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Cyclingnews staff writer required – Bath, UK

Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is looking for a staff writer to join its European editorial team in Bath.The position requires applicants to have a keen interest and knowledge of competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will involve writing news, producing UCI and national level race reports, results, photos and features from the world of cycling. Familiarity with online production techniques, experience in journalism and attention to detail are important.A second language is helpful but not essential. A strong knowledge of women’s international cycling is preferable.ADVERTISEMENT
The staff writer will be required to have familiarity with online production applications and basic HTML and could also be requested to attend major cycling events.The primary responsibility of the role is the production of content for publication on Cyclingnews. The ability to handle the technical processes involved an…

A Nerviano i Campionati Italiani Master Strada 2019

In programma il 22 e 23 giugno la gara nazionale valida come prova unica per l'assegnazione del titolo tricolore per le categorie amatoriali

Gara Nazionale e-bike enduro: Sottocornola e Marcellini a Pogno sotto la pioggia

Manifestazione contrassegnata da un tempo inclemente che ha costretto gli organizzatori a eliminare le ps 2 e 4 per la loro totale impraticabilità.

VENTO Bici Tour 2019: è partita la settima edizione

E' in pieno svolgimento la manifestazione aperta a tutti che dal 24/05 al 03/06 porta alla riscoperta delle terre del Po.

Veneto Cup & Kids: tutti insieme domenica 2 giugno

Appuntamento ai Laghetti Blu della Val Lapisina per una giornata piena: "grandi” e Kids correranno nel suggestivo parco tra Vittorio Veneto e il Fadalto

La Nazionale per il G.P. Priessnitz

Coppa delle Nazioni U23 in programma dal 6 al 9 giugno

Nazionale Giovanile XCO - La Caprivesi torna alle origini

Al Parco di Piuma attesi, per sabato 1 giugno, più di 400 bikers da tutta Italia e dalle nazioni confinanti per il Trofeo Città di Gorizia.

Tricolori Eliminator: tutto pronto in Val Casies

Sabato 8 e domenica 9 giugno oltre al Campionato Italiano e si svolgerà anche la Coppa Italia. L'organizzazione affidata al preparato staff di SSV Pichl/Gsies.

Il percorso della 19ª tappa, con arrivo a San Martino di Castrozza

Il percorso della 19ª tappa, con arrivo a San Martino di Castrozza
Tornano le salite nella corsa rosa, con un seconda categoria a concludere una frazione breve e mossa. Da Treviso sono 3 i GPM in programma, tutti con pendenze medie abbordabili


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GIRO: Cima anticipa il ritorno del gruppo

Il bresciano della Nippo Fantini Faizanè vince davanti ad Akermann e Consonni - Carapaz resta il leader della Classifica Generale.

Cima: "Sapevo di essere veloce. Nibali vincerà il Giro"

Cima: "Sapevo di essere veloce. Nibali vincerà il Giro"
Il bresciano festeggia il suo successo nella 18ª tappa: “Ho aspettato il più possibile, poi ho dato tutto”. La maglia rosa Carapaz: “Mi sento molto preparato e abbiamo fiducia in noi”


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Giro d’Italia, a Santa Maria di Sala trionfa Cima. Carapaz sempre in rosa

Giro d’Italia, a Santa Maria di Sala trionfa Cima. Carapaz sempre in rosa
Il 25enne bresciano si impone in volata su Maestri e Denz, compagni di fuga dopo 50 chilometri dal via a Valdaora. Il gruppo a pochi secondi


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THÜRINGEN LADIES: Italia sugli scudi

Vittorie di Barbara Guarischi e Marta Bastianelli nella corsa a tappe tedesca

Tour of Britain 2019 route announced

Organisers of the OVO Tour of Britain have announced the route for the 2019 edition of the race, confirming that the final stage will take place in Manchester for the first time in 15 years.The eight-day event starts in Glasgow, Scotland on September 7 and ends in Manchester on September 14. There is no individual time trial this year but the race has attracted a strong field in recent years, with riders often choosing to use the Tour of Britain as part of their World Championships preparation.

This year’s World Championships take place in Yorkshire, with Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) among the likely headlines. Last year Julian Alaphilippe won the Tour of Britain ahead of Wout Poels and Giro d’Italia contender Primoz Roglic. In 2018, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas both took part in the Tour of Britain. This year’s Tour of Britain crosses into Yorkshire and the race is made up of challenging stages, from the opening stage in Glasgow – the longest stage…

Team Ineos save Sivakov's ninth place after rivals' aggression at Giro d'Italia

Team Ineos were forced into a pursuit on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to ensure that Pavel Sivakov retained his ninth place in the general classification, while Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez put more daylight between him and Sivakov in the white jersey competition by attacking in the final 3km.The British team seemed content to initially let Bora-Hansgrohe's Davide Formolo form part of the day's main 18-rider breakaway, which mid-way through the 181km stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva had over six minutes' advantage over the peloton.But once it was clear that the Italian – who'd started the day in 12th place overall – posed a threat to Sivakov's ninth place on the GC, Ineos came to the front to assist race leader Richard Carapaz's Movistar team in ensuring that the gap remained reasonable, with Ineos riders Salvatore Puccio and Christian Knees particularly active.ADVERTISEMENT
While the break did stay away, and Nans Peters (AG2R) rode away…

Peters powers home to take first pro victory at Giro d'Italia

"C'est énorme. This is amazing," said AG2R La Mondiale's Nans Peters having taken victory on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday – and his first win as a professional rider.As first wins go, they don't get much bigger, or more amazing, than a stage at a Grand Tour, and it certainly doesn't get much better than coming home alone, with a 1:34 gap over the next best rider, which was Peters' gap back to Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves, who was also on his own."I can't believe it," the 25-year-old said on his team's website. "I've taken my first pro victory and it's at a Grand Tour. It's fantastic.ADVERTISEMENT
Peters had been part of a day-long 18-man escape, and made his winning move with 15km of the 181km stage left to go."I found myself in a breakaway group with some big names [Chaves, Deceuninck-QuickStep's Bob Jungels], but I didn't let myself get too carried away. I tried my best to stay fr…

Giro d'Italia: Lopez keeps getting better and moves up to sixth on GC

Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez appears to have timed his run at this year's Giro d'Italia almost to perfection, moving up another place to sixth overall after Wednesday's stage 17 to Anterselva, with his sights now set on fifth-placed Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), just 1:10 ahead of him.After a good start in the Giro's opening time trial, where he took fourth, Lopez had faded to 27th overall after a poor time trial on stage 9, in which he lost 3:45 to stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). His fightback began on stage 12 to Pinerolo, however, and Lopez has steadily gained both time and GC positions in the mountains since then.While it's unlikely to be enough to catch whoever out of Roglic, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), current race leader Richard Carapaz or his Movistar teammate Mikel Landa will surely now stand on the top step of the podium in Verona on Sunday, Lopez surely still poses a threat to the podium as others possibly falter, and he would dearly…

Giro d'Italia: Chaves and Jungels come alive in star-studded breakaway on stage 17

It was somewhat of a throwback breakaway that animated stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday: a group that included riders who have either performed well at the Giro in past years – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) – or indeed earlier at this year's race in the case of UAE Team Emirates' Valerio Conti, who wore the pink leader's jersey between stages 7 and 12.While the GC contenders were content to watch each other behind, the breakaway group – with no real danger men contained within it – was allowed some rope to fight it out for the stage win, and the 18-rider move had built up a lead of over six minutes by the mid-point of the 181km stage.Arguably the biggest name in the break was Mitchelton-Scott's Chaves – runner-up to Vincenzo Nibali at the 2016 Giro and a stage winner last year – who returned to the race this year having recovered from mononucleosis, which kept him away from racing for much of last season followin…

Giro d'Italia sprinters have last chance of success in Santa Maria di Sala

After six days of suffering in the mountains, the sprinters have a final chance of a stage victory at the Giro d’Italia on stage 18 on Thursday in Santa Maria di Sala, near Venice, before the final mountain stages and the all-decisive Verona time trial on Sunday.Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) have dominated the sprint finishes this year after Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) struggled to fire on all cylinders, and the two are expected to fight for victory at the end of the 222km descent from Val Pusteria, close to the Austrian border, down to the heart of the Veneto region.They are also locked in a battle for the points jersey, with just 13 points separating them and a sliding scale of points awarded on the line, with the stage winner scoring 50 points. The intermediate sprint after 159km could also turn into a battle for the cyclamen-coloured jersey, with the top three scoring 12, eight and six points.ADVERTISEMENT
With Viviani, Caleb Ewan (Lotto…

Landa seizes opportunity but Carapaz remains leader at Giro d'Italia

Mikel Landa has been here before, itching for freedom but hemmed in by team duties. The Basque is arguably the strongest climber on this Giro d’Italia but he finds himself cutting his cloth to fit the needs of his Movistar teammate, the maglia rosa Richard Carapaz.On the 2015 Giro, Landa lit up the final week before his challenge unravelled when he was ordered to sacrifice his chances in favour of Astana teammate Fabio Aru. On the 2017 Tour de France, his aggression was reined in just as he was climbing more fluidly than his Team Sky leader Chris Froome.‘Free Landa’ went the slogan, and Landa even dressed in prisoner’s garb for a Halloween party to hammer home the point. He duly transferred to Movistar in search of liberty at the end of that season, though the presence of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde suggested that autonomy was by no means guaranteed in his new environment.ADVERTISEMENT
With neither Valverde nor Quintana on duty at this year’s Giro, Landa began the race as Mov…

UCI suspends Kollmann-Forstner for connection with Operation Aderlass

The UCI announced Wednesday that it has notified Austrian mountain biker Christina Kollmann-Forstner of a potential Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) based on information it received from the law enforcement authorities of Austria in the context of the Operation Aderlass blood doping ring, according to a statement from the sport governing body.The ADRV used to suspend Kollmann-Forstner is listed under the Use of Prohibited Method and Possession of Prohibited Method. The UCI stated that after reviewing all elements in its possession, it has decided to provisionally suspend Kollmann-Forstner with immediate effect pursuant to Article 7.9.3 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules."The UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated to define and lead the strategy on anti-doping testing and investigations in our sport, will continue to cooperate and assist all parties involved in the Aderlass investigation," the UCI stated in the press release.ADVERTISEMENT
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Carapaz: What Landa did was perfect

It was hard to tell what weighed more, the seconds won or the confidence gained. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) hasn't put a pedal stroke out of place since taking possession of the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia, and so it proved once again at Anterselva on stage 17.After holding his fire when teammate Mikel Landa went on the offensive with a little under 3km remaining, Carapaz responded swiftly when Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) accelerated out of the dwindling pink jersey group shortly afterwards.Once it became apparent that neither Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) nor Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) could follow on the short climb towards the line, Carapaz began to exchange turns with Lopez. By the time he reached the finish, he had added another 7 seconds to his overall advantage. With four stages remaining, including Sunday's concluding time trial in Verona, he leads Nibali by 1:54 and Roglic by 2:16.ADVERTISEMENT
"I saw that Lopez went, and I wanted to get on his wheel,…

Giro d'Italia stage 17 highlights - Video

Nans Peters ended an eight-year drought for his AG2R La Mondiale team at the Giro d'Italia by winning stage 17 on Wednesday. He soloed to the victory after attacking his breakaway companions with 16km to go of the 181km stage from Commezzadura (Val di Sol) to Anterselva.The 18-man breakaway was only given roughly six minutes to play with as the race for the overall classification remained behind among the main field between the likes of Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Peters sensed his moment to attack and ended up winning by a margin of 1:34 over runner-up on the stage Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), while Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third another 17 seconds back.ADVERTISEMENT
Back in the field, fourth place overall Mikel Landa (Movistar) tested Nibali and Roglic by making an attack of his own over the last climb with 3km to go. He was followed in by chasing riders Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and overall…

Teams announced for 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France

Organisers of La Course by Le Tour de France, ASO, announced the teams that will be participating in the one-day puncheurs race on July 19 in Pau. Mitchelton-Scott won the race last year with Annemiek van Vleuten, and the team will return to compete for the prestigious title once again.There will be 15 teams with automatic invitations that also include Boels Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM, Bigla, Ale Cipollini, CCC-Liv, FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar, Park Hotel Valkenburg, Sunweb, Tibco-SVB, Virtu Cycling, Trek-Segafredo, Valcar Cylance and WNT-Rotor.There are also five teams that have earned wildcard invitations that include Astana, BTC City Ljubljana, Cogeas Mettler Look, Lotto Soudal Ladies and Rally UHC Cycling.ADVERTISEMENT
There were conflicting dates for the one-day race this year as it was initially thought that the race would be held on July 23. However, ASO confirmed to Cyclingnews that it would be held on July 19 and the same day as the men’s Tour de France stage 13 tim…

Giro d'Italia: Nibali loses seconds and momentum to Carapaz

"Un attimo," called out Bahrain-Merida press officer Geoffrey Pizzorni. One moment. The scrum of television crews that had hemmed Vincenzo Nibali in against a barrier immediately after he crossed the finish of stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia inched backwards almost imperceptibly in response to Pizzorni's calm appeal.Soigneur Michele Pallini was holding the top tube of Nibali's bike to ensure he stayed upright while simultaneously helping him into a long-sleeved jersey. Nibali didn't yet know how much time he had conceded to maglia rosa Richard Carapaz (Movistar) in the finale at Anterselva – seven seconds as it turned out – but he wore the expression of a man whose Giro had suddenly lost some momentum.If Nibali chose not to respond when Mikel Landa (Movistar) attacked forcefully from the pink jersey group with a shade under 3km to go on the short climb to the finish, then he was simply unable to do so when Carapaz set off in pursuit of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astan…

Primoz Roglic: I'll fight until the end, so it'll be fun to watch

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) waved and smiled to the growing number of Slovenian fans at the Giro d'Italia after the finish Anterselva, apparently unconcerned about the handful of seconds he lost to race leader Richard Carapaz and the Ecuadorian's Movistar teammate Mikel Landa.Roglic promised he would fight until the final time trial stage in Verona on Sunday, but he also had an air of resignation, revealing for the first time that he had suffered some chest pain in his crash on the descent of the Civiglio during Sunday's stage to Como."I still have a pain here, especially around my chest, but like with the stomach it is getting better. I can be optimistic about that," he said, admitting it was affecting his riding.ADVERTISEMENT
"Everything affects a little, let's say it like that. For sure it doesn't help. Of course it's not easy for anyone, it's a big fight for everyone."After losing 19 seconds to Landa and seven seconds to Carapaz on th…

Giro d'Italia stage 17 finish line quotes

Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) - stage 17 winner"It's huge. It's my first professional victory, and to do it at a Grand Tour is magic."On the first climb eight of us went away, with guys like De Gendt and Bakelants, and then more came across including Jungels and Formolo, so only big names. I tried not to wear myself out. I knew I needed to save some freshness for the finale, to respond to the attacks from those guys with the big palmares. So I didn't do any more work than the others. I wanted to focus on the finale and didn't want to go after people on the first climbs, so when the attacks came I was happy to follow. Then I put in one big attack and behind they looked at each other a little. I managed my effort well and that was it."With 1.5km to go, I said to myself I could do it. My director was shouting that there was no one behind and I knew that in the final kilometre it flattened out and then was technical so it would be hard for anyone to come ba…

CDM BMX Freestyle: Barbero a caccia di punti

A Montpellier sensazioni positive in vista della pre-qualifica in programma oggi

The Babboe Slim Mountain e-cargo bike is built to carry the kids - and one family have proved it by travelling 600km across Europe

The Babboe Slim Mountain e-cargo bike is built to carry the kids - and one family have proved it by travelling 600km across Europe The new e-cargo bike from Dutch brand Babboe can carry huge loads with its sturdy build and powerful mid-motor... and one family are proving so by riding from Amsterdam to Southampton with the kids strapped up in the front http://bit.ly/2HJqAuh

Dieci ciclisti della Nove Colli squalificati dagli organizzatori per aver gettato rifiuti

Dieci ciclisti della Nove Colli squalificati dagli organizzatori per aver gettato rifiuti
A seguito delle segnalazioni ricevute da parte delle guardie Ecologiche e delle rivelazioni avvenute tramite i sistemi di video sorveglianza, per aver gettato rifiuti fuori dalle ecozone prestabilite


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Il Giro d’Italia fa il pieno di passione in Val di Sole

Spettacolo di pubblico a Commezzadura, patria della grande Mountain Bike, Martedì sera serata speciale con Paolo Bettini, Alessandro Ballan e Letizia Paternoster

GIRO: Numero di Peters ad Anterselva

Chavez e Formolo sul podio, Carapaz consolida la Maglia Rosa

Nibali: "Oggi non ero proprio in giornata. Alla fine va bene così"

Nibali: "Oggi non ero proprio in giornata. Alla fine va bene così"
Il siciliano non fa drammi per i 7 secondi persi dalla maglia rosa Carapaz, che invece rilancia: “Ogni giorno voglio rosicchiare qualche secondo”. Peters esulta: “Ho scelto il momento giusto”


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Ad Anterselva numero di Peters! Carapaz guadagna 7" su Nibali

Ad Anterselva numero di Peters! Carapaz guadagna 7" su Nibali
Nella 17ª tappa il francese vince con una splendida azione nel finale. L’ecuadoriano attacca negli ultimi due chilometri e conquista una manciata di secondi sul siciliano e Roglic


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Sciandri: I loaded Roglic's bike onto Movistar car and took it to finish line

Movistar sports director Max Sciandri has told the Italian press that he took Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic's bike to the finish of stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia in Como on Sunday after the Slovenian was forced to swap bikes with teammate Antwan Tolhoek due to a mechanical problem.In recent days, the Italian media has questioned the whereabouts of Roglic's bike after the finish and whether it hadn't been inspected by the UCI post-stage. The so-called polemica surrounding the whole issue stems from the fact that Roglic's bike wasn't initially at the finish of the stage, where UCI officials have the right to inspect all bikes for any sign of 'mechanical doping' – i.e. hidden motors.The bike didn't arrive at the finish with Jumbo-Visma's 'number one' car, as Roglic's sports director Addy Engels and his colleagues had stopped for a nature break when the call came over race radio that the team leader required a bike change.ADVERTISEMEN…

Sivakov stays in top 10 but loses white jersey after tough day at Giro d'Italia

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) retained his ninth place overall after stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, but wasn't able to hold on to his white jersey as the race's best young rider.The Giro's 'queen stage', ridden in cold and wet weather, took the riders over the fearsome Passo di Mortirolo, on which Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nobali attacked to split the race apart.While Sivakov couldn't match the pace of the GC contenders, he rode the climb at his own tempo, in the company of teammates Eddie Dunbar, Ivan Sosa and Sebastian Henao. He then gave it everything on the descent and on the final 15km drag up to the line in Ponte di Legno, finishing the stage in 16th place, just over two minutes behind the group containing Nibali and race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar).ADVERTISEMENT
An aggressive Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who started the day just seven seconds behind Sivakov, finished just behind the Nibali group to take 1:41 on the Team Ineos rider, …

Riders suffer in freezing conditions on stage 16 of Giro d'Italia

While the Giro d'Italia blue 'king of the mountains' jersey-wearing Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) was busy warding off any thoughts of being cold by winning stage 16 to Ponte di Legno on Tuesday, behind him – and behind the warring GC contenders – many of the riders were just fighting the wild, wet and windy weather, with thoughts of making it back to the warmth of their team buses.Incredibly, given the weather conditions, Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane) and AG2R's Tony Gallopin – the latter having suffered with a knee injury in recent days – were the day's only two non-finishers, with no one finishing outside the limit. Trek-Segafredo's Will Clarke was the last man home in 145th place, 43:41 behind his teammate, stage winner Ciccone.Coming in just a couple of minutes ahead of him was Irish road race champion Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy), who revealed in a tweet afterwards just how hard a day it had been.ADVERTISEMENT
"So, so cold down…

Ciccone defies weather on Mortirolo to take second career Giro stage victory

Winning stage 16 in Ponte di Legno on Tuesday, after a freezing cold and wet day at the Giro d'Italia, was all it took to warm Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone up again.Ciccone out-sprinted breakaway companion Jan Hirt (Astana) to take his second career stage victory at the Giro, having also taken a solo win in Sestola in 2016, while riding for Italian team Bardiani-CSF.Now with Trek-Segafredo, and having had Monday's rest day to recuperate from two weeks of hard racing, Ciccone was able to extend his lead in the blue 'king of the mountains' jersey competition by taking maximum points on all three of the day's categorised climbs as part of the early breakaway – on a stage that he said he'd targeted to try for the win.ADVERTISEMENT
By the top of the Passo del Motirolo, in dark, wet and cold conditions, only Hirt and Ciccone were left from the original 21-man breakaway, and with fireworks happening among the GC contenders behind them, the two riders at the fron…

Giro d'Italia: Vuillermoz falls into ravine after asthma attack on Mortirolo

AG2R La Mondiale's leader at this year's Giro d'Italia, Alexis Vuillermoz, was left thanking his team and the race organisation after an asthma attack caused him to crash into a ravine while climbing the Mortirolo during stage 16 on Tuesday."Huge thanks to all the staff and friends of AG2R La Mondiale, and to the Giro organisation, for having made me safe after a severe asthma attack on the Mortirolo, which caused me to fall into a ravine… while climbing!" he wrote in a tweet, adding an 'Edvard Munch, The Scream' emoji.Vuillermoz also wrote, "Fall down seven times, get up eight?" presumably referring to a pro career that has been blighted by injury and misfortune in recent years, including injuring his hamstring in a crash at the Tirreno-Adriatico in March, a fractured shoulder after crashing at last year's Tour de France and a fractured vertebra sustained in a car crash in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT
In a comment later issued by the team, Vuillermoz …

Hugh Carthy shines on rainy Mortirolo stage in Giro d'Italia

Lacking a rider in the hunt for the overall win at this year's Giro d'Italia, EF Education First have been searching for an elusive stage win instead. They've come close over the past two stages, with Hugh Carthy taking fourth and fifth, respectively, on stages 15 and 16, even if it sometimes meant switching tactics mid-stage.Carthy, the 24-year-old Briton, was in the top 10 overall following stage 12 to Pinerolo, but a bad day on stage 13 to Lago Serru saw him drop to 16th overall and then to 17th the following day in Courmayeur, where current race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) won the day and the maglia rosa.Carthy bounced back dramatically during Sunday's stage 15 to Como, which took in three categorised climbs in the final 70km. He finished fourth on the stage in a group with Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and moved up to 14th overall, but still 14:38 behind Carapaz.ADVERTISEMENT
All in for Dombrowski on MortiroloDur…

Carapaz: Nibali is the most dangerous rival at Giro d'Italia

Days that set the heart racing but call for coolness of mind are always a firm test of a Giro d’Italia contender's credentials. Winning Grand Tours is, so the truism goes, about the head and the legs. On the evidence of the harsh Mortirolo on Tuesday afternoon, Richard Carapaz (Movistar) appears to have both qualities in abundance.The Ecuadorian’s second day in the maglia rosa proved as auspicious as his first. Once again, he resisted an offensive from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), this time on the Mortirolo, and finished alongside the Italian in Ponte di Legno, 1:41 down on stage winner Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo). For the fourth consecutive stage, meanwhile, he made hefty gains on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), the man favoured in Sunday’s concluding time trial, coming in 1:22 ahead of the Slovenian.The road to Verona is still an arduous one, but Carapaz further improved his chances of standing atop the podium in the Arena with a display of unimpeachable calm on one of the…

The Mortirolo reveals Roglic as human, Movistar control Nibali's attack - Analysis

Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia lacked the Passo Gavia but it included plenty of drama, hard racing in the rain and a further shake-out that exposed Primoz Roglic's weaknesses and confirmed that local hero Vincenzo Nibali has a huge fight on his hands if he wants to break the combined strength of the Movistar and current race leader Richard Carapaz.The Ecuadorian rider, 25, is leading a Grand Tour for the first time in his career but appears to be rock solid in the maglia rosa. He can also count on the experience of the Movistar team who have been in this situation numerous times during their decades of success and also appear to have the strongest team in the Giro d'Italia.Carapaz had the support of Mikel Landa and Antonio Pedrero for much of the Mortirolo, with Andrey Amador dropping back from the break of the day to make his own contribution. Only one rider pulls on the final maglia rosa but the strength of a team, its unity and tactics always make a significant differenc…

Vincenzo Nibali's road to Giro d'Italia victory complicated by Carapaz

On Monday afternoon, as rain hammered against the windowpanes of his hotel opposite the dreary, grey terminal of Orio al Serio airport, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) had described the Mortirolo as an "infinite climb." With the towering Gavia removed from stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia due to the heavy snow banking the pass, the Italian's thoughts were already drifting to the climb immediately preceding the finish in Ponte di Legno. A plan was formulating.When Nibali bounded clear of the pink jersey group on the lower slopes of the Mortirolo on Tuesday afternoon, he still had more than five miles of infinity to cover before the summit. A man could win – or lose – an eternity in that time. It certainly seemed that way when Nibali immediately gained 10 seconds over the pink jersey group and when Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) was distanced shortly afterwards.The longer the interminable ascent drew on, however, the clearer it became that Nibali's advantage was hitting…

Primoz Roglic: The Giro d'Italia is not finished

Primoz Roglic endured his most difficult day at the Giro d'Italia on stage 16, losing contact with his overall rivals on the steep slopes of the Mortirolo. Suffering in the cold and rain, the Slovenian lost 1:22 to Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) at the finish in Ponte di Legno.Roglic is now 2:09 down on race leader Carapaz and dropped to third overall, 22 seconds behind Nibali. But after warming up with a long spell on the rollers post-stage and a long hot shower on the Jumbo-Visma bus, Roglic managed to smile despite his overall hopes at the Giro d'Italia taking a serious hit."It was very hard, there's not much to say. It was also cold at the end, it was just a really, really hard day," Roglic said, the scars from his Como crash still evident on his cheek.ADVERTISEMENT
Roglic was unable to hold the pace when Vincenzo Nibali accelerated early on the 11.8km long, average 10.9 per cent grade Mortirolo. Nibali, Carapaz and a select fe…

Giro d'Italia stage 16 highlights - Video

Although snow forced the removal of the Passo Gavia from the Giro d'Italia's queen stage on Tuesday, the climb up the Passo Mortirolo provided plenty of drama for the general classification during stage 16. Two riders emerged from the major breakaway of the day to fight for the stage win, while behind them the fight for the general classification once again ignited fireworks.Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone took the stage win in a two-up sprint from Astana's Jan Hirt, while Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) completed the podium alone 1:20 later.It was the general classification battle that lit up the stage, however, as pre-race favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) struggled on the big climb and lost more time to race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), who once again went on the attack.ADVERTISEMENT
Nibali couldn't shake Carapaz, however, and the surprise race leader still has 1:47 over the two-time Giro champion. Rogli…

Giro d'Italia stage 16 finish line quotes

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) - stage 16 winner"I've been waiting for this second stage win for two years now. So I yelled with joy on the finishing line because it's been a complicated day with lots of rain and cold. Jan Hirt didn't want to cooperate so it's been a bit nervous between us but at the end I'm happy with everything."Richard Carapaz (Movistar) - race leader"The truth is that it's been a very complicated day, especially because of the weather conditions and the climbs. But as a team we've worked very well for Mikel Landa and myself. It's another good day in terms of time gained on GC."Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott)"I think I just sat behind Simon [Yates] for the whole of the Mortirolo, on a steep climb like that, there's not much you can do if you don't ride at your own pace. So I just sat there behind him hoping I could get to the top with him over the other side. I got to the top with him but was dropp…