Ewan wins Giro d’Italia stage eight as Conti retains lead

Caleb Ewan wins stage eight at the Giro d'Italia

Ewan holds on to claim stage eight at the Giro d’Italia

Australian Caleb Ewan produced a superb late burst to win stage eight of the Giro d’Italia.

The 24-year-old thwarted home favourite Elia Viviani at the finish to claim his second stage victory at the Giro, two years after his first.

There was no change to the top 10 in the general classification as Italian Valerio Conti remained in the overall lead spot for a third day.

Briton Simon Yates stayed 15th, still five minutes 59 seconds off the pace.

Yates, form favourite Primoz Roglic, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez all finished in the bunch with the same time on the run from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro.

Sunday’s stage could prove pivotal, however, with a 34.8km individual time trial awaiting the riders.

Poor weather is expected to provide an additional ingredient to the challenge of undulating terrain on the road to San Marino.

Sunday’s stage will also comprise a 6.5% incline over one of the final sections, an indication of the mountainous sections which feature in the latter part of the famous race, first held in 1909.

Stage eight result

1. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal) 5hrs 43mins 32secs

2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) Same time

3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) “

4. Fabio Sabatini (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick Step) ”

5. Manuel Belletti (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) “

6. Arnaud Demare (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) ”

7. Davide Cimolai (Ita/Israel Cycling Academy) ”

8. Marco Canola (Ita/Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane) “

9. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Team Dimension Data) “

10. Rudiger Selig (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) “

General classification after stage eight

1. Valerio Conti (It/UAE Team Emirates) 29hrs 29mins 34secs

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +1:32

3. Giovanni Carboni (It/Bardiani-CSF) +1:41

4. Nans Peters (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:09

5. Valentin Madouas (Fr/Groupama-FDJ) +2:17

6. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +2:45

7. Fausto Masnada (It/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +3:14

8. Pieter Serry (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +3:25

9. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +3:27

10. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +4:57

Selected others:

15. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:59

23. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) +6:40

32. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +7:43

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48323235

Bilbao wins Giro d’Italia stage seven as Yates drops two places

Valerio Conti

Conti (centre in pink leader’s jersey) had his lead trimmed to one minute 32 seconds

Italian Valerio Conti retained the lead at the Giro d’Italia as Spain’s Pello Bilbao claimed the seventh stage.

Astana’s Bilbao attacked from a small group of breakaway riders 1.5km from the finish on the punchy final climb.

He held off France’s Tony Gallopin and Italian Davide Formolo.

Conti, who took the lead on an eventful stage six, is one minute 32 seconds clear of new second-placed rider Jose Joaquin Rojas, while Britain’s Simon Yates slipped two places to 15th.

Yates remains five minutes 59 seconds off the pace though as, for the second day in succession, the overall favourites had an uneventful day in the peloton, choosing to keep their powder dry for the harder tests to come.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who was usurped at the top on Thursday, lost one of his domestiques for the mountain stages when Laurens de Plus of Belgium abandoned the race having been ill for several days.

Saturday’s eighth stage is a 235km ride from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro ahead of a key time trial on Sunday.

Stage seven result

1. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) 4hrs 06mins 28secs

2. Tony Gallopin (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +5

3. Davide Formolo (It/Bora-Hansgrohe) Same time

4. Lucas Hamilton (Aus/Mitchelton-Scott) +9

5. Mattia Cattaneo (It/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) Same time

6. Jose Joaquín Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +30

7. Sebastian Henao (Col/Team INEOS) +48

8. Antonio Pedrero (Spa/Movistar) +1:01

9. Valentin Madouas (Fr/Groupama-FDJ) +1:07

10. Andrea Vendrame (It/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) Same time

General classification after stage seven

1. Valerio Conti (It/UAE Team Emirates) 29hrs 29mins 34secs

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +1:32

3. Giovanni Carboni (It/Bardiani-CSF) +1:41

4. Nans Peters (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:09

5. Valentin Madouas (Fr/Groupama-FDJ) +2:17

6. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +2:45

7. Fausto Masnada (It/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +3:14

8. Pieter Serry (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +3:25

9. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +3:27

10. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +4:57

Selected others:

15. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:59

23. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) +6:40

34. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +7:43

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48315399

Masnada wins stage six as Conti takes lead at Giro d’Italia

Fausto Masnada holds off Valerio Conti

Masnada holds off Conti to win stage six in San Giovanni Rotondo

Italian Valerio Conti took the lead at the Giro d’Italia after finishing second to compatriot Fausto Masnada in the sixth stage.

Thursday’s events produced an entirely new top-10 with riders from the 13-man breakaway taking over and overnight leader Primoz Roglic dropping to 11th.

The Slovenian is five minutes and 24 seconds adrift, with Briton Simon Yates 13th, still 35 seconds behind Roglic.

Masnada edged out Conti to secure his first Grand Tour stage win.

Roglic was part of a peloton which crossed the line more than seven minutes behind with his shorts ripped from an early crash.

The main group chose not to chase down the break over the course of the 238km stage from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo.

The breakaway arrived at the foot of the climb together but, when Masnada of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec attacked, UAE Team Emirates’ Conti was quickly on his wheel and they went clear, even negotiating a loose dog at the summit.

Jose Joaquin Rojas, Ruben Plaza, and Giovanni Carboni challenged but could not get within 30 seconds as the front two stayed clear.

The race concludes on 2 June.

Stage six result

1. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) 5hrs 45mins 01secs

2. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) same time

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) +38

4. Ruben Plaza (Spa/Israel Cycling Academy) same time

5. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani-CSF) +43

6. Pieter Serry (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +54

7. Valentin Madouas (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) same time

8. Nans Peters (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +57

9. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) same time

10. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) ”

General classification after stage six

1. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) 25hrs 22mins 00secs

2. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani-CSF) +1:41

3. Nans Peters (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:09

4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa/Movistar) +2:12

5. Valentin Madouas (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +2:19

6. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +2:45

7. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +3:14

8. Pieter Serry (Bel/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +3:25

9. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +3:27

10. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +4:57

Selected other:

13. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:59

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48302633

Ackermann takes second stage win as Dumoulin abandons Giro with knee injury

Pascal Ackermann wins stage five

Ackermann also won the second stage from Bologna to Fucecchio

Germany’s Pascal Ackermann took his second stage victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia, as former champion Tom Dumoulin withdrew because of injury.

On a day of driving rain throughout, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Ackermann negotiated surface water in Terracina before timing his sprint to perfection to beat Fernando Gaviria by half a wheel.

Primoz Roglic retains the overall lead, 35 seconds ahead of Briton Simon Yates.

Dumoulin, 28, pulled out shortly after Wednesday’s start with a knee injury.

The Dutch rider, winner in 2017 and second last year behind Britain’s Chris Froome, sustained the injury in a heavy fall on Tuesday’s fourth stage, losing over four minutes.

Dumoulin had been cleared to race by his medical team and the 2017 champion said before the stage: “I want to at least try.”

But Team Sunweb later tweeted: “Dumoulin’s injuries have proved too painful.”

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Dumoulin, bleeding heavily from his left knee, was injured in a crash about 6km from the end of stage four

Ackermann, 25, is competing in his first Giro, and has now claimed five wins in total this season.

Belgian Louis Vervaeke had led a long breakaway after the start in Frascati, to the southeast of Rome, but was caught 23km from the line.

Such was the severity of the conditions, the stage was neutralised with nine kilometres remaining, freeing the sprinters to race for the stage win and meaning the main contenders for overall victory could stay safely away from the front of the peloton.

“All the stage was scary, all the descents, you cannot see that much in the peloton because of all the water,” said Ackermann, wearing the cyclamen jersey for the leader of the sprinter’s classification.

“It just was lucky that nobody crashed.”

Stage five results

1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) 3hrs 27mins 05secs

2. Fernando Gaviria (Col/UAE Team Emirates) Same time

3. Arnaud Demare (Fr/Groupama-FDJ)

4. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto-Soudal)

5. Matteo Moschetti (It/Trek-Segafredo)

6. Ryan Gibbons (RSA/Team Dimension Data)

7. Paolo Simion (It/Bardiani-CSF)

8. Jenthe Biermans (Bel/Team Katusha-Alpecin)

9. Giovanni Lonardi (It/Nippo-Vini Fantini)

10. Manuel Belletti (It/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)

General classification after stage five

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma) 16hrs 19mins 20secs

2. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +35secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (It/Bahrain – Merida) +39secs

4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +44secs

5. Diego Ulissi (It/UAE Team Emirates) Same time

6. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +49secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +55secs

8. Damiano Caruso (It/Bahrain-Merida) +56secs

9. Bob Jungels (Lux/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1min 02secs

10. Davide Formolo (It/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1min 06secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48284384

Roglic extends Giro lead over Yates after late crashes split peloton

Richard Carapaz

Richard Carapaz held off Caleb Ewan to win stage four

Britain’s Simon Yates limited his losses to Giro d’Italia leader Primoz Roglic after crashes split the race in a dramatic finale to stage four.

Roglic made it into a small front group following a series of crashes with 6km to go before Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz attacked late on to win in Frascati.

Yates was brought down in the last crash but chased back to lose only 16 seconds to Roglic and stay in second.

Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 champion, fell heavily and finished four minutes down.

“Everyone was fighting for position on a roundabout with about 6km to go and a rider slid out in front of me,” Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates told Eurosport.

“I’m not blaming anybody, these things happen, but I got up quickly and had the guys around me to limit the losses.

“My knee and hip are patched up, it’s just left hand side, but I’m OK – it’s always worse in the morning so we’ll see but the Giro is long.”

Yates is now 35 seconds down on Slovenian Roglic in the overall standings, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali four seconds back in third.

Team Ineos’ Tao Geoghegan Hart, who lost 88 seconds on stage three, was caught behind a crash for the second day in a row but made it into the Yates group that finished 18 seconds down on stage winner Carapaz.

Dumoulin, who started the day in fifth overall, was taken to hospital but Team Sunweb later announced he had not sustained any fractures.

The Dutchman said his knee is “very swollen” and he will decide on Wednesday whether to start stage five, adding “the GC is for sure gone”.

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Tom Dumoulin sustained a huge blow to his hopes of a second Giro title after losing over four minutes on stage four

After a largely straightforward day, the racing became more frantic in a technical finale, with Britain’s James Knox crashing at 12km to go in the 235km stage from Orbetello.

Team Ineos rider Salvatore Puccio then slipped as the road narrowed at 6.4km to go, causing a large crash that brought down Dumoulin and held up most of the peloton.

Yates was caught up in a subsequent crash, which left only seven riders out front to contest the slightly uphill finish.

Carapaz, who finished fourth in last year’s Giro, caught out his rivals by kicking away at 500m to go, with sprinter Caleb Ewan setting off in pursuit but unable to overhaul the Movistar rider, while Diego Ulissi held on for third.

Roglic did not compete for the bonus seconds, rolling in two seconds down on Carapaz in sixth.

Stage five is a flat 140km course from Frascati to Terracina.

Stage four results

1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar) 5hrs 58mins 17secs

2. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto-Soudal) Same time

3. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates)

4. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +2secs

5. Florian Senechal (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) Same time

6. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma)

7. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +14secs

8. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +18secs

9. Arnaud Demare (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) Same time

10. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)

General classification after stage four

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Team Jumbo-Visma) 16hrs 19mins 20secs

2. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +35secs

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain – Merida) +39secs

4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +44secs

5. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) Same time

6. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +49secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +55secs

8. Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +56secs

9. Bob Jungels (Lux/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1min 02secs

10. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1min 06secs

Selected

13. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education-First) +1min 16secs

30. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +2mins 19secs

56. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +4mins 30secs

131. James Knox (GB/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +15mins 48secs

156. Scott Davies (GB/Dimension Data) +26mins 55secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48274010

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