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You’d swear the Giro race organisers are teasing the riders. Mountains either side, stage 17 wasn’t only run on the base of some cols topping 2000 plus metres, but they were in plain sight all day.
An independent panel will examine allegations that cycling’s governing body was complicit in Lance Armstrong’s doping, UCI President Pat McQuaid announced on Thursday.
Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali kept possession of the Giro d’Italia race leader’s pink jersey ahead of Cadel Evans for another night after a strong showing in Tuesday’s 16th stage.
“How did it go?” I asked a young Frenchman when he’d finally retrieved something akin to a normal breath after the 7.2-kilometre individual time trial at the recent Tour of Friendship race in Thailand.
For all the compelling talking points the weather-honed Giro d’Italia has given us over the past two weeks, events at the Tour of California provided some equally significant topics to reflect on.
As we enter the final week of racing in the 2013 Giro d’Italia the battle for overall glory is still far from decided.
With Bradley Wiggins and Ryder Hesjedal abandoning, Mark Cavendish reaching a new milestone and Cadel Evans emerging as Vincenzo Nibali’s most likely obstacle for the maglia rosa, the last six days of weather-affected racing in Italy have certainly thrown up a few cracking talking points.
Cameron Meyer’s fifth place overall in the Tour of California was a reminder of his potential, and gives Orica-GreenEDGE fans some hope the squad might begin to target stage races, rather than rely on sprinters and Simon Gerrans’ guile.
Cadel Evans’ confidence has been restored as he heads into the last week of the Giro d’Italia still well in touch with race leader Vincenzo Nibali.
Vincenzo Nibali maintained his lead over Cadel Evans after the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday won by Giovanni Visconti.
Cadel Evans’ teammate Tejay van Garderen won his first career stage-race title on Sunday when he held off Australian Michael Rogers to claim the Tour of California crown.
Mark Cavendish claimed his fourth win of the Giro d’Italia on Friday, sprinting to victory in the 13th stage, at 254km the longest of the race, from Busseto to Cherasco.
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Amanda Spratt is a 25-year-old professional cyclist racing with Orica-AIS. She was 2012 Australian Road Race Champion and is known universally for her smile, whether it is uphill or down dale.
BMC team president Jim Ochowicz has confirmed Cadel Evans will be the team leader for the 2013 Tour de France.
Today’s 18th stage is sure to be a make-or-break moment for the General Classification contenders in this year’s Giro d’Italia as they take on the 20km uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa. Live coverage of the race against the clock will start at 11.00pm AEST.
This week Mark Cavendish reached 100 professional victories, so I thought it would be appropriate to look back at the Manxman’s five best wins. To qualify the victory had to be in a sprint finish, Cavendish’s specialty.
In a 16th stage punctuated by a constant stream of late attacks, it was Benat Intxausti who eventually stood victorious yesterday, winning a sprint finish in Ivrea. Join us from 11.00pm AEST when we pick up the action live from the 2013 Giro d’Italia.
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Controlled Chaos. That’s how I would summarise today’s Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia. An unexpected sunny day roused the peloton to a day of action and aggression, though in the end, it all seemed somehow controlled by one man and one team.
French cycling has been dealt a blow this afternoon, as Sylvain Georges’ B sample has also tested positive.
Two days ago, it was Giovanni Visconti who conquered hellish conditions on the Col du Galibier to claim his maiden Giro stage victory. Today, the race enters its final week with the 238km 16th stage from Valloire to Ivrea.
Just as we thought the issue of Tour de France leadership at BMC racing might have been sorted, Tejay Van Garderen has won the Tour of California in convincing style.
Last night saw a breakthrough win for Mauro Santambrogio but it was the weather that everyone was talking about. Join us from 11pm AEST tonight.
A lack of live pictures and a missing mountain was the story of Stage 14. With defending champion Ryder Hesjedal and the regal Bradley Wiggins now back home, the GC battle was devoid of two protagonists on the second proper summit finish of 2013.
Ask any general member of the public when the last French winner of the Tour de France was, they’d probably guess sometime within the last ten years.