Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Giro News

Giro d'Italia Stage 15: De La Cruz, Uran Top Finishers of High Mountain Stage

The 165km 15th Stage of the Giro d'Italia further distinguished the GC contenders on Sunday. The peloton began to reduce in number with Category 1 Passo Daone. An elite selection remained to decide the stage, and put time into other riders of the overall classification, by the start of the Category 1 summit finish of Madonna di Campiglio.

 

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 15 Preview

Hopefully the riders didn’t spend every last bit of energy on the ITT since this stage is sure to be quite daunting as well.  It’s 165kms from Marostica to Madonna Di Camiglio.  I feel a break will try to go out early before the tougher climbs start, but it will depend on who is in the group as to how much of a lead they will be granted. 

While the start of the race is undulating with uncategorized climbs, the first test will befall the riders at 60kms with the cat-2 La Fricca.  The descent has some bumps along the way before the riders stant immediately up the Monte Bondone to reach the feed zone in Vigolo Baselga. 

Again, the riders will descend just to immediately tilt back upwards to the Point Arche for the first intermediate sprint.  A false flat will lead the riders to the cat-1 Passo Daone which also possess a very quick descent.  Towards the end of the valley, Pinzolo will host the second intermediate sprint before the finish on the summit of the Madonna Di Campiglio, a cat-1 climb.  This is a tough stage to predict.  Riders who pushed too hard on the ITT may struggle on the constant up and down.  Those who saved some energy may be able to take advantage of their competitors.  But, with the second rest day looming, all may be willing to dip into the red a bit.

Ag2R Pleased with Giro Stage 14 Result

"I am satisfied with my performance. I aimed at the victory and I am close to succeed. I worked hard and I progressed in every field. Focus Bikes and my coach, Mickaël Bouget did a great job. This 4th place is good for my moral and my motivation".

Patrick Gretsch’s fourth place is the best result of AG2R LA MONDIALE Pro Cycling Team in a Grand Tour Time Trial since the third place of Domenico Pozzovivo in 2013 Vuelta.

Alberto Contador regains the Giro lead after top TT performance

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador put in a top performance on the highly anticipated 59km time trial of Giro d’Italia. The team captain reclaimed the pink jersey and now leads the Giro by 2’28” over Aru after finishing third on the wind-swept parcours.

 



After a visit to the podium, where he could pull on the pink jersey yet again, Alberto Contador comments that he was very satisfied with his performance.


“I’m really happy. My legs are absolutely killing me as I had pain from the crash. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be today. The wind change was difficult but I’m really happy with today's performormance. The result is a big surprise to me. I gave it all I had, and paced myself carefully all the way. I have to keep my focus. There is still a lot of this Giro ahead of us”, says Contador and adds:

 

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Lotto Soudal: Jurgen Van den Broeck is fifth in Giro GC

The individual time trial of 59.4 kilometres between Treviso and Valdobbiadene has changed a lot in the general classification of the Giro. Jurgen Van den Broeck set the seventh time, 1’25” behind stage winner Vasil Kiryienka. The Belgian moved up six places in GC and is now fifth at 4’17” of Alberto Contador who took over the pink jersey from Fabio Aru.

 

Also Maxime Monfort did well. The Lotto Soudal rider was twentieth at 2’37” and moved up from the thirteenth to the eleventh place at 6’01” of Contador. Tomorrow there is a new test for the GC riders with a summit finish at Madonna di Campiglio.

 

Jurgen Van den Broeck: “This morning I did a recon of the course, so I knew what to expect. I did the first ten kilometres and the last thirty kilometres, which were the hardest because of the climbs. Together with sports director Bart Leysen I decided to take a fast start. If you don’t start at one hundred per cent it’s difficult to take back time in the tough part. I wanted to hang on to that rhythm as long as possible and ride a constant time trial. It went smoothly right from the beginning, I didn’t have to force anything. When the GC riders had to ride the wind had changed. I had to compare my time with that of my opponents and I noticed that I was doing well. I had a good feeling during the time trial, but still I was surprised that of the GC riders only Contador finished ahead of me.”

“Before the start of this time trial I said the Giro began today. It went well for me, but there are still tough days to come. I have faith and want to confirm in the next stages. I now feel more relaxed. I had to take back time, before yesterday’s crash I was sixteenth. In the first week I had some difficult moments uphill. It has always been the plan to be at my best in the second part of the Giro, that might be the cause. I’m in a good position now, that’s nice to continue the Giro with. In the Tour de Romandie and here I gained time in the time trial. I worked a lot on this discipline and I’m really happy I could show this today.”

 

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