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Adriatica Ionica: Ivan Sosa wins inaugural event

Ivan Sosa

Ivan Sosa won stage two of the recent Tour of the Alps

Colombia’s Ivan Sosa won the inaugural Adriatica Ionica, holding a lead he took after the third stage.

The 20-year-old took the title in the five-day race ahead of Italy’s Giulio Ciccone and Russia’s Ildar Arslanov.

Italy’s Elia Viviani won the final stage sprint – his third of the event – ahead of Britain’s Mark Cavendish.

Viviani, who took the points jersey, said: “Our plan was to control the race from the outset and the boys did a superb job.”

The five-stage competition in Italy has been added to the calendar this year as another warm-up for the Tour de France, which starts on 7 July.

Stage five result:

1. Elia Viviani (Ita/Quick Step) 2hrs 27mins 48secs

2. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) same time

3. Riccardo Minali (Ita/Astana) same time

4. Alvaro Jose Hodeg (Col/Quick Step) same time

5. Luca Pacioni (Ita/Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) same time

General classification:

1. Ivan Sosa (Col/Androni Giocattoli) 16hrs 39mins 22secs

2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Bardiani) +41secs

3. Ildar Arslanov (Rus/Gazprom-RusVelo) +1min 40secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44596018

Hinault’s comments about Froome ‘irresponsible and ill-informed’

Chris Froome

Chris Froome is aiming for his fifth Tour de France win in July

Five-time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault’s call for riders to strike in this year’s race in protest against Chris Froome are “irresponsible and ill-informed”, say Team Sky.

Froome returned an adverse drugs test during last year’s Vuelta a Espana win.

The Briton, 33, is chasing a fifth Tour title when the race starts on 7 July.

Team Sky said it was “disappointing” Frenchman Hinault, 63, “repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand”.

Froome, who won last year’s Tour, became the first Briton to win the Giro d’Italia last month and the seventh man to complete a Grand Tour hat-trick, holding all three titles at the same time.

In December 2017, a leaked report revealed he had exceeded the permitted levels of salbutamol – a legal asthma medication – during his Vuelta win three months earlier.

He is still under investigation from world cycling’s governing body the UCI, but has continued to compete and “expects” to win the anti-doping case.

Hinault told French newspaper Ouest France: “The peloton should dismount and go on strike saying, ‘If he’s at the start, we’re not starting!

“The peloton is too nice. Others have been sanctioned with everyone in agreement, but they will not sanction him because it is an [adverse finding]? No, it is not.

“Christopher Froome should not be at the start of the Tour. Quite simply because he has tested positive, for me this is not an abnormal test.

“As always, people do not take the decision when it should be taken. The people at the UCI should have said, you have been caught, so you should not be racing.”

Team Sky said they and Froome would not let Hinault’s “uneducated” comments affect their preparation.

“His [Hinault] comments are irresponsible and ill-informed,” the team said.

“Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication. As an ex-rider himself, Bernard will appreciate the need for fairness for each and every athlete. And at the current time, Chris is entitled to race.

“Both Chris and the team are following the process that has been put in place by the UCI.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44562870

Adriatica Ionica: Ivan Sosa wins third stage to take overall lead

Ivan Sosa

Ivan Sosa turned professional in 2017

Colombia’s Ivan Sosa took the overall lead in the inaugural Adriatica Ionica with victory in Friday’s third stage.

The Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider, 20, held off Italian Giulio Ciccone to take a solo victory in the 158.3km race from Mussolente to Passo Giau.

Belgium’s Ben Hermans was third and Italy’s Edward Ravasi fourth.

The five-stage competition in Italy has been added to the calendar this year as another warm-up for the Tour de France, which starts on 7 July.

Saturday’s fourth stage takes the riders 226km from San Vito di Cadore to Grado before the event, which features 16 teams of seven riders, concludes on Sunday.

Stage three result:

1. Ivan Sosa (Col/Androni Giocattoli) 4hrs 40mins 42secs

2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Bardiani) +37secs

3. Ben Hermans (Bel/Israel Cycling Academy) +1min 6secs

4. Edward Ravasi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 12secs

5. Pieter Weening (Ned/Roompot) +1min 29secs

General classification:

1. Ivan Sosa (Col/Androni Giocattoli) 8hrs 56mins 38secs

2. Edward Ravasi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +8secs

3. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Bardiani) +41secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44582241

Yates to lead Mitchelton-Scott’s Tour de France challenge

Adam Yates (left) was second at the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month

Adam Yates (left) was second behind Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas at the Criterium du Dauphine this month

Britain’s Adam Yates will lead Australian team Mitchelton-Scott’s challenge at the Tour de France, with the aim of finishing on the podium.

Yates, 25, who will be making his third appearance at the race, was the best young rider in 2016, finishing fourth.

He fractured his pelvis in March, but finished second at June’s Tour warm-up race, the Criterium du Dauphine.

“I’ve got a great team focused around giving me the best opportunity [in the general classification],” said Yates.

The three-week Tour begins in Noirmoutier-en-l’lle. in the west of France, on 7 July.

“Adam’s performance continues to improve in leaps and bounds,” said Matt White, team sports director.

“He has had major setbacks this year and still his performances have been impressive, to say the least. We have complete faith and belief in his ability as our leader at the Tour de France.”

Yates is the twin brother of Simon, who also rides for Mitchelton-Scott and had led the Giro d’Italia until stage 19, when four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome took the pink jersey and went on to win the race.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44561383

Quick-Step win Adriatica Ionica opening stage

Elia Viviani

Quick-Step Floors sprinter Elia Viviani won four stages of the Giro d’Italia in May

Quick-Step Floors won the team time-trial on the opening stage of the inaugural Adriatica Ionica to put Elia Viviani into the leader’s jersey.

The five-stage race in Italy has been added to the calendar this year as another warm-up for the Tour de France, which starts on 7 July.

Quick-Step covered the 23km course in 25 minutes 28 seconds to beat UAE Team Emirates by 14 seconds.

Trek-Segafredo finished third in Lido di Jesolo, a further two seconds back.

Mark Cavendish’s Dimension Data team came fourth. The British sprinter, who has won 30 stages in the Tour, is aiming to build up his form before this year’s race.

Italian sprinter Viviani will wear the leader’s jersey for Thursday’s second stage, a 152km route from Lido di Jesolo to Maser that is expected to finish in a bunch sprint.

The event, which features 16 teams of seven riders, concludes on Sunday.

Stage one result:

1. Quick-Step Floors (Bel) 25mins 28secs

2. UAE Team Emirates (UAE) +14secs

3. Trek-Segafredo (USA) +16secs

4. Dimension Data (SA) +34secs

5. Gazprom RusVelo (Rus) +38secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/44554555

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