Friday, March 24, 2017

Giro News

Giro d'Italia Stage 9: Uran Looking Ahead After Bronchitis in First Week

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Rigoberto Uran finished 28th in a group behind Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Mikel Landa (Astana), as Aru attacked with about 12km to go in the 224km 9th Stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday. The group went on to gain time, but they did not decide the stage. Instead, Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) won the stage solo after attacking out of the remainders of the original breakaway.

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) was 2nd, and Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) was 3rd in the stage from Beneveto to San Giorgio del Sannio.

Aru attacked out of the maglia rosa group and was able to gain a second on Contador, putting him 3" down from the race leader going into the first rest day of the Giro on Monday. Uran crossed 1'43" down in the stage.

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Velon and Movistar Team cooperate for Giro d’Italia on-bike footage

Movistar Team is to collaborate with Velon for the Giro d’Italia and will cooperate with the organisation for on-bike footage at the race with their Toshiba Camileo X-Sports cameras.

The news follows last week’s announcement by both Velon and RCS Sport to put cameras in the peloton of the Giro d'Italia. All 11 of Velon’s teams will deliver on-bike footage from eight stages of the race for use in the evening TV highlights packages. The teams and Velon will also host footage on their websites and digital media channels.

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Alberto Contador fends off attacks on the path to recovery at Giro d’Italia

Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador showed determination, when he out of the saddle accelerated in response to attacks from Fabio Aru and Richie Porte on the final climb of stage 8 in Giro d’Italia. Contador himself notes that he is happy with the outcome.


After having dislocated his shoulder two days ago, Contador and the riders and sports directors of Tinkoff-Saxo were acutely aware of the big test that lay ahead on the stage 8 summit finish to Campitello Matese. After having successfully defended his race lead, even extending it with two bonus seconds, Contador asserted that he had responded well.

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 9 Preview

The 215km long medium mountain stage from Benevento to San Giorgio del Sannio tests the riders on Stage 9 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.  With the rest day looming, some very tired legs will not enjoy this route replete with three categorized climbs.

The first 77kms or so should be “routine” enough to allow the break to form in advanced of the testing part of the day.  After this, however, the riders begin a nearly 20km ascent up Monte Terminio—a cat-2 climb with a feed zone at the top.  A quick downhill into the first intermediate sprint, then the riders will begin up the cat-1 Colle Molella almost immediately.  Once again, the intermediate sprint follows pretty quickly on the descent of this climb. 

A very bumpy 70kms follows to the final climb of the day, the cat-2 Passo Serra.  The summit is just 10kms from the finale of the stage, so the person most-willing to take chances on the downhill will probably nip away with victory!

Intxausti paints Giro 'Blue' again

They came tremendously close to their first stage win on Friday with Juanjo Lobato's second place in Fiuggi and Saturday finally brought the Movistar Team another prize to add to their permanent love story with the Giro d'Italia, thanks to Beñat Intxausti, The Basque rider rose his arms to the firmament in Campitello Matese to crown a really fought break from the very start of the 186km stage eight, the first real mountains of this edition.

A group of almost fifty riders leaving the peloton later left room to a more serious attack of twelve men, which rode broken into two echelons within a minute's distance. At the second one, Intxausti continued taking turns to keep the break's chances alive, the bunch letting them go to more than eight minutes before coming closer to less than 5' on the foot of the ascent (-13km) and dramatically approaching with the final attacks by Fabio Aru (AST), bravely resisted by a brilliant Ion Izagirre (11th), Visconti (12th) and Amador (13th) -the latter two still into the GC's top ten, 7th and 10th respectively-.

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