Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Amador jumps into Giro podium

Andrey Amador and the Movistar Team offered another surprise during this year's Giro d'Italia as the Costa Rican brought himself to the provisional podium of the race in one of the hardest days in the 'Corsa Rosa': a 59.4km individual time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene, on rainy, windy conditions and over two demanding climbs for a total eighty minutes of effort to the limit across the wineyards in northeastern Italy.

Despite the foul weather avoiding the last riders on the start list to contest the stage win -which Vasil Kiryienka (SKY) claimed-, as well Amador (15th) as team-mate Ion Izagirre (17th) chose the right strategy and keep most of their energy for the finale, so much that they clocked two of the four fastest times from the second to the third intermediate point -35 to 49km, a flat section between the day's two ascents- and even the Spanish road race champion was the strongest into the final 10km.


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Giro d'Italia Stage 14: Uran Moves Up to 4th Overall in the ITT

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Rigoberto Uran moved up from 6th to 4th in the overall classification after the 59.4km Stage 14 ITT of the Giro d'Italia, from Treviso to Valdobbiadene, on Saturday. Uran finished 23rd in the stage, 2'45" down on stage winner Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky). Kiryienka crossed the finish line with a time of 1:17:52 (45.771km/h). Uran's time of 1:20:37 was at an average speed of 44.207 kilometers per hour.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finished 2nd, 12" down, and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) put himself back into the maglia rosa by placing 3rd, 14" down on Kiryienka. 

As a result of the ITT performances, Fabio Aru is now 2nd in the overall classification by 2'28", Andrey Amador (Movistar) is 3rd by 3'36", and Uran is 4th, +4'14" to Contador in the pink jersey. 

Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to the 165km high mountain stage on Sunday, from Marostica to a Category 1 summit finish on Madonna di Campiglio. There are three climbs of high category, including Category 1 Passo Deone with a summit at the 134km mark of the stage. 

"Today wasn't a good day for me," Uran said. "I was expecting a lot from this day, and I hoped to do well, but I couldn't find a good rhythm and speed in the first part. I wasn't in the best condition. The crash of a few days ago affected me a bit on the bike. I had immediate pain in my gluteal, shoulder, and back muscle on the left side and I couldn't quite push full gas the way I would have liked. The time trial position is a lot different from the road and I struggled to find a good position due to my pain from the crash. It was also windy in the first part, and rain along the parcours, which further affected my ability to find a good rhythm. But, it is what it is. In any case I am confident about the last week. There is a week of difficult high mountain stages. I will try of course to keep fighting to stay there with the best of the GC. I will keep going until the end of the Giro d'Italia. I like to fight and I know in a race like the Giro things can change in a moment. I will do my best in the last days of the Giro."

Contador drops Giro lead as crash costs 36 seconds in the GC

A crash near the finish of stage 13 brought Tinkoff-Saxo’s team leader Alberto Contador to the ground. Contador who has worn the pink jersey since stage 5, lost 36 seconds to main rival Fabio Aru, who assumes the lead ahead of the crucial ITT. Despite a blow to the leg, Contador underlines that he remains motivated and will fight to recover quickly.

Alberto Contador was unwillingly relieved from his podium duties for the first time since he took the race lead on stage 5. Meeting the press outside the Tinkoff-Saxo team bus, the Spaniard says that the crash unfortunately happened just 200m from the point of neutralization.

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 14 Preview

Stage 14 is the one ITT in this year’s Giro.  It runs a long 59.4kms from Treviso to Valdobbiadene.  While not mountainous, this time trial doesn’t necessarily play in the favor of true TT specialists with several bumps along the way, including the Cat 4 San Pietro Di Feletto.  This happens to be the second time check on the road as well at 34kms. 

The first time check is at 16.8kms, and the second is after the feed zone at 49.6kms.  With the time checks spaced out relatively evenly on the course, we should have good indications along the way as to who is having a good day and who is struggling.  Will Contador be able to make up the time he lost Friday? This is going to be a true test for sure!


2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 13 Preview

The 147kms of Stage 13, running from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo, will probably be a welcome easy stage until the last few kms.  Why? They don’t make them much flatter than this!  Aside from the two intermediate sprints—at Santa Mria Di Sala and Mestre—the riders can look forward to a more “traditional” sprint finish. 

These stages can be tricky, however, depending on weather, winds, and the fatigue or inattentiveness of others.  Therefore, the riders still need to remain sharp.  But, with the ITT looming, most will be content to ride safely in the pack and preserve some of their energy.  

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