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Arnaud Démare gets his first win of 2019 in the Giro d’Italia’s 10th stage, the pro riders’ union wants to establish a minimum distance for vehicles in races, heavy snowfall on the Gavia could put stage 16 route in question. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Démare sprints to Giro stage 10 victory
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) nabbed his first career Giro d’Italia stage victory in Tuesday’s stage 10. The 27-year-old Frenchman topped Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a hectic sprint in Modena that saw a handful of riders hit the deck with a kilometer to go.
“We came to the Giro for this. I really wanted a stage win and I got it,” Démare said. “I avoided the crash because we, as a team, were very well positioned. I’m super happy.”
A pan-flat profile was always going to favor the sprinters in Giro’s 10th stage, which set out from Ravenna. The pack reeled in the early breakaway with just under 30 kilometers to go – and kept a short leash on a late attack by Fran Ventoso (CCC) – to set up the expected bunch kick, but not before a messy crash going under the flamme rouge.
A pileup a short ways back in the peloton knocked Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) out of contention, along with Jakub Mareczko (CCC) and others. Because the crash occurred inside the final three kilometers, riders that were in the peloton at the time – including the big GC names – were given the same time as the sprinters that contested the win.
Lotto-Soudal and Groupama-FDJ led out the sprint, with Démare going on the lefthand side of the road and Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan on the right inside the final 200 meters. Viviani and Selig came around Ewan, but no one could match Démare, who took his first win of 2019 at the line.
Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) finished safely to maintain his grip on the pink jersey.
The Giro d’Italia continues with a 221-kilometer stage 11 from Carpi to Novi Ligure on Wednesday.
Stage 10 results
1 DÉMARE Arnaud (Groupama – FDJ)
2 VIVIANI Elia (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
3 SELIG Rüdiger (BORA – hansgrohe)
4 EWAN Caleb (Lotto Soudal)
5 NIZZOLO Giacomo (Team Dimension Data)
6 CIMOLAI Davide (Israel Cycling Academy)
7 BELLETTI Manuel (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
8 LONARDI Giovanni (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè)
9 DE BUYST Jasper (Lotto Soudal)
10 GUARNIERI Jacopo (Groupama – FDJ)
1 CONTI Valerio (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
3 PETERS Nans (AG2R La Mondiale)
4 ROJAS José Joaquín (Movistar Team)
5 MASNADA Fausto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
6 AMADOR Andrey (Movistar Team)
7 ANTUNES Amaro (CCC Team)
8 MADOUAS Valentin (Groupama – FDJ)
9 CARBONI Giovanni (Bardiani – CSF)
10 GUARNIERI Jacopo (Groupama – FDJ)
Beauty of Cycling
With its unpredictable weather and wide variety of terrain, the Giro d’Italia always makes for brilliant photos. That’s as true as ever this year (even without any real mountain stages yet to speak of in the race).
If you haven’t already, check out the great work of Kristof Ramon …
… and Cor Vos …
… in a gallery of images from the first nine stages.
CPA wants UCI to establish minimum distance to vehicles in races
The CPA, the international pro cyclists’ union, wants a “minimum safety distance between vehicles and riders.”
The organization has released a statement denouncing the proximity of race motos to riders, a problem that has led to numerous crashes in recent years.
“The riders themselves are asking the motorcyclists, especially those from the TV, to stay at a greater distance from them, whether they are ahead in or in pursuit,” said CPA president Gianni Bugno. “We demand greater attention to this intolerable problem, which creates risks for the safety of the athletes, influences the development of the competitions and jeopardizes the real value of the athletes.”
According to the statement, the CPA will campaign to establish a minimum distance at the upcoming UCI Security Commission meeting in June.
Australian Benjamin Hill takes stage 3 in Japan
Benjamin Hill (Lubljana Gusto Santic) won stage 3 at the Tour of Japan to give Australia its second victory at the race in as many days.
The 29-year-old topped Adam Toupalík (Sauerland NRW) at the line in Inabe, with Orluis Aular (Matrix-Powertag) taking third. The win propelled Hill into the race lead ahead of fellow Australian Ayden Toovey (BridgeLane), winner of stage 2.
Heavy snowfall on the Gavia could force stage 16 route change
Snow on the Gavia Pass helped set up one of the most memorable moments in Giro history when Andy Hampsten rode into pink in 1988 – but it’s threatening to derail this year’s visit to the mountain climb, planned for stage 16.
According to Italian newspaper Il Giorno, authorities are hard at work trying to clear the roads after heavy snow accumulation. The Giro’s race director is optimistic that things will go ahead as planned, but he will have to decide by the morning of the stage, May 28, whether the event will take on the Gavia Pass or skip it. For now, officials are exploring alternate route options that could be used in case the Gavia proves unrideable.
Engin Cycles now offering standalone seat collar
American bike manufacturer Engin Cycles is offering its first stand-alone part for purchase, a seat collar.
According to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based company, the seat collar “is made to very tight tolerances to make sure when tightened to 5Nm it will hold without deforming the seat post or frame, even under the most aggressive or largest of riders.”
The collars come in a variety of color options and are designed for use with 34.9-millimeter seat tubes.
Happy Birthday to …
Mark Cavendish is 34. The Manx sprinter has had a rough go of things so far in 2019 as he looks to bounce back from a season derailed by Epstein Barr virus, but his career palmares make him one of the most accomplished sprinters in the sport’s history.
Cavendish counts 30 Tour de France stage wins to his name, along with a world road championship, a Milano-Sanremo victory, and dozens of other big victories.
In case you missed it …
Feature Image: Arnaud Démare wins stage 10 at the Giro d’Italia. Photo: LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2019