Monthly Archives: May 2016

Phillips fails to make BMX world final

Liam Phillips

Liam Phillips crashed out of the London 2012 final

Great Britain’s Liam Phillips failed to make the men’s final at the UCI BMX World Championships in Colombia.

The 27-year-old, ranked among the top 16 UCI riders in 2015, was knocked out in semi-finals along with Olympic champion Maris Strombergs and London 2012 silver medallist Sam Willoughby.

“I’m looking forward to getting home and doing some good work, building towards the Olympics,” said Phillips.

Compatriot Bethany Shriever, 17, crashed in the junior women’s final.

The 17-year-old won all her races en route to the final but a mistimed effort on the opening jump ended her medal hopes.

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Nibali wins second Giro d’Italia title

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali has won five individual stages of the Tour de France

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali clinched a second Giro d’Italia victory and a fourth Grand Tour title on Sunday.

The Astana rider finished 52 seconds ahead of Colombia’s Esteban Chaves (Orica) in the overall standings with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) third.

Fellow Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) was stripped of victory in the final stage after deviating from his sprint line in a bunch finish.

Germany’s Nikias Arndt (Giant) was handed the victory.

Nibali was battered and bruised after a terrible performance in last Sunday’s uphill time trial and Tuesday’s mountain stage to Andalo, but when all seemed lost he hit back in style.

He won solo in Risoul on Friday when overall leader Steven Kruijswijk crashed, and he put the hammer down on Saturday by dropping his closest rivals Valverde and Chaves, who had been wearing the leader’s pink jersey.

Nibali is one of only six men to win all three Grand Tours – the 2013 Giro, 2010 Vuelta and 2014 Tour de France crowns.

His team considered pulling him from the race earlier this week after his mediocre form saw him slip out of contention.

Stage 21 result:

1. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Giant) 3hrs 48mins 18secs

2. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) Same time

3. Sacha Modolo (Ita/Lampre) Same time

4. Alexander Porsev (Rus/Katusha) Same time

5 Sean De Bie (Ger/Lotto) Same time

Final general classification:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 86hrs 32mins 49secs

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +52secs

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa /Movistar) +1min 17secs

4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +1min 50secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff) +4mins 37secs

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Nibali poised to win Giro d’Italia

Vincenzo Nibali

Nibali won his first Giro d’Italia in 2013

Vincenzo Nibali is set to win the Giro d’Italia after a sensational ride on Saturday’s final mountain stage, which was won by Estonia’s Rein Taaramae.

The Italian started the day 44 seconds behind race leader Esteban Chaves but attacked and erased that deficit on the penultimate ascent of the 20th stage.

Nibali, 31, went further clear on the climb to the summit finish, and is now 52 seconds clear of Colombian Chaves.

Sunday’s final stage is a largely processional race finishing in Turin.

It is expected to end with a sprint finish so Nibali has only to cross the line with the peloton to be confirmed as champion of his home race for a second time.

The 134km stage was largely uneventful, with Nibali and Chaves watching each other’s every move until the Astana rider attacked with 15km remaining.

Orica GreenEdge rider Chaves initially followed but could not keep pace with Nibali for more than a couple of hundred metres.

Rigoberto Uran caught Chaves and, despite riding for a different team, tried to pace his fellow Colombian to the top of the mountain.

However, Nibali received pace-setting help from Astana team-mate Tanel Kangert, who had been in the break, to within a couple of kilometres of the summit.

Chaves finally cracked near the top of that climb and laboured up the final ascent to finish 96 seconds behind Nibali on the stage.

“It was a crazy Giro, a difficult, exhausting one,” said Nibali who will win the race for a second time.

“I started as the favourite and felt all the pressure but I’ve put on this great show.”

Orica GreenEdge’s sporting director Matt White told Eurosport that the team were “still proud of Esteban”.

He added: “We’re second at the Giro behind one of the best Grand Tour riders of recent years. There’s no disgrace in that.”

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde finished just 13 seconds adrift of Nibali to move up to third overall, one minute and 17 seconds back.

He moved ahead of Steven Kruijswijk, who led the race by more than three minutes until a nasty fall on Friday’s 19th stage saw him break a rib and effectively end his challenge, although he is completing the race.

Katusha rider Taaramae had been part of a breakaway group and he won the race from Guillestre to Sant’Anna di Vinadio by 52 seconds from BMC Racing’s Colombian Darwin Atapuma.

Stage 20 result:

1. Rein Taaramae (Est/Katusha) 4hrs 22mins 43secs

2. Darwin Atapuma (Col/BMC Racing) +52secs

3. Joe Dombrowski (US/Cannondale) +1min 17secs

4. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Team Sky) +4mins 12secs

5. Alexander Foliforov (Russia / Gazprom) +4mins 36secs


6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) +6mins 44secs

7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +6mins 57secs

13. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +8mins 13secs

14. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +8mins 20secs

General classification after stage 20:

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 82hrs 44mins 31secs

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +52secs

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +1min 17secs

4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +1min 50secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff) +4mins 37secs

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Nibali wins stage as Chaves leads Giro

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his first stage win on Friday

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali won the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia as Esteban Chaves took the overall lead.

Italian Nibali, the 2013 champion, moved up from fourth to second overall, only 44 seconds behind Colombian Chaves, who finished third on Friday.

Overnight leader Steven Kruijswijk finished almost five minutes later after surviving a huge crash.

The Lotto rider, who dropped to third overall, hit a snowbank on a descent from the highest point of the race.

The Dutchman, who drifted wide on a left-hand bend and went over his handlebars, appeared to be not badly hurt but needed a change of bike and was unable to make up the time he lost on the ride to the summit finish at Risoul.

Kruijswijk was not the only rider to crash on the treacherous descent of the Colle dell’Agnello, which peaks at 2,744m. Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin suffered a suspected broken collarbone after he came off and landed near a stream.

Nibali rode clear on the final ascent and broke down in tears after beating Team Sky’s Mikel Nieve by 51 seconds, with Chaves a couple of seconds further adrift.

Kruijswijk is now 65 seconds behind Chaves to leave the race intriguingly poised and Saturday’s 134km mountainous stage, which features three category one climbs and a summit finish, will decide the overall winner.

The 99th edition of the race ends with a processional stage into Turin on Sunday.

General classification after stage 19:

1. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) 78hrs 14mins 20secs

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) +44secs

3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) +1min 05secs

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +1min 48secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff) +3mins 59secs

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Kruijswijk extends overall Giro lead

Steven Kruijswijk

Steven Kruijswijk dispossessed brief overall leader Andrey Amador on Saturday

Steven Kruijswijk extended his Giro d’Italia overall lead on Sunday after finishing second to Russian Alexander Foliforov on the 15th stage time trial.

Race favourite Vincenzo Nibali fell further behind the Lotto rider after suffering mechanical problems.

The Italian’s overnight deficit grew to two minutes 51 seconds as Orica’s Esteban Chaves moved into second place overall behind Dutchman Kruijswijk.

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde took third behind Kruijswijk and Foliforov.

Gazprom’s Foliforov won the uphill 10.8km time trial between Castelrotto and Alpe di Suisi in 28 minutes 39 seconds.

Kruijswijk, who rode into the pink jersey on Saturday, was a fraction slower while Spaniard Valverde’s ride closed the gap on 2013 champion Nibali to 38 seconds.

The Astana rider had to change bike 25 minutes into the time trial and also appeared to be frustrated by fans who got too close.

Monday is the tour’s final rest day and the race resumes on Tuesday with a 132km ride from Bressanone to Andalo.

Stage 15 results:

1. Alexander Foliforov (Rus/Gazprom) 28mins 39hrs

2. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) same time

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +23secs

4. Sergey Firsanov (Rus/Gazprom) +30secs

5. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Astana) +36secs

6. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +40secs

Overall standings:

1. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/LottoNL) 60hrs 41mins 22secs

2. Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica) +2mins 12secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) +2mins 51secs

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 29secs

5. Rafal Majka (Pol/Tinkoff) +4mins 38secs

6. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/Katusha) +4mins 40secs

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