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Kasia Niewiadoma leads the Giro Rosa after her Canyon-SRAM team wins the opening team time trial, Jack Bobridge sentenced on drug charges, Chris Froome leaves the hospital. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Canyon-SRAM wins the opening TTT at the Giro Rosa
Kasia Niewiadoma leads the Giro Rosa after her Canyon-SRAM team took a convincing victory in the opening time trial, topping Bigla and CCC-Liv.
The rolling 18-kilometer TTT from Cassano Spinola to Castellania saw some squads split up over the course of the journey, particularly in the early goings.
Bigla, rolling down the start ramp midway through the race, took control of the hot seat with a time of 32:05 that withstood several challenges until a well-marshaled Canyon-SRAM team bossed the course for a time of 31:41.
Of those that followed, CCC-Liv came closest to Canyon-SRAM’s time but was still a distant third on the day at 32:26. Mitchelton-Scott, the team of defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten, and Boels Dolmans were the last two teams across the line, setting the fourth and fifth best times.
Niewiadoma will take the race leader’s jersey and a significant advantage over her GC rivals into stage 2, a 78.3-kilometer stage in and around Viù that finishes on a false flat.
Stage 1 results
1 Canyon SRAM Racing 0:31:41
2 Bigla Pro Cycling 0:32:05
3 CCC – Liv 0:32:26
4 Mitchelton-Scott 0:32:34
5 Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team 0:32:45
6 Trek-Segafredo Women 0:32:48
7 Team Sunweb 0:33:01
8 Movistar Team 0:33:22
9 Team Virtu Cycling 0:33:26
10 WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling 0:33:31
11 Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:33:48
12 BTC City Ljubljana 0:33:51
13 Bepink 0:33:54
14 Valcar Cylance Cycling 0:34:16
15 Alé Cipollini 0:34:17
16 Parkhotel Valkenburg 0:34:34
17 Eurotarget – Bianchi – Vittoria 0:34:43
18 FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:34:43
19 Aromitalia Vaiano 0:35:01
20 Servetto – Piumate – Beltrami TSA 0:35:25
21 Bizkaia Durango 0:35:55
22 Cogeas – Mettler Pro Cycling Team 0:36:40
23 Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:36:49
24 Conceria Zabri-Fanini 0:37:28
Egan Bernal (Ineos) went from breaking his collarbone this spring to heading to the Tour de France as a pre-race favorite, which is pretty impressive. Maybe it’s been helpful to have a training partner like Tao Geoghegan Hart, who joined the broken collarbone club himself in May.
Froome home from hospital
While his Ineos teammates are gearing up for the Tour, Chris Froome continues to recover from the injuries he sustained crashing during his recon of the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial. Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford shared good news regarding Froome’s road back to health while talking to media at the Tour de France.
“He left hospital yesterday and was transferred home,” Brailsford said. “It’s a big step for him. He’s managed to put his feet on the floor for the first time in quite a long time.”
All told, Froome spent around three weeks in the hospital.
“The guys here have been to visit him and they think that he’s in remarkable spirits for the situation that he’s found himself in,” Brailsford said. “He’s adjusted to it.”
Bobridge sentenced on drug charges
Former track and road pro Jack Bobridge has been sentenced to more than four years in prison on drug charges.
The 29-year-old Australian was convicted of dealing ecstasy in Perth.
During his racing career, Bobridge rode to two Olympic silver medals on the track and two Australian national titles, a Tour Down Under stage win, and an Eneco Tour stage win on the road. He retired in 2016 at the age of 27.
He has now been sentenced to four years, six months in prison, with a possibility of parole after two and a half years.
Coming Up at the Tour
The Tour de France is almost here. Racing gets underway on Saturday with a 194.5-kilometer stage 1 that sets out from Brussels and loops through parts of both Flanders and Wallonia before returning to Brussels.
With no huge climbs on the rolling parcours, stage 1 should be a good one for the sprinters, so keep an eye on the likes of Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Bianchi’s Infinito XE: Gran fondo machine
An extension to the Infinito family, the Bianchi Infinito XE utilizes a carbon mold that is claimed by Bianchi to have qualities similar to the Infinito CV, the top model in the Infinito family, but for a cheaper price. For a 105 Disc with Fulcrum 918 wheels, Reparto Corse aluminum components, and a Selle Royal SR Asphalt GF saddle, the cost is €2,849, and an Ultegra disc with the same components costs €3,199.
The Infinito XE is designed to handle long distance endurance rides, while enduring the stress of one-day classics. In a press release, Bianchi stated, “it also proved to be the ideal gran fondo machine.” With the expected attention to aesthetics, Bianchi kept hydraulic cable routing internal, is both mechanically and electronically compatible, while the alloy seat post gives an integrated look. The Infinito XE also can accommodate tires up to 700×32.
Frames are available in sizes 47, 50, 53, 55, 57, 59 and 61cm and has a claimed frame weight of 1,100 grams and the fork at 420 grams.
Fulcrum’s new “multi-purpose” aero wheel
Fulcrum has launched their new aero Wind wheels in a widened 40 DB (disc brake), Wind 55 DB, and 40 C (rim brake) profile. The introduction of the wider wheels is intended to push ride versatility, allowing for a more comfortable range of tire widths, at an affordable cost for carbon. The wheels fit tires up to 28mm, and can also be used with 23mm, being Fulcrum’s multi-purpose choice, and cost €1226.99/£1099.99.
Fulcrum’s new Wind wheels have a 19mm-wide inner channel, giving it a 27mm external width, which uses its 2-Way Fit design, for both clincher or tubeless, and they feature 24 straight pull spokes with an aluminum hub. The 40 DB and 55 DB are available with AFS discs using Centerlock rotor mounts with HH12-100mm thru axles on the front and HH12-142mm on the rear. All options for the freewheel body are available, including Shimano HG11, XDr, and Campy.
Swiss Side measures pressure with Ineos
Swiss Side’s use of pressure rakes to measure the pressure field behind the rider has made another appearance, this time with Team Ineos.
Giant revives Cadex
Giant is bringing back the Cadex brand, albeit in a different form from its early days as a carbon road bike. Giant is re-dedicating the name to high-end components, launching several new products in the run-up to the Tour de France.
Among the new Cadex offerings are a wheel system, saddle, and tires.
Dave Rome has the details—click here for more on the revived Cadex.
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Feature Image: Canyon-SRAM en route to the stage 1 win at the Giro Rosa. Photo: Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2019