VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Fri, 22 May 2015 20:57:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Armstrong’s road to Rio runs through Chattanooga http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/armstrongs-road-to-rio-runs-through-chattanooga_371266 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/armstrongs-road-to-rio-runs-through-chattanooga_371266#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 20:57:13 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371266

Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) finished third in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Kristin Armstrong hopes to earn a ticket to the Rio Olympics with a national championship title in Saturday's time trial in Chattanooga

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Kristin Armstrong (Twenty16-Sho-Air) finished third in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Retirement doesn’t agree with Kristin Armstrong. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has twice stepped away from competitive cycling, “retiring” after both the Beijing and London Olympic Games. But with 2016 just around the corner, the 41-year old has again set her sights on gold in the women’s time trial.

Whether the Twenty16-Sho-Air rider takes the start in Rio could well be decided Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were she will compete in the Volkswagen USA Cycling professional road and time trial championships.

“It’s important. Very important,” admits the Boise, Idaho native.

For Armstrong there is much more at stake than the national champion’s skinsuit. That’s because Saturday’s time trial champion stands to become the last of three American women to participate in September’s UCI world time trial championships in Richmond, Virginia. A podium place in Richmond would, in turn, almost certainly nail down one of two possible spots on the Olympic team.

With a third-place finish at the 2014 world TT championships in Ponferrada, Spain, Boels-Dolmans’ Evelyn Stevens has already secured one of three American slots in Richmond. Twenty16-Sho-Air’s Carmen Small will fill a second, having won the Pan American Championships earlier this month. The third and final slot will go to Saturday’s national champion.

“That’s why there’s so much riding on this weekend,” explained Armstrong. “Carmen is super-excited [about racing in Chattanooga], but she still has a spot. The same is true for Evie. But for me the pressure is really on. Believe me, there are other great riders gunning for that spot.”

Should Stevens or Small win Saturday, the third spot will become a coaches’ selection, which may or may not favor Armstrong. So, she’s got her sights set squarely on Chattanooga.

“You’d better believe I’m looking for the win. I want to go to Richmond, and I want to go to Rio,” she told VeloNews.

After three years away from the sport, Armstrong made her return to competition at last week’s Amgen Tour of California women’s time trial, where she placed third, seven seconds behind behind Stevens. Team Tibco’s Lauren Stephens placed second at 0:04.

For the fiercely competitive Armstrong — also a two-time world champion — a lesser podium placement was not a cause for celebration.

“When you’ve been on the top step before, that’s where you want to stay,” Armstrong explains. “So I won’t pretend that I was satisfied with California. When you leave the sport on top, it’s easy to come back after three years and feel like nothing should be different — though of course it is.”

Upon reflection, however, Armstrong has come to view the result as a blessing of sorts.

“After the initial disappointment, you start thinking, ‘Okay Kristin, let’s get real here.’ I haven’t raced in almost three years. And these girls I’m racing against, Evie [Stevens] and Lauren [Stephens], they’re racing all over the world. When you look at who was in California, it was really the ‘who’s who’ of time trialing. So you can be disappointed. But you also have to be realistic. You have to take stock of where you are.”

Just where is Armstrong? Since retiring from competition in 2012, she has split her time between work as the director of community health at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, coaching with team Twenty16 (which she will ride for this weekend), and raising her four-year-old son. But just as the Olympian was settling into a post-cycling life, she encountered a new set of challenges.

“After London, I stopped training as much,” she explained. “I went for hikes and went for mountain bike rides and just tried to do more normal things. I made the transition from cyclist to exerciser. But the following August, I noticed that I couldn’t really ride for more than an hour or 90 minutes without my hips just killing me.”

Armstrong has since been diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition for which she has now undergone a series of surgeries. Though weight-bearing exercise brings her considerable pain, she has discovered one surefire method of relief.

“As funny as it might sound, the only thing I can really do pain-free is ride my bike. I had a procedure in December 2014 that has helped to take the edge off, but again I’m most comfortable in the saddle. Eventually I’ll need a new hip. But they suggest that I don’t get one today because the recovery can take so long.”

Whether Armstrong achieves her dream of racing for gold in Rio remains to be seen. And that’s just the way she wants it.

“If I’m not the best American, I don’t want to represent the country,” she told VeloNews. “I don’t want to go simply to participate or to race for a top-10 finish. I want to be the winner. So here I’ve got a couple chances to go head to head and just give it my everything. Hopefully it will turn out for the best. If others are stronger then they deserve it.

VeloNews’ Dan Wuori will be on-site at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial Championships all weekend. Saturday’s women’s time trial begins at 11 a.m. eastern time. For updates, follow Dan on Twitter at @dwuori.

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Contador’s pink jersey gone, but for how long? http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contadors-pink-jersey-gone-but-for-how-long_371261 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contadors-pink-jersey-gone-but-for-how-long_371261#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 20:25:01 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371261

Stage 13 was unlucky for Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who suffered his second crash this Giro and lost the GC lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alberto Contador loses overall lead, but it seems likely he'll soon return to the maglia rosa with a long, difficult time trial looming

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Stage 13 was unlucky for Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who suffered his second crash this Giro and lost the GC lead. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

JESOLO, Italy (VN) — Alberto Contador lost the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia Friday due to a crash on the wet roads near Venice, but it could just be a small hiccup in his ride to Milan.

The Spanish captain of team Tinkoff-Saxo fell at 3.3 kilometers to race as part of a maxi-caduta involving Richie Porte (Sky). He jumped on his bike quickly, but saw his lead slip away to Italian Fabio Aru (Astana).

Aru sat second overall at 17 seconds before the stage, but with Contador’s 36-second loss, he took over the pink jersey by 19 seconds.

“There’s never a quiet day in the Giro,” Contador said on the steps of the Tinkoff bus.

“I didn’t even bother to check myself for injuries, I just tried to just pick up my bike and go as fast as I could. The time loss is not that bad.”

It appears that Contador will keep riding as smoothly as he has done so far this Giro d’Italia. The crash Friday next to Jesolo’s beachfront will probably slow him down as much as the one did eight days ago in southern Tuscany — which was not much.

Team doctor, Piet de Moor explained Contador dislocated his shoulder in the crash last week, but in the days after, he looked like his normal ‘El Pistolero’ self, dancing on the pedals.

He not only retained his lead, but he extended it, thanks to time bonuses and smart riding. Yesterday, he shot away for second place on the short hilltop finish above Vicenza and nabbed six bonus seconds.

Friday’s fall en route to the Jesolo finish where Italian Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) won was the only hiccup since.

“I know that it’s hard to get those seconds back that I lost today,” added Contador.

“What really worries me is the contusion in my left leg due to a chainring. That was not even my bike, but someone else’s. I hope it’s only superficial.”

When the neon yellow Tinkoff bus left Jesolo, Contador already had his leg propped up and iced. It appears this setback could be just as small as his tumble in Tuscany and the 24-year-old Sardinian Aru could just be the overnight leader in a Giro that looks more and more like Contador’s.

“Alberto is a big champion who’s won everything in this sport, I’m nothing compared to him,” Aru told press after slipping into the leader’s maglia rosa. “Anything can happen. I just have to stay alert.”

The 59.4-kilometer time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene in Italy’s Prosecco hills Saturday is the longest since 2009. After the stage, there are still five more summit finishes in the Alps before the race wraps up in Milan on May 31.

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Video: Aerial view of Squaw Peak climb http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/video/video-aerial-view-of-squaw-peak-climb_371258 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/video/video-aerial-view-of-squaw-peak-climb_371258#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 19:54:22 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371258

Get a birds-eye view of the ride up Squaw Peak in Utah.

Get a birds-eye view of this scenic, switchbacking climb just outside Provo, Utah

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Get a birds-eye view of the ride up Squaw Peak in Utah.

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Gallery: 2015 Giro d’Italia, stage 13 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/gallery/gallery-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-13_371228 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/gallery/gallery-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-13_371228#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 19:00:09 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371228

It is day for the sprinters, albeit a rainy, treacherous one that shook up the GC standings with a crash late in the race

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Richie Porte’s Giro di disaster http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/richie-portes-giro-di-disaster_371249 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/richie-portes-giro-di-disaster_371249#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:19 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371249

Stage 13 may have been the day that Richie Porte (Sky) gave up hope on contending for the overall in the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Richie Porte injures knee in crash at the end of stage 13, effectively ending his hopes to contend for the Giro d'Italia overall

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Stage 13 may have been the day that Richie Porte (Sky) gave up hope on contending for the overall in the Giro d'Italia. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

JESOLO, Italy (VN) — Richie Porte’s Giro d’Italia dream took what could have been the knockout blow Friday as the race sped toward its finish at the vacation resort near Venice.

Instead of sun, rain hammered the Giro’s cyclists and helped cause a crash at 3.3 kilometers remaining in the 147-kilometer stage. Many fell, but Porte and Alberto Contador caught the most attention.

Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s Contador lost 36 seconds and the leader’s pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru (Astana). Porte took a much bigger hit. TV cameras showed him standing on the road for some time and slowly getting going on the bike of teammate Vasil Kiryienka.

He crossed the finish line 2:08 behind stage winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and slipped to 19th in the classification at 5:05 behind Aru.

At the bus, he looked at his white time trial bike that had been brought out for his warm down ahead of Saturday’s 59.4-kilometer stage. What he said next to the mechanic indicated that this Giro d’Italia might be another missed grand tour opportunity for the 30-year-old.

“I’m not doing any pedaling,” Porte said. “My knee’s f—ked.”

Porte came into the Giro, which began on May 9 in San Lorenzo al Mare, as the top favorite with Contador. In his lead-up, he placed second in the Tour Down Under, fourth in the Volta ao Algarve, and won Paris-Nice, the Volta a Catalunya, and the Giro del Trentino.

“I’ve done it all year this year, and I’m really enjoying it,” Porte said at the start. “This race is a big motivation for me. It’s my dream race.”

The Giro was Porte’s chance to win a grand tour after missing that opportunity in the 2014 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. He was unable to start the former and suffered a bad day in the Tour and never recovered.

The costly hold-up was the latest mishap for the friendly Australian. On the first day, his team lost 20 seconds to Contador’s in the opening time trial. He remained in the hunt and appeared ready to strike in the time trial or high mountains, but then suffered two blows: a 47-second loss due to a puncture and, because he received a wheel from a rival, a two-minute penalty.

Unlike the slowly sinking city of Venice across the bay from Jesolo, Porte’s Giro hopes went down quickly Friday. He and the team could now take aim at stages, starting with Saturday’s time trial, if Porte recovers enough.

“Let’s see if we are still going for the classification,” Sky sport director Dario Cioni said when asked about Porte gaining enough time on the race leaders in the time trial to pull himself back into the fight.

“Right now, we are going to try to win the stage and then decide. With the penalty and everything, the classification gap is big.”

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Results: 2015 Giro d’Italia, stage 13 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/giro-ditalia/results-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-13_371247 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/giro-ditalia/results-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-13_371247#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:23:58 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371247

Giro GC gets shaken up by another late crash on a rainy day for the sprinters

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  • 1. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, in 3:03:08
  • 2. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :00
  • 3. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 4. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 5. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :00
  • 6. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
  • 7. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 8. Nicola RUFFONI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 9. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 10. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 11. Davide APPOLLONIO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at :00
  • 12. Alessandro PETACCHI, STH, at :00
  • 13. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 14. Michael MATTHEWS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :00
  • 15. Eugert ZHUPA, STH, at :04
  • 16. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :04
  • 17. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :04
  • 18. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :04
  • 19. Alexandre GENIEZ, FDJ, at :04
  • 20. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :04
  • 21. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :04
  • 22. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :04
  • 23. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :04
  • 24. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :04
  • 25. Roman KREUZIGER, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :04
  • 26. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :04
  • 27. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at :04
  • 28. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :04
  • 29. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :04
  • 30. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :04
  • 31. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :04
  • 32. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :04
  • 33. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :10
  • 34. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :10
  • 35. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at :13
  • 36. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :19
  • 37. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :19
  • 38. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at :19
  • 39. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :19
  • 40. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 41. Stig BROECKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :26
  • 42. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :26
  • 43. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :26
  • 44. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :34
  • 45. Elia FAVILLI, STH, at :38
  • 46. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :40
  • 47. Philippe GILBERT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :40
  • 48. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 49. Giacomo BERLATO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :40
  • 50. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :40
  • 51. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :40
  • 52. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :40
  • 53. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :40
  • 54. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 55. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :40
  • 56. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :40
  • 57. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :40
  • 58. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :40
  • 59. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :40
  • 60. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :40
  • 61. Michael ROGERS, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :40
  • 62. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :40
  • 63. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :40
  • 64. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :40
  • 65. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :46
  • 66. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at :49
  • 67. Tom BOONEN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :49
  • 68. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:08
  • 69. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:10
  • 70. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:10
  • 71. Nathan BROWN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:10
  • 72. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:10
  • 73. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 1:15
  • 74. Jonathan MONSALVE, STH, at 1:15
  • 75. Franco PELLIZOTTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 1:20
  • 76. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:20
  • 77. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:23
  • 78. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 1:23
  • 79. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:29
  • 80. Luca PAOLINI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :04
  • 81. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:35
  • 82. Marco BANDIERA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 1:36
  • 83. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:36
  • 84. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:36
  • 85. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:36
  • 86. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:36
  • 87. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:36
  • 88. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:36
  • 89. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:36
  • 90. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:36
  • 91. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:36
  • 92. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:36
  • 93. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:36
  • 94. Enrico BATTAGLIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:36
  • 95. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:36
  • 96. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 1:36
  • 97. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:36
  • 98. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:45
  • 99. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 1:52
  • 100. Leopold KONIG, TEAM SKY, at 2:01
  • 101. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY, at 2:08
  • 102. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, at 2:08
  • 103. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 2:08
  • 104. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:08
  • 105. Alessandro MALAGUTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 2:08
  • 106. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:11
  • 107. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at 2:11
  • 108. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:11
  • 109. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:11
  • 110. Matteo BUSATO, STH, at 2:11
  • 111. Mauro FINETTO, STH, at 2:11
  • 112. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:11
  • 113. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 2:11
  • 114. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 2:11
  • 115. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:11
  • 116. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 2:11
  • 117. Fabio FELLINE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 2:11
  • 118. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:11
  • 119. Pieter WEENING, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:11
  • 120. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:18
  • 121. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:22
  • 122. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:31
  • 123. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:35
  • 124. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:47
  • 125. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, TEAM SKY, at 2:47
  • 126. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at 2:47
  • 127. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 2:47
  • 128. Francesco GAVAZZI, STH, at 2:47
  • 129. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 2:47
  • 130. Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, IAM CYCLING, at 2:47
  • 131. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:47
  • 132. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:47
  • 133. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:47
  • 134. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:47
  • 135. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:47
  • 136. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 2:47
  • 137. Jan POLANC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:47
  • 138. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 2:47
  • 139. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 2:47
  • 140. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 2:47
  • 141. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 2:47
  • 142. Jérôme PINEAU, IAM CYCLING, at 2:47
  • 143. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at 2:47
  • 144. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:47
  • 145. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 2:47
  • 146. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at 2:47
  • 147. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 2:47
  • 148. Simone STORTONI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 2:47
  • 149. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:47
  • 150. Luca CHIRICO, BARDIANI CSF, at 2:47
  • 151. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:47
  • 152. Serghei TVETCOV, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 2:47
  • 153. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 2:47
  • 154. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 2:47
  • 155. Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 2:47
  • 156. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:25
  • 157. Sylwester SZMYD, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:25
  • 158. Ivan BASSO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 3:25
  • 159. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 3:25
  • 160. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:25
  • 161. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 3:25
  • 162. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:25
  • 163. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:25
  • 164. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:25
  • 165. Gang XU, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:25
  • 166. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:25
  • 167. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 3:25
  • 168. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 3:25
  • 169. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:54
  • 170. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 3:54
  • 171. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:11
  • 172. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 4:24
  • 173. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 5:10
  • 174. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 5:10
  • 175. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 5:10
  • 176. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 5:10
  • 177. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 5:10
  • 178. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 5:15
  • 179. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 5:28
  • 180. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 5:28
  • 181. Oscar GATTO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 7:05
  • 182. Marco FRAPPORTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 7:05
  • 183. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 7:09
  • DNS Simon GERRANS, ORICA GreenEDGE

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Contador: Saturday’s time trial ‘will not decide the Giro’ http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contador-saturdays-time-trial-will-not-decide-the-giro_371198 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/contador-saturdays-time-trial-will-not-decide-the-giro_371198#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:12:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371198

Though Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) lost his overall lead to Fabio Aru (Astana) on Friday, he is poised to deliver an impressive ride in Saturday's long time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider aims to take back the pink jersey from Fabio Aru before entering the Giro's final, mountainous stretch

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Though Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) lost his overall lead to Fabio Aru (Astana) on Friday, he is poised to deliver an impressive ride in Saturday's long time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

VICENZA, Italy (VN) — On paper, Saturday’s 59.4-kilometer individual time trial at the Giro d’Italia should be a race-breaker. Flat during the first half and undulating in the second, it’s a balanced, all-rounder’s course that tips the stage well in favor of the specialists.

As the longest time trial of the season on this year’s grand tour menu, the speculation is growing about just how much impact the stage will have in the final outcome of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

Two weeks ago, everyone was looking to Saturday’s race of truth as one of the Giro’s most decisive moments. But nearly two weeks of hard racing and attrition have dramatically altered the Giro landscape. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has brushed off a dislocated shoulder to emerge as the Giro’s strongest rider, despite losing his GC lead to Fabio Aru (Astana) in stage 13 due to a late crash.

With four major mountaintop finales packed into the final seven stages of racing, some suggest Saturday’s time trial could be a flop.

“I expect the differences to be minimal,” Astana’s sport director Giuseppe Martinelli said. “If it was during the first week, when everyone was fresh, it would be different. Now the entire peloton is tired. I don’t expect a lot of time gaps between the main GC favorites.”

Even though it’s not in the first week, the TT still will have a major impact on the GC picture, especially among the top 10. Coupled with Sunday’s major mountain stage to Madonna di Campiglio, the GC will see a dramatic reshuffling over the weekend. If the time trial were in the final week, it would likely have almost no bearing on the final outcome. Had it been in the first week, when strong time trialists Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick-Step) and Richie Porte (Sky) were still fresh, it could well have taken the wind out of the race. The Giro organizers wanted to add a long time trial into this year’s course, but they also wanted to slot it into a position where it would prove important, but not decisive.

For Urán, Saturday’s hour-plus test against the clock could see his podium hopes revived with one strong performance. Porte, however, is 5:05 back in the overall after Friday’s crash and seems unlikely to be a top-three contender any longer.

“I hope to do well. It’s not been an ideal approach to the time trial, but I still hope to have a good performance,” Urán said. Marred by illness and a crash Wednesday, Urán is hoping to revive his GC hopes with a banner ride Saturday.

“It’s an important stage, but it won’t decide the winner,” Urán continued. “It’s an interesting course, similar to what I won on last year [stage 14 at Barolo], but like any Giro, the pink jersey will be decided in the mountains of the final week.”

So who can win? With the likes of three-time world TT champion Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) skipping the Giro, there is no pure TT specialist favored to take the stage victory. There remain a few strong time trial riders who could do well, such as Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) or Tanel Kangert (Astana), but there is no clear stage winner on the start list.

If fact, there is a growing sentiment that it could be Contador who could take the flowers. The general rule of late-race TTs in grand tours is that the strongest in the field typically does very well, or wins. And up to now, there is no question as to who that rider is at this point in the 2015 Giro.

Overnight Thursday, Contador said he was going to test his time trial position with a bike mounted on rollers in his hotel room. Still suffering from his crash in stage 6, which left him with a dislocated shoulder and other bumps and bruises, Contador said he’s finally starting to feel close to 100 percent. The test Thursday night was to see if his left shoulder could hold his favored narrow, tucked-in time trial position for excess of one hour. It remains to be seen if Friday’s late-stage crash will prove to be another setback for the Spaniard.

“It’s far from ideal to have to change your preferred aerodynamic time trial position. I could lose 10 to 15 watts, but the situation is what it is,” Contador said. “I am hoping, with some tape on the shoulder, that I will be able to be as close to the position that I’ve tested on and trained on as possible. We’ll just have to see how things go Saturday.”

And what about Aru? Martinelli is hoping Aru can limit his losses and pedal into the final week with legitimate podium hopes still intact.

“It’s a long, long time trial, so I don’t know what to think really, but I want to recover to the maximum capability that I can,” Aru said after taking the pink jersey on Friday. “Of course the Giro is three weeks long. … I’m going to give my maximum.”

“It’s a difficult time trial. For sure, Aru will lose some time to Contador, Porte, and Urán, but we hope to defend our position,” Martinelli said. “The most important thing is to enter the final week in good position to ride well in the big mountains.”

Weather could also be a factor, too. Rain and strong winds have swamped the Giro the past two days, and if it’s the same on Saturday, the favorites won’t be taking unnecessary risks. Foul weather will slow speeds, but will favor the experienced bike handlers.

Contador realizes he has no pressure, but there is a sinking feeling that he won’t be holding back Saturday.

The adage of modern racing is that grand tours are won and lost in time trials. Contador isn’t nearly as strong against the clock as he was when he beat the likes of Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) in a late-race time trial around Lake Annecy in the 2009 Tour. In fact, he’s struggled to match the speed of such riders as Chris Froome (Sky) and 2012 Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins, who excel on longer power courses such as Saturday’s.

Fortunately for Contador, neither one of those will be lining up in Treviso. He knows Urán is his most dangerous GC rival in the individual test. The Tinkoff rider will start second-to-last and have their time references chirping in his ear, which is often advantageous.

“Richie has placed a thousand bets on this stage, and so has Urán,” Contador said. “We’ll have to see how my shoulder holds up, but the most important thing these past few days is that my legs are starting to feel much better. The big difference in a grand tour is each rider’s ability to recover … No matter what happens, this time trial will not decide the Giro.”

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Contador loses lead to Aru with crash; Modolo wins stage 13 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/race-report/contador-loses-lead-to-aru-with-crash-modolo-wins-stage-13_371216 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/race-report/contador-loses-lead-to-aru-with-crash-modolo-wins-stage-13_371216#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:04:28 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371216

Fabio Aru (Astana) holds a 19-second lead going into Saturday's potentially decisive stage 14 time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alberto Contador loses 36 seconds and pink jersey to rival Fabio Aru in Giro stage 13 but says he feels okay despite hitting the deck

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Fabio Aru (Astana) holds a 19-second lead going into Saturday's potentially decisive stage 14 time trial. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Friday’s 13th Giro stage proved unlucky for some, with Alberto Contador crashing and losing the pink jersey to Fabio Aru, but for Sacha Modolo, it was the day he claimed his first Giro d’Italia stage win.

The rainy, flat stage followed the script as a day for the sprinters, but it’s rarely so simple at the Giro d’Italia — race leader Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed just outside three kilometers to go. Ahead, Lampre-Merida delivered Modolo to the line with a perfect lead-out to cap off a short ride from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo.

The late crash started on the left side and spread across the peloton, to the right, where Contador was positioned.

“We were really well-placed in the stage, but you could see the crash coming,” Contador said. “Of course, first of all, I checked to see if I was okay, and I tried to get a bike, any bike. I don’t think the [time] loss has been too much. Of course, seconds cost a lot to get back, but the thing that most worries me is of course my injury, but I think I’m okay. I think I can make the time up.”

The race leader quickly grabbed a bike from teammate Chris Juul-Jensen and dashed to the line, riding with urgency to limit his losses. But he was unable to keep his GC lead over Astana’s Aru.

“When you crash, you automatically put yourself in a rigid position,” Contador continued. “Of course, the shoulder hurts, but I want to think positively, just thinking of getting better from this crash, get some ice on it and make sure it doesn’t get too inflamed so I’m okay for tomorrow.”

Modolo’s team delivered a perfect lead-out, dominating the front in the final kilometer. The Italian held off a late surge from his countryman, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing), to win. Elia Viviani (Sky) finished third.

“Finally I’ve won a stage,” said Modolo. “My great companion, colleague, and friend, Max Richeze, gave me the perfect lead-out, and I just finished off the work of my team.

“Perfect? No, because there was the crash of course. [Roberto] Ferrari was involved,” Modolo said. “There were of course a few curves and things, all the road furniture — it didn’t make it too simple. It was really slippery on the way in.”

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Though the 27-year-old’s first Giro stage victory was a crowd-pleaser, all eyes were on the GC riders. After the late crash, Aru leads the overall by 19 seconds over Contador. Aru’s teammate, Mikel Landa is third, 1:14 back.

“It’s a great feeling to finally wear the pink jersey,” Aru told AFP. “I’ve waited since the beginning of the race to finally take the lead.”

The wet, 129.9km stage was meant for a bunch sprint, and accordingly, the early breakaway of Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec), Rick Zabel (BMC), and Jerome Pineau (IAM Cycling) never got a significant advantage.

With around 17km to go, the escape was caught as Tinkoff-Saxo aided the sprinters’ teams in the chase.

Coming into the final five kilometers, Trek Factory Racing was in control at the front of the peloton, with Orica-GreenEdge waiting in the wings.

Just outside of three kilometers to go, a crash interrupted the field. Contador went down, and Porte was caught behind the mess of riders, gapped by the field.

“It’s just how it is today. It’s really nervous,” said Richie Porte (Sky), who was also caught in the crash and lost over two minutes. “Wasn’t really a big surprise that there was a crash, to be honest.”

Giant-Alpecin soon moved to the front with three kilometers left. Then, it was Lampre-Merdia to take over.

Into the last kilometer, it was all Lampre at the front.

Sitting third into the final right-hand corner, Modolo was perfectly positioned. He jumped off his teammate Richese’s wheel in the finish stretch and delivered a beautiful turn of speed.

Modolo took the sprint from long range, and claimed the stage ahead of a charging Nizzolo.

Contador finished 40 seconds behind the sprinters’ group, losing 36 seconds and his overall lead to Aru.

Stage 13’s unexpected finale sows some doubt ahead of Saturday’s 59.4km time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene. Aru will start last, wearing the pink jersey, which may buoy the 24-year-old Italian, who isn’t known as an ace time trialist.

“It’s a really important day tomorrow,” Aru said. “It’s a long, long time trial, so I don’t know what to think really, but I want to recover to the maximum capability that I can. Of course the Giro is three weeks long. … I’m going to give my maximum.”

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Thursday's stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia featured a steep finishing climb and lots of cold rain

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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick-Step) previewed the Richmond world championships course after the Amgen Tour of California.

On his way back to Europe from the Amgen Tour, former world champ Cavendish stops in Richmond to check out the 2015 worlds course

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Week in Tech: Rapha’s hot beats, Zipp gets advanced, and more http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/bikes-and-tech/week-in-tech-raphas-hot-beats-zipp-gets-advanced-and-more_371149 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/bikes-and-tech/week-in-tech-raphas-hot-beats-zipp-gets-advanced-and-more_371149#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 12:59:32 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371149

The new Rapha Bang & Olufsen H6 headphones are wrapped in Black African Hair leather and will retail for $429. Photo: Rapha

Rapha invades your eardrums, Strava gets local, Zipp unveils new 404 Firestrike options, and Brooks takes it easy on your sensitive areas

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The new Rapha Bang & Olufsen H6 headphones are wrapped in Black African Hair leather and will retail for $429. Photo: Rapha

Strava launches Locals-only tips

Strava is taking all of its users’ rides and photos to give someone visiting a new city the ability to get out for a good ride, find good coffee on the way, and even locate a bike shop to stock up on your necessities.

Strava Local is currently available for just 12 cities, and for each city there is a running and a riding guide. The guides are best accessed through the mobile website, where users can select a city and a route that should keep them on course.

We look forward to seeing the Local site grow the number of available city guides and routes at each city.

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Rapha launches headphones

Move over Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z. Rapha is entering the headphone game with its $429 Bang & Olufsen H6 over-ear headphones.

The H6 Rapha headphones are wrapped in black African Hair Sheep leather, while the standard H6 headphones use regular leather. The H6 Rapha headphones come with a carry bag and a detachable pink cable with a three-button remote for changing the track and adjusting volume. The standard, non-Rapha H6 headphones retail for $400.

PC Mag said of the H6 headphones, “If a more refined, crisp mids-focused sound is what you seek, the H6 will not disappoint, and it’s refreshing to see such a unique sound signature in this field.”

We expect to see Richie Porte and Bradley Wiggins wearing the Rapha H6 headphones on their respective turbo trainers and rollers this summer. Rapha has even made a cool-down playlist on Spotify.

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Zipp launches 404 Firestrike tubular

Nearly one year ago, Zipp launched its 404 Firestrike carbon clincher wheelset, a higher-end version of the Firecrest wheels with a new brake track designed to improve braking in wet conditions.

The production process for the new wheels is said to be advanced and very time-intensive, which is why Zipp calls them “limited” and has attached to the Firestrike tubular and clinchers a $3,600 price tag.

The Firestrike tubulars come with CeramicSpeed bearings, Silca valve extenders, and Zipp’s redesigned skewers. The tubular Firestrike wheels will be available next month.

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New Brooks Cambium C15 Carved

Brooks has added another iteration of its Cambium saddle. The C15 was introduced recently as a narrower version of the now-popular Cambium. The new C15 Carved sports a cutout in the center for improved blood flow and decreased pressure on sensitive areas.

The C15 Carved carries the same $162 price tag as the C17 and C15 and is available now.

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Thursday's slick and rainy stage 12 saw four riders abandon. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Both riders wet down in Thursday's wet stage, with Kung hospitalized with a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae

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Thursday's slick and rainy stage 12 saw four riders abandon. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

VICENZO, Italy (VN) — Two prominent names did not take the start Friday at the Giro d’Italia as the wet and wild finale in stage 12 sent more than a few riders clattering to the pavement.

Conditions were treacherous over narrow and rain-marred roads coming in the final hour of racing. FDJ’s Alexandre Geniez could barely hang on through the corners, kicking out his legs to help steer through the descents.

Thursday’s uphill punch was ideal for Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), but he was tangled up in a crash late in the stage. The 2014 Liège-Bastogne-Liège champion managed to finish, but did not start Friday in what the team described as a “precautionary measure.”

“It’s obviously really disappointing for Simon today,” Orica sport director Matt White said. “There hasn’t been much time for medical staff to assess too deeply yet, but the good news is while it is sore, it looks to be just some skin off.”

Stefan Küng (BMC Racing), who was hoping for a strong ride in Saturday’s time trial, suffered a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae when he crashed with two others in the last 25km.

While teammate Philippe Gilbert eventually won the stage, Küng made a tearful exit from the Giro.

“I was in the ambulance and the tears were running down,” Küng said. “As a sportsman, you always want to keep going. I was looking forward to the time trial every day. So it is a shame to finish like this. When they told me what I have, it is even worse because I know I will not be able to ride my bike for a while. It is going to take time for me to come back. But for sure, I will come back.”

Doctors said the promising 21-year-old, who was second to Bradley Wiggins at the time trial stage at the Three Days of De Panne and winner of stage 4 at the Tour de Romandie this season, could be sidelined for 12 to 16 weeks. He will be held for observation for several days in an Italian hospital, and BMC officials reported there appear to be “no neurological problems and the fracture appears to be stable.”

Manuel Belletti (Southeast) and Jaroslaw Marcyz (CCC Sprandi) also did not finish Thursday. Some 184 riders remain in the Giro, but that number will start to shrink going into the final brutal week of racing across the mountains of northern Italy.

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Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) had a strong ride in stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California, the queen stage, which climbed Mount Baldy.
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The Cannondale-Garmin climber rates his California performance as "Okay. Not bad. Not great.”

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Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) had a strong ride in stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California, the queen stage, which climbed Mount Baldy. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Ask Joe Dombrowski how he would rate his performance at the Amgen Tour of California, where he finished fourth overall, and he sounds like someone asked to describe an unremarkable meal or movie.

“It was okay,” Dombrowski told VeloNews. “Not bad. Not great.”

Dombrowski, and the Amgen Tour, returned to Mt. Baldy last week for the first time since 2012, where the young American had his breakthrough ride while a member of the Bontrager-Livestrong team, finishing fourth on the stage at age 21. He went on to win the GiroBio that year, ahead of Fabio Aru (Astana), and signed a two-year contract with Sky, however he lost much of the past two seasons due to a weakness in his left leg that was ultimately diagnosed as Iliac Artery Endofibrosis. Dombrowski had surgery in August, and spent the second half of the 2014 season recovering. He signed with Cannondale-Garmin in September.

Though he raced the Amgen Tour last year in support of overall winner Bradley Wiggins, this year was to be Dombrowski’s first attempt at a GC result in California since his 2012 breakthrough. He arrived in Sacramento proclaiming he was “fit and fast,” but picked up what he believes to be the same virus that forced teammate Andrew Talansky to withdraw on the first stage.

On Baldy, Dombrowski was in the lead group of three riders until Sergio Henao (Sky) launched an attack that prompted a race-winning counterattack by Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step). Dombrowski finished fourth on the stage, passed by American Ian Boswell (Sky) in the final kilometer. He finished the race fourth overall, 37 seconds off the final podium.

“Overall, my performance was, I think, good,” he said. “Looking at it in the broader picture, it was successful in some regard, because coming off the last few years, with my health problems, putting together a real GC result is a step in the right direction for me. In that regard, it was successful. I wouldn’t say I went out and smashed it. I got a little bit sick during the week. I think Andrew Talansky was the first to get it, and then it passed around our team. Overall, my Tour of California was … alright.”

Asked to compare his time on Baldy to his 2012 ride, Dombrowski said they were quite comparable, though he said the circumstances of the hilly stage where much different. In 2012, Chris Horner, down on the classification, was on the move in the breakaway, forcing GC teams to chase up Glendora Mountain Road and across the ridge on a hot spring day. In 2015, the breakaway held no danger men, with Tinkoff-Saxo looking to preserve Peter Sagan as long as possible before the steep slopes of Baldy.

“Time-wise, it was about the same as in 2012,” Dombrowski said. “It wasn’t as hard of a stage this time. We rode the other climbs much easier than in 2012. We had a pretty big group over the first climb. The pace wasn’t quite as on as it was when Horner was in the breakaway. On that stage it was intense all day, like a European-style mountain stage. This time around it was slower-paced until we hit Baldy. Time-wise it was about the same, but the stage as a whole, was ridden easier. And last time it was hot, this time was kind of cold, actually.”

Dombrowski said that he averaged around 375 watts, or 5.7-5.8 watts per kilogram, on the final 5km — the steepest slopes of Baldy. (He weighs 143 pounds, or 65 kilograms.)

“As you may have seen on TV, I had a pretty big drop in power around 3-4km to go,” he said. “I went from feeling pretty good to not feeling very good. Around the last 25 minutes we were doing 5.7, 5.8 watts per kilo. Nothing amazing. Altitude comes into play a bit, at least at the top there, and that varies from rider to rider. Alaphilippe was maybe closer to 6 watts per kilogram.”

Like many American pros, Dombrowski is taking his a week’s worth of California fitness to this weekend’s USA Cycling national road championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Joining him from Cannondale-Garmin will be Talansky, Alex Howes, Ben King, and Ted King.

For Dombrowski, it will be the first time he’s raced a professional national championship.

“I’ve looked at the course profile, but I’m not familiar with it” he said. “I haven’t ridden it. It sounds like there is a climb every lap that, if ridden hard, is moderately selective.”

Though Cannondale will bring five strong riders, Dombrowski cited the “strange dynamic” that WorldTour riders can face when racing nationals against full domestic squads.

“First off, it’s nationals, and everyone wants to win,” he said. “There’s teamwork, of course you want to see your teammate win nationals, but every rider that starts, it would be nice to win. That’s combined with fact that, often times, full domestic squads, like a SmartStop or Jelly Belly, have an entire team at the race, where maybe BMC has two or three riders in the race. It can be hard for WorldTour guys to overcome that. If it’s a selective group and it comes down to playing the numbers game, you can only follow so much.”

Last year many pointed to Howes as having been the strongest rider in the field, though he finished a disappointing third. He’ll return as a top favorite.

“The course doesn’t seem to stand out to suit any one kind of rider in particular, but given the nature of the race, and the way nationals often races, it’s kind of a toss-up. If had to guess, someone who can climb and has a good kick at the end would be good bet. Obviously, the harder they go on the climbs, the fewer sprinter-type of riders will be there in the final. If I were to name someone as a favorite, I’d say Alex Howes would be a good bet. He won’t get dropped on the climb, and he can win a sprint out a group of 10-15.”

After nationals, Dombrowski said he would head to the Tour de Suisse, and possibly the Tour of Austria, before the Tour of Utah, and then the Vuelta a España. He’s also hoping to be selected to USA Cycling’s world championship squad, as the worlds will be held in his home state of Virginia.

“I’d love to do worlds, being from Virginia, this year would be cool,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll know whether I’ve been selected until a few weeks before the race. I would love to do it, but it will depend on how the latter part of my season goes, how everyone else is going, and what they are looking for in terms of team support and in terms of a leader.”

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Overly exuberant fans spilled onto the road after the front peloton had passed in stage 12 of the Giro, delaying riders at the back of the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Riders at the back of the Giro's stage 12 were delayed in the finish as fans crossed the barriers and blocked the roadway

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Overly exuberant fans spilled onto the road after the front peloton had passed in stage 12 of the Giro, delaying riders at the back of the race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Riders off the back in a grand tour stage are often subject to many challenges — a smaller group is worse for drafting, team cars are often up the road — but in Thursday’s stage 12 at the Giro d’Italia, riders dropped by the peloton had to contend with a finish straight filled with fans.

The short, steep finish on Monte Berico in Vicenza was wide open for Philippe Gilbert (BMC) to win the day ahead of race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). However, once the peloton passed, spectators crossed the barriers and filled the roadway, walking up to see the finish festivities and podium ceremonies, or to simply head home.

“The last riders were hijacked by the crowds even before they could start the final ascent,” said IAM Cycling sport director Thierry Marichal in a press statement. “The security service was unable to contain the exuberant fans on the road.”

Although the riders at the back weren’t likely concerned with scrapping for seconds or minor placings, the delay was a problem for one IAM rider.

“Stef Clement was called to the doping control at the finish,” Marichal continued. “We had to help him elbow through with a car in order to get him to the doping control tent in time so that they could test him.”

Later on Twitter, Clement expressed his exasperation and concern that his late arrival at doping control could run afoul of UCI rules. He noted that a missed doping control could cost him a two-year suspension. To add insult to injury, Clement had crashed earlier on the stage’s wet, slippery descents.

Life at the back of the race is usually hard but sometimes downright frustrating.

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Global Cycling Network teams up with Caley Fretz to see what tiny tech details Giro teams are minding to get an advantage in the race

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Uran holding out for TT miracle http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/uran-holding-out-for-tt-miracle_371126 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/uran-holding-out-for-tt-miracle_371126#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:55:56 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371126

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) sits in sixth place in the overall, 2:19 down on Contador. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Rigoberto Uran rode into the Giro as a GC favorite, but now he's clinging on to the front group, hoping the TT is his ticket to the podium

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Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) sits in sixth place in the overall, 2:19 down on Contador. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

IMOLA, Italy (VN) — Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick-Step) has been playing dodgeball during this entire Giro d’Italia.

The 28-year-old Colombian has been jumping left and bouncing right to avoid being knocked out of the Giro before the hard part even begins.

Urán started the Giro with a chest cold that turned into bronchitis. After starting to finally feel good again this week, Urán clipped a wheel on the Ferrari racetrack Wednesday, and slammed onto his left shoulder, elbow, and knee. He managed to fight back to the front group Wednesday, and finished with the favorites Thursday, to keep his podium hopes alive.

Can one big swing of the bat in Saturday’s time trial turn around Urán’s Giro fortunes? Etixx-Quick-Step is hoping so.

“We believe Rigoberto can still win the time trial, but his crash Wednesday comes at a bad moment,” team manager Patrick Lefevere told VeloNews. “He won on a similar course last year [stage 12], and the course Saturday is like that one. Under normal conditions, he would have a good chance to win.”

Nothing’s been “normal” about Urán’s Giro so far, but he’s been trying to stay in podium contention. He will start Friday’s flat stage, which favors a mass gallop, at sixth overall, 2:19 back.

Even if he’s hobbled with a banged-up shoulder, elbow and knee, Urán is hoping to revive his Giro podium hopes in the 59.4km time trial Saturday. He scouted the route earlier this season, and knows it’s his best chance to bounce back into the frame.

“It’s hardly ideal to crash before the time trial,” Urán said of his spill Wednesday. “We’ll see how I recover before Saturday. Normally, the course would be good for me, but this Giro hasn’t gone so well for me at all.”

Dodging bullets is hardly the way Urán wanted to come into this Giro. Riding in a contract year, Urán wanted a big result, perhaps even the pink jersey, to establish himself as one of the peloton’s major stars.

Instead, he’s been struggling with a chest cold and now a crash. Lefevere is hoping things turn their way in the final week.

“Rigoberto was very strong at Tour de Romandie, but it was cold and rainy the last days, he got something in his chest. He couldn’t shake it before the Giro, and it even got worse,” Lefevere said. “He is an experienced rider. He knows how to race a grand tour. That will count for a lot in the final week.”

With Contador looking untouchable for pink, the fight for the final two podium spots will take shape over this weekend. Saturday’s time trial should see Urán and Richie Porte (Sky), 12th at 3:18 back, spring back into the top five.

Sunday’s mountaintop finale to Madonna di Campiglio, the first true major mountain stage of this year’s Giro, will further shake up the GC.

The peloton will have a new hierarchy going into Monday’s second and final rest day.

“I was hoping to be fighting for the overall victory in this Giro, but things haven’t gone my way so far,” Urán said earlier this week. “We’ll see how things shake out. Everything will be decided in the final week, like in any Giro.”

Maybe the scrappy Urán can bump and grind his way all the way to the podium in Milano. His Giro fate depends on Saturday’s time trial.

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Gallery: 2015 Giro d’Italia, stage 12 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/gallery/gallery-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-12_371088 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/gallery/gallery-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-12_371088#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:08:44 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371088

Philippe Gilbert was not to be denied his first win of the season on a punchy finale that perfectly suited the Belgian strongman

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One more squeeze: Contador tightening grip on pink jersey http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/one-more-squeeze-contador-tightening-grip-on-pink-jersey_371118 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/one-more-squeeze-contador-tightening-grip-on-pink-jersey_371118#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:42:05 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371118

On another hard, rainy day at the Giro, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) found another opportunity to tighten his grasp on the pink jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Alberto Contador keeps squeezing his GC rivals for seconds on the Giro's tough transition stages, sitting comfortably in race lead

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On another hard, rainy day at the Giro, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) found another opportunity to tighten his grasp on the pink jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

VICENZA, Italy (VN) — Alberto Contador’s nickname is the ‘pistolero’ for his quick-draw shooting style, but the Tinkoff-Saxo captain should be called the ‘anaconda.’ There’s no one in the peloton better at squeezing the life out of his rivals, one slow twist at a time.

Fabio Aru (Astana) put up a good front through the first week of the Giro d’Italia, but now he looks like a mouse dropped inside the snake’s cage. With rivals Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick-Step) and Richie Porte (Sky) safely out of striking range, Contador has been toying with his young Italian rival, looking for weaknesses before closing in for the kill.

In another deceptively brutal finale Thursday in what’s been a very challenging opening 12 stages, Contador sensed Aru’s struggling legs for the second day in a row. Despite Astana’s hard riding at the front, Contador countered on the wall to the Monte Berico finish, blasting to second on the stage, taking eight seconds on Aru. Add six seconds’ time bonus for second place behind Philippe Gilbert (BMC), and Contador’s grip on the pink jersey is now 17 seconds. One more squeeze, and Aru crossed the line gasping for air.

“I could see that in the last 50-60km, his legs weren’t looking as sharp. I wasn’t sure if he was on my wheel or not,” Contador said of Aru. “Everyone is getting tired. It’s been a hard first half of the Giro. You can see it in everyone’s legs.”

Aru started the day just three seconds behind Contador, but he admitted on RAI TV that he suffered a sugar bonk in the final hour of racing because he didn’t eat enough during the stage. In a punchy, uphill finale that was ideal for Aru’s trademark acceleration, Astana looked to be riding hard over the final selective climbs to set up the young Italian for a possible assault on the pink jersey. Instead, it was Contador who struck first. He admitted he couldn’t understand what Astana was doing, especially when Tanel Kangert shot up the road in the closing five kilometers in a bid for the stage victory.

“To tell the truth, it was difficult to know what tactic they were using. They seemed to be improvising a bit, especially when your leader is bad, it’s harder to work it out tactically,” Contador said. “Maybe they were pushing people up the road to take the time bonuses, but the truth, it was difficult to interpret.”

Contador won’t admit it, but the Giro is looking very, very good. The hardest stages are still to come, and he still must get through Saturday’s long time trial with a gimpy left shoulder, a stage that could revive podium hopes for Urán and Porte, but it’s clear that he’s firmly in control of his destiny.

“I still see this Giro very far from over. Anything can happen. Something happens every day, and things keep happening,” Contador said. “The extra seconds today are always good to have. In the Giro, on a bad day, you can lose minutes, so having the leader’s jersey, you can better play it tactically.”

With one more sprinter’s stage on the horizon Friday before Saturday’s 59.4km time trial, there is a growing sense that Contador has coiled himself firmly around the pink jersey. Urán, twice runner-up in the Giro, started the Giro with a chest cold and then crashed heavily Wednesday. Porte was looking solid, but lost nearly three minutes Tuesday in a late-race puncture before being penalized two minutes after taking an illegal wheel change from Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Clarke.

Aru has clearly struggled the past two days, something that Contador picked up on. Some wonder if it’s Aru’s lack of racing days finally catching up to him or if he’s struggling to handle the pressure of taking on Contador head-to-head. Either way, Aru’s hiccups are fueling Contador’s confidence.

There is no one in the peloton today as masterful as Contador at managing a GC lead. In fact, throughout his career, he’s never given up a grand tour race leader’s jersey to a serious rival once he has it.

Gilbert, who took a textbook-perfect stage victory Thursday, said many inside the peloton see Contador winning this Giro.

“He’s a great specialist in grand tours. When he gets a jersey, he never loses it,” Gilbert said. “When he gets in this situation, and once he has the leader’s jersey, he can race defensively. I see him very strong and attentive. The hardest stages are still to come, and Alberto is always very strong in the final week.”

Speaking to VeloNews before the start of Thursday’s stage, Astana sport director Giuseppe Martinelli admitted that trying to outmaneuver Contador is an almost impossible task. Martinelli is one of the cagiest directors in the bunch, and he worked with Contador during the Spaniard’s spell on Astana, so he knows beating Contador in this Giro is a big “ask” for Aru.

“It’s not only difficult to beat Contador, it’s all but impossible,” Martinelli told VeloNews. “What Fabio should do is improve on his third place from last year, and a second place overall right now, I’d take that.”

On Thursday, Contador admitted that his shoulder is feeling better and legs are improving, two facts that will surely put fear into his rivals. If he can roll out of Saturday’s time trial with the pink jersey still on his shoulders, he would need to have a very bad day in the mountains of the final week to lose this Giro.

Contador remains focused on the task at hand, and wasn’t too bothered that Gilbert held on to win the stage Thursday.

“The objective remains the same, that the pink jersey is mine in Milano. Winning stages is a secondary consideration,” Contador said. “The most important thing right now is the sensations in my legs. People were talking about my shoulder, but legs were banged up as well in the crash. Every day I am feeling better.”

Contador is coiled up, and ready to strike. With the mountains looming, the rest of the Giro peloton looks to be running for cover.

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The perfect Boulder tour with VeloNews and Cognoscenti http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/the-perfect-boulder-tour-with-velonews-and-cognoscenti_367418 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/news/the-perfect-boulder-tour-with-velonews-and-cognoscenti_367418#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:40:43 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=367418

Riding in the Rockies. Photo: Kevin Batchelor

We’ve put together our idea of the perfect week of riding, eating, and spectating in and around Boulder — home of VeloNews

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Riding in the Rockies. Photo: Kevin Batchelor

Spin by one of Boulder, Colorado’s popular coffee shops around mid-morning and you’ll see the usual patrons: the bearded hipster, over-caffeinated students tapping away on laptops, young professionals meeting over a couple cortados. But here, in America’s pro cycling capital, there’s another type: cyclists, all in matching kit, down to the socks.

Posers? No, not here. That’s Taylor Phinney, Alex Howes, Kiel Reijnen, Mara Abbott, or any number of other local pros, sipping away before they head into the mountains for the day. They live here for a reason: Boulder has something special for cyclists. It has the rides and the climbing, sure. It has altitude, too. But, perhaps even more important, it has a culture conducive to the pro lifestyle.

With the help of high-end tour company Cognoscenti, the crew here at VeloNews wants to bring that lifestyle to us mortals. Except we’ll eat even better.

We’ve put together the perfect week of riding, dining, and spectating in and around Boulder — home of VeloNews. We’ll catch the USA Pro Challenge, hit the best rides in town, and dine at our favorite restaurants.

The idea is simple: Bring guests the best food, the best riding, in a town that stacks up against anything Europe can offer. Boulder’s rides, its food, and its people are something worth sharing, and we want to share them with you. We hope you’ll join us.

A full itinerary of the VeloNews/Cognoscenti tour is below. Like what you see? Join us this summer. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.

Who/what/when/where/why
Who? Fans of pro cycling, who want a solid week of riding and can handle a few hours in the saddle.
What? The best spectating experience, the best food, the best rides, and the best guides for a week in Boulder.
When? Six days (one day longer than most Cognoscenti trips) from August 21-26, 2015.
Where? Boulder, Colorado. Fly into Denver airport.
Why? Climb like you’re in the Alps, eat like a king, and watch the biggest pro bike race on American soil with reporters from America’s top cycling magazine.

Day 1: Arrival
Welcome! Time to check into the St. Julien Hotel and Spa and meet your VeloNews and Cognoscenti hosts. This is an afternoon to get bikes set up (staff will be on hand for this) and then head out for a quick, flat spin to Hygiene, Colorado to open up the legs and get a feel for the altitude.

We’ve arranged a private, craft beer dinner at the The Kitchen Upstairs, a short walk from the hotel.

Day 2: Walking the team buses
Following breakfast at the St. Julien, we’ll pile into a couple vans and head for the start of Saturday’s USA Pro Challenge stage, about 45 minutes north of Boulder in Loveland.

There’s spectating at a pro race, and then there’s doing so with reporters from the America’s top cycling magazine. Once at the start, the particular expertise of your VeloNews hosts will come in handy. We know the riders, the mechanics, the team staff, and how to navigate the chaos of a bike race so that you can get up close with your favorite riders. Want an autograph? A photo with a rider? We can make that happen.

After the pros roll out toward Estes Park and Fort Collins, we’ll hop on our own bikes and follow the race out of town to Carter Lake, where a picnic lunch catered by Cured, owned by former Tour de France rider Will Frischkorn and his wife Coral, will be waiting. After lunch we’ll spin back to Boulder to catch the stage finale on the big screen at one of Boulder’s cycling-crazed coffee shops.

Day 3: Lookout Mountain
A quick morning shuttle from Boulder to Golden will bring us to the final stage of the Pro Challenge. We’ll ride through the world-famous Red Rocks concert venue and then up Lookout Mountain, which will be tackled by the pros a few hours later.

Teams without a sprinter are always keen to rid themselves of the fast men over Lookout — watch for Cannondale-Garmin to put the hammer down, just as they did last year. We’ll be waiting for them on the climb’s upper slopes in a private tent with television (so we can watch the lead-up to the climb, and the final circuits in Denver), craft beer, and a catered lunch from Cured.

With so much great food within walking distance of the St. Julien, guests will have a chance this evening to explore Boulder’s restaurants that are peppered around the downtown area.

Day 4: Let the big rides begin
You’ve had a few days to acclimate and spectate; now it’s time to ride. The Pro Challenge is over, but the pros are still in town. A few will join us for rides and meals over the next few days.

It’s a big ride today. We’ll head up over the switchbacks of Flagstaff mountain, where the Pro Challenge finished in 2012, past Gross Reservoir, and onto some of Colorado’s favorite dirt toward the mountain town of Nederland, where lunch will be waiting for us at Salto, one of multi-time national champion Alison Powers’ favorite spots for coffee and snacks. By the time we get there we’ll have already climbed over 5,000 feet. Good thing it’s downhill all the way home.

When we get back to Boulder, you’ll have the option of taking a tour of custom frame builder Mosaic Cycles or getting a massage at the St. Julien — or both.

A farm dinner with Master Sommelier Brett Zimmerman, with incredible mountain views, will top off the day.

Day 5: Touch 10,000 feet
The climb up Fourmile Canyon is the most pleasant in Boulder. The climb of Logan Mill will kick your butt. We’ll be riding both, and you’ll be smiling the whole time.

Day five’s ride will bring riders to nearly 10,000 feet, to Peak to Peak Highway (which isn’t really a ‘highway’) and Brainard Lake. If the altitude or climbing are getting to you, a mellower version of the ride will be on offer.

Regardless of the loop you choose, you’ll be starving come dinner time. Good news: We’re eating at James Beard award-winning restaurant Frasca Food and Wine, owned by former pro cyclist Bobby Stuckey, along with a few special Pro Challenge guests.

Day 6:
The legs will be tired, as they should be, but we have one more ride on tap: a spin up Fourmile Canyon (the most pleasant climb in Boulder, remember?) to the Gold Hill Inn for a pancake breakfast. The tiny town of Gold Hill, a former mining community, is a slice of the old West — despite it’s location, just a dozen miles away from Boulder.

After breakfast, we’ll roll back to the St. Julien, pack up, and say our goodbyes.

Sound like your kind of week? Sign up here.

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Results: 2015 Giro d’Italia, stage 12 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/giro-ditalia/results-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-12_371114 http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/05/giro-ditalia/results-2015-giro-ditalia-stage-12_371114#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:14:41 +0000 http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=371114

Philippe Gilbert earns first win in seven months, sprinting up steep final climb in the rain. Contador extends GC lead

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  • 1. Philippe GILBERT, BMC RACING TEAM, in 4:22:50
  • 2. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :03
  • 3. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :03
  • 4. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :03
  • 5. Enrico BATTAGLIN, BARDIANI CSF, at :03
  • 6. Paolo TIRALONGO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :03
  • 7. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 8. Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :06
  • 9. Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :06
  • 10. Mikel LANDA MEANA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :06
  • 11. Rigoberto URAN URAN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :06
  • 12. Richie PORTE, TEAM SKY, at :06
  • 13. Davide FORMOLO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :06
  • 14. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :06
  • 15. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 16. Roman KREUZIGER, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :06
  • 17. Leopold KONIG, TEAM SKY, at :11
  • 18. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM CYCLING, at :11
  • 19. Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :11
  • 20. Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :11
  • 21. Maxime MONFORT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :11
  • 22. Yury TROFIMOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :11
  • 23. Damiano CUNEGO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at :11
  • 24. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :11
  • 25. Dario CATALDO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :11
  • 26. Fabio ARU, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :11
  • 27. Ryder HESJEDAL, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at :11
  • 28. Mikel NIEVE ITURALDE, TEAM SKY, at :11
  • 29. Tanel KANGERT, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :11
  • 30. Alexandre GENIEZ, FDJ, at :19
  • 31. Grega BOLE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :29
  • 32. Michael MATTHEWS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at :29
  • 33. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :38
  • 34. Amaël MOINARD, BMC RACING TEAM, at :43
  • 35. Fabio FELLINE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at :47
  • 36. Franco PELLIZOTTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 1:00
  • 37. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at 1:09
  • 38. Giacomo BERLATO, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 1:27
  • 39. David DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:33
  • 40. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:42
  • 41. Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:47
  • 42. Mauro FINETTO, STH, at 2:34
  • 43. Sylvain CHAVANEL, IAM CYCLING, at 2:44
  • 44. Francis MOUREY, FDJ, at 4:39
  • 45. Michael ROGERS, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 5:28
  • 46. Pavel KOCHETKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:31
  • 47. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 5:31
  • 48. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 5:41
  • 49. Diego ROSA, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 5:41
  • 50. Tobias LUDVIGSSON, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 5:55
  • 51. Vasil KIRYIENKA, TEAM SKY, at 6:09
  • 52. Simon CLARKE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 7:01
  • 53. Nathan BROWN, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 7:08
  • 54. Davide MALACARNE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 8:07
  • 55. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:31
  • 56. Andrey ZEITS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 8:31
  • 57. Martijn KEIZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 8:31
  • 58. Cédric PINEAU, FDJ, at 8:31
  • 59. Jonathan MONSALVE, STH, at 8:31
  • 60. Jan POLANC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 8:31
  • 61. Maxime BOUET, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 8:31
  • 62. Ivan BASSO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 8:31
  • 63. Pier Paolo DE NEGRI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 8:31
  • 64. Alessandro BISOLTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 8:31
  • 65. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:31
  • 66. Maciej PATERSKI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 8:31
  • 67. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 8:31
  • 68. Luka MEZGEC, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 8:31
  • 69. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, TEAM SKY, at 8:31
  • 70. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 8:31
  • 71. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 8:31
  • 72. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 8:46
  • 73. Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 8:49
  • 74. Pieter WEENING, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 9:07
  • 75. Maximiliano Ariel RICHEZE, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 9:18
  • 76. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at 9:32
  • 77. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:55
  • 78. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 10:22
  • 79. Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 10:22
  • 80. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 10:33
  • 81. Simone STORTONI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 10:46
  • 82. Chad HAGA, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 10:51
  • 83. Petr VAKOC, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 10:54
  • 84. Stig BROECKX, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 13:36
  • 85. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 13:36
  • 86. Rick ZABEL, BMC RACING TEAM, at 13:36
  • 87. Przemyslaw NIEMIEC, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:36
  • 88. Elia FAVILLI, STH, at 13:36
  • 89. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 13:36
  • 90. Simon GERRANS, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 13:36
  • 91. Davide VILLELLA, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 13:36
  • 92. Luke DURBRIDGE, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 13:36
  • 93. Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 13:36
  • 94. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 13:36
  • 95. Cheng JI, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 14:15
  • 96. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 15:52
  • 97. Louis VERVAEKE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 16:00
  • 98. Hubert DUPONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 16:00
  • 99. Alexander PORSEV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:00
  • 100. Sander ARMEE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 16:00
  • 101. Thomas DANIELSON, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 16:00
  • 102. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:00
  • 103. Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 16:00
  • 104. Ruben FERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 16:00
  • 105. Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 16:15
  • 106. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 16:15
  • 107. Sam BEWLEY, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 16:15
  • 108. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 16:15
  • 109. Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 16:15
  • 110. Luca PAOLINI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 16:23
  • 111. Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 16:33
  • 112. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 16:39
  • 113. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 17:01
  • 114. Francesco GAVAZZI, STH, at 17:21
  • 115. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 17:21
  • 116. Bertjan LINDEMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 17:21
  • 117. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:21
  • 118. Marek RUTKIEWICZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:21
  • 119. Marco FRAPPORTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:21
  • 120. Alessandro PETACCHI, STH, at 17:21
  • 121. Matteo BUSATO, STH, at 17:21
  • 122. Tom BOONEN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 17:21
  • 123. Kenny ELISSONDE, FDJ, at 17:21
  • 124. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:21
  • 125. Brett LANCASTER, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 17:21
  • 126. André GREIPEL, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:21
  • 127. Lukasz OWSIAN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:21
  • 128. Alessandro MALAGUTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:21
  • 129. Eduard Michael GROSU, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:21
  • 130. Clement CHEVRIER, IAM CYCLING, at 17:21
  • 131. Jérôme PINEAU, IAM CYCLING, at 17:21
  • 132. Nick VAN DER LIJKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 17:21
  • 133. Rick FLENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 17:21
  • 134. Fabio SILVESTRE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:21
  • 135. Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, TEAM SKY, at 17:21
  • 136. Michael HEPBURN, ORICA GreenEDGE, at 17:21
  • 137. Greg HENDERSON, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 17:21
  • 138. Davide APPOLLONIO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:21
  • 139. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 17:21
  • 140. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 17:21
  • 141. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 17:21
  • 142. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:21
  • 143. Iljo KEISSE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 17:21
  • 144. Maxim BELKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at 17:21
  • 145. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 146. Alan MARANGONI, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 17:21
  • 147. Serghei TVETCOV, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:21
  • 148. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:21
  • 149. Eugert ZHUPA, STH, at 17:21
  • 150. Jussi VEIKKANEN, FDJ, at 17:21
  • 151. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN, at 17:21
  • 152. Sylwester SZMYD, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:21
  • 153. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA, at 17:21
  • 154. Calvin WATSON, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:21
  • 155. Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 156. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 157. Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 17:21
  • 158. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:21
  • 159. Gang XU, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:21
  • 160. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 17:21
  • 161. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF – SAXO, at 17:21
  • 162. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 17:21
  • 163. Caleb FAIRLY, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 17:21
  • 164. Bernhard EISEL, TEAM SKY, at 17:21
  • 165. Marco BANDIERA, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:21
  • 166. Marco COLEDAN, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:21
  • 167. Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:21
  • 168. Nicola RUFFONI, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 169. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 17:21
  • 170. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 17:21
  • 171. Riccardo STACCHIOTTI, NIPPO – VINI FANTINI, at 17:21
  • 172. Kristof VANDEWALLE, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:21
  • 173. Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, IAM CYCLING, at 17:21
  • 174. Arnaud COURTEILLE, FDJ, at 17:21
  • 175. Edoardo ZARDINI, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 176. Oscar GATTO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI, at 17:21
  • 177. Boy VAN POPPEL, TREK FACTORY RACING, at 17:21
  • 178. Murilo Antonio FISCHER, FDJ, at 17:21
  • 179. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 17:21
  • 180. Stef CLEMENT, IAM CYCLING, at 17:21
  • 181. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 182. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • 183. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 17:21
  • 184. Luca CHIRICO, BARDIANI CSF, at 17:21
  • DNF Stefan KUENG, BMC RACING TEAM
  • DNF Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE
  • DNF Manuel BELLETTI

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