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Richard Carapaz wraps up the overall title at the Giro d’Italia as Chad Haga wins the final stage, Julian Alaphilippe extends with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Pros upset at Dirty Kanza, Easton debuts new gravel wheelset at Dirty Kanza, Alexander Kristoff wins the Tour of Norway. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Carapaz wins the Giro d’Italia as Haga takes the final stage
Richard Carapaz (Movistar) wrapped up the overall victory at the 2019 Giro d’Italia, finishing safely in Sunday’s 21st and final stage. American Chad Haga (Sunweb) set the day’s fastest time, taking his first WorldTour win after a lengthy stint in the hot seat.
“It’s a huge emotion,” an awestruck Haga said after his win. “I’m speechless.”
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) delivered a solid ninth-place ride in the stage to seal second overall in the Giro standings, while Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) used the TT to leapfrog Mikel Landa (Movistar) onto the final step on the GC podium in Verona’s Roman arena.
The 38th starter to hit the road, Haga delivered a measured performance over the 17-kilometer course, staying strong through the largely downhill second half of his ride and taking over the hot seat from Lotto-Soudal’s Victor Campenaerts. Then, he spent more than two hours waiting and watching as the rest of the field tried to top his time of 22:07. No one could.
Campenaerts’s mark would prove second best on the day, four seconds down on Haga’s, with Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt six seconds slower for third.
Roglic, winner of the first and second time trial stages at this year’s Giro, was not much of a factor in the battle for the stage victory, but did set a stage 21 mark that was 31 seconds faster than Landa’s. That allowed the Slovenian to jump ahead of the Spaniard by eight seconds on the overall leaderboard.
Nibali’s ride was good enough for ninth place and a comfortable runner-up finish overall, while Carapaz rode a conservative TT, taking advantage of his healthy lead to wrap up the GC win with plenty of room still to spare.
Carapaz’s victory is Ecuador’s first ever in a Grand Tour.
“This is the biggest moment of my sporting life,” Carapaz said. “In this final time trial I just suffered from start to finish until I reached the Verona arena. It’s fabulous to win the Giro d’Italia.”
Stage 21 results
1 HAGA Chad (Team Sunweb)
2 CAMPENAERTS Victor (Lotto Soudal)
3 DE GENDT Thomas (Lotto Soudal)
4 CARUSO Damiano (Bahrain Merida)
5 LUDVIGSSON Tobias (Groupama – FDJ)
6 ?ERNÝ Josef (CCC Team)
7 BILBAO Pello (Astana Pro Team)
8 CATTANEO Mattia (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
9 NIBALI Vincenzo (Bahrain Merida)
10 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
1 CARAPAZ Richard (Movistar Team)
2 NIBALI Vincenzo (Bahrain Merida)
3 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
4 LANDA Mikel (Movistar Team)
5 MOLLEMA Bauke (Trek – Segafredo)
6 MAJKA Rafal (BORA – hansgrohe)
7 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
8 YATES Simon (Mitchelton-Scott)
9 SIVAKOV Pavel (Team INEOS)
10 ZAKARIN Ilnur (Team Katusha Alpecin)
Viewers of British Eurosport have been treated to some fine analysis and even finer fashion thanks to Lotto Soudal’s Adam Blythe during this Giro d’Italia.
Israel Cycling Academy, meanwhile, has enjoyed some fine musical accompaniment this Giro thanks to Guy Sagiv. What better way to wind down from a tough Grand Tour stage than with a little Beethoven?
Pros upset at Dirty Kanza
Colin Strickland (Meteor X Giordana Racing) upset the favourites to win Saturday’s Dirty Kanza 200 men’s race with 95-mile (152km) solo breakaway and set a new course record with a finishing time of 9:58:49.
It does beg the question however – what’s better for top class WorldTour pros in a race like this? Beating the amateurs? Or taking the win for themselves?
Men’s top 10
Colin Strickland, 9:58:49
Peter Stetina, 10:07:54
Alex Howes, 10:18:36
Lachlan Morton, 10:18:36
Payson McElveen, 10:35:29
Kiel Reijnen, 10:38:40
Joshua Berry, 10:38:40
Ted King, 10:38:40
Noah Granigan, 10:52:53
Brandon Brinker, 11:00:31
Amity Rockwell (Easton Overland) won the women’s race with a time of 11:59:53, battling it out against 2017 champion Alison Tetrick (Specialized) inside the final 25 miles (40km).
Women’s top 10
Amity Rockwell, 11:59:53
Alison Tetrick, 12:16:18
Sarah Max, 12:29:24
Kae Takeshita, 12:42:18
Olivia Dillon, 12:57:25
Amanda Nauman, 13:02:13
Amy Charity, 13:08:22
Judah Sencenbaugh, 13:19:02
Sarah Swallow, 13:22:47
Vicki Barclay, 13:32:21
Alaphilippe extends with Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Deceuninck-Quick-Step has secured one of its biggest stars for a further two seasons. Julian Alaphilippe, the reigning Milano-Sanremo champion and winner of numerous other major races over the past few seasons, signed a two-year extension. He will ride on with the Belgian WorldTour squad through the 2021 season, putting to bed months of speculation that he might move on after receiving hefty offers from other squads.
“This is the team which gave me the chance to turn pro six years ago and where I feel at home,” Alaphilippe said. “It’s my second family and I am very grateful for all the support I have received over the years as part of the amazing Wolfpack. I had also other offers, but my priority was always to ink a new deal with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, because this squad has a unique spirit and winning mentality which make up for a perfect environment to develop.”
After a short break following his impressive Classics campaign, the 26-year-old Frenchman will be back in action for the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné.
Danish junior dies after being hit by car during race
Danish junior rider Andreas Byskov Sarbo died after he was hit by a car while racing in the Tour de Himmelfart. The car had found its way onto the course during Friday’s stage 3 time trial.
The 18-year-old was a promising up-and-comer, recently winning a stage at the Course de la Paix Juniors.
“It is with the greatest sorrow that we have received the message that Andreas Byskov Sarbo has passed away today. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to Andreas’s family and friends – no words can express the pain of their unbearable loss,” read a statement from the Danish cycling federation.
“We will forever remember Andreas as the warm and happy young man that he was, and we will always have him in our hearts. Let us respect Andreas’s memory.”
Kristoff wins the Tour of Norway
Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) took the overall title at the Tour of Norway, riding into the lead with a stage 5 victory and holding on atop the general classification through the sixth and final stage.
Kristoffer Halvorsen (Ineos) won stage six ahead of Cees Bol (Sunweb) and Kristoff to move up to second overall in the final standings, with Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) rounding out the GC podium.
Martinelli: Spectator deserved López aggression
Count Astana sports director Giuseppe Martinelli among those in Miguel Ángel López’s corner after the Colombian took a few swipes at the spectator who knocked him off his bike in the Giro’s 20th stage.
“I’m only sorry that he didn’t give the spectator some more punishment, he deserved it for what he did,” Martinelli said after the incident, according to Cycling Weekly.
López was not sanctioned for hitting the spectator, a decision Martinelli agreed with.
“Some kind of punishment would be totally unfair after all, he was the one who was knocked down and lost time,” Martinelli said. “If he’s punished it’d be the end of cycling as a sport.”
Easton debuts new gravel wheelset at Dirty Kanza
Easton’s AX series of gravel-specific components grew by one wheelset today, with the announcement of their new US$799 EA90 AX wheels slotting in at the top above the less expensive EA70s.
At 1,625-grams, they’re 135-grams lighter than the EA70s, despite the aluminum rim being a touch wider and taller; 25mm versus 24mm internal width, and 21mm high compared to 20mm. The spoke count remains the same, though, with 24 straight-pull Sapim spokes laced three-cross to Easton’s Vault disc hubs. Centerlock rotors only, unless you get yourself some adapters to run six-bolt discs.
Fittingly, Easton chose the Dirty Kanza gravel race to debut the EA90 AX wheels, and some prototype wheels, with the Easton Overland and SDG Muscle Monster teams using them in competition for the first time.
Happy Birthday to …
Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos) is 29.
The 2014 world road champion and multiple Polish national champ has emerged as one of the sport’s most versatile one-day racers, with victories at Milano-Sanremo, E3, the Amstel Gold Race, and Strade Bianche among his many career achievements.
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Feature Image: Richard Carapaz with the Giro d’Italia trophy after the final stage in Verona. Photo: IB/RB/Cor Vos © 2019