Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:
Yates vs Dumoulin showdown, race leader wins again at Giro, Froome goes south again, Groenewegen wins in Norway plus more…
Quote of the day
“Sometimes I day dream about a cool victory salute I could trademark. It was never this, mostly because impossible to do those moves again” – Toms Skujinš explains himself on Twitter following a memorable finish on stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California.
Yates vs Dumoulin showdown becoming more likely
One is a time trialist who can climb better than most. The other is a climber who has proven, in this Giro at least, to be no slouch against the clock. After stage 11, the prospect of a Tom Dumoulin vs Simon Yates showdown in the final week of the Giro has become more likely, with the duo taking the first two places into Osimo.
Yates struck out early on the final climb, trying to eke out as much time as possible and to thus pad his advantage prior to the 34.2 kilometre stage 16 TT. However, although he won the stage, and although he also took a time bonus in doing so, his gains over the defending Giro champion were less than he hoped.
Dumoulin floored it all the way to the line and finished a mere two seconds back. After the time bonuses were applied, he ended the day just 47 seconds down. Yates has a solid-enough lead for now, but he was quick to admit that he needs quite a bit more time if he is to win the race.
The Giro is just over halfway through, and there’s an increasing prospect of a nail-biting tussle all the way to Rome.
Rough calculations (excluding any context regarding what position they were on GC, or what motivation the may have had).
But this suggests Dumoulin will take about 90 seconds back from Yates in the 34.2km TT on Stage 16 pic.twitter.com/3Zk5SvstQt
— Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton) May 16, 2018
Dispatches from the Giro d’Italia
Yates reinforces GC lead with victory on stage 11 of Giro d’Italia
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) tightened his grip on the pink jersey with a second stage victory at the Giro on Wednesday, hitting the line alone in Osimo. Yates was strongest on the final ramps to the line, striking out over a kilometre from the finish and then holding his gap over the hard-chasing Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).
Dumoulin finished two seconds back, with Davide Formolo a further three seconds down in third. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) all dropped eight seconds, with Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) at 18. Chris Froome (Team Sky) cracked again and conceded 42 seconds.
“We decided before the stage that we wouldn’t chase because normally on such a finale there are faster guys like Tim Wellens,” said Yates, speaking about the stage honours. “Other teams did that for the stage win. The plan was that if it came back I would, of course, try. I’m glad to getting more time on Tom Dumoulin. He was chasing me and he looked better than other days on steep finishes. He’s getting better as the race goes on.”
Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing Team) Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli) were strongest of the day’s five breakaway riders, but were caught with just under five kilometres to go to the finish in Osimo. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) then attacked and was joined by Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), who later pushed on alone in an unsuccessful bid for the stage win.
Yates’s stage win and time bonus now sees him 47 seconds ahead of Dumoulin and one minute four seconds up on Pinot.
Simon Yates, race leader:
About his attack: “That is because I need more time. Because these stages are quite explosive, I can gain a second or two here on Tom [Dumoulin]. He is a bit more of a steady climber. He is extremely hard to drop, but these are the stages where I can get a bit of time. It might actually be a bit harder once we get to the longer climbs. We will keep trying. I am happy that I can do at least a little bit today. We will keep trying.”
Tom Dumoulin, second overall:
“I wasn’t good enough for the win but I’m super satisfied. The legs were a bit painful at the beginning but I think everyone had that after yesterday. As the stage progressed I felt much better. I tried to follow Yates but I couldn’t close the gap and stayed at the same distance, I can’t blame myself. I am feeling very good, this is my best result since Jerusalem and my best feeling so far. This coming weekend is going to be super hard and I will give my best to defend this position. It’s still a long way until Rome.”
Poll: Most surprising thing to happen on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia?
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— CyclingTips (@cyclingtips) May 16, 2018
Froome bleeds more time as Giro GC hopes dim further
Chris Froome spoke earlier this week about his hopes to start fighting back in the Giro d’Italia, but instead he found himself heading south yet again as the pace ramped up on stage 11 of the race. He finished 42 seconds behind stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
“It was a tough day, it wasn’t as long as yesterday, but after yesterday’s stage it was another pretty brutal finish,” the Briton told Eurosport. “I’m definitely not going to lie, it took a whack out of me that crash before the start in Jerusalem and in this game if you’re not at your absolute best there’s nowhere to hide. You can’t really hide [from injuries] and if you do you can’t hide it for long. I feel as if I’ve been progressing throughout the race, still just chipping away and hoping to do the best I can.”
Froome slid from 10th to 12th and is now a considerable three minutes 20 seconds back. “I’m going to keep fighting,” he insisted. “It’s good to get this racing in the legs as I’ve not done much racing this year, so it’s good to get the racing in.
“I certainly haven’t given up hope. We saw yesterday for Esteban (Chaves) how quickly this race can change for any one of those GC riders. I’m going to keep plugging away, I’m motivated, the team’s motivated and we’re going to do as much as we can.”
Tomorrow’s Giro stage
Following some tougher stages, the 214 kilometre 12th stage from Osimo to Imola looks tailor-made for the sprinters. But fear not! The breakaway specialists will do their utmost to deny a procession for Elia Viviani, Sam Bennett and the other final-kilometre specialists.
Van Garderen takes Tour of California lead with ITT win
The Amgen Tour of California just got interesting. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) wound back the clock to win the stage 4 ITT, taking enough time in the process to move into the overall lead. Stage 2 winner and overnight leader Egan Bernal (Sky) finished 1:23 behind Van Garderen, but remains in second overall.
The race is now intriguingly poised in the lead-up to the uphill finish on stage 6. Bernal will need to pull back 24 seconds on the day to move back into yellow, which mightn’t sound tough — he put 50 seconds into Van Garderen on stage 2 — but stage 6 doesn’t have quite the same climb-to-the-line finish as stage 2. Instead there’s a 12km climb, a few kilometres of descending, and then a 1.7km ramp to the line.
As well as stage 6, there’s also tomorrow’s stage 5 and Saturday’s stage 7, both of which are likely to end in sprints. An exciting few days of racing ahead.
Groenewegen wins stage one of the Tour of Norway
Dylan Groenewegen took his sixth victory of the season on Wednesday, winning stage 1 of the Tour of Norway in a bunch gallop. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider, who won the final stage of the 2017 Tour de France, beat Sondre Holst Enger (Israel Cycling Academy), Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi – Murias) and the rest of the main field into Horten after 186 kilometres of racing.
Vos on the way back
It looks like Marianne Vos is well on track for a return to racing in the second half of the season after her crash at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. With recovery from the broken collar bone going well it’s time to head for the mountains.
From an intense & joyful week at home to the serenity of altitude at the Sierra Nevada. Life can be full of contrasts, but it 's nice to have this variety. The recovery after I fractured my collarbone in Liege-Bastogne-Liege went well and three weeks later I don't feel much impediment anymore. Last week I've enjoyed the Marianne Vos Festival in my home area. It's great to see so many different people on the bike; all ages, levels and backgrounds. Now I'm preparing myself for the second part of the road season with a three week altitude camp. Let's see what it brings! #RideWithPassion
In California, two teams are pursuing sponsors as well as wins
At the Amgen Tour of California, some teams are searching for more than just wins — they’re searching for title sponsors.
Two American teams at the race, BMC Racing and UnitedHealthcare, will not be wearing their current title sponsors’ logos in 2019. And they’re using the biggest race in the United States to entertain, educate, and entice potential sponsors to come aboard.
See more about that here.
This year’s Giro d’Italia has been mostly dry so far, with the exception of a very wet Stage 8, where some riders perhaps could have benefitted from VeloToze’s totally waterproof latex rubber shoe covers — basically like surgical gloves for your feet. The company recently announced a new MTB version, made with hardier materials and bigger cutouts on the bottom for treaded shoes. Retail price is US$20.
VeloToze has also added a range of cycling socks, with a claimed 12-16 mmHg of “active compression… designed to help manage blood flow to your feet while you ride.” Meanwhile, Coolmax construction promises to keep your feet dry when riding in hot weather; there’s also a Merino wool version for cooler days. Retail price is US$18-20 per pair.
The new MTB shoe covers seem like they could actually work well for cyclocross season, and the “active compression” socks seem like… potentially just nice socks. Either way, we’ve got some inbound to try, and you can find more information at velotoze.com.
Riders who frequently travel with their bikes might find more interest in the new Transfer Case from Post Carry Co. The compact soft-sided travel case sports a rhomboid-ish shape — similar to the Orucase we reviewed in 2016 — and likewise, requires users to remove the fork to fit the compact size.
Unlike the Orucase, though, the entire side of the Transfer Case opens up for easier loading and unloading, and a pair of handy wheels allows you to conveniently roll the thing around (or carry with the built-in hidden backpack straps). A set of padding is included, too, and thanks to overseas construction (the Transfer case is made in Vietnam; the Orucase is made in the United States), Post Carry Co. will be able to sell the Transfer for a reasonable US$399. More information on the Transfer can be found at postcarry.co, (and you can also buy the Orucase on the CyclingTips Emporium).
3D-printing just got a lot larger and faster
Those of you that pay attention to manufacturing methods in the bike industry will already be aware that 3D-printing is being used to create various small components and complex fittings for frames. However, additive manufacturing has always been limited by the size of the “printer” as well as the speed of the process, but that’s about to change with the opening of a new manufacturing facility by Titomic in Melbourne yesterday, which boasts the “world’s largest metal 3D printer”.
With a working area measuring 9m x 3m x 1.5m, the new printer employs a particle spraying method developed by the CSIRO that will allow a seamless titanium frame to be created in just 25min. Peter Teschner, one of Australia’s highly regarded framebuilders, is the head of Titomic’s bicycle division, and is already working with Trek on a project using the facility’s capabilities.
The key to the new technology, which was originally developed for delivering metallic coatings, is a mechanical fusion process driven by a cold gas. There is no need to melt the titanium particles to create a structure, which simplifies and speeds up the manufacturing process. It also promises to be cheaper, other metals can be introduced into the structure to improve specific properties, and according to Titomic, local mineral sands containing titanium can be used as the starting material.
— EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale (@Ride_Argyle) May 16, 2018
Here’s more from Phinney, specifically some music he’s created. He’s not just a bike rider/artist!
This is a music video starring Taylor Phinney with music by @taylorphinney . He shared this with us after shooting an interview with him in Belgium two nights before he scorched Paris Roubaix. The interview and more music from Taylor is TOTES forthcoming, please consider this a trailer for that. Meanwhile here is some feels from the start of the 2018 ATOK. ***This movie was made on the PCH in a Nissan Rogue One between Malibu and Oxnard. #performancejournalism Also, it looks like Taylor and I are having words buuuuut really we’re just talking about “which soigneur” commissioned us to shoot a portrait series with him. More on that later. Super funny story. ???????????? @soigneurs ???? @justinbalog
Bigwood Enduro 2018
Sit down and belt up for the full 13mins 30.93 secs of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup. Round 2 in Bigwood was something special this year.
Happy birthday to…
Australia’s Milan-San Remo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans, who was born on this day in 1980.