Giro far from over says race leader Quintana

Nairo Quintana

Quintana replaces Tom Dumoulin, who held the lead for eight stages

Colombian Nairo Quintana has taken the overall lead at the Giro d’Italia with two stages of the race remaining.

Team Sky’s Mikel Landa broke clear on the race to the summit finish to win stage 19 but the drama was behind him.

Tom Dumoulin, who had led since winning stage 10, cracked on the final climb, and his 31-second advantage evaporated.

The Dutchman is 38 seconds adrift of Quintana and five ahead of third-placed Vincenzo Nibali but Sunday’s final stage time trial will favour Dumoulin.

Movistar’s Quintana, the 2014 Giro champion, immediately warned that the 100th edition of the three-week race was “far from over” and that he had to try and “take more time” from Dumoulin on Saturday’s “decisive” final day in the mountains.

Italy’s defending champion Nibali, who rides for Bahrain-Merida, agreed, saying: “We have to give it everything, we have to take as many seconds as possible before the time trial.”

Stage 20 features two big ascents as the riders tackle a 190km route from Pordenone to Asiago and 27-year-old Quintana and Nibali, 32, are more accomplished climbers than Dumoulin.

Sunday’s final stage is a largely flat 29.3km time trial from Monza to Milan and 26-year-old Dumoulin is expected to comfortably beat his rivals in the race against the clock.

Sunweb team leader Dumoulin, who is trying to become the first Dutchman to win the Giro, won the time trial on stage 10, completing the 39.8km course more than three minutes quicker than Quintana and more than two minutes clear of Nibali.

Friday’s winner Landa rode solo over the finish line after two near misses earlier in the race.

The Spaniard has twice been beaten in the final metres of a stage this week but he made sure on stage 19, riding clear from the breakaway in the final 10km of the climb to Piancavallo.

Landa leads the King of the Mountains classification after taking victory from Rui Costa by one minute 49 seconds.

Orica’s British rider Adam Yates finished in a group alongside Quintana, more than eight minutes behind Landa, to move up to eighth in the overall standings.

Nibali crossed the line a couple of seconds after Yates and Quintana with Dumoulin more than a minute further back.

Stage 19 results

1. Mikel Landa (Sp/Team Sky) 4hrs 53mins 00secs

2. Rui Costa (Por/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 49secs

3. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +1min 54secs

4. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) +2mins 12secs

5. Sebastian Henao (Col/Team Sky) +3mins 06secs

6. Evgeniy Shalunov (Rus/Gazprom) +3mins 51secs

7. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) Same time

8. Matteo Busato (Ita/Wilier Triestina) +5mins 05secs

9. Lorenzo Rota (Ita/Bardiani Valvole) Same time

10. Ilia Koshevoy (Blr/Wilier Triestina) +6mins 44secs

Overall classification after stage 19

1. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) 85hrs 02mins 40secs

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +38secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain) +43secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +53secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +1min 21secs

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +1min 30secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +2mins 48secs

8. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +6mins 35secs

9. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) +7mins 03secs

10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +7mins 37secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40063374

Dumoulin ‘a little too cocky’, says Nibali after Van Garderen stage win

Tom Dumoulin holds off his rivals

Dumoulin has led since the 10th stage

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali accused Giro d’Italia leader Tom Dumoulin of being “a little bit too cocky”, with three stages remaining.

Dumoulin was ninth on stage 18 and retained a 31-second lead over Nairo Quintana, with Nibali third overall.

Dutchman Dumoulin said his two closest rivals were “clearly working together” and hoped they would lose places.

Nibali countered: “Has he ever heard of karma? He should do less talking because even he might miss the podium.”

American Tejay van Garderen won Thursday’s 18th stage, edging out Mikel Landa at the finish in Ortisei.

It was a first individual Grand Tour stage victory for the 28-year-old, who helped his BMC team to win team time trials at both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2015.

Dumoulin finished ninth, more than one minute behind Van Garderen, but held off attacks by Quintana to maintain his overall advantage on the Colombian.

Britain’s Adam Yates finished 12th and moved up to ninth overall.

Dumoulin, seeking to become the first Dutch winner of the event, crossed the line in the same time as Quintana at the end of the 137km stage from Moena to Ortisei.

Defending champion Nibali remains one minute 12 seconds behind, while Thibaut Pinot of France gained more than a minute on the leading trio in the general classification.

Asked about Nibali’s comments, Dumoulin said: “They’re only trying to make me lose. Until today I had no problems with Nibali. Only today I didn’t like his riding in the final.”

Friday’s 19th stage is a 191 km ride from San Candido to Piancavallo featuring four climbs and Dumoulin insisted Quintana, the 2014 champion and two-time Tour de France runner-up, is still “the strongest climber” in the race.

The 100th Giro ends in Milan on Sunday.

Stage 18 result

1. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) 3hrs 54mins 03secs

2. Mikel Landa (Sp/Team Sky) Same time

3. Thibaut Pinot (Fr/FDJ) +8secs

4. Domenico Pozzovivo (It/AG2R) Same time

5. Jan Hirt (Cze/CCC) +11secs

6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +24secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek)+34secs

8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) Same time

9. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +1min 6secs

10. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

Overall classification after stage 18

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) 80hrs 00mins 48secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +31secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (It/Bahrain) +1min 12secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fr/FDJ) +1min 36secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +1min 58secs

6. Filippo Pozzato (It/Wilier Triestina) +2mins 07secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +3mins 17secs

8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +5mins 48secs

9. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +7mins 06secs

10. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step)+7mins 24secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40051074

Rolland wins as Dumoulin retains Giro lead

Pierre Rolland celebrates his stage win

Rolland, who was fourth in the 2014 Giro d’Italia, celebrates his stage win on Wednesday

Frenchman Pierre Rolland ended a two-year wait for victory by winning the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia.

It was the 30-year-old’s first triumph since a stage win on the 2015 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and his team’s first grand tour stage for two years.

Race leader Tom Dumoulin, who lost time following an unexpected toilet stop on Tuesday, had no such problems again and retained a 31-second overall lead.

Britain’s Adam Yates was 30th and is 11th overall with four stages left.

Rolland prevailed from an 18-man group who broke away 7.8km from the finish of the 219km stage from Tirano to Canazei.

Dumoulin crossed the finish line nearly eight minutes behind Rolland with the main peloton but retains possession of the pink jersey ahead of Colombian rival Nairo Quintana.

Stage 17 result

1. Pierre Rolland (Fr/Cannondale) 5hr 42min 56sec

2. Rui Costa (Por/UAE Team Emirates) +24secs

3. Gorka Izagirre (Sp/Movistar) Same time

4. Rory Sutherland (Aus/Movistar) Same time

5. Matteo Busato (It/Wilier Triestina) Same time

6. Dries Devenyns (Bel/Quick-Step) Same time

7. Felix Grossschartner (Aut/CCC) Same time

8. Omar Fraile (Sp/Dimension Data) Same time

9. Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale) Same time

10. Julien Berard (Fr/AG2R) Same time

Overall classification after stage 17

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) 76hrs 05mins 38secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +31secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (It/Bahrain) +1min 12secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fr/FDJ) +2mins 38secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +2mins 40secs

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (It/AG2R) +3mins 05secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +3mins 49secs

8. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) +4mins 35secs

9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +6mins 20secs

10. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +6mins 33secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40034415

Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin’s lead cut after toilet stop on stage 16

Tom Dumoulin

Dumoulin was forced to temporarily stop 33km from home in the 222km stage from Rovetta to Bormio

Tom Dumoulin saw his overall Giro d’Italia lead cut to 31 seconds after an unscheduled toilet stop during stage 16, which was won by Vincenzo Nibali.

The Dutch Sunweb rider began Tuesday with a two minutes 41 seconds advantage but stopped temporarily 33km from the finish to deal with “stomach problems”.

Controversially, the rest of the riders did not wait for him and carried on.

Italian Nibali’s stage win takes him third in the overall standings, behind Dumoulin and Colombian Nairo Quintana.

The defending champion held off Team Sky’s Mikel Landa in a sprint finish after escaping from Quintana during a high-speed final descent into Bormio.

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Dumoulin said he was “very disappointed” and “very angry” immediately after the race, but later wrote on Twitter that he was not upset that the “other teams didn’t really wait”.

“A day to quickly forget! Good legs, but very disappointed that I lost two minutes because nature called,” he added.

“It was not the moment or the time in the race anymore to come to a complete shutdown because nature called me.”

Wednesday’s stage 17 is a 219km race from Tirano to Canazei.

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Wednesday’s stage 17

Stage 16 result

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain) 6hr 24min 22sec

2. Mikel Landa (Spa/Team Sky) same time

3. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +12secs

4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +24secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +32secs

6. Davide Formolo (Ita/Cannondale) +1min 26secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +1min 35secs

8. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick_Step) same time

9. Adam Yates (GB/Orica)

10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ)

Overall classification after stage 16

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) 70hrs 14mins 48secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +31secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain) +1min 12secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +2mins 38secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +2mins 40secs

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +3mins 05secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +3mins 49secs

8. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) +4mins 35secs

9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +6mins 20secs

10. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +7mins

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40020548

Giro d’Italia 2017: Bob Jungels wins stage 15 as Nairo Quintana takes back six seconds

Bob Jungels

Quick-Step Floors’ Bob Jungels is also leading the white jersey young riders classification

Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels won his first Grand Tour stage in a sprint between the overall classification contenders on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia.

Jungels, 24, powered through a select group that broke clear on the final climb of the 199km stage to Bergamo.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin retains the overall lead, but lost time to Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, who finished second to claim six bonus seconds.

France’s Thibaut Pinot finished third, with Britain’s Adam Yates in fourth.

Orica rider Yates is up to 11th overall, with Astana rider Tanel Kangert – seventh at the start of the day – forced to abandon after crashing into a traffic island and breaking his elbow.

Quick-Step Floors’ Jungels attacked with 4km to go as the breakaway was caught, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) responding before all the favourites joined together for the descent into Bergamo.

Jungels upped the pace again inside the final kilometre and ultimately had too much power for a group mainly containing specialist climbers, as Quintana (Movistar) took a surprise second to cut the gap to Dumoulin (Sunweb) to two minutes 41 seconds.

The peloton has a rest day on Monday before a final week that features the toughest climbs of this year’s 100th edition of the race.

Stage 15 result

1. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) 4hrs 16mins 51secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) Same time

3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) Same time

4. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) Same time

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) Same time

6. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora) Same time

7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain) Same time

8. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) Same time

9. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) Same time

10. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) Same time

Overall classification after stage 15

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) 63hrs 48mins 08secs

2. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +2mins 41secs

3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/FDJ) +3mins 21secs

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain) +3mins 40secs

5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +4mins 24secs

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +4mins 32secs

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/AG2R) +4mins 59secs

8. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) +5mins 18secs

9. Andrey Amador (Crc/Movistar) +6mins 01secs

10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Lotto NL-Jumbo) +7mins 03secs

Selected others:

11. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +7mins 43secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39992771

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