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Benedetti wins stage 12 at Giro d’Italia as Polanc takes pink jersey

Hugh Carthy

Britain’s Hugh Carthy took the white jersey for the best young rider

Cesare Benedetti won stage 12 on the first day in the Alps at the Giro d’Italia, with Slovenian Jan Polanc taking the overall race lead.

Italy’s Benedetti claimed the first pro victory of his career after being part of a long-range breakaway on the hilly 158km ride from Cuneo to Pinerolo.

Damiano Caruso finished second and Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar third.

Polanc took the lead from UAE Emirates team-mate Valerio Conti, while fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic is now second.

British rider Hugh Carthy, 24, is the new leader of the young riders’ classification in 10th, while Adam Yates climbed to 13th overall after finishing in a group just over eight minutes behind stage winner Benedetti, but alongside his general classification rivals.

Thursday’s top three were part of a 25-man group that went clear almost as soon as they left the start in Cuneo.

After the group split up on the imposing climb of the Montoso late in the stage, eight riders regrouped on the descent.

Gianluca Brambilla, Eros Capecchi and Dunbar powered clear on the punchy final climb but they dallied on the run-in and were caught, with Benedetti by far the quickest in the sprint finish in Pinerolo.

New white jersey wearer Carthy told Eurosport: “It was a hard day today, a hard climb on a hot day and the first real test for the legs.”

Dunbar, making his Grand Tour debut aged 22, told Eurosport: “I felt like I was one of the strongest here. I knew I wasn’t the quickest but certainly one of the strongest.

“I gambled in the finish and got caught by the guys behind. That’s bike racing, you live and learn.”

Friday’s stage 13 is in the high mountains and features three difficult climbs in its 196km.

Stage 12 results

1. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) 3hrs 41mins 49secs

2. Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time

3. Edward Dunbar (Ire/Ineos)

4. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +2secs

5. Eros Capecchi (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +6secs

6. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Emirates) +25secs

7. Matteo Montaguti (Ita/Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermac) +34secs

8. Thomas de Gendt (Bel/Lotto Soudal) +2mins 36secs

9. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita/Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermac) Same time

10. Manuel Senni (Ita/Bardiani CSF) +2mins 38secs

General classification after stage 12

1. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Emirates) 48hrs 49mins 40secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +4mins 7secs

3. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAE Emirates) +4:51

4. Eros Capecchi (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +5:02

5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +5:51

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +6:02

7. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +7:00

8. Richard Carapaz (Col/Movistar) +7:23

9. Andrey Amador (Crc/Movistar) +7:30

10. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) 7:33

Selected others:

13. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +7:53

33. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Ineos) +11:49

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48387825

Ewan pulls out of Giro after stage 11 win

Caleb Ewan celebrates after winning stage

Caleb Ewan secured his second Giro stage win of the race – and third of his career

Australian Caleb Ewan has pulled out of the Giro d’Italia after winning his second stage of the race on Wednesday.

The Lotto-Soudal rider won stage 11 in a sprint finish ahead of Arnaud Demare and Pascal Ackermann to add to his victory on stage eight.

But the sprinter has now withdrawn with 10 days remaining to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins on 6 July.

“I think it makes sense that the sprinters leave the Giro prematurely,” Ewan said.

“From now on, there are virtually only tough stages left, so not very suited to us.

“I am happy that I came to the Giro. The succession of the long and sometimes challenging stages will have done me good, condition-wise.

“I came into the Giro and I really wanted to win one stage. To get two is more than I expected, so I am really satisfied with that.

“I will take some days of rest now and then go on a training camp to prepare for the Tour.”

Italian Valerio Conti remains in the leader’s pink jersey with a advantage of one minute 50 seconds over Primoz Roglic.

Britain’s Hugh Carthy is four minutes 36 seconds off the lead in 16th while compatriot Simon Yates is 24th, five minutes 36 seconds behind Conti.

Thursday’s 12th stage is the first day in the Alps with a hilly 158km ride from Cuneo to Pinerolo.

Stage 10 results

1. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto-Soudal) 5hrs 17mins 26secs

2. Arnaud Demere (Fra/Groupama) Same time

3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe)

4. Elia Viviani (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

5. Davide Cimolai (Ita/Israel Cycling Academy)

6. Simone Consonni (Ita/UAE Team Emirates)

7. Ryan Gibbons (SA/Dimension Data)

8. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Dimension Data)

9. Jakub Mareczko (Ita/CCC Team)

10. Sean Bennett (US/EF Education First)

General classification after stage 10

1. Valerio Conti (It/UAE Team Emirates) 39hrs 44mins 39secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo) +1min 50secs

3. Nans Peters (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:21

4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +2:33

5. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +2:36

6. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +2:39

7. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +3:05

8. Valentin Madouas (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +3:27

9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani-CSF) +3:30

10. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +3:32

Selected others:

11. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/NahrainMerida) +3.40

16. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) +4.36

24. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:36

31. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +6:58

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48372560

Demare claims stage 10 at Giro as Conti maintains lead

Arnaud Demare

Demare’s last stage victory came at the Tour de Suisse last June

France’s Arnaud Demare claimed his first victory of the year by triumphing in stage 10 at the Giro d’Italia.

Demare held off Italian national champion Elia Viviani and German Rudiger Selig in a reduced sprint after a crash brought down several riders.

Italian Valerio Conti maintained his one minute 50 seconds lead over Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic in the general classification.

Britain’s Simon Yates is 5mins 36secs back in 24th with Hugh Carthy 16th.

Stage 10 results

1. Arnaud Demere (Fra/Groupama) 3hrs 36mins 7secs

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

3. Rudiger Selig (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe)

4. Caleb Evans (Aus/Lotto-Soudal)

5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Dimension Data)

6. Davide Cimolai (Ita/Israel Cycling Academy)

7. Manuel Belletti (Ita/Androni Giocattoli)

8. Giovanni Lonardi (Ita/Sidermec Nippo – Vini Fantini)

9. Jasper de Buyst (Bel/Lotto-Soudal)

10. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita/Groupama-FDJ)

General classification after stage 10

1. Valerio Conti (It/UAE Team Emirates) 39hrs 44mins 39secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo) +1min 50secs

3. Nans Peters (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:21

4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +2:33

5. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +2:36

6. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +2:39

7. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +3:05

8. Valentin Madouas (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +3:27

9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani-CSF) +3:30

10. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +3:32

Selected others:

16. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) +4.36

24. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:36

31. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +6:58

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48358082

Henderson posts photo of ‘new quad’ after injury

Greg Henderson

Greg Henderson began his World Tour career in 2009 and retired in 2017

Former Team Sky rider Greg Henderson says he has grown a “new quad muscle” following an injury.

In January, the retired cyclist went to hospital in Adelaide, Australia, after an accident which resulted in an 18cm tear in his upper left leg.

New Zealander Henderson, 42, posted a photo on Instagram this week showing a swollen area around the scar.

“It’s basically brand new,” he said. “Who doesn’t believe in evolution! I have evolved a new quad muscle.”

Referring to the marginal gains strategy employed by Team Sky – now Team Ineos – Henderson said: “#marginalgains Ahhhh…quin muscle? Can anyone tell me what has happened here? I’d actually love to know exactly.”

In January, former track world champion Henderson posted a graphic image of his leg after he had 500ml of pus drained from the wound and had it stitched up.

The four-time Commonwealth Games medallist rode for Team Sky in 2010 and 2011, before joining Lotto Belisol/Lotto Soudal, and United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48306727

Roglic up to second in Giro d’Italia after stage nine win

Primoz Roglic on stage nine win at the Giro d'Italia

Primoz Roglic also won the opening time trial in this year’s race

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic moved into second place, within two minutes of race leader Valerio Conti, by winning stage nine of the Giro d’Italia.

Roglic was 11 seconds ahead of second-placed Victor Campenaerts, with Bauke Mollema a minute off the pace in third.

Conti extended his lead to one minute 50 seconds, with Roglic surging from 12th place more than five minutes back.

Roglic was three minutes 11 seconds faster than Briton Simon Yates, who is five minutes 36 back in 24th overall.

The Slovenian is the man in form this season – having won the Tour of Romandie, the UAE Tour and the Tirreno Adriatico – and is now well placed for a first-ever victory in a three-week tour.

He has an advantage of one minute 44 seconds over two-time Giro winner Vincenzo Nibali going into the event’s mountainous section.

Hugh Carthy, riding for EF Education First, is the highest-placed Briton, finishing eighth on the 34.8km stage and moving up to 16th overall.

Stage nine result

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo) 51min 52sec

2. Victor Campenaerts (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +11secs

3. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +1:00

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1:05

5. Tanel Kangert (Est/EF Education First) +1:10

6. Chad Haga (USA/Team Sunweb) +1:14

7. Bob Jungels (Lux/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1:16

8. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) +1:30

9. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +1:43

10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +1:52

General classification after stage nine

1. Valerio Conti (It/UAE Team Emirates) 36hrs 08mins 32secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo) +1min 50secs

3. Nans Peters (Fr/AG2R La Mondiale) +2:21

4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Sp/Movistar) +2:33

5. Fausto Masnada (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +2:36

6. Andrey Amador (CR/Movistar) +2:39

7. Amaro Antunes (Por/CCC Team) +3:05

8. Valentin Madouas (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +3:27

9. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/Bardiani-CSF) +3:30

10. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +3:32

Selected others:

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

24. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +5:36

31. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Team Ineos) +6:58

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/48330353

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