Sunday, July 23, 2017

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 2 Preview

Stage 2 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia is a flat 173kms from Albenga to Genoa

After a 47km loop from Albenga to the outskirts of the same town, the riders will head north-east along the coast. 

The feed zone is at 86kms, but by then, a breakaway should well-be established.  These riders will gobble up the most points in the two intermediate sprints that fall relatively closely to one another, but the guys interested in the points jersey back in the peloton may stretch their legs for the lower points as well. 

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Tinkoff-Saxo secures a good start to Giro d’Italia after 2nd place TTT finish

Tinkoff-Saxo delivered a strong opening team time trial in Giro d’Italia thereby ensuring an almost ideal starting position for Alberto Contador. The team leader notes that he’s pleased with the result and the team effort after the squad landed a second place finish, 7 seconds behind stage winner Orica-GreenEdge.

Upon crossing the line in Sanremo after a 17.6km flat-out effort, team leader Alberto Contador asserts that the team gave everything on the fast team time trial.


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Anthony McCrossan Looks at the Giro

The 98th Giro d'Italia from Riviera to Expo

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Report by Anthony McCrossan

I am writing this as I sit at the finish line of the opening stage of the 2015 Giro. The sun is shining, we are in San Remo and the air of nerves, excitement, stress and anticipation are as evident as ever. Last night we hosted the team presentation of the Giro in the famous Theatre of the Casino of San Remo. It was a complete contrast to the huge ceremony of Belfast last year where we stood in front of 10,000 fans. But the cozy, artistic setting of this year's presentation seemed fitting and has been met with favor by Gazetta Dello Sport today. To me it was a little like the Oscars...the stars entered on a pink, not red, carpet and were presented to the 300 people in the theatre but could be seen on the screens outside. It was different and that's what the Giro is all about.

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ORICA-GreenEDGE conquer Giro d'Italia team time trial to put Gerrans in pink

ORICA-GreenEDGE has claimed the opening team time trial at the Giro d'Italia in San Remo this afternoon, seven seconds faster than nearest rivals Tinkoff-Saxo.

The Australian outfit finished the 17.6km race against the clock in 19minutes 26seconds, 2014 Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion Simon Gerrans the first rider across the line to claim first honours in the pink 'maglia rosa' leader's jersey.

"If I could chop the front of this jersey into nine pieces and share it amongst my teammates I would," Gerrans said.

"Then the back of the jersey needs to be chopped into about 50 pieces for everyone involved in the ORICA-GreenEDGE organisation because it's a real credit to everybody within the team that we have these successes."

ORICA TTT Giro 2015

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Giro d'Italia: Eitxx - Quick-Step Top Five in Opening Time Trial!

 Etixx - Quick-Step Cycling Team earned a 4th place finish on Saturday for the 17.6km Stage 1 TTT of the Giro d'Italia, finishing with a time of 19'45" (53.468km/h) in the race from San Lorenzo Mare to Sanremo.

The team finished 19" down on stage winner Orica-GreenEDGE, who crossed the line at 19'26" (54.340km/h). Tinkoff-Saxo was 2nd (+7"), and Astana rounded out the podium in 3rd (+13"). The parcours was seen as conducive for a fast time trial, but with a couple tricky corners.

Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to 177km Stage 2 from Albenga to Genova. The stage strongly favors a bunch sprint arrival as there is only one categorized climb. There is a two-lap 6.8km finishing circuit before a flat finishing straight in Genova. 

"I think it was a nice day for us," Uran said. "We did a good team time trial. It was a bit more windy than yesterday, and that made the course even harder. It would have been difficult to win today because there are teams like Orica-GreenEDGE that are more structured in the 2015 Giro for this kind of effort. But we are happy. We prepared well for this race and we can't complain about a 4th place finish. Starting tomorrow it is basically a whole new race. It will be a difficult first week including a difficult 3rd stage and even an uphill finish in the 5th stage. But what we learned from the last Giro d'Italia is that everyday something can happen. We will do our best and look forward to the next days."

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