruiseship! Kruijswijk has been anonymously knocking around the peloton for 10 years and finally upped his level in a major way this Giro. His contract with LottoNL ends this year, so I bet we’ll see another team try to hire Dutchman to be its grand tour leader.

Fred Dreier: The crash seen ’round the world. I had finally convinced myself to cheer for a Kruijswijk victory when he went barreling into that snowbank. I’m happy he walked away fairly minor injuries, as the video is straight out of the “Agony of Defeat” section on “Wide World of Sports“. Whether or not Kruijswijk ever wins a grand tour, that crash video will haunt him forever.

Andy Hood: Nibali’s last gasp. The Shark took a bite out of this Giro, but my hunch is it will be his final grand tour victory. The fact that it took a crash by a unheralded rival to secure the pink jersey seems to confirm that Nibali’s membership in the “four galacticos” club has an expiry date. A move to the Bahraini project, requiring an entirely new cycling infrastructure, built from scratch, would be disastrous at this stage of his career. Even if he stays at Astana, he will be playing second fiddle to Aru. A smarter move is to join Trek – Segafredo.

Caley Fretz: The final week. Everything before that was a bit snoozy. The Giro used more highway-type roads this year, particularly when the race was in the south, and it made for some Tour-esque racing. That’s not a compliment. But those last few days were something special. Stage 19 to Risoul was the best grand tour stage in half a decade. We have short memories, so that final week will smother the two average (or even below average) weeks that came before. I’d give the whole race 3/5 stars. Final week: 5/5.

You’re building a team for next year’s Giro. Who would you rather have: Chaves or Kruijswijk?

Spencer: Chaves is an easy choice — the kid has three grand tour stage wins. Kruijswijk won one stage at Tour de Suisse in 2011, Arctic Race of Norway, and that’s it. Plus, Chavito is two years younger.

Fred: Chaves. Even if he doesn’t win, he’ll draw you a pretty picture.

Andy: Chaves. Not only does the kid have guts, a strong engine, and is an emerging media darling with his dazzling smile, he is a rider who engenders loyalty and harmony inside the team bus. The only thing worse than racing your guts out for a captain who cannot deliver is if that rider is a complete wanker. And there are plenty of wankers leading big teams. Chaves not only thanks and appreciates the work the team does for him, he backs it up with results. That’s not to say Kruijswijk isn’t all of those things, but if I had to choose, my fantasy league team will include Chaves. He’s got class money cannot buy.

Caley: Kruijswijk. He was the best rider in this Giro. Plus I’ve already spent countless hours memorizing the placement of his Js, I don’t want those hours to go to waste.

What was the biggest disappointment from this year’s race?

Spencer: Rigoberto Urán just can’t seem to stay healthy in grand tours. I really thought the new team would see him deliver on his promise. It’s a shame because Cannondale’s domestiques, especially Joe Dombrowski, were riding so well and could have helped him if he were in the mix.

Fred: Ilnur Zakarin crashing out. He looked strong enough to get onto the podium or win a mountain stage.

Andy: Mikel Landa. I would have liked to see how far he could have gone against Nibali. Sky pays him millions to win the Giro, and he’s out of the race within the first week, but I bet they are more disappointed than I am.

Caley: VN European correspondent Andrew Hood and I swapped halfway through the race but didn’t overlap by even a single day, so we never got to grab a beer. That was disappointing. Also, the rain in the Chianti TT effectively neutralized that stage for most of the GC men. That was also disappointing.

Who had the most impressive performance this year?

Spencer: Vincenzo Nibali gets a lot of heat, and sometimes he’s asking for it. But love him or loathe him, the man is so tenacious. He could have given up on Giro pink after his mechanical in the Alpe di Siusi time trial, or after the tragic news of Rosario Costa’s death, or after suffering a stomach bug midway through the race. He didn’t. Instead, he pulled off a gritty coup on the final day of racing. Grande campione.

Fred: I can’t get enough of the man I now call “Jungle Bob.” Bob Jungels blossomed from a time trial power rider into a grand tour threat over these past few weeks. He gritted it out against older riders with far better results on the climbs.

Andy: I gotta go with Chaves. He checks off all the boxes for a Giro rider. The kid’s going to win the Vuelta a España in September. You read it here first.

Caley: Bob Jungels for most impressive young rider. If he loses 3-5 kilos he could win a grand tour. Honorable mention goes to Michele Scarponi as domestique of the month. He won the Giro for Nibali.

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Geschke Q&A: Missing Kittel, the Tour win, his famous beard http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/geschke-qa-germany-the-big-win-and-his-beard_408065 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/geschke-qa-germany-the-big-win-and-his-beard_408065#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 17:05:12 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408065

Simon Geschke arrived at the finish in Pra-Loup in a state of glory, saying later that he had dreamed of this moment since he was 15 years old. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

Simon Geschke reflects on the biggest win of his career at the Tour de France, the stage of German cycling, and his famous beard.

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Simon Geschke arrived at the finish in Pra-Loup in a state of glory, saying later that he had dreamed of this moment since he was 15 years old. Photo: Iri Greco | BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

Before last July, Simon Geschke (Giant – Alpecin) was better known for his voluminous beard than his exploits on the bike. A six-year veteran at the time with only two wins to his name, the 30-year-old German saw everything change when he took an emotional breakaway mountain stage victory at the Tour de France. For once, he was in the news for his racing rather than his facial hair.

The son of an Olympian and world champion track cyclist, Geschke has cycling in his DNA. The 5-foot-7 all-rounder cannot beat the pure sprinters or pure climbers, so he has zeroed in on hilly stages and one-day races. We recently caught up with Geschke to talk about his career, Marcel Kittel, and, of course, his beard.

What is your cycling background?

I have always had cycling around me. My father was an Olympic track cyclist for the former East Germany. He was world champion in the sprint. When I was little, he was also the national trainer of Denmark. When I was 10, he finished his career and started to mountain bike, and he took me with him. I started to have fun and won some races in my region. I grew up near Berlin and [rode with him] at his old club. I started racing on the road when I was 16.

Did you want to race on the track or road?

I was not so bad on the track, and I was okay in the pursuit, but I wanted to be a road cyclist. My real inspiration was watching Jan Ullrich win the Tour de France. After that, everyone wanted to be a road cyclist in Germany. When I turned pro in 2009, it was very quiet in German cycling. It was not a good period at all. There was a big boom with Ullrich followed by a big down with all the bad stories.

It appears cycling in Germany is coming back. Do you believe that’s true?

It’s not like the boom we saw with Ullrich, but it is coming back. All the media talked about then were doping scandals, but now it’s coming around. Last year, we had six German stage victories in the Tour, so people are paying attention again. There are many people riding their bicycles, and there are many gran fondos, but at the professional level, it has been slower to come back. It is good that German sponsors like Alpecin and Lidl are coming into the sport. And now we will have the Grand Départ of the Tour in Germany next year.

How do you describe yourself as a rider?

It’s difficult, because I do a little bit of everything. I am not going to win bunch sprints, and I’m not going to win on Alpe d’Huez when I’m with Froome and Quintana. I see myself as a rider for the Ardennes classics, and the stages that are hilly — the medium-hard mountain stages. People like to think black and white, but there is some room in between. When climbers cannot drop me on a climb, that’s when I can get my results. I have a good sprint when it gets hard. I need a hard race to have chances. Races like Amstel Gold Race are ideal for me. I am 30, and I think I have some good years ahead of me.

How much have things changed on the team with the departure of Marcel Kittel?

It changes things a lot. I was with him when he won his first Vuelta stage, and I was with him when he won his first Tour de France stage and had the yellow jersey. Those were so big for the team. Last year, the air just went out, and I think the breaking point was when Marcel was not selected for the Tour. He was disappointed, and he decided to leave the team. Then there was no point in paying him more money to make him stay. When he is unhappy, it is better for everyone that he leaves. We are close. I’ve known Marcel for a long time; we raced together in 2007 on the under-23 national team. I miss him as a teammate. But it was not easy for him last year. He went from being the best sprinter in the world, and then he got the virus. It went from worse to worse.

Did you have more chances last year in the Tour because Kittel was not racing?

It is because he was not there that I raced! I was not planning to do the Tour, and it was me who was replacing Marcel. I was not taking his spot for the sprints, of course, so we decided to support John [Degenkolb]. It was a hard decision, because I also raced the Giro d’Italia. I broke my collarbone [at 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico] and I had missed all of the spring classics.

How difficult was it to win stage 17 to Pra-Loup?

I struggled a bit in the first week, but for the second and third weeks I was in the best shape possible. There were a lot of good riders in that group, so that’s why I attacked early, because I knew if I went to the final climb with guys like Talansky, Porte, or Pinot, I would have no chance. They were also looking at each other. I knew from previous days that after the intermediate sprint people take a chance to eat, to regroup, and I knew that could be a good moment to attack. My goal was to get as much time as possible before the final climb. I wasn’t thinking I could win the stage, but I knew I had to try something different, because if I waited I’d have no chance.

What was it like going up the final climb, realizing a Tour win was close?

I was at my limit. I had cramps, and I had to go easy for one kilometer. The crowds were pushing me along. Your body tells you to stop, and you just want to sit on the side of the road because everything is hurting. I had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a stage in the Tour de France, and everything went perfect until those final moments. You suffer so much in this sport, but I just kept pushing.

Did that victory change anything for you?

It was the first year that German TV was broadcasting the race again, so many people were able to see my victory. I am not like Ullrich or Kittel, though, so nobody bothers me if I walk down the street. People recognize me more for my beard than the races I have won!

Tell us about that beard.

Luca Paolini was the first to grow a beard, and then I made mine. I’ve had mine since worlds at Firenze in 2013. The reactions have been very funny. I decided to keep it. I have no reason to shave it off.

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UCI finds no wrongdoing in Henao’s bio passport inquiry http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/uci-finds-no-wrongdoing-in-henaos-bio-passport-inquiry_408028 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/uci-finds-no-wrongdoing-in-henaos-bio-passport-inquiry_408028#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 12:37:27 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408028

Sergio Henao finished in the top 25 at the Vuelta a Espana last year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Colombian climber showed suspect blood and urine values, but the UCI has determined there is "no basis to proceed further."

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Sergio Henao finished in the top 25 at the Vuelta a Espana last year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The UCI has determined there is “no basis to proceed further” in Sergio Henao’s biological passport case.

The Sky rider was sidelined in April after questions arose regarding his biological passport readings. After investigating the matter, the UCI said Tuesday the Colombian climber has essentially done nothing wrong.

“As per the applicable [Athlete Biological Passport] regulations, the rider’s explanations were sent to the [Athlete Passport Management Unit] experts for review,” the UCI said in a statement. “After examination, the independent experts came to the conclusion that there was no basis to proceed further.

“In light of the confidential nature of the information concerned, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) are not in a position to comment further.”

Sky officials said last month Henao was contacted by CADF officials over blood and urine values taken between August 2011 and June 2015. In 2014, Sky voluntarily pulled the 28-year-old from competition because its in-house experts “had questions about Sergio’s out-of-competition control tests at altitude.”

“We recognize why the CADF have raised this issue as it is one we have obviously raised ourselves,” team principal Dave Brailsford said in a statement last month. “Thus far, Sergio’s data has been anonymous to the CADF experts. We hope and believe they will reach the same conclusions when they consider the background and all the evidence over the coming weeks.”

Sky was quick to point out this was not an anti-doping positive, and that the team voluntarily pulled Henao out of Flèche Wallonne, adding that living at altitude in Colombia may have created odd readings.

“The physiology of ‘altitude natives’ is a complex area,” Brailsford added.

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Roth, Ratto claim Winston-Salem titles http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/roth-ratto-claim-winston-salem-titles_408024 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/roth-ratto-claim-winston-salem-titles_408024#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 23:46:18 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408024

Ryan Roth, seen here at the 2015 Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, won Monday in Winston-Salem. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

The third annual Memorial Day race ends in exciting fashion in both the men's and women's races.

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Ryan Roth, seen here at the 2015 Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, won Monday in Winston-Salem. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Canadian Ryan Roth won the third annual Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Monday in an exciting, five-man sprint.

Roth, who rides for Montreal-based Silber, was in the five-man breakaway group barreling toward the finish line as the race came to a close. Roth waited until the time was right — in the final 100 meters — to launch his sprint, and was able to hold off Eric Marcotte of Jamis and Evan Huffman of Rally for the win.

Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare) and Rob Squire (Holowesko – Citadel) finished fourth and fifth.

The leading group of five formed with five laps to go on the heels of another breakaway group of 10 riders that was swallowed up on lap 9 of the 14-lap race in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A large group assumed the controls at that point, but after several attacks the five aforementioned riders were situated at the sharp end of the race.

From there, the group desperately tried to hold off the charging riders behind them, who launched a series of attacks as they tried to close the gap.

Coming into the finish, the five riders were all together when Roth made his winning move.

Ratto wins women’s race

Italian Rossella Ratto of Cylance won the women’s event in solo fashion, riding away from the leading group of roughly 25 riders on the final lap.

A pack of 11 riders was 10 seconds behind, from which Cylance’s Valentina Scandolara edged UnitedHealthcare’s Coryn Rivera for second place.

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Americans Abroad: Dombrowski ends Giro on high note http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/americans-abroad-dombrowski-finishes-on-giro-podium_407982 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/americans-abroad-dombrowski-finishes-on-giro-podium_407982#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 21:32:17 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=407982

Joe Dombrowski escaped with Darwin Atapuma in stage 20 of the Giro and ended up finishing third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Joe Dombrowski spends the Giro's penultimate day in the breakaway, and finishes on the podium; national champions are crowned

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Joe Dombrowski escaped with Darwin Atapuma in stage 20 of the Giro and ended up finishing third. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Welcome to Americans Abroad, our weekly check-in with the American pros in the European peloton. VeloNews will publish these updates every Monday throughout the season.

Much like he did in week two of the Giro d’Italia, Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski was in the breakaways during week three’s final climbing stages. He earned a career-best third place in Saturday’s stage 20, a 134-kilometer mountain stage from Guillestre to Sant’Anna di Vinadio. Dombrowski finished the day 1:17 behind stage winner Rein Taaramae (Katusha) and BMC’s Darwin Atapuma. He also finished the Giro fifth overall in the youth classification.

Nathan Brown (Cannondale)

Nate Brown was also in Italy racing for Cannondale. Overall, he finished 48th, ninth in the young rider competition. His best stage was stage 10, where he finished fourth.

Adrian Hegyvary (UnitedHealthcare)

Hegyvary is racing Tour of Japan this week. After the prologue, he is in 10th place.

Luke Keough (UnitedHealthcare)

UHC’s sprinter Luke Keough is also in Japan. After the prologue on Sunday, he sits 33rd overall.

Alder Martz (Attaque Team Gusto)

Martz, 25, is the third American at the Tour of Japan this week. After Sunday’s prologue, he sits in 47th place

Joey Rosskopf (BMC)

Rosskopf wrapped up his first career Giro d’Italia Sunday. He finished the race in 84th place, with a 33rd place result in stage 20.

U.S. Pro national championships

The U.S. national championships were held this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The men’s and women’s time trials were won by Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Carmen Small (Cervelo – Bigla) Friday. Small surprised everyone with her win over pre-race favorite Kristin Armstrong. Both Phinney and Small are hoping that their wins help solidify spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

In Saturday’s road race, it was Axeon – Hagens Berman’s 21-year-old Gregory Daniel who took the top step of the podium, after a late-race attack. The young rider spent much of the day in unsuccessful breakaways before finally making an attack the stuck, and earned him the victory. Cannondale’s Alex Howes and Holowesko – Citadel’s Travis McCabe rounded out the podium, five seconds behind Daniel. For the women, it was pre-race favorite and defending champion Megan Guarnier (Boels – Dolmans) who took the win in Winston-Salem, ahead of Coryn Rivera (UHC) and Mandy Heintz (Visit Dallas – DNA)

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Unserious questions, part 5: The Giro finale http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/unserious-questions-part-5-the-giro-finale_408013 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/unserious-questions-part-5-the-giro-finale_408013#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 19:33:12 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408013

Joe Dombrowski spent some time up the road in the last week of the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Cheeseburger with bacon or ice cream sundae or a plate of tacos? We asked the Americans at the Giro one final round of unserious questions.

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Joe Dombrowski spent some time up the road in the last week of the Giro. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Giro d’Italia is over. Five of the original six American racers made it to Torino on Sunday, led by Joe Dombrowski in 34th overall.

Dombrowski raced for just over 88 hours since May 6th. His Strava profile, which includes rest-day rides and the like, tells an even more difficult story: 91 hours, 2,145 miles, 142,428 feet of climbing. It was not an easy month.

If you’ve kept up with the previous installments of Unserious Questions, you know that while the bodies of these five riders slowly deteriorated, their attitudes did not. Perhaps this is the most impressive feat. We know the a pro cyclist is physically trained to the task. But his mind? There’s no guarantee that the mind is prepared. The five Americans maintained their humor and joy, quite admirably so.

Most had a bit of a night out on Sunday. I even received one set of responses via text message at 2am local time. They deserved it, and we thank them for providing a bit of insight — sometimes purposefully, sometimes not — into what it’s like to race the Giro.

VeloNews: What was your first thought when you got up this morning?

Joey Rosskopf (BMC): “Wow, this sore throat is coming on strong.”

Chad Haga (Giant – Alpecin): “I hope the forecast improved overnight.”

Nate Brown (Cannondale): “I can’t believe the Giro ends today. I’m kinda going to miss it all.”

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale): “160km is a very long parade.”

Ian Boswell (Sky): “This all started in the Netherlands three weeks ago?”

VN: Looking back at this Giro, would you have done anything different?

Rosskopf: “I would have fallen back on the ‘all rice’ diet a week earlier.”

Haga: “There are things I wish I would have done better in hindsight, but I’m happy with how I raced.”

Brown: “My prep into it. I got the call-up last second, but that’s part of cycling and I was ready for the challenge.”

Dombrowski: “Probably not, other than a few tactical errors.”

Boswell: “Won a stage. Easier said than done.”

VN: Describe your mood today in one word.

Rosskopf: “Satisfied.”

Haga: “Doubtful (that it’s really over.)”

Brown: “Happy.”

Dombrowski: “Sluggish.”

Boswell: “Finished!”

VN: Who was the first person you called or texted after the race?

Rosskopf: “I think ol’ Michael Trivette was the first person that texted to congratulate me. Every time he texts me it makes me feel guilty and miss home, so it takes me a while to respond.”

Haga: “Kate.” [Haga’s fiancée]

Brown: “My girlfriend, Annie. I also got to see my parents after the finish. They made the trip over. That was super special.”

Dombrowski: “My parents.”

Boswell: “My dad. My girlfriend and my mother are here at the race.”

VN: How do your legs feel on a scale of 1-10?

Rosskopf: “Six.” [Up two.]

Haga: “Six.” [No change.]

Brown: “I’m empty. I would give them a three.” [Down four and a half.]

Dombrowski: “Eight and a half.” [Up one half.]

Boswell: “Six. Lazy mind and legs now that it’s done.” [Down three, the first time Boswell has dropped down from nine.]

VN: What was the most Italian thing that happened to you this month?

Rosskopf: “At a hotel breakfast buffet after opting for the drip coffee in an abnormally large mug: ‘Grande Joe, it’s just like McDonald’s, no?’”

Haga: “The Giro.”

Brown: “Our team started out speaking English, but it slowly turned to almost all Italian. Even the radio chatter went into Italian.”

Dombrowski: “As there were few of us non-Italian speakers in the Giro team this year our conversation over race radio slowly turned to Italian only. Me and Nate Brown left in the dark.”

Boswell: “Riders getting pushed and holding onto cars. Very Italian.”

VN: Does anything hurt?

Rosskopf: “The undercarriage region is ready for a rest.”

Haga: “Banged my knee in a pileup on the circuit, but it’s not bad.”

Brown: “Nothing hurts!”

Dombrowski: “No.”

Boswell: “Pride, from not getting more out of the race, but I did enjoy it.”

VN: Cheeseburger with bacon or ice cream sundae or a plate of tacos?

Rosskopf: “For once I’ll take the cheeseburger.”

Haga: “I want a big, messy cheeseburger.”

Brown: “Cheeseburger, plate of tacos, then ice cream sundae.”

Dombrowski: “Burger, with avo and bacon.”

Boswell: “Ice cream. Had a burger last night!”

VN: Finally, was it fun?

Rosskopf: “Super fun! Beautiful race, country, and people.”

Haga: “It was many things, including fun.”

Brown: “I had a lot of fun. This might have been the best group of guys I’ve raced with.”

Dombrowski: “Yeah. I love the Giro!”

Boswell: “It was. I really did enjoy the journey.”

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Nibali lives up to predatory nickname in Giro win http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/giro-ditalia/nibali-lives-up-to-predatory-nickname-in-giro-win_408008 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/giro-ditalia/nibali-lives-up-to-predatory-nickname-in-giro-win_408008#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 13:26:31 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=408008

Vincenzo Nibali won his fourth grand tour title at the Giro on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Showing his fierce side, Vincenzo Nibali needed just two stages to show the Giro peloton he was worthy of winning another pink jersey.

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Vincenzo Nibali won his fourth grand tour title at the Giro on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TORINO, Italy (AFP) — Some will call Vincenzo Nibali’s dramatic Giro d’Italia victory on Sunday lucky, but it served as a reminder that “the shark” is dangerous when in deep water.

Three years after the Italian sealed a maiden pink jersey with an epic ride through the snowy Dolomites, a second Giro triumph looked out of reach when Steven Kruijswijk of LottoNL – Jumbo opened up a huge lead in the final week of a thrilling 99th edition.

Over two intense days in the mountains, pre-race favorite and Astana rider Nibali went from trailing the Dutchman by 41 seconds to seemingly out of contention at 4:43 back.

But “the shark” has a habit of biting back at his rivals.

And when Kruijswijk crashed into a snow bank early on the descent of the Colle dell’Agnello climb bordering France and Italy on Friday, the race for pink was suddenly back on two days before the finish.

On stage 19, Nibali forged ahead to victory on the summit finish at Risoul in France, where he also won on his road to the Tour de France overall triumph in 2014.

Like a great white patiently circling his prey, Nibali was unforgiving when he went in for the kill.

“Steven Kruijswijk had a good advantage after the Dolomites but I knew the highest mountains were yet to come,” Nibali said.

“Riding above 2,000 meters isn’t easy for anyone but I felt comfortable. Kruijswijk crashed … but towards the summit of the Colle dell’Agnello I noticed he was breathing heavily so I put pressure on him climbing and then descending.

“Had I not, probably nothing would have happened and [Esteban] Chaves would have had an easy ride as well.”

Orica – GreenEdge climber Chaves took the race lead Friday with a 44-second advantage over Nibali, but he trailed behind the Italian after Saturday’s penultimate stage that ended atop the Sant’Anna di Vinadio.

On Sunday, Nibali revealed he had been suffering from a stomach bug, news of which he kept to himself.

“I had a stomach bug during the Giro but it’s better not to tell everything sometimes,” he said.

Stunning performance

It is not the first time the Sicilian has fought back from adversity to triumph in one of the world’s biggest bike races.

He upset pre-race predictions to win the Tour de France in 2014, becoming the first Italian to do so since the late climbing ace Marco Pantani in 1998.

And when he was excluded from the 2015 Vuelta a Espana for illegally hanging onto a team car following a crash, he blew away his shame with a stunning performance to win the Il Lombardia classic weeks later.

Shy off the bike, the Sicilian becomes a fierce competitor on it — although he is known for his sensible side, too.

After fighting his way back into victory contention in Risoul, Nibali wept tears of relief and joy as he hung his arms over the handlebars.

Nibali, 31, left his native Sicily for Tuscany as an ambitious 16-year-old to follow his dream, and has become one of the most formidable and feared stage racers in the world.

A strong climber with descending skills that have left more than one rival fearing for his safety, Nibali copes well in tough weather conditions.

He secured his maiden pink jersey on the penultimate stage in 2013 when he emerged through a snow blizzard to triumph atop Trois Cimes de Lavaredo in the Dolomites.

After Kruijswijk flew over the handlebars head-first into the snow on Friday, Nibali remarked: “Descents are just as much a part of racing as climbing.”

Next up for Nibali is the Tour de France, although he plans to ride in support of teammate Fabio Aru. Nibali will then focus on winning gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 21
Start / Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) Pink Leader Jersey / Rain /
Cuneo - Torino (163km)/
Giro / © Tim De Waele

Scenes from the final stage of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, a day for the sprinters that began in Cuneo and finished in Torino

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 21 Start / Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) Pink Leader Jersey / Rain / Cuneo - Torino (163km)/ Giro / © Tim De Waele

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Esteban Chaves rode to second overall and delivered an impressive mountain stage victory in his second career Giro appearance. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

A dramatic Giro d'Italia offered several breakout stars a chance to prove themselves on the grand stage

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Esteban Chaves rode to second overall and delivered an impressive mountain stage victory in his second career Giro appearance. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TORINO, Italy (VN) — Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) might have won the 99th Giro d’Italia, but the race also served as a platform for a new generation of riders to elbow their way into the established power structure.

Nibali was the only one of cycling’s “Cuatro Galacticos” to race the Italian grand tour (Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome, and Alberto Contador stayed home this month), so perhaps it was no surprise that he managed to pull off the victory. Another rider meeting expectations was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), with third overall and a stage win.

Behind those two established stars was a Giro filled with new riders keen to use the opportunity to strut their stuff. From GC riders to stage-hunters and sprinters, the season’s first grand tour always presents an opening worth exploiting. Here are five who took the 99th Giro d’Italia by the horns:

Esteban Chaves (Orica – GreenEdge), 2nd at 0:52

Saturday’s final climb proved to be one summit too far for the electrifying and always-smiling Chaves. The 26-year-old’s performance is more confirmation than revelation, but this Giro will put him on another level. A winner of the 2011 Tour d’Avenir, Chaves saw his promising career almost cut short with a devastating arm injury, and Orica deserves credit for giving him time and space to recover. Two stage victories, a spell in the leader’s jersey and fifth overall in last year’s Vuelta a España revealed his promise. His ever-steady and gutsy ride in this Giro almost delivered Colombia’s second pink jersey, and confirmed that Chaves is the real deal. To win? Hit the repeat button, see more support from his team in the mountains, and limit his losses in the time trial.

Quote: “I’ve learned in his Giro you can achieve your dreams. If you keep going hard, don’t give up, you can do it. We only lost a bike race, there are other things more important in this life.”

Up next: Chaves is expected to be key member of the five-rider Colombian team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The climb-heavy course is perfect for the Colombians, but the team will need to work out what could be the complicated question of who will be their designated leaders. After that, it’s a return to the Vuelta. After this Giro, the goal will be to win.

Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step), 6th at 8:31 and best young rider

The 23-year-old Luxembourger delivered one surprise after another at this Giro. A promising GC rider for one-week races, Jungel’s breakout Giro that included a spell in the pink jersey has everyone thinking he could have the right stuff for grand tours. Third in this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico, Jungel’s future already looks bright, both in the hilly Ardennes classics and in one-week stage racing. Whether he can truly develop into a grand tour contender remains to be seen. At 6-four-3, he’s one of the tallest riders in the bunch, and will need to shed some kilos if he hopes to be able to stay with the climbers in the grand tours. He showed remarkable staying power in this Giro, riding in the top-20 in every key climbing stage in a race when many expected him to fade. His role model? Bradley Wiggins. If Wiggo can do it, maybe Jungels can, too.

Quote: “This Giro’s been a surprise for me. I came here with ambitions for the GC, so I’m really surprised. I’ve seen my strengths and weaknesses over three weeks, and I’ve learned so many things. I’m defending quiet well, and that’s how I want to develop in the future.”

Up next: Jungels is penciled in on Etixx’s long list for the Tour de France, where he would be a utility players, helping in the sprints with Marcel Kittel and having the freedom to hunt for stage. After that will be a likely trip to Rio in August. He’s already under contract with Etixx next season.

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale), 34th at 1h32:56

A winner of the BabyGiro in 2012 ahead of Fabio Aru, America’s purest climber since Andy Hampsten found his grand tour legs in this Giro. After battling through some health issues and two seasons with Sky, he’s settled in nicely at Cannondale, taking a big win last year at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The 25-year-old came to this Giro to help GC captain Riboberto Urán, but the team also gave him his own chances. He rode with the big boys in stage 13, in what was a prelude to the Dolomites. A mechanical took him out of the breakaway on the epic stage to Corvara, and he surprised yet again with an impressive eighth at the Alpe di Susi climbing TT. He saved the best for last, riding into main breakaway in Saturday’s bone-crusher, riding to a career-best third on the day.

Quote: “I think grand tours suit me. The third week is usually better for me than the first week. I am not super punchy or fast, but I can keep going and going. Coming out of this Giro, I am feeling good. It’s hard during the stage, but I don’t feel any more tired than I do at hard training camps.”

Up next: With two solid seasons at Cannondale, the team won’t let him get away, and he will only have more freedom in the coming seasons. The future is bright, especially when the road tilts up.

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL – Jumbo), 4th overall at 1:50

If it wasn’t for his crash into a snow bank Friday, this Giro might have had a very different ending. Kruijswijk was looking unbeatable going into this weekend’s final two climbing stages, but a moment’s lack of concentration over the top of the Agnello climb proved costly. Kruijswijk proved he’s toughness by starting Saturday despite cracked ribs and other injuries, but he couldn’t fend off the wolves alone, and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) bumped him off the podium. Three times second on stages and one time third, Kruijswijk rode an impressively consistent Giro that bodes well for the future. It’s a bittersweet conclusion to what was otherwise a tremendous breakthrough performance for the 28-year-old Dutchman.

Quote: “This might have been my only chance to win the Giro in my life, so I am a bit happy and sad at the same time. I showed myself to the world that I could challenge for the Giro, but to lose it the way I did is disappointing. I am proud how I rode this Giro.”

Up next: Kruijswijk is scheduled to race the Vuelta a España, and will be a candidate for the Netherlands’ Olympic team, but the real question is what jersey he will be wearing next season. He’s off contract at the end of this year, and his asking price will skyrocket despite his end-of-Giro mishaps. No Dutch rider’s won a grand tour since the 1980 Tour de France with Joop Zoetemelk, and though many see Tom Dumoulin as a future GC contender, Kruijswijk has also emerged as a legitimate alternative.

Alexander Foliforov (Gazprom – RusVelo), 45th at 2:06:37

Almost no one had heard of Foliforov before the Alpe di Susi climbing time trial, when he stunned the established WorldTour favorites. The 24-year-old has been knocking around Russian development squads since 2012, posting some solid results, including stage wins at the U23 Ronde d’Isoard in 2014, and victory at the GP Sonchi in 2015. None of that seemed to foreshadow such a strong performance during this Giro. As part of the RusVelo team, he was discreet through the first half of the Giro, with 12th at the stage to Cividale del Fruili, before springing to victory at the climbing time trial. He backed that up with a solid weekend in the Alps, with 30th at Risoul, and fifth Saturday to Sant’Anna di Vinadio.

Quote: “To have won the time trial was a big surprise, because I would have been happy with a top-10. It’s a dream, because I came here to win this stage, climbing time trials are my forte. This won’t be the last you hear of me.”

Up next: A likely move up to the WorldTour team in 2017, where he will be part of a new generation of young Russians making an impact on the peloton. The way Ilnur Zakarin rode in this Giro before crashing out on the penultimate mountain stage, it’s safe to say the Russians are back.

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 21
Arrival / Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) Pink Leader Jersey / Celebration /
Cuneo - Torino (163km)/
Giro / © Tim De Waele

Vincenzo Nibali officially claims his Giro d'Italia victory as Nikias Arndt wins a controversial sprint after Giacomo Nizzolo is relegated

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 21 Arrival / Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA) Pink Leader Jersey / Celebration / Cuneo - Torino (163km)/ Giro / © Tim De Waele

  • 1. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 3:48:18
  • 2. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 3. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 4. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 5. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, at :00
  • 7. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 9. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 10. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 12. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 14. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :00
  • 15. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 16. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 18. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 19. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 21. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 22. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 23. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 24. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 25. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 26. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • 27. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 28. Grega BOLE, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 29. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 30. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 31. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 32. Filippo POZZATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 33. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 35. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 36. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 37. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at :00
  • 38. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 39. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 40. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 43. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 45. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 46. Kristian SBARAGLI, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 47. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 48. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 49. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 50. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 51. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 52. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • 53. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 54. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 55. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 56. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 57. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 58. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 59. Eros CAPECCHI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 60. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 61. Alexander KOLOBNEV, GAZ, at :00
  • 62. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 63. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, at :00
  • 64. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 65. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 66. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 67. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 68. Jack BOBRIDGE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 69. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 70. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 71. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 72. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 73. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 74. Artem OVECHKIN, GAZ, at :00
  • 75. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 76. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 77. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 78. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 79. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 82. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 83. Amets TXURRUKA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 84. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 85. Svein TUFT, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 86. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 87. Alexander SEROV, GAZ, at :00
  • 88. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 89. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 90. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 91. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 92. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 93. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 94. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 95. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 96. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 97. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 98. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 99. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 100. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 101. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 102. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZ, at :00
  • 103. Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, GAZ, at :00
  • 104. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 105. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 106. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 107. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 108. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at :00
  • 109. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 110. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 111. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 112. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 113. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 114. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 115. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 116. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 117. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 118. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 119. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 120. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 121. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 123. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 124. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 125. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 126. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 127. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 128. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 129. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 130. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 131. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 132. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 133. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 134. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 135. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 136. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 137. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 138. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 139. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 140. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 141. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at :00
  • 142. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 143. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 144. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 145. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 146. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Songezo JIM, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 148. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 149. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 150. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 151. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 152. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 153. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 154. Aleksey RYBALKIN, GAZ, at :00
  • DNF Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Johann VAN ZYL, DIMENSION DATA

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Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth career grand tour victory Sunday in Torino. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

With a second career Giro win now officially wrapped up, VIncenzo Nibali has his sights set on the next goal: the Rio Olympics

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Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth career grand tour victory Sunday in Torino. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TORINO, Italy (VN) — Barely moments after winning the Giro d’Italia, Nibali turned his attention to his next major goal: the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

After a short vacation, Nibali said he will link up with Astana teammates preparing for the Tour de France, and he reconfirmed that he won’t be riding to win.

“[Fabio] Aru will be the leader for the GC. I will go in a support role, and to prepare for the Olympics,” Nibali said. “The Olympics are my next big goal, that doesn’t change.”

There is some swirling media speculation in Italy that Nibali could take aim at the yellow jersey, and try to become the first rider since Marco Pantani to win the Giro and Tour in the same season, but Nibali said he wouldn’t be trying to match history.

“I don’t think too much about that,” he said. “Aru is the team’s GC man. My goal is to prepare for the Olympics.”

Off contract this season, Nibali also dodged questions about his professional future. He’s been linked to a start-up team back by a Bahraini prince, but Astana general manager Alexander Vinokourov told reporters he’s still hoping Nibali will remain with the team.

“I have my representatives working on all of that for me,” Nibali said. “When it’s the right time and place, I will reveal my future team.”

Nibali also said he never lost faith in his ability to win the Giro despite falling adrift after a few rough stages in the Dolomites. He admitted he was suffering from some stomach problems, but said he tried to keep it under wraps. The decisive moment came when he said he noticed race leader Steven Kruijswijk suffering on the Colle dell’Agnello on Friday.

“I think I noticed something that the others didn’t, that Kruijswijk was breathing heavily on the Agnello, so I decided to make my attack with 3km to go from the summit,” Nibali said. “I knew the last week of the Giro favored me. I could see on the Agnello I was stronger, and I decided to attack, and the race unfolded like it did.”

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Alejandro Valverde and his family enjoyed the Giro's final podium celebration Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

In closing out the 2016 Giro d'Italia third overall, Alejandro Valverde now counts podium finishes in all three grand tours

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Alejandro Valverde and his family enjoyed the Giro's final podium celebration Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

TORINO, Italy (VN) — It wasn’t pretty, but Alejandro Valverde pulled it off, scraping his way onto the Giro d’Italia podium Saturday the old-fashioned way.

The 36-year-old Movistar rider lost all hope of victory with one bad day in the Dolomites, but he kept plugging away, first with a solid time trial up Alpe di Siusi, then a stage victory the next day in Andalo, and finally with a scrappy mix of determination, strength, solid teamwork, and experience in the final few stages of the race. On Sunday, he climbed onto the overall podium in third place at 1:17 behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), giving the Spaniard podium places and stage victories in all three grand tours.

“You could tell by the way I reacted it was if I won the Giro itself,” said Valverde, commenting on his celebration once his third-place was confirmed at the line Saturday. “It’s nothing short of incredible. To be on the podiums in all three grand tours is a phenomenal achievement for me.”

Valverde lined up as one of the top favorites for victory in this Giro, but Movistar insisted that the pre-race goals were a stage victory and a spot on the podium. In that sense, it’s mission accomplished.

At 36, Valverde seems to get better with age. He started his career as a Peter Sagan-like all-rounder, capable of winning bunch sprints, attacking in breakaways, and shining on punchy, explosive finales. Never a great time trialist or a pure climber, Valverde won on class.

Links to the Operación Puerto doping scandal will forever put an asterisk next to his palmares, but Valverde has only gotten better since his return in 2012. Many of his career highlights have come following his two-year ban, including supremacy in the Ardennes classics, a third-place Tour de France podium last year, and this year’s Giro podium in his first crack at the Italian grand tour.

Valverde will return to the Tour de France in July, but he promises to fully back teammate Nairo Quintana in the Colombian’s push for the yellow jersey. Much like Nibali, Valverde said he will use the Tour as a trampoline for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Games, one of the few cycling accolades that has eluded him so far.

“I consider myself a good cyclist, who gives everything of myself for my team and my fans,” Valverde said. “Nibali deserves the victory. I was stronger than he was on certain days, but he beat me in others. Stepping onto this podium in Torino with my kids will be a massive satisfaction.”

With a contract through 2017, Valverde promises to keep on truckin’.

Highlights from Valverde’s palmares:

2009 Vuelta a España
Four wins at La Flèche Wallonne
Three wins at Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Two titles at the Critérium du Dauphiné
14 career grand tour stage victories (9x Vuelta, 4x Tour, 1x Giro)
Four times WorldTour/ProTour season points champion (2006, 2008, 2014, 2015)
Podiums in all three grand tours (6x Vuelta, 2015 Tour 3rd, 2016 Giro 3rd)
Six career world championship medals (two silver, four bronze)

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Nikias Arndt won the Giro's 21st stage Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Arndt nabs the Giro's final stage after Nizzolo is relegated for an irregular sprint, while Nibali wraps up the overall victory in Torino

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Nikias Arndt won the Giro's 21st stage Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali secured his second career Giro d’Italia overall victory Sunday in Torino. Giro points champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo), meanwhile, will have to wait at least another year to nab a maiden stage win at his home grand tour.

Although the 27-year-old Italian crossed the finish line first in Sunday’s 21st and final stage of the race, he was relegated for an irregular sprint after swerving in the finale, cutting off Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida). Nikias Arndt (Giant – Alpecin), the second rider across the line, was awarded the victory instead.

Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step) was bumped up to second place on the stage, with Modolo taking third.

Nibali finished safely to officially wrap up his second career Giro d’Italia general classification victory, while Esteban Chaves (Orica – GreenEdge) closed out the race as runner-up. Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde rounded out the podium in third. LottoNL – Jumbo’s Steven Kruijswijk, who until a stage 19 crash appeared set to win the Giro, finished the race in fourth overall.

Top 10, stage 21

  • 1. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 3:48:18
  • 2. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 3. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 4. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 5. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, at :00
  • 7. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 9. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 10. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00

 

Top 10 overall

  • 1. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 86:32:49
  • 2. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :52
  • 3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:17
  • 4. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:50
  • 5. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, at 4:37
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:31
  • 7. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 11:47
  • 8. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:21
  • 9. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:09
  • 10. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, at 16:20

 

The LottoNL – Jumbo duo of Jos van Emden and Maarten Tjallingii posed the biggest threat to a sprint finish Sunday. The Dutchmen jumped clear as the peloton neared Torino and quickly built an advantage of around one minute on as the riders took several trips around the urban finishing circuit.

Although the gap never got much bigger, the breakers held out long enough to make the depleted corps of quick men nervous. A number of riders were caught behind a crash in the bunch midway through the stage, while others eased off when organizers announced the neutralization of the GC battle. The reduced, tired peloton could only muster so much organization in pursuit of the escapees.

Tjallingii was reeled in with around 12km left to race but van Emden held out into the final 10km before ultimately being swept up in the final lap.

There were a few attacks attempted as the pack neared the finish line, most notably by Lotto – Soudal’s Sean De Bie, but no one was allowed to solo away, setting up a sprint.

Nizzolo was the first sprinter to launch his move in the closing meters of the race, veering to his left as he approached the line. That forced Modolo, trying to come around on the left, to brake.

Although Nizzolo appeared the convincing winner in the sprint ahead of Arndt and Trentin, Modolo’s complaint spurred an official review. The race jury decided to strip the victory from Nizzolo, giving Arndt the win.

“This is not the way I would have wanted to win a stage at the Giro,” Arndt said. “I wish I had won one before today: I’ve been hunting a win for three weeks. But the jury has made its decision and there’s nothing we, as riders, can do about it. I’m happy that I have a Giro stage win under my belt. I did a good sprint today anyway.”

A few moments after the sprinters crossed the line, Nibali arrived flanked by celebrating teammates to seal his fourth career grand tour win.

“It’s an amazing feeling to ride into Torino with all my teammates like this,” said Nibali. “It’s really indescribable.”

Nibali, who will next look to tackle the Tour de France in July before turning his attention to the Rio Olympics. “Yesterday was a fantastic day. Today, I want to share my joy with my family, my friends and my fans,” he said.

“I will try to rest, but then I have to start thinking about the Tour and the Olympics.”

Stage 21 results

  • 1. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, in 3:48:18
  • 2. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 3. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 4. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 5. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 6. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, at :00
  • 7. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 9. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 10. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 11. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 12. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 13. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 14. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at :00
  • 15. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 16. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 17. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 18. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 19. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 20. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 21. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 22. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 23. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 24. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 25. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 26. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • 27. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 28. Grega BOLE, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 29. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 30. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 31. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 32. Filippo POZZATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 33. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 34. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 35. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 36. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 37. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at :00
  • 38. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at :00
  • 39. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 40. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 41. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 42. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 43. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 44. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 45. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 46. Kristian SBARAGLI, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 47. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 48. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 49. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 50. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 51. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 52. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO
  • 53. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 54. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 55. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 56. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 57. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 58. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 59. Eros CAPECCHI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 60. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 61. Alexander KOLOBNEV, GAZ, at :00
  • 62. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 63. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, at :00
  • 64. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 65. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 66. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 67. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 68. Jack BOBRIDGE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 69. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 70. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 71. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 72. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 73. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 74. Artem OVECHKIN, GAZ, at :00
  • 75. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 76. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 77. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 78. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 79. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 80. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 81. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 82. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 83. Amets TXURRUKA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 84. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 85. Svein TUFT, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 86. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 87. Alexander SEROV, GAZ, at :00
  • 88. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 89. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 90. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 91. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 92. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 93. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 94. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 95. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 96. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 97. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at :00
  • 98. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 99. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 100. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 101. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 102. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZ, at :00
  • 103. Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, GAZ, at :00
  • 104. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 105. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 106. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 107. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 108. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at :00
  • 109. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 110. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 111. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 112. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 113. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 114. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 115. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 116. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 117. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 118. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 119. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 120. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 121. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 122. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 123. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 124. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 125. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 126. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 127. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 128. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 129. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 130. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 131. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 132. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 133. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 134. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 135. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 136. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 137. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 138. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 139. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 140. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 141. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at :00
  • 142. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 143. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 144. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at :00
  • 145. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 146. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 147. Songezo JIM, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 148. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 149. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 150. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 151. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 152. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 153. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 154. Aleksey RYBALKIN, GAZ, at :00
  • DNF Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL
  • DNF Jasha SÜTTERLIN, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Johann VAN ZYL, DIMENSION DATA

 

General classification

  • 1. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 86:32:49
  • 2. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :52
  • 3. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:17
  • 4. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 1:50
  • 5. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, at 4:37
  • 6. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:31
  • 7. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 11:47
  • 8. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:21
  • 9. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 14:09
  • 10. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, at 16:20
  • 11. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 24:33
  • 12. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 24:59
  • 13. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 31:38
  • 14. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 34:12
  • 15. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 34:34
  • 16. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 38:09
  • 17. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 38:09
  • 18. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 41:00
  • 19. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 43:49
  • 20. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 51:49
  • 21. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 56:59
  • 22. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 57:07
  • 23. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 59:30
  • 24. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, at 1:04:44
  • 25. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at 1:05:22
  • 26. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:08:05
  • 27. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:18:38
  • 28. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:22:43
  • 29. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:23:22
  • 30. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZ, at 1:24:38
  • 31. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:27:19
  • 32. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:28:35
  • 33. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:32:53
  • 34. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:32:56
  • 35. Pawel POLJANSKI, TINKOFF, at 1:50:37
  • 36. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF, at 1:51:10
  • 37. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:54:34
  • 38. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:56:08
  • 39. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 1:57:12
  • 40. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, at 2:00:13
  • 41. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 2:01:27
  • 42. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:02:23
  • 43. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:05:57
  • 44. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 2:06:37
  • 45. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, at 2:06:37
  • 46. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF, at 2:11:15
  • 47. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:13:24
  • 48. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 2:15:18
  • 49. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:17:44
  • 50. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:21:03
  • 51. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:21:13
  • 52. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, at 2:21:34
  • 53. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 2:25:44
  • 54. Guillaume BONNAFOND, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:32:28
  • 55. Amets TXURRUKA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 2:39:42
  • 56. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 2:40:39
  • 57. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 2:43:03
  • 58. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:43:25
  • 59. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, TINKOFF, at 2:44:44
  • 60. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:52:25
  • 61. Bram TANKINK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:55:43
  • 62. José HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:03:04
  • 63. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:03:47
  • 64. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:07:17
  • 65. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:08:06
  • 66. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at 3:09:06
  • 67. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:13:04
  • 68. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:13:19
  • 69. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at 3:18:34
  • 70. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:19:25
  • 71. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 3:19:42
  • 72. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:20:38
  • 73. Alexander KOLOBNEV, GAZ, at 3:20:39
  • 74. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 3:21:00
  • 75. Evgeny PETROV, TINKOFF, at 3:21:36
  • 76. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:22:42
  • 77. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:23:08
  • 78. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 3:25:49
  • 79. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:28:47
  • 80. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 3:29:23
  • 81. Eros CAPECCHI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:29:48
  • 82. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, IAM CYCLING, at 3:30:44
  • 83. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:31:30
  • 84. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:31:50
  • 85. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:33:33
  • 86. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 3:34:14
  • 87. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, at 3:35:37
  • 88. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 3:36:41
  • 89. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, at 3:38:02
  • 90. Benoît VAUGRENARD, FDJ, at 3:40:01
  • 91. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:42:29
  • 92. Kristian SBARAGLI, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:44:49
  • 93. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:44:56
  • 94. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:48:07
  • 95. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:48:24
  • 96. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:48:40
  • 97. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:49:14
  • 98. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at 3:49:24
  • 99. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:50:10
  • 100. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:51:01
  • 101. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:52:57
  • 102. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 3:53:15
  • 103. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, at 3:54:08
  • 104. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:56:18
  • 105. Aleksey RYBALKIN, GAZ, at 3:58:12
  • 106. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at 3:58:47
  • 107. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:58:53
  • 108. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:59:07
  • 109. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:03:51
  • 110. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:06:35
  • 111. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 4:07:22
  • 112. Twan CASTELIJNS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:08:24
  • 113. Filippo POZZATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 4:08:54
  • 114. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:10:44
  • 115. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:11:33
  • 116. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:12:52
  • 117. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:14:10
  • 118. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:15:24
  • 119. Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 4:16:19
  • 120. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 4:16:34
  • 121. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:18:19
  • 122. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 4:18:19
  • 123. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 4:19:37
  • 124. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:19:46
  • 125. Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, GAZ, at 4:20:08
  • 126. Alexander SEROV, GAZ, at 4:21:37
  • 127. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:22:05
  • 128. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 4:23:15
  • 129. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:23:26
  • 130. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 4:28:08
  • 131. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 4:29:26
  • 132. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at 4:31:38
  • 133. Grega BOLE, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:32:04
  • 134. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 4:33:09
  • 135. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 4:33:28
  • 136. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:35:16
  • 137. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:35:56
  • 138. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:36:19
  • 139. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:36:25
  • 140. Artem OVECHKIN, GAZ, at 4:36:45
  • 141. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 4:38:30
  • 142. Songezo JIM, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:40:38
  • 143. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 4:41:38
  • 144. Svein TUFT, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 4:43:04
  • 145. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:43:48
  • 146. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 4:45:40
  • 147. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:47:03
  • 148. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 4:47:59
  • 149. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:49:05
  • 150. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 4:49:59
  • 151. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:53:53
  • 152. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 5:03:42
  • 153. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 5:08:00
  • 154. Jack BOBRIDGE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 5:08:51

 

Points classification

  • 1. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, 209 points
  • 2. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 184 points
  • 3. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 163 points
  • 4. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 156 points
  • 5. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, 133 points
  • 6. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 103 points
  • 7. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, 92 points
  • 8. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 88 points
  • 9. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, 80 points
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 76 points
  • 11. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 64 points
  • 12. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 61 points
  • 13. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, 57 points
  • 14. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, 53 points
  • 15. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 50 points
  • 16. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, 50 points
  • 17. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 47 points
  • 18. Anton VOROBYEV, TEAM KATUSHA, 46 points
  • 19. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, 46 points
  • 20. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, 45 points
  • 21. Kristian SBARAGLI, DIMENSION DATA, 44 points
  • 22. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, 40 points
  • 23. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 38 points
  • 24. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 35 points
  • 25. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, 34 points
  • 26. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, 34 points
  • 27. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 31 points
  • 28. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 30 points
  • 29. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 30 points
  • 30. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, IAM CYCLING, 29 points
  • 31. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, 29 points
  • 32. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, 28 points
  • 33. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, 28 points
  • 34. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, 28 points
  • 35. Primož ROGLIC, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 27 points
  • 36. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, 27 points
  • 37. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, 27 points
  • 38. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 24 points
  • 39. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, 24 points
  • 40. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, 21 points
  • 41. Pieter SERRY, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 20 points
  • 42. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 19 points
  • 43. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 18 points
  • 44. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF, 17 points
  • 45. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 17 points
  • 46. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, 16 points
  • 47. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZ, 16 points
  • 48. Amets TXURRUKA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 16 points
  • 49. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 16 points
  • 50. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, 16 points
  • 51. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, 15 points
  • 52. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 15 points
  • 53. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 15 points
  • 54. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 15 points
  • 55. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, 14 points
  • 56. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 14 points
  • 57. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, 14 points
  • 58. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 13 points
  • 59. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, 13 points
  • 60. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, 12 points
  • 61. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, 12 points
  • 62. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 12 points
  • 63. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, 11 points
  • 64. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, 11 points
  • 65. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, 11 points
  • 66. Alexander KOLOBNEV, GAZ, 10 points
  • 67. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 10 points
  • 68. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 10 points
  • 69. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 10 points
  • 70. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, 9 points
  • 71. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 8 points
  • 72. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 7 points
  • 73. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 7 points
  • 74. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, 7 points
  • 75. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 7 points
  • 76. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 6 points
  • 77. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 6 points
  • 78. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, 6 points
  • 79. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF, 5 points
  • 80. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, 5 points
  • 81. Marcel WYSS, IAM CYCLING, 4 points
  • 82. Laurent DIDIER, TREK – SEGAFREDO, 4 points
  • 83. Viacheslav KUZNETSOV, TEAM KATUSHA, 4 points
  • 84. Biel KADRI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 4 points
  • 85. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 3 points
  • 86. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 3 points
  • 87. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, 3 points
  • 88. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 3 points
  • 89. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, 3 points
  • 90. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, 3 points
  • 91. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, 3 points
  • 92. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 3 points
  • 93. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 2 points
  • 94. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 2 points
  • 95. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 2 points
  • 96. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 points
  • 97. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, 1 points
  • 98. Riccardo ZOIDL, TREK – SEGAFREDO, 1 points
  • 99. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 1 points
  • 100. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 1 points
  • 101. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, 1 points
  • 102. Songezo JIM, DIMENSION DATA, 1 points
  • 103. Egor SILIN, TEAM KATUSHA, -5 points
  • 104. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, -5 points

 

Mountains classification

  • 1. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, 152 points
  • 2. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, 134 points
  • 3. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, 118 points
  • 4. Stefan DENIFL, IAM CYCLING, 109 points
  • 5. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, 77 points
  • 6. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, 66 points
  • 7. Rein TAARAMAE, TEAM KATUSHA, 62 points
  • 8. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, 54 points
  • 9. Michele SCARPONI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 51 points
  • 10. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 42 points
  • 11. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 42 points
  • 12. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 39 points
  • 13. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 37 points
  • 14. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, DIMENSION DATA, 36 points
  • 15. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 33 points
  • 16. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, 31 points
  • 17. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, 26 points
  • 18. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 26 points
  • 19. Ruben PLAZA MOLINA, ORICA – GreenEDGE, 23 points
  • 20. Georg PREIDLER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 22 points
  • 21. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 20 points
  • 22. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF, 19 points
  • 23. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, 18 points
  • 24. Sergey FIRSANOV, GAZ, 17 points
  • 25. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, 16 points
  • 26. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, 16 points
  • 27. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, 15 points
  • 28. Nicolas ROCHE, TEAM SKY, 14 points
  • 29. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, 13 points
  • 30. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, 11 points
  • 31. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 11 points
  • 32. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 10 points
  • 33. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 10 points
  • 34. Jakob FUGLSANG, ASTANA PRO TEAM, 9 points
  • 35. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 9 points
  • 36. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 8 points
  • 37. Alexander KOLOBNEV, GAZ, 8 points
  • 38. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, 8 points
  • 39. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, 8 points
  • 40. Eugert ZHUPA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 8 points
  • 41. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, 7 points
  • 42. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 7 points
  • 43. Rafal MAJKA, TINKOFF, 6 points
  • 44. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 6 points
  • 45. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL, MOVISTAR TEAM, 6 points
  • 46. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 6 points
  • 47. Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 6 points
  • 48. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, 6 points
  • 49. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 6 points
  • 50. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 5 points
  • 51. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, 4 points
  • 52. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, 4 points
  • 53. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING TEAM, 4 points
  • 54. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, 3 points
  • 55. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, 3 points
  • 56. Rigoberto URAN URAN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, 2 points
  • 57. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, 2 points
  • 58. Jaco VENTER, DIMENSION DATA, 2 points
  • 59. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, 1 points
  • 60. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, 1 points
  • 61. Pavel BRUTT, TINKOFF, 1 points
  • 62. Aleksey RYBALKIN, GAZ, 1 points
  • 63. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, 1 points

 

Youth classification

  • 1. Bob JUNGELS, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, in 86:41:20
  • 2. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 29:38
  • 3. Valerio CONTI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 1:10:07
  • 4. Davide FORMOLO, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:18:48
  • 5. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:24:25
  • 6. Merhawi KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:46:03
  • 7. Carlos VERONA QUINTANILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:57:26
  • 8. Alexander FOLIFOROV, GAZ, at 1:58:06
  • 9. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 2:06:47
  • 10. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:12:42
  • 11. Damien HOWSON, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 2:17:13
  • 12. Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:43:54
  • 13. Bakhtiyar KOZHATAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:59:35
  • 14. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 3:11:11
  • 15. Manuel SENNI, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:14:11
  • 16. Simone PETILLI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:14:37
  • 17. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:25:02
  • 18. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 3:25:43
  • 19. Jay MCCARTHY, TINKOFF, at 3:27:06
  • 20. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 3:28:10
  • 21. Tim WELLENS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:39:53
  • 22. Ilia KOSHEVOY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:40:09
  • 23. Matej MOHORIC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:40:43
  • 24. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 3:44:44
  • 25. Ivan SAVITSKIY, GAZ, at 3:45:37
  • 26. Aleksey RYBALKIN, GAZ, at 3:49:41
  • 27. Sean DE BIE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 3:50:22
  • 28. Julen AMEZQUETA, WILIER TRIESTINA – SOUTHEAST, at 3:58:51
  • 29. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:05:39
  • 30. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:14:55
  • 31. Olivier LE GAC, FDJ, at 4:20:55
  • 32. Lukasz WISNIOWSKI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 4:26:45
  • 33. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 4:27:48
  • 34. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:27:54
  • 35. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 4:39:28
  • 36. Genki YAMAMOTO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:40:34
  • 37. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:45:22
  • 38. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 4:59:29

 

Teams classification

  • 1. Astana Pro Team, in 260:02:35
  • 2. Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, at 6:57
  • 3. Movistar Team, at 21:00
  • 4. Ag2R La Mondiale, at 53:52
  • 5. Team Sky, at 1:04:21
  • 6. Etixx – Quick Step, at 1:37:53
  • 7. Tinkoff, at 1:40:44
  • 8. Team Katusha, at 2:06:36
  • 9. Team Dimension Data, at 2:53:26
  • 10. Lampre – Merida, at 3:15:00
  • 11. Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo, at 3:15:49
  • 12. Orica Greenedge, at 3:35:52
  • 13. Bmc Racing Team, at 3:51:21
  • 14. Team Giant – Alpecin, at 4:38:16
  • 15. Gazprom-Rusvelo, at 5:03:19
  • 16. Lotto Soudal, at 5:18:02
  • 17. Trek Factory Racing, at 5:51:12
  • 18. Iam Cycling, at 6:02:34
  • 19. Bardiani Csf, at 6:14:22
  • 20. Nippo – Vini Fantini, at 8:03:49
  • 21. Wilier Triestina – Southeast, at 8:04:38
  • 22. Fdj, at 11:26:38

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Teammates Logan Owen and Greg Daniel, the only two Axeon riders in the race, celebrate Daniel's victory and their winning tactics. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Scenes from the 2016 U.S. Pro national road race championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Teammates Logan Owen and Greg Daniel, the only two Axeon riders in the race, celebrate Daniel's victory and their winning tactics. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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Daniel was on the front of several breaks early in the race, and still had enough left to win at the end. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Gregory Daniel decided to "test his legs" on the final climb of the U.S. Pro national championship road race. It worked out.

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Daniel was on the front of several breaks early in the race, and still had enough left to win at the end. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

As 21-year-old Greg Daniel of Axeon Hagens Berman approached the finish line of the Volkswagen USA Cycling Pro Road Nationals in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he faced a dilemma: should he post up to celebrate his win? At issue wasn’t so much the style of his celebration, but whether one was even warranted. For Daniel, the idea of having won the national road race championship seemed just too good to be true.

“On the last climb I decided to test my legs and see what I could do,” the Coloradan said.

“I looked back and there was no one there, so I thought, ‘Okay, I just have to go.’ But then I began second guessing myself. As I approached the line I was like, ‘This is the last lap, right? And there isn’t a group up the road, is there?’ I didn’t want to make a fool of myself by posting up [if I wasn’t actually the winner.] But then I looked up at the time and the lap counter, and I just saw zero, zero. And I was like, ‘I really won this?’ It was just a total shock. But then I saw my friends celebrating. It was just surreal.”

For Daniel, who will be aging out of Axel Merckx’s U23 development team at the end of the season, the result may prove to be just he’s looking for: a ticket to the World Tour ranks.

“There was definitely a lot of stress for me today. I wanted to get a good result. This is my last year as a U23 on this team and so I can’t be on Axel’s [Axeon Hagens Berman] team anymore. I was really hoping for a result here today, so I can hopefully go on to the WorldTour – or really any team honestly.”

Asked if he thinks the stars and stripes of the national champion will attract the attention of a WorldTour, Daniel demurred.

“Oh, who knows? It definitely doesn’t hurt!” the rider laughed. “I do think it will help with teams in general though.”

Despite his pending departure, Daniel had nothing but rave reviews for Merckx’s development team, which has spawned an entire collection of well-known U.S. pros.

“It’s definitely a privilege to work with Axel and to be a part of this program” he explained. “We go to the biggest races in the United States and in Europe, so just to be part of this program is special. When you leave this program, it’s still a family, you know? A bunch of the guys, like Ben King was on this team. And Taylor Phinney. So you see those guys and it’s like, ‘Yeah, a few years ago we were all in that same place.’ We look out for one another. It’s very cool just to be a part of this family.”

But while Axeon Hagens Berman may be a family, it was surely a small one on Saturday. Daniel rode with only one other teammate in Logan Owen. The experience moved the rider to credit the win not only to his teammate, but to his friends, family, and the good sportsmanship of his competitors.

“I want to thank my team and my friends for being out here and supporting me and the man upstairs for making it possible,” Daniel said. “But I also want to thank the other teams for helping me out today. I know that I didn’t have full on-site support, but there were other teams that gave me bottles out on the course. I really don’t know if I could have finished the race without the extra water. It’s just nice to have, like, a cycling family where even though I’m not on their teams the guys were giving me bottles. It was nice to see that camaraderie out on the road.”

Asked whether he could have imagined – even the night before – that he might be wearing the jersey of the national championship, Daniel admitted to surprising even himself with his performance in Winston-Salem.

“I’m kind of a spiritual man, so I was definitely praying for strength. But I think that deep down I didn’t believe it was possible. I thought I had, like, maybe a point one percent chance. But I had good legs today. I still can’t believe it. I’m still kind of expecting myself to wake up in bed like, ‘Oh yeah, that was just a dream.’ To be here and participate in this race with only one teammate here and come off with the win? It’s just a dream come true for sure.”

Now that dream will come with the right to wear the colors of his nation for the next twelve months.

“I can’t even describe it. Every race I do I’ll get to put on the American flag. That’s just … I don’t even know how to describe it except to say it’s a complete honor to get to represent the United States.”

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Hard-working Bobridge earns ‘maglia nera’ http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/hard-working-bobridge-contention-maglia-nera_407886 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/hard-working-bobridge-contention-maglia-nera_407886#comments Sun, 29 May 2016 13:55:32 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=407886

Jack Bobridge has spent plenty of time at the front of the Giro peloton putting in work for Trek – Segafredo, but that has also contributed to his spending plenty of time at the back of the bunch as well. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

"Track legs" and hard work for Giacomo Nizzolo have put Trek – Segafredo's Jack Bobridge in contention for the Giro's "maglia nera"

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Jack Bobridge has spent plenty of time at the front of the Giro peloton putting in work for Trek – Segafredo, but that has also contributed to his spending plenty of time at the back of the bunch as well. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

RISOUL, France (VN) — Jack Bobridge (Trek – Segafredo) would be happy to surrender his claim to one of the long standing but now unofficial honors of the Giro d’Italia before the race finishes on Sunday.

That honor is being the “winner” of the Giro’s “maglia nera” (black jersey) as the last finisher on general classification, like the “lanterne rouge” (red lantern) in the Tour de France.

The maglia nera is no longer presented as it once was from 1946 to 1951 — the last winner was Italian Giovanni Pinarello, who founded the famous Pinarello bicycle manufacturer based in Treviso. But the term it is still used in unofficial reference to the last placed rider. And after Saturday’s 134km 20th and penultimate stage from Guillestre to Sant’Anna Di Vinadio, Bobridge was that rider.

The 26-year-old Australian, who has been last overall since stage 16, finished 145th in the stage at 45 minutes six seconds to stage winner Rein Taaramae (Katusha). He is now in 157th overall at five hours, eight minutes, and 51 seconds behind new race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

Unsurprisingly, Bobridge said there was no strategy behind his position. Nor will there be.

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Bobridge who began the Giro low on road kilometers due to training commitments with the Australian track team pursuit squad for the Rio Olympics.

“It’s not a spot that I planned to be in, but if I can finish the tour knowing I have done my job, and did what I had to do … if that is the place I finish in then that’s the place I guess.

“Some guys chase or follow it, but that’s not what I am after. I just want to make sure I leave here knowing I’ve done my best for the team. If that’s the place I fall in then that’s the place.”

So forget any shenanigans from Bobridge to try to “defend” last place in Sunday’s Giro finale.

“No … no,” said Bobridge laughing. “If someone wants it they can take it, that’s for sure.”

Bobridge’s goal now that finishing the Giro is likely is to help his sprinter Italian Giacomo Nizzolo in Sunday’s 21st stage, 163km from Cuneo to Torino. Nizzolo has the “maglia rossa” (red points jersey) and is yet to win his first Giro stage after finishing second nine times.

“Nizzolo is still carrying the red jersey, so we will try to keep that … and get him for a stage win on the last day,” said Bobridge. “He has shown that he is consistent. I strongly believe he is the strongest guy left in the bunch for the last day. Hopefully it will all come together.”

For Bobridge, his motivation to survive the Alps was the chance to “be there on Sunday for [Nizzolo] … to control the break or bring it back.

“We are down to six guys. It will be crucial.”

However, while he is placed last and feeling the inevitable fatigue of having raced all but the the last day of the Giro, Bobridge is faring up well, considering started it with “track legs.”

“At this stage of the race it’s … for everyone, it’s just survival; but compared to the first few days after coming out of the track camp it has got better and better. Obviously everyone is tired and it creeps up on you in the third week. The road legs have come round, but the body is tired. If I was to recover from this and have to race another race another tour after this there would be no problem. But I will be going back on the track [training for Rio].”

“I wouldn’t say [I am] strong,” he said, laughing. “In the last week, for us guys that aren’t riding higher up it has been survival mode the whole time. Every day is different. Some are bad, some are good. It’s [all been] about recovery — eating, sleeping and all the little things like massage.”

The closest Bobridge came to a possible exit was on the lightning fast 132km 16th stage to Andolo when he fell from second last to last overall after finishing 128th on the stage 17:57 back — just inside the time limit of about 18 minutes.

“It was definitely a hard stage for me,” Bobridge said. “If you know its going to be a hard stage you can mentally prepare for it. We knew that was always going to be a hard stage on paper. We just scraped through. At the end of the day that’s all you have to do. You are not one hundred per cent sure until the first guy crosses the finish line. But you can work it out.”

As for Bobridge’s ambitions for the year to come – the most important is the Olympic Games team pursuit in which he aims to be on the other side of the result sheet – in first.

The Australians will be one of the favorites for the gold medal at the Rio Games and Bobridge said racing the Giro should have a major impact on his final preparation.

Asked if his purpose of racing the Giro was to fulfill his road commitments with Trek-Segafredo, or to build a base of hard racing kilometers before he hones his track form, Bobridge said: “It is for both. Definitely it is for the commitment [to Trek-Segerafredo]. But it is also massive bonus for Rio that’s for sure … it’s a big building block and strength base.”

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Results: 2016 U.S. Pro road race national championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/results-2016-u-s-pro-national-road-championships_407882 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/results-2016-u-s-pro-national-road-championships_407882#comments Sun, 29 May 2016 13:21:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=407882

Greg Daniel celebrates his surprising win in his first USPRO National Championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Megan Guarnier and Gregory Daniel earn national road race titles in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Greg Daniel celebrates his surprising win in his first USPRO National Championship. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

  • 1. GREGORY DANIEL, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, in 4:21:34
  • 2. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :05
  • 3. Travis MCCABE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :05
  • 4. Chad BEYER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 5. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at :06
  • 6. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 7. Oscar CLARK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :11
  • 8. Logan OWEN, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, at :12
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :13
  • 10. Taylor SHELDON, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :16
  • 11. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :46
  • 12. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 13. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :48
  • 14. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 15. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 16. Robbie SQUIRE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :48
  • 17. Jacob RATHE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :48
  • 18. Griffin EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE, at :48
  • 19. Chris BUTLER, CAT, at :50
  • 20. Eric MARCOTTE, TEAM JAMIS, at :51
  • 21. Bjorn SELANDER, RALLY CYCLING, at :55
  • 22. Jacob SITLER, ACT, at 1:14
  • 23. Benjamin KING, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:15
  • 24. Michael OLHEISER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • 25. Bryan LEWIS, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • DNF Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Curtis WHITE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Michael SHEEHAN, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Charles Bradley HUFF, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF John HORNBECK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Connor BROWN, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Travis LIVERMON, ACT
  • DNF Barry MILLER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nicholas TORRACA, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Connor MCCUTCHEON, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Evan MURPHY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Sepp KUSS, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Jesse ANTHONY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Thomas SOLADAY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Lance HAIDET, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Joshua RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF William STEPHENS, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Christopher HORNER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nolan TANKERSLEY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Cullen EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ansel DICKEY, ACT
  • DNF Emerson ORONTE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Winston DAVID, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Camilo ZAMBRANO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Cory Lewis WILLIAMS, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Eric YOUNG, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Tyler MAGNER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Cory GREENBERG, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Jonah MEAD VAN COURT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Kyle MURPHY, TEAM JAMIS
  • DNF Jacob Mark KING
  • DNF Samuel Hunter SNIPE GROVE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Zack ALLISON, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Danny PATE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Oliver FLAUTT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Max JENKINS, ACT
  • DNF Shane KLINE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Julian KYER, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Phillip GAIMON, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Joseph SCHMALZ, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Miguel BRYON, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Brendan RHIM, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF David WILLIAMS, ACT
  • DNF Tom ZIRBEL, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Joshua BERRY, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Jason SALTZMAN, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Chris PUTT, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Mac BRENNAN, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 20
Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA)/ Sant'Anna Di Vinadio (2015m) Mountains / Landscape / Illustration / Fans / Public /
Guillestre - Sant'Anna Di Vinadio 2015m (134km)/
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Vincenzo Nibali grabs hold of the pink jersey as Rein Taaramäe solos to the stage victory in the Giro's dramatic stage 20

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Cycling: 99th Tour of Italy 2016 / Stage 20 Vincenzo NIBALI (ITA)/ Sant'Anna Di Vinadio (2015m) Mountains / Landscape / Illustration / Fans / Public / Guillestre - Sant'Anna Di Vinadio 2015m (134km)/ Giro / © Tim De Waele

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Daniel claims U.S. road race title http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/gregory-danie_407838 http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/05/news/road/gregory-danie_407838#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 22:22:20 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=407838

Gregory Daniel outfoxed a strong lead group with a solo move to win the national championship road race in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Gregory Daniel, just 21 years old, sticks a late attack to win the U.S. Pro men's national road race championship

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Gregory Daniel outfoxed a strong lead group with a solo move to win the national championship road race in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

21-year-old Gregory Daniel earned himself a year in the red, white, and blue jersey of the national road race champion Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

After making it into multiple unsuccessful breakaway moves earlier in the day, the Axeon Hagens Berman rider jumped clear of a small lead group in the final kilometers of the race and held on to solo across the line in disbelief at the victory.

Cannondale’s Alex Howes sprinted to second place a few moments later, with Travis McCabe (Holowesko – Citadel) nabbing third.

Top 10

  • 1. GREGORY DANIEL, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, in 4:21:34
  • 2. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :05
  • 3. Travis MCCABE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :05
  • 4. Chad BEYER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 5. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at :06
  • 6. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 7. Oscar CLARK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :11
  • 8. Logan OWEN, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, at :12
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :13
  • 10. Taylor SHELDON, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :16

 

Groups were constantly splitting together and reforming over the course of the 187-kilometer (116-mile) race, in which just 25 riders made it to the finish line.

Daniel spent time as one of several riders in an early breakaway move that also included 2014 national champion Eric Marcotte (Jamis), but even after the move was reeled in he continued to fight to get into escape attempts in an effort to take the pressure off the team’s designated sprinter Logan Owen.

Owen himself jumped clear with Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly – Maxxis) early on in the 12th and final lap, but the duo was reeled in inside the final 10km.

From there, Daniel and four others formed a new lead group with a selection of fast finishers giving chase not far behind. Less than 2km from the finish, Daniel decided to make a solo bid for glory, and it paid off.

“When we hit that final climb up Manly Road I just sat on and watched and I was expecting a move. There wasn’t a move that went and I was like, ‘Well, maybe everyone’s tired.’ So I just decided to test the legs and no one followed,” Daniel said.

“I tried not to look back but when I looked back I saw the gap and I knew I just had to go full gas. Because I knew at that point I couldn’t sprint. And then I just kept going to the line.

“I don’t want to make a fool of myself when I came to the line in case there was already a group up the road so I looked at the clock and saw zero laps to go and the timer at zero, so I was the first one. I couldn’t believe it. I was just like, ‘What?’ I just can’t believe it.”

Daniel’s win marks another big success for the Axeon Hagens Berman squad, whose stable of young riders have racked up a number of impressive results this season. Daniel’s teammate Logan Owen claimed victory in the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, while Adrien Costa took the overall title at the Tour de Bretagne at the beginning of May.

Daniel himself claimed the mountains classification at the 2015 Tour of Utah when he was just 20 years old, and now he’s secured a 12-month stint in the stars and stripes of the national road race champion.

Men’s road race results

  • 1. GREGORY DANIEL, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, in 4:21:34
  • 2. Alex HOWES, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :05
  • 3. Travis MCCABE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :05
  • 4. Chad BEYER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at :05
  • 5. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at :06
  • 6. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :07
  • 7. Oscar CLARK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :11
  • 8. Logan OWEN, AXEON – HAGENS BERMAN, at :12
  • 9. Robin CARPENTER, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :13
  • 10. Taylor SHELDON, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :16
  • 11. John MURPHY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :46
  • 12. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :48
  • 13. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :48
  • 14. Matthew BUSCHE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :48
  • 15. Alexey VERMEULEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :48
  • 16. Robbie SQUIRE, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR, at :48
  • 17. Jacob RATHE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :48
  • 18. Griffin EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE, at :48
  • 19. Chris BUTLER, CAT, at :50
  • 20. Eric MARCOTTE, TEAM JAMIS, at :51
  • 21. Bjorn SELANDER, RALLY CYCLING, at :55
  • 22. Jacob SITLER, ACT, at 1:14
  • 23. Benjamin KING, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:15
  • 24. Michael OLHEISER, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • 25. Bryan LEWIS, LUPUS RACING TEAM, at 12:33
  • DNF Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Curtis WHITE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Michael SHEEHAN, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Charles Bradley HUFF, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF John HORNBECK, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Connor BROWN, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Travis LIVERMON, ACT
  • DNF Barry MILLER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nicholas TORRACA, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Connor MCCUTCHEON, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Evan MURPHY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Sepp KUSS, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Jesse ANTHONY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Bradley WHITE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Thomas SOLADAY, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Daniel SUMMERHILL, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Lance HAIDET, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Joshua RUIZ, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Christopher JONES, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF William STEPHENS, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Christopher HORNER, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Nolan TANKERSLEY, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Cullen EASTER, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Ansel DICKEY, ACT
  • DNF Emerson ORONTE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Winston DAVID, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Camilo ZAMBRANO, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Cory Lewis WILLIAMS, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Eric YOUNG, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Tyler MAGNER, UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Cory GREENBERG, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Jonah MEAD VAN COURT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Kyle MURPHY, TEAM JAMIS
  • DNF Jacob Mark KING
  • DNF Samuel Hunter SNIPE GROVE, CYLANCE PRO CYCLING
  • DNF Zack ALLISON, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Danny PATE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Oliver FLAUTT, LUPUS RACING TEAM
  • DNF Max JENKINS, ACT
  • DNF Shane KLINE, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Julian KYER, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Phillip GAIMON, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Joseph SCHMALZ, ELEVATE PRO CYCLING P/B BICYCLE WORLD
  • DNF Miguel BRYON, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF Brendan RHIM, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR
  • DNF David WILLIAMS, ACT
  • DNF Tom ZIRBEL, RALLY CYCLING
  • DNF Joshua BERRY, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Jason SALTZMAN, TEAM ILLUMINATE
  • DNF Chris PUTT, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS
  • DNF Mac BRENNAN, HOLOWESKO / CITADEL P/B HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR

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Joe Dombrowski put in several digs while out front in the breakaway in the Giro's 20th stage, ultimately riding to third place on the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Joe Dombrowski's strong showings in the Giro's mountain stages hint at a bright grand tour future

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Joe Dombrowski put in several digs while out front in the breakaway in the Giro's 20th stage, ultimately riding to third place on the day. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

SANT’ANNA DI VINADIO (VN) – As Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski crossed the finish line of the last mountain stage in the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, he admitted to being “a little different.”

After an impressive third place finish on the 20th and penultimate stage of the race — 134 kilometers from Guillestre to Sant’Anna Di Vinadio — the 25-year-old American could certainly say he achieved his objective of the race apart from helping Colombian teammate Rigoberto Urán in the overall.

That goal? “To try to win a mountain stage.”

Try the Virginian did in this Giro … And then try, try and try again. Barely a day in the mountains went by in the three-week race without Dombrowski getting in amongst it. That includes his eighth-place finish in last Sunday’s stage 15 mountain time trial.

Dombrowski may have lamented not winning Saturday’s stage in the Alps that saw Estonian Rein Taaramae (Katusha) win by 52 seconds ahead of Colombian Darwin Atapuma (BMC), with Dombrowski 1:17 back; but he can ride in to Torino with his head held high in pride.

That Dombrowski rode so strongly at the tail end of the Giro — his second grand tour after his debut in last year’s Vuelta a España — may well be a sign of what is to come from him in the three-week races. And he gave every hint of further hope by how he felt at the finish in Sant’Anna Di Vinadio, an Alpine village he knows so well from having trained there and on the surrounding roads which are only an hour’s drive from his European base in Nice.

“I may be a little different than most riders in that for me the third week is usually easier than the first,” said Dombrowski who is in his second year at Cannondale after two with Sky.

“I am not super punchy or fast, but I can keep going and going. A lot of guys really fatigue … “I think they [grand tours] suit me. [After] the Vuelta I was pretty tired by the end, but coming out of this Giro … I was talking to my roommate [American Nate Brown and saying,] ‘It’s hard during the stage, but I don’t feel any more tired than I do at a hard training camp.’”

Dombrowski believes he made best of his every chance in his first Giro, in which he currently sits in 34th place overall, one hour, 32 minutes, 56 seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

“We came here riding for ‘Rigo,’” said Dombrowski of Urán, now seventh overall at 11 minutes 17 seconds to Nibali.

“That was for me the main thing, and then as a secondary thing, if I could go for a stage that’s what I wanted to do. But … almost every mountain day I’ve been up in the front doing something or trying something. Today was the closest I came to actually taking a stage.”

Joe’s big day out

In Saturday’s stage, Dombrowski made the first break of eight riders that escaped after four kilometers. On the Col de Vars where the summit was at only 19km, the break grew to 10 riders, with Taaramae and Russian Aleksey Rybalkin (Gazprom – Rusvelo) joining them.

The breakaway then rode away from a peloton that included all of the overall favorites, and it soon became clear that the day’s likely stage winner would come from among them.

The break split up and by the summit of the Col de la Bonette at 63km, Spaniard Mikel Nieve (Sky) led with six chasing: Dombrowski, Taaramae, Atapuma, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Tanel Kangert (Astana), and Alexander Foliforov (Grazpro – Rusvelo).

Nieve was caught by Dombrowski’s group at 85km, making a group of seven that became eight with 40km to go when the Italian Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – QuickStep) caught them.

On the third first-category climb, the Colle Della Lombarda, Dombrowski made his first move, which saw Atapuma and Nieve follow and with 25km to go their lead was 14 seconds.

But then Taaramae and Kangert bridged across five kilometers later as the summit neared.

Before the top and with 14km to go Taaramae made his winning move, soloing away over the summit with a lead of 31 seconds on Atapuma, while Dombrowski and Visconti went up and over at 46 seconds to Taaramae, by which time Nieve and Kangert had dropped back.

From there to the mountain finish at Sant’Anna Di Vinadio, Taaramae pushed on to his win while Atapuma, also growing in strength in the last week, rode to second place on the stage.

Dombrowski’s ride was a well-planned one — the former Sky rider knew the Colle Della Lombarda from training there since moving to Nice in 2013.

“I know the climb super well because Sky’s at Nice and comes up here to train at altitude,” he said. “I tried to attack at the bottom because I knew it was hard and then it was not as hard. “So I wanted to make a bit of a selection. But there was a headwind coming up so it made it a bit tactical. I attacked a couple of times, followed some stuff. I think Visconti and myself weren’t really expecting Taaramäe to just chip off the front. There was a bit of hesitation.

“You look at the strongest guy and you follow him, and if somebody comes back you think, ‘They are not going anywhere.’ And it turned out he was going somewhere.”

Dombrowski conceded that he may have underestimate Taaramae, saying: “I think so.

“He lives in Monaco and I know he trains out here too. He knows all the roads.

However, Dombrowski accepted the outcome well. He also revealed that seeing his parents by the side of the road with one kilometer to go on the climb to the finish gave him a boost.

“I felt like I could win and I’ve wanted to win a mountain stage in this Giro since the start of the year,” he said. “And this was really the one because it I know all the roads; my family was there with a kilometer to go. I wanted to win really bad today but it doesn’t always work out.”

And how did he react when he saw his folks? With the broadest of smiles, Dombrowski replied: “I saw the big American flag, and I think I actually gave them a wave as I went by.”

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