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Bennett talks about a remarkable sprint sequence, Rivera triumphs in Germany, Pirelli joins the tubeless-ready road tyre market, Williams best at Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Brailsford on Froome and more

Tweet of the day

This, by triple Giro stage winner Sam Bennett, was actually tweeted out on Sunday but it’s too quirky not to share.

Story of the day: Bennett on a remarkable Giro podium sequence

Sam Bennett had already beaten many of the world’s top sprinters prior to the Giro d’Italia, but the race did something important for his career: it showed he could win stages in the very top events in the sport. Prior to the race he had not won at a Grand Tour. When it ended on Sunday in Rome, he had corrected that stat.

He triumphed on stage seven at Praia a Mare, triumphed again on stage 11 in Imola and then exited the race on a high on Sunday when he was best in Rome. On Monday Bennett assessed where his Giro put him, as a person and as a competitor.

“Of course, it is great for my confidence and for my position in the team,” he told CyclingTips. “It just meant a lot to me to be able to nail it, then nail it again and to really prove that I was fast.

“When you want to be a big sprinter, you almost have to win multiple stages in a Grand Tour. For some reason, that’s what all the big sprinters do, like Greipel, Kittel, Sagan. They win multiple ones in a Grand Tour. Even though one Grand Tour stage win can make someone’s career, it was amazing to go in and be able to be consistently there.”

Bennett was sick in the early part of last year’s Giro d’Italia, but recovered. That set off an admirable sequence and one which shows his consistency. “Since I got better [from that illness], in every sprint I’ve done in the Giro I was never outside the top three. In my last twelve sprints in a row at the Giro, I was always podium. I really like that, because it shows that I’m meant to be there, that I can be consistently there.”

Race Radio

Rivera wins stage one of Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour

Monday was an important day for Coryn Rivera, who notched up her first win of 2018 on day one of the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour. The American sprinter powered home ahead of Roxane Fournier (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5).

Taking place over seven laps of a 12.2km circuit, the race included bonuses which Rivera’s Team Sunweb targeted for Ellen Van Dijk.

“Today was an absolutely beautiful day of teamwork,” she said. “From start to finish we really came together for our goals. First with delivering Ellen to the intermediate sprints for time bonuses, making the race hard at a crucial moment, and still having full energy to do an amazing lead out towards a tough cobbled uphill finish.”

“Today the girls and I were hungry and ready, committed to the plan, and executed it to perfection. I’m really proud of what we accomplished and grateful for the girls’ hard work in the lead out.”

Williams best at Winston-Salem Cycling Classic

Hagens Berman-Supermint rider Lily Williams proved best in Monday’s Winston-Salem Cycling Classic in North Carolina, beating Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Diana Penuela (UnitedHealthcare) to the line.

Candians Kristi Lay (Rally Cycling Women) and Alison Jackson (Team Tibco-SVB) were next, with the Brazilian Flavia Oliveira sixth.

Brailsford: The Giro is the best performance of Froome’s career

Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford has hailed the Giro d’Italia victory of Chris Froome, saying that he believes it represents a high water mark for the rider.

“I think it’s probably the best performance of his career,” he told Eurosport. “We all know that those exceptional adventures in sport – they don’t always come off. There are very few people who put it all on the line and try something like that, and rarely does it come off, but when it does it’s epic. I think that’s what we saw here.

“He’s experienced, he’s calmer than he was when he was younger. He knew he was biding his time while everyone was writing him off. He was having a tough time, let’s not deny that, but the calmness, experience and the confidence that he was going to come good was, I think, the thing that decided the race.”

Froome’s next big aim is the Tour de France, although his participation is not yet assured. He provided a urine sample with double the maximum permitted level of Salbutamol during the Vuelta a España, and is facing an ongoing investigation.

Scotson and Brown strong in U23 Paris-Roubaix

Young riders Callum Scotson of Australia and Jonathan Brown of the USA showed their promise with strong performances in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, with both landing top ten results. Mitchelton-BikeExchange’s Scotson was fifth, 21 seconds behind the winner Stan Dewulf, while Brown was three minutes and five seconds back in seventh.

“The race was really good,” said Scotson. “My legs didn’t feel amazing to begin with and it was a hard and crazy start but then as I got further through I felt better and better. People were getting tired so I knew I needed to make a move with about 50 kilometres to go.”

“A few of us got across to the front guys and then it was a race between about six of us in the end. I was right there on the last hard section but just a bit unfortunate and ended up about 30metres behind at the end of the last cobble section. I tried hard to get back to the front three but didn’t quite have the legs.”

As the name suggests, the race is the Paris-Roubaix for young riders and can act as an indicator for those who will shine in the professional event.

See the full results here.

Tech news

Pirelli goes tubeless-ready with a “multi-purpose” tyre

Pirelli are joining the road tubeless-ready game with their new Cinturato Velo tyre. Pitched as a multi-purpose road tyre, Pirelli claim it’s good for just about anything, but point toward it being best suited as an endurance tyre capable of handling some light gravel. With a 127tpi casing and Pirelli’s Silica-infused rubber compound, the tyre also features Pirelli’s new Armour Tech (patent pending) puncture protection, which combines a bead-to-bead nylon belt with an aramid belt beneath the tread.

The Cinturato Velo is available in 26, 28, 32 and 35c sizes. Visit Pirelli for more information.

Moving pictures

Giro d’Italia 2018 – Best Of

A look back at some of the key moments from the Giro.

Tom Dumoulin – Post-race interview from Giro d’Italia

Dutchman analyses second overall in race. “I knew I should be happy and proud with this result.”

Tejay Van Garderen: How to Stay in the Race

The American rider talks about his 2017 Giro d’Italia and why perseverance is vital in cycling.

Happy birthday to…

Rohan Dennis, the Australian rider who took a stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia, and who has also won a stage in the Tour de France, the Santos Tour Down Under and the USA Pro Challenge. Also to Michael Boogerd, former Amstel Gold Race champion and double Tour de France stage winner.

Today’s feature image shows Team Quickstep Floors in front of Rome’s Colosseum at the Giro d’Italia, and was taken by Kristof Ramon

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