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Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

Chris Froome happened today.

Quote of the day

That has to hurt.

Story of the day: How Chris Froome schooled the Giro

The reactions after the stage were consistent: flabbergast, many uses of the word “unbelievable,” a general stunned feeling. Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia was one of the most incredible rides we’ve seen in the last decade.

It contained four categorized climbs, and was the perfect playground for Chris Froome’s exploit. The highest point of this Giro, the Colle delle Finestre, came midway through the stage, followed by Colle Sestriere and then finishing on the short, steep climb up the Monte Jafferau.

Our full race report can be found here to see how it all went down.

Winners and losers

Simon Yates: Lose. He lost over 38 minutes.
Tom Dumoulin: Draw. He swapped one leader for another and stayed in 2nd.
Thibaut Pinot: Win. The presence of his teammate, Sebastian Reichenbach, allowed him to sit on a bit through the valleys and then attack Dumoulin on the final climb. He moves onto the podium.
Domenico Pozzovivo: Lose. Cracked. Lost more than eight minutes and dropped to 6th, off the podium.
Miguel Angel Lopez: Win. He’s now just 30 seconds off the podium.
George Bennett: Win. He’s back in the top 10, in 9th.

Aru abandons
Fabio Aru abandoned the Giro an hour into stage 19. He was 47 minutes down prior to his exit.

Mitchelton-Scott’s Backstage Pass from stage 19

Tomorrow’s Giro stage

Susa to Cervinia, 214km

The final GC day. About 130 flat kilometres lead to a triplet of category 1 climbs, the Col Tsecore, Col Saint Pantaléone, and the final rise to Cervinia.

2018 Giro d'Italia stage 20 profile

Race Radio

Hammer Series Stavanger kicks off
The Hammer Series is back. The unique, TV-friendly format heads to Norway for three days of points-based racing. The Climb race is on Friday, followed by the Sprint Saturday and then the Chase on Sunday. Points are acquired throughout the first two stages and determined the start order in the Chase event, which is a sort of team time trial pursuit in which the first team across the finish line wins.

That results in some interesting finishes, like this insane TT-bike sprint last year:

Tayler Wiles at the Tour of California

The video with Taylor Wiles after her impressive 2nd place at TOC has some wonderful insight into an impressive rider.

Tech news

Shimano goes 12-speed, adds 51-tooth cassette
Shimano has finally jumped on the 1x wagon. It’s now XTR goes 12-speed and added a massive, 51-tooth cassette that will mount to a new freehub body standard.

Read the whole report here.

Shimano XTR M9120 Enduro !2-speed groupset

BMC announces technological partnership wth Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Now this is an interesting one.

BMC has embarked on a new partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies — the same folks behind the eponymous Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team and Aston Martin’s incredible Valkyrie hypercar.

Details are vague at the moment, but if only based on recent sightings at the Giro d’Italia and a sketch on the Red Bull Advanced Technologies web site, it seems the first fruit of this pairing will be a relaunch of BMC’s aging time trial platform. What else comes about from the cooperation is yet to be seen, but it certainly seems safe to say that more is to come.

Fidlock-Bike adds smaller size to its neat magnetic bottle-and-cage system

You perhaps haven’t heard of Fidlock-Bike, but if you have a cycling helmet with a magnetic buckle, you’ve already been using the company’s products and don’t even realize it.

That same magnetic clasp was recently incorporated into a novel bottle-and-cage system called Bottle Twist, and unlike other low-profile designs we’ve seen in the past, this one won’t eject bottles on the slightest of road imperfections.

More information can be found at

Registration opens for upcoming PBMA technical workshops

The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association has opened up registration for three upcoming technical clinics, which will be held November 5-8 in Phoenix, Arizona; January 7-10 in Peachtree City, Georgia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania February 4-7.

CyclingTips US technical editor James Huang attended a PBMA technical workshop that was held in Denver, Colorado a few months ago, and it certainly seems like a worthwhile experience.

For more information, and to register, visit

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