Roglic nabs Giro stage 9, Pogacar wins California overall: Daily News Digest

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

Primoz Roglic wins another Giro d’Italia time trial, Tadej Pogacar and Anna van der Breggen wrap up the overall titles at the Tour of California, a fighter jet crashes into Sidi’s California warehouse. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Roglic wins stage 9 at the Giro d’Italia

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) took his second win so far at this year’s Giro d’Italia in Sunday’s stage 9 time trial.

Unfazed by wet conditions and taking advantage of a mostly uphill final stretch to the course, the 29-year-old Slovenian finished the 34.8-kilometer ride from Riccione to San Marino on a time of 51:52, besting runner-up Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) by 11 seconds. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was third on the day, one minute down on Roglic.

Primoz Roglic en route to victory in stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: DB/RB/Cor Vos © 2019

While Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) remains in pink, Roglic’s big ride further cemented his position as the GC contender to beat in this year’s Giro—particularly with rivals like Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Miguel Ángel López (Astana) shipping more than three minutes in the TT.

“It’s a perfect performance in my mind,” Roglic said. “I took it easy at the beginning and I gave it all at the end. It’s nice to take some time over the other GC favorites but the Giro is far from over.”

Despite a slow bike change before the final climb and a late chain drop, it was Campenaerts who spent most of the stage in the provisional lead after delivering a blistering time in the early goings. No one came close to matching the Belgian for more than two hours, with some GC hopefuls struggling on the course.

Roglic was not among them. He paced his effort well, rolling through the second intermediate time check with the third best mark but flying up the ascent to the line to finally knock Campenaerts out of the hot seat.

Roglic now sits 1:50 behind Conti on the overall leaderboard. That puts him 1:44 ahead of Nibali, 3:46 ahead of Yates, and 4:29 ahead of López.

Those who struggled in Sunday’s TT can at least look forward to a day off on Monday. The Giro continues Tuesday with a sprinter-friendly stage 10, 145 kilometers from Ravenna to Modena.

Stage 9 results

1 ROGLIC Primož (Team Jumbo-Visma)
2 CAMPENAERTS Victor (Lotto Soudal)
3 MOLLEMA Bauke (Trek – Segafredo)
4 NIBALI Vincenzo (Bahrain Merida)
5 KANGERT Tanel (EF Education First)
6 HAGA Chad (Team Sunweb)
7 JUNGELS Bob (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
8 CARTHY Hugh (EF Education First)
9 BILBAO Pello (Astana Pro Team)
10 CATTANEO Mattia (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)


1 CONTI Valerio (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 ROGLIC Primož (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 BILBAO Pello (Astana Pro Team)

Moving Pictures

The Amgen Tour of California peloton faced a tough road to the line on Friday’s queen stage at Mount Baldy, but at least they could pay a visit to Phil Gaimon’s cookie corner on the way up.

Gaimon’s former teammate Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) had a bit of fun as he rolled by…

… as did Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin).

Race Radio

Pogcar wins the Tour of California, Bol takes final stage

Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) won the general classification at the Amgen Tour of California, entering the California record books as the youngest overall winner in the history of the race.

Tour of California winner Tadej Pogacar flanked by runner-up Sergio Higuita and third-placed Kasper Asgreen. Photo: Brian Hodes/Cor Vos © 2019

The 20-year-old stormed to the lead with a stage 6 victory ahead of Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) on Mount Baldy, and stayed safe through stage 7 to wrap up the title. Higuita took runner-up honors, with Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) rounding out the overall podium.

“This race was my main goal this year,” Pogacar said. “I knew that I was well prepared, but I surprised myself a bit that I took the overall win.”

Saturday’s finale gave the sprinters one final shot at a stage victory. Cees Bol (Sunweb) made the most of it. After 141 kilometers of racing from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, the Dutchman out-kicked Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) to snag the stage 7 win.

Cees Bol wins stage 7 at the Tour of California. Photo: Brian Hodes/Cor Vos © 2019

Stage 7 results

1 BOL Cees (Team Sunweb)
2 SAGAN Peter (BORA – hansgrohe)
3 PHILIPSEN Jasper (UAE-Team Emirates)
4 BAUHAUS Phil (Bahrain Merida)
5 RICHEZE Maximiliano (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
6 HALVORSEN Kristoffer (Team INEOS)
7 MCCABE Travis (United States)
8 PERON Andrea (Team Novo Nordisk)
9 DEBUSSCHERE Jens (Team Katusha Alpecin)
10 ÁVILA Edwin (Israel Cycling Academy)

Final GC

1 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates)
2 HIGUITA Sergio (EF Education First)
3 ASGREEN Kasper (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
4 BENNETT George (Team Jumbo-Visma)
5 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo)
6 SPILAK Simon (Team Katusha Alpecin)
7 HANSEN Jesper (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
8 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe)
9 VAN GARDEREN Tejay (EF Education First)
10 SCHACHMANN Maximilian (BORA – hansgrohe)

Van der Breggen takes California women’s title, Balsamo wins stage 3

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) took her second overall title in three years at the women’s Tour of California. Already sporting a healthy lead at the start of Friday’s queen stage, the reigning world road champion finished second just behind teammate Katie Hall on Mount Baldy. That propelled Hall to second overall, and both riders stayed upright in the third and final stage to secure the GC one-two.

Ashleigh Moolman (CCC-Liv) took the third spot on the GC podium.

The women’s final podium at the Tour of California. Photo: Brian Hodes/Cor Vos © 2019

Italian youngster Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance) proved fastest in Saturday’s sprint finish in Pasadena, topping Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) to snag the final stage victory.

Stage 3 results

1 BALSAMO Elisa (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
2 SIERRA Arlenis (Astana Womens Team)
3 GANZAR Leigh Ann (Hagens Berman / Supermint Pro Cycling Team)
4 DYGERT Chloe (Sho – Air TWENTY20)
5 KIRCHMANN Leah (Team Sunweb)
6 KLEIN Lisa (Canyon SRAM Racing)
7 DEIGNAN Elizabeth (Trek-Segafredo Women)
8 CHAPMAN Brodie (Team TIBCO – SVB)
9 GUDERZO Tatiana (Bepink)
10 BERGEN Sara (Rally UHC Cycling Women)

Final GC

1 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
2 HALL Katie (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
3 MOOLMAN Ashleigh (CCC – Liv)
4 KOPPENBURG Clara (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling)
5 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Canyon SRAM Racing)
6 CHAPMAN Brodie (Team TIBCO – SVB)
7 DOEBEL-HICKOK Kristabel (Rally UHC Cycling Women)
8 SHAPIRA Omer (Canyon SRAM Racing)
9 GRANT Emma (Sho – Air TWENTY20)
10 ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena (CCC – Liv)

Kuss, Tolhoek, and Bouwman extend at Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma has secured a few of its riders of the future for two more seasons. The team has announced that 24-year-old American Sepp Kuss and 25-year-old Dutchmen Antwan Tolhoek and Koen Bouwman have extended their contracts.

All three are currently racing in support of Primoz Roglic at the Giro.

Albstadt World Cup: Van der Poel wins short track, Flückiger takes XC, Courtney wins both

Mathieu van der Poel’s 2019 mountain bike campaign got off to a fine start. The Dutchman took the short track title in Albstadt, Germany, which hosted the mountain bike World Cup series this weekend.

Van der Poel delivered a solid ride in the cross-country race as well, although his performance was only good for second place there behind an impressive Mathias Flückiger.

On the women’s side, Kate Courtney left nothing on the table, taking both the short track and the XC victories.

Tech News

F-16 crashes into Sidi warehouse

If you happened to place an order with Sidi Cycling recently, you may find yourself waiting just a bit longer than expected for your new shoes to arrive. The company’s warehouse in California was the site of a bizarre incident on Thursday.

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Feature Image: Primoz Roglic celebrates his Giro d’Italia stage 9 win. Photo: LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2019

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