Simon Yates holds on to pink as Rohan Dennis wins Giro d’Italia stage 16 time trial

Dennis claims his second career Grand Tour stage win as Yates maintains 56 seconds on Tom Dumoulin overall

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) won the stage 16 time trial at the Giro d’Italia, while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) held on to his overall lead by 56 seconds.

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) had set an imperious time of 40-14 over the 34.2km course, but the German had to settle for second place ultimately with Dennis blasting fastest through both intermediate time checks and continued that to the finish with a time of 40 minutes dead.

Race leader Yates put in a very respectable time of 41-37 in his least favoured discipline, finishing 1-15 back on Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) who took third place on the stage.

The Briton will now head into the final five stages with a 56 lead over Dumoulin having led with a 2-11 gap at the start of the day, with three difficult summit finishes to come.

How it happened

With the race really waiting to hot up later in the day with the GC riders taking to the course, there were a number of time trial riders out early to try and set a time.

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) was the first to set a proper benchmark of 41-04, but with a tailwind out on the course that was unlikely to stand for very long.

Pedersen’s team-mate Ryan Mullen was the next to come close, but the Irish champion will ultimately be disappointed with his ride after suffering cramp in the final 10km and clocking a time five seconds slower than his Danish team-mate.

Not too long after the race really began to change hands between potential stage winners. First Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) came in with a decent time of 40-40 to take the lead, but that was beaten shortly after by Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo), who went 13 seconds quicker.

The Dutchman didn’t have long in the hot seat either before Dowsett’s team-mate Tony Martin came in with a new best time, with the four-time world champion clocking in at 40-14.

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), who fell well out of contention in the GC after last weekend’s mountain stages, put in an astonishing ride to finish ahead of Dowsett and temporarily on the podium with a time of 40-37.

Martin’s benchmark still comfortably withstood any challengers at this point, but things weren’t looking great for the German with Rohan Dennis taking the fastest time through both the time checks on the course.

The Australian champion was able to hold that pace to the finish, putting in a storming time of 40 minutes flat, averaging 51.3kmh throughout the ride.

It was then on to the GC riders to begin coming in. Chris Froome (Team Sky), over four minutes down on Yates, put in a decent ride to finish 35 seconds down on Dennis, pushing him to fourth overall with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) shedding over three minutes and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) well over two. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) shed more than two minutes as well, but maintains third place overall by 39 seconds over Froome.

World champion Dumoulin didn’t look to be having his best time trial, but still clocked 19 seconds down on Dennis through the second time check. Meanwhile, Simon Yates was losing time as the course went on, clocking 38 seconds down on the leader through the first time check, before dropping to 1-07 (and 48 seconds off Dumoulin) at the second check.

Yates knew he’d be losing time to Dumoulin on the stage, but still had a decent buffer to maintain his maglia rosa heading into the final kilometre of the course.

Eventually Yates crossed the line comfortably inside the time to keep pink, but heads into the final road stages of the Giro with less than a minute over Dumoulin.

The Giro d’Italia continues on Wednesday with a 155km stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo.


Giro d’Italia 2018, stage 16: Trento to Rovereto (34.2km)

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, in 40-00
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, at 14s
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 22s
4 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 27s
5 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 35s
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, at 37s
7 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin, at 40s
8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, st
9 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb, at 47s
10 David De La Cruz (Esp) Team Sky, at 1-01

Overall classification after stage 16

1 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 65-57-37
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 56s
3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 3-11
4 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 3-50
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 4-19
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 5-04
7 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team, at 5-37
8 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team, at 6-02
9 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team, at 6-07
10 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 7-01

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Check out Simon Yates’s Giro d’Italia destroying Scott RC Addict

Simon Yates’s Scott Addict has been pedalled to some amazing victories already this Giro

There is no denying that Simon Yates has been on fire during the mountain stages of the 101st Giro d’Italia and it has all been aboard his Scott Addict RC Team Edition bike.

Most notably was on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia where Yates attacked with 18km to go the finish at Sappada.

Despite leading the Giro for a few stages now Scott hasn’t provided Yates with a pink bike. We’ve heard rumours that if he gets to Rome in pink, then he’ll get the pink bike to match.

Simon Yates Scott Addict

Just incase you get the Yates brothers mixed up…

The bike itself is Scott’s lightweight bike, its climbing bike and is made from the brand’s highest grade HMC carbon fibre weighing a claimed 790g for the frame and 300g for the fork.

As you would expect the Mitchelton-Scott team prefers the lighter Addict over the aero Foil in the mountains. 

Simon Yates Scott Addict

Syncros is Scott’s own component brand

Despite being the climbing bike, Yates hasn’t forgotten about aerodynamics and uses Syncros’s integrated handlebar and stem. Although that Garmin 1030 looks rather large sitting out from the handlebar. 

I’d imagine that the Garmin was for training or pre stage amble and it looks as though a Garmin Edge 520 is used during the race.

Simon Yates Scott Addict

More Syncros stuff

Shimano is one of the main partners of the Mitchelton-Scott team and so the Scott Addict is lavished with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 – including sprint shifters – as well as mid-depth Shimano Dura-Ace C40 carbon wheels.

Simon Yates Scott Addict

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 makes changing gear easy

Yates uses the new power meter from the Japanese brand too, which is subtle and just seen within one of the spider arms of the Shimano Dura-Ace chainset.

Below you can see the full spec of Simon Yates’ Scott RC Addict Team Edition:

Frame set: Addict RC special edition
Saddle: Syncros FL 1.0
Seatpost: Syncros FL 1.0 SL
Cockpit: Syncros Addict RR1.0 SL Combo
Groupset: Dura Ace 9100 Di2
Pedals: Dura Ace PD R9100
Bartape: Syncros super light
Wheels: Shimano Dura Ace C 40
Crank: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 Powermeter

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Police officer sacked after knocking cyclist off bike with baton

Officer dismissed without notice for use of ‘inappropriate force’ before lying about his actions

A police officer has been dismissed by Thames Valley Police after he was found to have used inappropriate force when he attacked a cyclist with his baton before lying about his actions.

PC Adam Scarratt was dismissed over an incident on October 4 2017 when he attempted to stop a man riding a bike on Van Diemen’s Lane in the south of Oxford.

According to Thames Valley Police, PC Scarratt used foul language instead of asking the man to stop. When the man did not stop PC Scarratt then hit him twice with his baton, at which point he stopped before PC Scarratt hit him for a third time and caused him to fall to the ground.

Following the Scarratt then provided a statement that Thames Valley Police described as being “materially inaccurate and untrue”.

>> Police officer who claimed he wasn’t fit to work found on a cycling holiday in Mallorca

At a misconduct hearing on May 16, PC Scarratt was found to have “breached the standards of professional behaviour with regards to use of force, and also breached the standards of professional behaviour with regards to honesty and integrity”. He was dismissed from the force without notice.

“PC Scarratt’s actions fell well below the standard expected of our officers in that he used force completely inappropriately,” said Deputy Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police John Campbell.

“He then acted dishonestly as he gave an account of the incident that was not true. As such he has been dismissed from the Force without notice.”

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Giro d'Italia stage 16 time trial start times

1 Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:20:00   2 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:21:00   3 Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott 13:22:00   4 Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:23:00   5 Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:24:00   6 Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:25:00   7 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 13:26:00   8 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 13:27:00   9 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb 13:28:00   10 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:29:00   11 Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy 13:30:00   12 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:31:00   13 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo 13:32:00   14 Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:33:00   15 Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 13:34:00   16 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 13:35:00   17 Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 13:36:00   18 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 13:37:00   19 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 13:38:00   20 William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 13:39:00   21 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:40:00   22 Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 13:41:00   23 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy 13:42:00   24 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team 13:43:00   25 Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 13:44:00   26 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors 13:45:00   27 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 13:46:00   28 Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 13:47:00   29 Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:48:00   30 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 13:49:00   31 Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:50:00   32 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 13:51:00   33 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin 13:52:00   34 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 13:53:00   35 Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 13:54:00   36 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 13:55:00   37 Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:56:00   38 Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 13:57:00   39 Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 13:58:00   40 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo 13:59:00   41 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 14:00:00   42 Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 14:01:00   43 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 14:02:00   44 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 14:03:00   45 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 14:04:00   46 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 14:05:00   47 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy 14:06:00   48 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 14:07:00   49 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 14:08:00   50 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:09:00   51 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 14:10:00   52 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 14:11:00   53 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 14:12:00   54 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 14:13:00   55 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:14:00   56 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:15:00   57 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team 14:16:00   58 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 14:17:00   59 Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 14:18:00   60 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 14:19:00   61 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 14:20:00   62 Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 14:21:00   63 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:22:00   64 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 14:23:00   65 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team 14:24:00   66 Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 14:25:00   67 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 14:26:00   68 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 14:27:00   69 Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 14:28:00   70 Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy 14:29:00   71 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 14:30:00   72 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin 14:31:00   73 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 14:32:00   74 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 14:33:00   75 Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 14:34:00   76 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas 14:35:00   77 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott 14:36:00   78 Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 14:37:00   79 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 14:38:00   80 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data 14:39:00   81 Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:40:00   82 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 14:41:00   83 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 14:42:00   84 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 14:43:00   85 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 14:44:00   86 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 14:45:00   87 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 14:46:00   88 Koen Bouwman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 14:47:00   89 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy 14:48:00   90 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 14:49:00   91 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:50:00   92 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb 14:51:00   93 Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team 14:52:00   94 Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb 14:53:00   95 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 14:54:00   96 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 14:55:00   97 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky 14:56:00   98 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 14:57:00   99 Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates 14:58:00   100 Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 14:59:00   101 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky 15:00:00   102 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 15:01:00   103 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 15:02:00   104 Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 15:03:00   105 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 15:04:00   106 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 15:05:00   107 Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 15:06:00   108 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 15:07:00   109 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 15:08:00   110 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 15:09:00   111 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF 15:10:00   112 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:11:00   113 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott 15:12:00   114 François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:13:00   115 Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy 15:14:00   116 Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data 15:15:00   117 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data 15:16:00   118 Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team 15:17:00   119 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:18:00   120 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin 15:19:00   121 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 15:20:00   122 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15:21:00   123 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team 15:22:00   124 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 15:23:00   125 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo 15:24:00   126 Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 15:25:00   127 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:26:00   128 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 15:27:00   129 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 15:28:00   130 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 15:29:00   131 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 15:30:00   132 Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 15:31:00   133 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 15:32:00   134 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 15:33:00   135 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 15:34:00   136 Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ 15:35:00   137 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:36:00   138 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 15:37:00   139 Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:38:00   140 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 15:39:00   141 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott 15:40:00   142 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 15:41:00   143 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 15:42:00   144 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:43:00   145 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 15:44:00   146 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 15:45:00   147 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:48:00   148 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez 15:51:00   149 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 15:54:00   150 Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 15:57:00   151 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 16:00:00   152 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 16:03:00   153 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 16:06:00   154 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 16:09:00   155 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 16:12:00   156 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 16:15:00   157 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 16:18:00   158 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 16:21:00   159 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 16:24:00   160 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 16:27:00   161 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 16:30:00   

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 16 time trial start times

Start times for all 161 remaining riders in the Giro d’Italia’s stage 16 time trial

Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia sees the riders face a crucial 34.2km individual time trial from Trento to Rovereto, which will go a long way to deciding the overall winner of the race in Rome on Sunday.

Despite taking place in the middle of the Alps the course sticks to valley roads and is pan-flat and with few corners, so should suit a powerful pure time triallist.

With race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) looking in unbeatable climbing form, this stage looks like the only chance for Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) to gain time ahead of a mountainous final week.

>>> How much time will Tom Dumoulin take on Simon Yates in the Giro d’Italia time trial?

As time trial world champion, Dumoulin is the favourite for the stage, but will face stiff competition from specialist time triallists such as Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) who haven’t had to expend extra energy fighting for the overall.

As the last man in the GC, Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier-Triestina) will be the first man down the start ramp at 13:20 local time (12:20 BST), with the top 10 starting at three minute intervals from 16:03.

Riders to watch

8. PEDERSEN Mads (Trek-Segafredo) 13:27:00
13. MULLEN Ryan (Trek-Segafredo) 13:32:00
21. CAMPENAERTS Victor (Lotto-Soudal) 13:40:00
33. DOWSETT Alex (Katusha-Alpecin) 13:52:00
45. KIRYIENKA Vasil (Team Sky) 14:04:00
49. VAN EMDEN Jos (LottoNL-Jumbo) 14:08:00
54. MARTIN Tony (Katusha-Alpecin) 14:13:00
97. DE LA CRUZ David (Team Sky) 14:56:00
151. DENNIS Rohan (BMC Racing) 16:00:00
155. FROOME Chris (Team Sky) 16:12:00
157. LOPEZ Miguel Angel (Astana) 16:18:00
158. PINOT Thibaut (Groupama-FDJ) 16:21:00
159. POZZOVIVO Domenico (Bahrain-Merida) 16:24:00
160. DUMOULIN Tom (Team Sunweb) 16:27:00
161. YATES Simon (Mitchelton-Scott) 16:30

Giro d’Italia stage 16 individual time trial start times (all times CET)

1. FONZI Giuseppe (Wilier-Triestina) 13:20:00
2. ZHUPA Eugert (Wilier-Triestina) 13:21:00
3. TUFT Svein (Mitchelton-Scott) 13:22:00
4. COLEDAN Marco (Wilier-Triestina) 13:23:00
5. SIMION Paolo (Bardiani CSF) 13:24:00
6. BERTAZZO Liam (Wilier-Triestina) 13:25:00
7. VAN POPPEL Boy (Trek-Segafredo) 13:26:00
8. PEDERSEN Mads (Trek-Segafredo) 13:27:00
9. HOFSTEDE Lennard (Team Sunweb) 13:28:00
10. SCHILLINGER Andreas (Bora-Hansgrohe) 13:29:00
11. SAGIV Guy (Israel Cycling Academy) 13:30:00
12. DEBUSSCHERE Jens (Lotto-Soudal) 13:31:00
13. MULLEN Ryan (Trek-Segafredo) 13:32:00
14. FRISON Frederik (Lotto-Soudal) 13:33:00
15. IRIZAR Markel (Trek-Segafredo) 13:34:00
16. VIVIANI Elia (Quick-Step Floors) 13:35:00
17. DOCKER Mitchell (EF Education First-Drapac) 13:36:00
18. SABATINI Fabio (Quick-Step Floors) 13:37:00
19. VAN ASBROECK Tom (EF Education First-Drapac) 13:38:00
20. BONNET William (Groupama-FDJ) 13:39:00
21. CAMPENAERTS Victor (Lotto-Soudal) 13:40:00
22. SENECHAL Florian (Quick-Step Floors) 13:41:00
23. DEMPSTER Zakkari (Israel Cycling Academy) 13:42:00
24. ROELANDTS Jurgen (BMC Racing) 13:43:00
25. BEWLEY Sam (Mitchelton-Scott) 13:44:00
26. MORKOV Michael (Quick-Step Floors) 13:45:00
27. DRUCKER Jean-Pierre (BMC Racing) 13:46:00
28. VAN POPPEL Danny (LottoNL-Jumbo) 13:47:00
29. TURRIN Alex (Wilier-Triestina) 13:48:00
30. CURVERS Roy (Team Sunweb) 13:49:00
31. MAESTRI Mirco (Bardiani CSF) 13:50:00
32. BELKOV Maxim (Katusha-Alpecin) 13:51:00
33. DOWSETT Alex (Katusha-Alpecin) 13:52:00
34. ROY Jeremy (Groupama-FDJ) 13:53:00
35. NOVAK Domen (Bahrain-Merida) 13:54:00
36. FRAPPORTI Marco (Androni-Sidermec) 13:55:00
37. ANDREETTA Simone (Bardiani CSF) 13:56:00
38. MOSCA Jacopo (Wilier-Triestina) 13:57:00
39. KUZNETSOV Viacheslav (Katusha-Alpecin) 13:58:00
40. VAN HOECKE Gijs (LottoNL-Jumbo) 13:59:00
41. BELLETTI Manuel (Androni-Sidermec) 14:00:00
42. HAMILTON Christopher (Team Sunweb) 14:01:00
43. KNEES Christian (Team Sky) 14:02:00
44. LINDEMAN Bert-Jan (LottoNL-Jumbo) 14:03:00
45. KIRYIENKA Vasil (Team Sky) 14:04:00
46. FERNANDEZ Ruben (Movistar) 14:05:00
47. SBARAGLI Kristian (Israel Cycling Academy) 14:06:00
48. BONIFAZIO Niccolo (Bahrain-Merida) 14:07:00
49. VAN EMDEN Jos (LottoNL-Jumbo) 14:08:00
50. LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana) 14:09:00
51. BOIVIN Guillaume (Israel Cycling Academy) 14:10:00
52. PLANCKAERT Baptiste (Katusha-Alpecin) 14:11:00
53. CAVAGNA Remi (Quick-Step Floors) 14:12:00
54. MARTIN Tony (Katusha-Alpecin) 14:13:00
55. BENEDETTI Cesare (Bora-Hansgrohe) 14:14:00
56. BENNETT Sam (Bora-Hansgrohe) 14:15:00
57. SEPULVEDA Eduardo (Movistar) 14:16:00
58. BAK YTTING Lars (Lotto-Soudal) 14:17:00
59. EG Niklas (Trek-Segafredo) 14:18:00
60. BARBIN Enrico (Bardiani CSF) 14:19:00
61. LAENGEN Vegard Stake (UAE Team Emirates) 14:20:00
62. PEDRERO Antonio (Movistar) 14:21:00
63. VENTURINI Clement (Ag2r La Mondiale) 14:22:00
64. VENTER Jaco (Dimension Data) 14:23:00
65. VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco (BMC Racing) 14:24:00
66. VENDRAME Andrea (Androni-Sidermec) 14:25:00
67. GIBBONS Ryan (Dimension Data) 14:26:00
68. NIBALI Antonio (Bahrain-Merida) 14:27:00
69. MODOLO Sacha (EF Education First-Drapac) 14:28:0
70. NEILANDS Krists (Israel Cycling Academy) 14:29:00
71. LADAGNOUS Matthieu (Groupama-FDJ) 14:30:00
72. SCHMIDT Mads Wurtz (Katusha-Alpecin) 14:31:00
73. DIDIER Laurent (Trek-Segafredo) 14:32:00
74. STYBAR Zdenek (Quick-Step Floors) 14:33:00
75. MORABITO Steve (Groupama-FDJ) 14:34:00
76. QUINTANA Dayer (Movistar) 14:35:00
77. JUUL JENSEN Christopher (Mitchelton-Scott) 14:36:00
78. ROUX Anthony (Groupama-FDJ) 14:37:00
79. MARCATO Marco (UAE Team Emirates) 14:38:00
80. BERHANE Natnael (Dimension Data) 14:39:00
81. VILLELLA Davide (Astana) 14:40:00
82. JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques (UAE Team Emirates) 14:41:00
83. BALLERINI Davide (Androni-Sidermec) 14:42:00
84. CARTHY Hugh (EF Education First-Drapac) 14:43:00
85. MORI Manuele (UAE Team Emirates) 14:44:00
86. PUCCIO Salvatore (Team Sky) 14:45:00
87. VAN DER SANDE Tosh (Lotto-Soudal) 14:46:00
88. BOUWMAN Koen (LottoNL-Jumbo) 14:47:00
89. PLAZA Ruben (Israel Cycling Academy) 14:48:00
90. ARMEE Sander (Lotto-Soudal) 14:49:00
91. ZEITS Andrey (Astana) 14:50:00
92. VERVAEKE Louis (Team Sunweb) 14:51:00
93. FRANKINY Kilian (BMC Racing) 14:52:00
94. HAGA Chad (Team Sunweb) 14:53:00
95. CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott) 14:54:00
96. DE MARCHI Alessandro (BMC Racing) 14:55:00
97. DE LA CRUZ David (Team Sky) 14:56:00
98. PFINGSTEN Christoph (Bora-Hansgrohe) 14:57:00
99. ATAPUMA Darwin (UAE Team Emirates) 14:58:00
100. DENZ Nico (Ag2r La Mondiale) 14:59:00
101. ELISSONDE Kenny (Team Sky) 15:00:00
102. TORRES Rodolfo (Androni-Sidermec) 15:01:00
103. BOARO Manuele (Bahrain-Merida) 15:02:00
104. DOMBROWSKI Joseph (EF Education First-Drapac) 15:03:00
105. GAVAZZI Francesco (Androni-Sidermec) 15:04:00
106. PANTANO Jarlinson (Trek-Segafredo) 15:05:00
107. BROWN Nathan (EF Education First-Drapac) 15:06:00
108. HANSEN Adam (Lotto-Soudal) 15:07:00
109. CATTANEO Mattia (Androni-Sidermec) 15:08:00
110. CAPECCHI Eros (Quick-Step Floors) 15:09:00
111. CICCONE Giulio (Bardiani CSF) 15:10:00
112. TEN DAM Laurens (Team Sunweb) 15:11:00
113. KREUZIGER Roman (Mitchelton-Scott) 15:12:00
114. BIDARD Francois (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:13:00
115. HERMANS Ben (Israel Cycling Academy) 15:14:00
116. KING Benjamin (Dimension Data) 15:15:00
117. MEINTJES Louis (Dimension Data) 15:16:00
118. DE LA PARTE Victor (Movistar) 15:17:00
119. JAUREGUI Quentin (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:18:00
120. LAMMERTINK Maurits (Katusha-Alpecin) 15:19:00
121. VISCONTI Giovanni (Bahrain-Merida) 15:20:00
122. MONTAGUTI Matteo (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:21:00
123. HIRT Jan (Astana) 15:22:00
124. POLANC Jan (UAE Team Emirates) 15:23:00
125. BATTAGLIN Enrico (LottoNL-Jumbo) 15:24:00
126. GESINK Robert (LottoNL-Jumbo) 15:25:00
127. GROßSCHARTNER Felix (Bora-Hansgrohe) 15:26:00
128. SANCHEZ Luis Leon (Astana) 15:27:00
129. MOHORIC Matej (Bahrain-Merida) 15:28:00
130. CONTI Valerio (UAE Team Emirates 15:29:00
131. ULISSI Diego (UAE Team Emirates) 15:30:00
132. MASNADA Fausto (Androni-Sidermec) 15:31:00
133. HAIG Jack (Mitchelton-Scott) 15:32:00
134. BRAMBILLA Gianluca (Trek-Segafredo) 15:33:00
135. SCHACHMANN Maximilian (Quick-Step Floors)v 15:34:00
136. PREIDLER Georg (Groupama-FDJ) 15:35:00
137. DUPONT Hubert (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:36:00
138. REICHENBACH Sebastien (Groupama-FDJ) 15:37:00
139. CHEREL Mikael (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:38:00
140. ARU Fabio (UAE Team Emirates) 15:39:00
141. NIEVE ITURRALDE Mikel (Mitchelton-Scott) 15:40:00
142. GONCALVES José (Katusha-Alpecin) 15:41:00
143. HENAO Sergio Luis (Team Sky) 15:42:00
144. FORMOLO Davide (Bora-Hansgrohe) 15:43:00
145. WOODS Michael (EF Education First-Drapac) 15:44:00
146. POELS Wout (Team Sky) 15:45:00
147. GENIEZ Alexandre (Ag2r La Mondiale) 15:48:0
148. BETANCUR Carlos (Movistar) 15:51:00
149. OOMEN Sam (Team Sunweb) 15:54:00
150. O’CONNOR Ben (Dimension Data) 15:57:00
151. DENNIS Rohan (BMC Racing) 16:00:00
152. KONRAD Patrick (Bora-Hansgrohe) 16:03:00
153. BILBAO Pello (Astana) 16:06:00
154. BENNETT George (LottoNL-Jumbo) 16:09:00
155. FROOME Chris (Team Sky) 16:12:00
156. CARAPAZ Richard (Movistar) 16:15:00
157. LOPEZ Miguel Angel (Astana) 16:18:00
158. PINOT Thibaut (Groupama-FDJ) 16:21:00
159. POZZOVIVO Domenico (Bahrain-Merida) 16:24:00
160. DUMOULIN Tom (Team Sunweb) 16:27:00
161. YATES Simon (Mitchelton-Scott) 16:30

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Tom Dumoulin downplays time trial advantage at Giro d'Italia

If Tom Dumoulin has something akin to home court advantage when the Giro d’Italia resumes with the Rovereto time trial on Tuesday, then the rainbow-festooned time trial bike perched next to him during his rest day press conference had the feel of a championship banner hanging from the rafters.

Based on that lofty reputation alone, Dumoulin might expect to recoup his 2:11 deficit to Simon Yates in the general classification during the 34km test from Trento to Rovereto, but after reconnoitring the course on Monday, the Dutchman struck a cautious note about the likelihood of making such gains on stage 16.

“I don’t think so, because it’s super fast, and if you go in a TT position with the tailwind we had today in the recon, then even if you do only 300 Watts, you are going at 50kph, and eventually there is a limit to how much faster you can go,” Dumoulin said. “The time differences will not be very big I guess, but it depends a bit on the wind. If the wind is like today I think the differences will be small, and he would have to do a bad TT to lose his jersey to me.”

The prevailing conditions in this Giro are not as favourable to Dumoulin as they were a year ago when he seized the pink jersey with a crushing victory in the Montefalco time trial in week two and then secured his overall win in the concluding test in Milan. Stage 16 is the only time trial left in this year’s race – Dumoulin won the short opener in Israel – while Yates, already winner of three stages, will surely relish the trio of tough Alpine days in the final week. On Tuesday afternoon, every last pedal stroke counts for Dumoulin along Strada Provinciale 90.

“I like any time trial, but I’ve seen nicer courses for me personally,” Dumoulin said. “This one is straightforward, along the highway, fast. There are a few corners especially at the end, it goes slightly up and down but not a lot, it’s mostly pushing power in a straight line.”

Chasing Yates

Since Dumoulin stalked Yates up the final climb to Osimo’s historic centre on stage 11, the Giro has had the feel of a duel between the defending champion and the British debutant, with each man repeating the same mantra on an almost daily basis. For Yates, the mission was to put ‘minutes’ into Dumoulin ahead of the time trial. Dumoulin, for his part, reckons that Yates cannot be beaten if he maintains his current level of performance through the third week of the race.

“[Yates] always been a strong rider in the past years, and he’s still young, but he’s really stepped up his game like I did last year. That’s nice for him and not so nice for me,” Dumoulin said.

“It would be quite remarkable if I won in Rome looking at how the situation is now, but anything can happen, and stranger things have happened in the past in Grand Tours in the third week, so I am keeping my hopes up. I’ll just fight every day until Rome.”

It was put to Dumoulin that Thursday’s opening Alpine leg, where the final haul to Pratonevoso is the only climb, was similar to the stage he won at Oropa 12 months ago, but he was cautious about whether he could repeat the feat against this opposition.

“I like stages like that, rather than one with five mountains, but given how Yates is riding now, I don’t have the advantage over him on climbs,” Dumoulin said. He was sceptical, too, about the prospect of Yates suffering a giornata no in the two mammoth days that follow.

“There’s all kind of tactical stuff you can do, but you still have to drop him first, and I don’t know where to do that at the moment. I am just waiting, waiting, waiting, and hoping the moment comes.”

Dumoulin described his own physical performance at this year’s Giro as being roughly in line with his 2017 showing, with the usual caveats that no two races and no two efforts are exactly equivalent. Following Saturday’s severe finale to Monte Zoncolan, meanwhile, it was pointedly noted on social media that the times of stage winner Chris Froome and maglia rosa Simon Yates were the quickest on the ascent since 2007. Dumoulin, who placed 5th on the stage, 37 seconds down, said that he could vouch for his own performance on the Zoncolan.

“With the past of cycling, I can completely understand that there are questions, but I know I did it clean,” Dumoulin said. “You don’t have to believe me, but I know for myself that I did it clean, and I only lost a little bit of time on Froome, half a minute or a little more. What can I say about it?”

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Five things to look out for in the third week of the Giro d’Italia

What to look out for in a big third week of the Giro d’Italia

Will Dumoulin reclaim pink on the time trial?

Tom Dumoulin on stage one of the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Arguably the most talked about stage of this year’s Giro is the stage 16 time trial. Barely a day has gone by in which it has not been referenced as a potential game changer in the GC, and we will likely have a much clearer picture of who will win the Giro once it has been completed.

The reason for that is the significant disparity in ability against the clock between the two riders now firmly established as contenders for the pink jersey, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

>>> How much time will Tom Dumoulin take on Simon Yates in the Giro d’Italia time trial?

Yates is a lightweight climber whose main aim in time trials is to avoid losing too much time, while Dumoulin is world champion in the discipline whose race strategy depends upon using them to gain heaps of time.

To reclaim the maglia rosa, Dumoulin needs to put 2-11 into Yates, an amount that historical performances might suggest he has about a 50 per cent chance of gaining. But Yates is in the form of his life, and his seventh place finish in the opening day time trial suggests he has improved against the clock too.

Even if Dumoulin does end tomorrow in the pink jersey, to be confident of retaining it during the final mountain stages to come he will want to have a lead of more than just a handful of seconds. Still, a handover of overall leadership with just five stages left to ride would set up a tense finale.

Will Yates falter?

Simon Yates attacks on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Simon Yates has been imperious throughout the Giro, and showed no signs of tiring yesterday when he romped to his most significant stage win yet.

His lack of Grand Tour experience means that doubts remain about how he will perform in the final week, however. Will he pay for the aggressive way he has approached this Giro? Stages 19 and 20 are so difficult that even a slight dip in form could be enough for him to lose the race.

For an example of a rider unused to challenging for GC faltering at the end, we need only look back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) had similarly established himself as the strongest rider in the race and held an even firmer grip on the pink jersey, only to fall off the podium altogether after crashing with just three days to go.

Yates remains the man most likely, and even his closest rival Dumoulin said that ‘something crazy has to happen’ for him to win this race. But a final week collapse is still a possibility, and would dramatically open up the race for the maglia rosa.

The battle for podium placings

Thibaut Pinot on stage 15 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

The way Yates was able to ride away on stage 15 while his rivals mostly worried about each other was a clear sign that some were switching their focus towards striving for a podium finish rather than overall victory.

Currently Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) holds the coveted third place spot, for whom finishing on the podium would be a huge deal having never finished higher than fifth in his previous eleven Giro appearances.

A podium finish for his closest rival Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) – who is just nine seconds adrift – would not be quite so long-awaited, but would see the Frenchman at last match his breakthrough third-place finish at the 2014 Tour de France.

A top three finish also remains a possibility for Chris Froome (Sky), if he can make the most of Tuesday’s time trial, and can rediscover the form that saw him win on the Zoncolan.

The South American duo of Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar) both have outside chances, currently lying at 1-59 and 2-19 behind Pozzovivo respectively, but may be more focussed on winning the young riders classification against each other.

Breakaways to succeed

Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 10 (Sunada)

Two weeks into the race and breakaways continue to have an unusually low success rate.

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) remains the only rider to win a stage from a break to get away at the start of the day, although Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) was successful from an attack 40km from the finish on stage 10.

The third week should provide some better opportunities for early breaks to succeed, however.

Stage 17 looks perfect for a breakaway, starting as it does with 10km of uphill and continuing to undulate for much of the rest of the day. This looks the best chance for any underdogs to give themselves a shot at glory by getting into the break.

And now there are so many talented climbers far enough down on GC to be given freedom to get up the road, the Colle delle Finestre on stage 19 (the Cima Coppi, i.e. highest summit of the race) and the two category one climbs that precede the summit finish to Cervinia on stage 20, look like perfect launchpads for stage winning attacks from early escapees.

Viviani and Bennett go head-to-head for the maglia ciclamino

Elia Viviani in the maglia ciclamino at the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

The final week will mostly be all about climbing, with summit finishes awaiting the riders of stages 18, 19 and 20, but there is still time for Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) to challenge Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) for victory in the points classification.

Viviani’s current lead of 40 points is enough to that he may well need only finish somewhere near the front on the one remaining guaranteed sprint stage in Rome on the final day of the race.

However, there’s also a chance to win points on stage 17, which could potentially culminate in a bunch sprint – perhaps from a reduced group. The parcours is similar to stage 12, when Bennett took maximum points by winning the sprint, and Viviani earned nothing having been dropped.

If Bora-Hansgrohe can pull off something similar, by putting Viviani under pressure on the rolling terrain and making sure the break does not succeed, and thus giving Bennett a chance to bring his Italian rival back to within touching distance in the competition, then the final stage to Rome could be a thrilling showdown for the jersey.

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Amy meters bags Boels -Dolmans first Basque win at Emakumeen Bira

Dutch woman takes breakaway success in penultimate stage

Boels-Dolmans took their first victory of the Emakumeen Bira, Amy Pieters winning from an 11 woman breakaway in Aretxabaleta today. The Dutch rider out sprinted Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle-High5)  and German rider Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo-Bigla) after a wet stage in the Basque mountains.

The result caused a shake up in the general classification going into tomorrow’s final, queen stage, with New Zealand champion Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-Scott), at one stage the virtual leader on the road, moving into second place behind team mate Annemiek van Vleuten.

Williams had been the virtual leader on the raid, however, in the closing kilometres the bunch managed to close a four minute gap, finishing the day just over two minutes down.  

How it happened 

With thunder echoing around the rain sodden valleys, the race began at high speed as the leader’s teams ensured they were able to contest the first bonus sprint after 27.5 of the 114.5km stage. Second overall at the start of the day, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) bagged the three seconds bonus there, closing the gap to 12 seconds on van Vleuten, who scored only one extra second.

On the first of three classified climbs, and it’s narrow dangerous descent, the peloton began to be eroded, with only about 20 riders surviving to contest the second ascent less than 10km later.

With the the ensuing descent out of the way, and with just 44km of the 114.5km remaining, a group of ten riders broke clear of the peloton, after the final bonus sprint in the start and finish town of Aretxabaleta.

Paulina Rooijakkers, Anouska Koster (both Waowdeals), Emelia Fahlin (Wiggle-High5), Ana Santesteban, Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans), Alicia González (Movistar), Maria Novolodskaya (Cogeas-Mettler), Clara Kopenburg (Cervélo-Bigla), Demi De Jong (Lotto-Soudal) and Williams, the latter the best placed on general classification.

With so many teams represented, the bunch instantly sat up and the gap went out to four minutes, though as it did so Rooijakkers, the second best placed of the break, attacked, soon gaining a lead of 30 seconds.

With the final classified climb dealt with, the Dutch rider’s lead went out to 50 seconds, as the now passive peloton’s deficit extended to over four minutes.

Rooijakkers was able to cope well with the final classified climb and the subsequent, steeper undulations, but was could not deal with the descents, and was finally caught with just four kilometres to go.

Tomorrow will likely see more action in what is the 120km, queen stage. Starting and finishing in Iurreta, like the other days it features three classified climbs, though the only first category ascent of the week, is likely to be decisive. 

Six kilometres at an average of 9%, the climb to Urkiola will see fireworks as the likes of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) and van der Breggen try to make up the slim deficit on van Vleuten’s lead.

Emakumeen Bira Stage three Aretxabaleta – Aretxabaleta (114.5km) – Result

  1. 1. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans in 3-02-00
  1. 2. Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle-High5
  1. 3. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervélo-Bigla)
  1. 4. Ane Santesteban (Esp)
  1. 5. Mariia Novolodskaya (Rus)
  1. 6. Alicia González (Esp)
  1. 7. Demi De Jong (Ned) Lotto Soudal all at same time
  1. 8. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals at 04s
  1. 9. Georgia Williams (NZ) Mitchelton-Scott at same time
  1. 10. Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals at 1.01

Emakumeen Bira general classification after Stage three
1.Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott in 6-29-38
2.Georgia Williams (NZ) Mitchlto-Scott at 03s
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans at 12s
4. Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervélo-Bigla at 27s
5. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels-Dolmans at 42s
6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle-High5 at same time
7. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals at 48s
8. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervélo-Bigla at 53
9. Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM at 1.32
10. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott at 1.37

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Tom Dumoulin: ‘Something remarkable has to happen for me to win the Giro d’Italia’

Dumoulin says he doesn’t expect to reclaim the lead from Simon Yates on the 34.2km time trial on stage 16

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) needs something “quire remarkable” for a second consecutive Giro d’Italia win with such a dominant Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in the 2018 lead.

Dumoulin gained time on his rival in the stage one time trial in Jerusalem, but lost time on every other occasion. He is riding consistently, but not as well as Yates in the mountains.

>>> How much time will Tom Dumoulin take on Simon Yates in the Giro d’Italia time trial?

His hope is in the time trial to Rovereto, stage 16, where he could possibly gain over two minutes and recover from his 2-11-minute deficit and to take the race leader’s pink jersey.

“The Giro is not decided until Rome, anything can happen,” Dumoulin said on the last rest day. “It would be quite remarkable how the situation is now that I would take the pink jersey to Rome, but stranger things have happened in the past in the third week of a Grand Tour. I am keeping my hopes up.”

Dumoulin became the first Dutchman to win the Giro d’Italia in 2017 with dominant time trial rides and strong mountain performances. This year, a more mountainous Giro d’Italia route and a remarkable Yates leave Dumoulin looking for answers.

Simon Yates attacks on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

“Anyway to crack him? No!” Dumoulin said with a laugh. “So far I don’t see a way, he’s been riding really well, tactically and didn’t make any mistakes so far, he’s been in excellent shape.

“All kind of tactics stuff you can do, but I still have to drop him first, I don’t know where to do that in the moment. I am just waiting, waiting, waiting, just hoping the moment comes, if the moment arrives, I will certainly take it.”

Dumoulin’s problem is that even if he takes the stage win and the race lead in the time trial, he faces three more mountain days. And so far, Yates has taken seconds and minutes out of Dumoulin when the road goes upwards.

“The Pratonevoso summit finish on Thursday is a stage that suits me better, more so than a stage with five mountains. Instead, just one time with maximum output, but how Yates is riding now, I don’t have the advantage on him on the climbs.”

Dumoulin won the opening time trial in his rainbow jersey that he took at the time trial World Championship title in 2017. He trained on the stage 16 parcours on the rest day, noting everything that will be needed to win and take maximum time on Yates.

“Any TT I like. It’s super fast and flat, not 100 per cent how I like, but I am happy with any TT,” he continued.

“If you go in the TT position with tailwind like we had today in the recon, then there is a limit to how much faster you can go – time differences will not be big. But he would have to do a bad TT to lose his jersey to me.”

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Bike inner tubes: tube sizes, valve types and materials explained

You’re almost certain to have one in each tyre, but what should you look out for when it comes to your inner tubes?

It’s one of those bits of cycling equipment that looks simple and standardised. But there are a myriad of complications. Cycling Weekly guides you through the intricacies of the inner tube.

Inner tube sizes explained

First up is the tube’s diameter. Most road bikes will have 700c wheels and need 700c tubes to fit. But there are other sizes in use: some gravel bikes like the Cannondale Slate come with 650b wheels. It’s also the size used on smaller sizes of Canyon’s women’s range. You’ll need 650b tubes to fit these bikes.

>>> Wheel buyer’s guide

And some city and hybrid bikes use 26 inch wheels, usually with wider tyres, and need different size tubes, while folding bikes and kids’ bikes will often have different sized wheels again.

Most road bikes will come with tubes with presta valves

Next is the tube’s width. Most 700c tubes come to fit tyres up to 25mm, which are most commonly fitted to road bikes. But you can also find wider tubes to fit the 28mm tyres that some bikes now come with. Cyclocross and gravel bikes and some city and hybrid bikes with 700c wheels will have even wider tyres and may need a wider tube still.

A tube for a narrower tyre will usually fit these wider tyres; it will just be a bit more stretched out to fill the space. It’s unlikely to burst, but if you get a flat it may go down more quickly. On the other hand, a wider tube may be awkward to get into a 23mm or 25mm tyre.

A narrow tube won’t fit well into a wider tyre like this 40mm gravel tyre

Mountain bike tyre sizes are usually stated in inches. So a 29 inch MTB tube will have the same diameter as a 700c road wheel, while a 27.5 inch tube will be the same diameter as a 650b road wheel. You can also get 26 inch MTB tubes. But since MTB tyres are typically wider than road tyres, they may be too wide to fit, even in a cyclocross tyre.

Inner tube valve types: Presta or Schrader?

Presta valve inner tube

Most bikes come with wheels that use presta valved tubes. These valves are quite narrow and have a screw at their valve tip. You need to unscrew it to get air into the tyre. Although the tyre will stay inflated with the screw loose, it’s a good idea to close it up so that you don’t accidentally let air out of your tyre. And a valve cap will stop muck getting into it when riding.

Some presta valves come in one piece, while others have cores that unscrew from the valve body. You can often unscrew them by hand or by wrapping them in a piece of old cloth or rubber and delicately using a pair of pliers. There are also core removal tools available.

A removable core can be replaced if it gets damaged – the screw part can often end up bent. The disadvantage is that you can unscrew the core by accident when removing a screw-on pump, undoing all your hard work pumping the tyre up.

Schrader valve inner tube

Some tubes have Schrader valves like those used on car tyres. These won’t fit into a wheel drilled for a presta valve. Likewise, if your wheel has a valve hole the right diameter for a Schrader valve, a presta valve will not fit securely and there’s a risk the tube will get pinched in the valve hole and blow out.

A Schrader valve won’t fit into a presta valve hole

Woods valve inner tube

More of a rarity is the Woods valve. This looks like a presta valve, but has a collar holding the valve core in place. Not all modern pumps will fit onto a Woods valve because of the collar.

A Woods valve is a rarity now and not all pumps will fit it

Valve length and valve extenders

Finally, keep an eye on the valve length. If you’ve got deep section wheels, you’ll need a longer valve to make sure that it protrudes through the rim. Some valves can be as long as 8cm. And you don’t want to get a flat out riding and find that your spare tube’s valve isn’t long enough to attach a pump – believe us, we’ve been there.

Valve extenders let you use shorter valves in deep section wheels

If your valve is still not long enough for your deep section wheel, you can buy valve extenders. These screw onto the valve and can add enough extra length to fit the deepest aero wheels.

Inner tube material

The majority of inner tubes will be made of butyl rubber. It’s the least expensive material and also the most robust. A butyl tube will be black and is repairable with a standard puncture kit if you get a flat.

Inner tube manufacturers often also have lighter weight butyl tubes in their line-ups. These are just made of thinner rubber. The weight saving comes at the expense of a bit more fragility though, so you need to be a bit more careful not to pinch a lightweight tube when fitting it. They are also likely to be more prone to punctures.

Latex inner tubes are lighter, roll faster but are fragile and leak air

Finally, there are latex tubes. These are the lightest option and also roll faster than butyl. But they are even more fragile than lightweight butyl tubes and harder to fit. And they leak air more quickly than a butyl tube, so you need to reinflate them before each ride. They can’t usually be repaired if they do get a flat either. Read our test of latex tubes here.

Also be careful using latex tubes in rim braked carbon clincher wheels. Because carbon rims don’t transmit heat as quickly as alloy ones, prolonged braking on descents can lead to hot spots on the rim, which in turn can damage the tube leading to failure.

If you don’t drag your brakes on a descent this is unlikely to be a problem, but if you’re an inexperienced descender it’s something to be aware of.

Tubeless tyres

Although they’ve been around for a while for mountain bikes, tubeless tyres are just starting to be used on road bikes. To run tubeless, you need a tubeless ready wheel and tyre. Don’t try to set up tubeless if you don’t have both of these, as you risk the tyre blowing out when riding.

Tubeless tyres use a separate presta valve that screws into the rim and has a rubber end to make a seal. Having put the valve in the rim, you mount the tubeless tyre. This has a tighter bead than a normal tyre, so it can be hard work to get it onto the rim.

Tubeless tyres use a separate presta valve screwed into the rim

Getting an airtight seal to the rim can also be tricky. You need to add sealant to the tyre. This helps with getting the tyre airtight and usually deals with small punctures when out riding.

But it may not seal a larger hole successfully, so it’s a good idea to still carry a spare tube, tyre levers and a pump just in case of a major leak.

Even if you’ve set up tubeless it’s a good idea to carry a spare tube

Sealant tends to dry out over time, so you may need to top up. This is where the removable valve core comes in. Most sealants come with a nozzle to let you squirt sealant through the valve once the core has been removed.

A solid tyre will rid you of tubes for ever

There’s also the option of solid rubber tyres, which will rid you of inner tube problems for ever.

Puncture proofing an inner tube

If your tube has a removable core, you can get additional puncture protection by adding sealant to it. You take out the core, add around 25 to 30ml of sealant and refit the core. Again, this may not deal with the largest holes, but may help keep you going. While if you do flat, the sealant may stop a patch from adhering to the tube.

Sealant keeps the tubeless tyre airtight and protects against smaller punctures

Watch out if you have latex tubes though, as some sealants can degrade the latex over time, causing it to fail. This can also be a problem with tubular tyres too, where the tube sewn into the tyre is often thin and made of latex.

Finally, you can buy inner tubes already filled with sealant, for an easy way to get some additional puncture protection.

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