Your guide to the US riders competing in Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Four riders gunning for glory on Sunday

Four American riders, each representing different teams, are slated to start the final Spring Classic of the season at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport), Alexey Vermeulen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and WorldTour newcomer Gregory Daniel (Trek-Segafredo) will all take to the start line on Sunday.

>>> See the complete Liège-Bastogne-Liège start list

Weather conditions are expected to reach freezing temperatures, but no snow is expected to fall as it did in last year’s edition.

Howes is likely looking for redemption after a disappointing 83rd at Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday. Last year, he finished a respectable 21st at Liège, just 12 seconds behind the winner Wout Poels (Team Sky) and could have easily been in the top-ten. His 25th place finish at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday and winning of the mountains classification at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco indicates he’s well prepared for what’s sure to be a brutal 258km race.

Watch highlights of the 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Warbasse did not start today’s final stage of the Tour of the Alps in preparation for Sunday’s race. He and his new Pro Continental team, Aqua Blue Sport, will be riding in support of current teammate and former Team Sky rider Lars Petter Nordhaug. The former IAM Cycling and BMC Racing Team rider Warbasse has only completed Liège once in his career, last year finishing 116th in support of Samuel Sánchez’s (BMC Racing Team) 4th place finish during the snow-affected race.

The 22-year-old Vermeulen will be riding the fifth Classic of his young career and will hope to improve upon his 88th place at Flèche Wallonne earlier this week. He was one of nearly 50 riders who were unable to complete Liège last season.

Making the jump from the American Continental squad Axeon Hagens Berman to the WorldTour with Trek-Segafredo after winning the USA National Road Championship last year, Daniel will be starting his third Classic of the 2017 campaign in support of the quick-finishing Italian, Fabio Felline.

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ASO launch new women’s time trial pursuit race to take place on penultimate day of Tour de France

The race will pit the 20 top finishers of La Course against each other on the same course as the men’s final Tour de France time trial

As the women’s side of professional cycling grows Tour de France organisers are adding more races to their portfolio, and on Friday launched a new women’s race.

The top 20 riders finishing La Course will take part in a pursuit style event happening in Marseille before the penultimate stage time trial of the Tour.

>>> Eight best women’s road bikes for 2017

The main La Course race runs alongside stage 18 of the men’s event, starting in Briançon and finishing 67.5km later at the top of the 31.5km Col d’Izoard.

The new event will see women race the 22.5km men’s time trial route in Marseille, the winner of the mountain race starting first. The remaining participants will set off according to their time deficit on the Izoard two days before.

The first across the line will be the winner.

The 22.5km Marseille course is mainly flat , though there is a 1.5 km climb with an average gradient of 9 per cent to contest with.

“I like the idea,” said Canyon-SRAM team manager Ronny Lauke told us. “It’s a fresh new idea coming into the sport, we don’t know which direction it goes in, but it sounds interesting and entertaining.The best riders will be there, but from a planning point of view it will be a nightmare.”

In contrast to the main La Course race, ASO have booked hotels for the riders involved in Marseille, but that still leaves teams with other problems such as which riders to book flights for.

Though hoping for 20 riders, organisers are as yet unsure exactly how many will participate, saying either the top 20 or all riders finishing the Izoard race within five minutes of the winner.

“I just don’t see how there will be 20 riders [finishing] within five minutes,” Australian road champion Katrin Garfoot (Orica-Scott) told Cycling Weekly. “Especially with the altitude, when it becomes harder and harder, we haven’t done altitude climbs yet.”

Watch: Tour de France 2017 essential guide

That sentiment was echoed by Lauke.

“Look at the Giro d’Italia, with those long hilly stages, that is the only comparison we have, what other climbs are there in women’s cycling that are 10k long? Who is going to finish those stages within five minutes?

“It’s a shot in the dark for everyone, even the organisers.”

Last summer the Giro raced the Mortirolo, and though the climb was followed by over 30km of descent and flat, only the top 12 riders finished within five minutes of the winner.

La Course began in 2014, the first three editions a city centre race based on the Champs Élysées circuit which finishes the Tour de France. Last autumn when ASO announced the race would move to the Alps, and the 67km route attracted much criticism, some seeing it as a token gesture.

Launching the new Marseille event on Friday evening in Liège, Course director Thierry Gouvenou acknowledged this criticism.

La Course takes place on Thursday July 20, it will be fully televised prior to the start of stage 18 of the Tour.

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Geraint Thomas: ‘I can’t wait to get to the Giro now and just race’

Thomas says the Tour of the Alps has been tough but winning it has boosted morale for the Giro d’Italia

The peloton had completed less than 10 kilometres of the final stage of the Tour of the Alps to Trento when Team Sky’s Ian Boswell went down heavily and was soon being guided towards an ambulance gingerly holding his shoulder, his race over.

>>> Geraint Thomas confirms Tour of the Alps victory with third place on final stage

Two men down on some rival teams since the start of the event, it left his team with just four men to defend Geraint Thomas’s slender lead over the serious test of Monte Bondone and much more climbing besides.

In the end, though, as they have all this week, Sky’s riders responded to everything thrown at them. Even when Thomas ended up isolated after a flurry of attacks on Monte Bondone, Mikel Landa managed to work his way back up to his leader and set the pace for almost the rest of the way into the finish.

Thomas was pleased to have come out of his last race before he lines up in the Giro d’Italia with overall victory and confirmation that his form is exactly where he hoped it would be at this point, as is the condition of some of his likely teammates for the corsa rosa.

“It was a tough day today and, with the way the boys rode for me, I was really happy to finish it off, especially because we lost Boswell in a crash soon after the start. I was really happy to finish off all their hard work,” said Thomas in his post-race press conference.

He highlighted the ascent of Monte Bondone as the key point. “I was getting attacked there and we were under pressure,” he admitted. “I thought Thibaut Pinot seemed to be the strongest so I followed him. Every time he swung over, I swung over.

“He was strong but I managed to stay with him. Then Landa came up for the final 5k or so of that climb and it was perfect then. He took us all of the way to the final climb, and I felt really good.”

Relieved to hear after the stage that Boswell was in the Sky bus having the doctors found no broken bones, Thomas said Sky hadn’t been affected as much as they might have been by his loss.

“I saw him crash and it looked really heavy. I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to come back. Luckily, the right break went away and we let it get a good lead.

“Then the Gazprom guys came up and really put pressure on to get the break back and had almost managed that when everyone started racing for the stage again on Bondone.”

It was on that legendary ascent that Michele Scarponi and, notably, Pinot went on the attack. Thomas stuck with them and looked comfortable, but even more so when Landa came up to join them.

“Landa has been amazing all week, especially with the work he did on the front for me today and yesterday,” Thomas acknowledged.

“We’ve got two strong riders going into the Giro and we can bounce off each other. We’ll start with the same opportunities and, come the final week, there will be a natural selection. If he’s better than me then I’ll help him and vice versa.”

The Welshman was full of praise to for the Tour of the Alps. Despite problems with cold weather early in the week, the revamped Giro di Trentino has still provided a rigorous test.

“I don’t think there could have been any better last race to have before the Giro than this. We’ve had five hard days, a lot of climbing, so it’s been a great bit of final preparation,” said Thomas.

“Winning here is obviously a good boost to morale. Defending the jersey like we have is encouraging but, as I’ve said before, five days is completely different to three weeks.

“There’ll be a lot more depth in the Giro field as well. I’m looking forward to it, though. I can’t wait to get there now and just race.”

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Michal Kwiatkowski ahead of Liège-Bastogne-Liège: ‘This is the race of my dreams’

The Milan-San Remo winner says he feels in great shape heading into the year’s fourth Monument

After a stellar start to his season, Team Sky’s Michał Kwiatkowski will begin Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège as one of the favourites.

Kwiatkowski will spearhead Team Sky’s defence of the race they won with Dutchman Wout Poels last year, a victory which bagged the British team its first win in the five Monuments of cycling.

Finishing third in 2014, Kwiatkowski has form at La Doyenne, and hopes one day to add it to his palmarès.

>>> The climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège

“I know how difficult it is and how winning Liège can change your life and your career,” the quietly spoken 26-year-old told a pre-race press conference.

“I have been thinking about being in the best possible shape for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. It is the race of my dreams.”

Team Sky take a strong team to Liège on Sunday and that gives them options with Diego Rosa, Gianni Moscon as outside bets. It will be Kwiatkowski and Sergio Henao who will lead the team though.

“For us it is a really good situation,” the former world champion explained. “We can force people to work hard, but Movistar can only aim for the best result with Alejandro, we can play different cards and me and Sergio can sit until St Nicholas, which is the main target, to try and play the game over there.”

This year’s edition of the 258km race will see some changes from previous years. Gone is the short, steep cobbled climb used in the finish last year and three new climbs take the place of the Côtes de Wanne, Stockeau and Haut Levée, dropped because of road works.

Those three will be replaced by the Côtes du Pont, de Bellevue and de la Ferme Libert, the latter of which averages 12 per cent gradient over its 1.2km. These changes, however, will not change the race, according to Kwiatkowski.

“I don’t think that’s crucial. We have the old final with St Nicholas and the Roche-aux-Faucons before, so it is still going to be the same race. It is the hardest non-cobbled Classic and I expect the same names to be up there. Valverde and Dan Martin and Albasini they are in really good shape.”

Kwiatkowski though sees himself as one of those favourites too.

“I performed well in Amstel and Flèche and I see myself as someone in good shape to have a good race. When I stand on the pedals there is a group of guys going to try and follow me.”

Victory at Strade Bianche preceded his first Monument win at Milan-San Remo in the middle of March and should he manage to win this weekend, he will be the first rider since Eddy Merckx in 1975 to win both Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Milan-San Remo in the same year.

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New study says cycling 30 miles per week cuts heart disease and cancer risk in half

The study says that commuting to work by bike can significantly cut the risk of conditions like heart disease and cancer

A new, long term study conducted by the University of Glasgow has determined that commuting by bike to work can cut the risk of developing heart disease and cancer nearly in half.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal and conducted over the last five years, also analyzed walking, but determined that individuals who cycle see greater benefits because of the longer distances covered and the intensity of riding a bicycle versus walking.

>>> Nine reasons why commuting by bike is surprisingly brilliant

264,337 people took part and researches found cyclists actually had a 41 per cent lower risk of premature death from in comparison to those who regularly travel to work via a vehicle. On top of that, the avid riders in the study had a 46 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 45 per cent lower risk of developing cancer.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow believe that these results suggest that city and regional planning policies aimed to allow more accessible bike routes are great opportunities for the improvement of public health.

“Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes. Those who cycled the full length of their commute had an over 40 per cent lower risk of heart disease, cancer and overall mortality over the five years of follow-up,” said Dr. Jason Gill of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences.

In the wake of this study, experts are calling for more cycling lanes, bikes shares and other elements to encourage communities to start riding more.

“Commuting to work by walking, or better still, cycling, is a great way to combine physical activity into your normal daily routine,” said Dr. Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation. “It is paramount to make physical activity easier and more accessible if we are to reduce the burden of ill health caused by inactivity.

“Local authorities and workplaces should support this by making using active transport as a means to get to work an easy option,” he continued.
The paper titled, “Association between active commuting (walking and cycling) and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer and mortality: Prospective cohort study of 264,337 UK Biobank participants” can be read in full on the BMJ website here.

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Is this Specialized the best looking bike of 2017?

Specialized has given its Allez Sprint aluminium road bike and Allez Sprint track bike a lick of paint a head of the Red Hook series and it looks fantastic

Specialized Red Hook

Red Hook series has made major waves in the cycling world over the last few years, it’s become a hugely popular discipline. With bigger dedicated teams and major manufactures, like Specialized getting involved, it has become a hot spot for beautiful bike creations.

This includes the custom Allez Sprint track bike, which will be used by the Specialized Rocket Espresso RHC team.

>>> Video: rider snaps bike in half with amazing finish line throw

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Specialized’s own designer, Dylan Buffington masterpiece

The new custom paint job is 1000 per cent Red Hook specific, according to Dylan Buffington, the designer behind the frames colour way. And to give the Allez Sprint track bike some extra exclusivity it will not be available to the public and only the team.

Although a limited run of 300 Allez Sprint road bikes will be available at the end of the Red Hook series.

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Specialized’s Smart weld BB doesn’t look pretty but helps improve stiffness

Last year Specialized made three bikes for each race of the Red Hook series; Brooklyn, London, Milan and Barcelona. These were created by four designers and hand painted. For 2017 it was decided to create a single design for the entire series and bring it to production. Buffington explains the challenge.

Rewind one year… Specialized had four designers each design and hand paint three bikes for each race of the series. This year we decided to do a single design for all four races, and we also decided to bring it to production. The biggest challenge now was how can we top last year’s hand painted artful designs, with a production paintjob. The answer to that is to turn the volume up to 11.”

Specialized Red Hook

Designed for Red Hook crits – ” a mix of young, vibrant, excited people putting everything on the line for one hour” says Buffington

The concept is based on ideas from the BMW art car series says Buffington and wanted to recreate their statement.

These artists, who were used to their respective mediums, adapted to the form of the cars as well as the criticism of the public eye. Their designs were there to make a statement and shake things up.

‘This in turn revolutionised design in the racing world. These bikes were and are no different. I wanted to look beyond traditional bike graphics and into design and art. By bridging that gap, we would not only be able to appeal to the cyclist, but to a wide variety of people looking at the project from a far.”

Specialized Red Hook

A great view, even for the rider

It seems like Red Hook is here to stay, with it’s unique style of racing appealing to all types of cyclists seeking a thrill.

Dylan Buffington thinks so too… “I think Red Hook is here to stay. In Europe, the track crit scene is blowing up. There’s a crit almost every weekend somewhere. In the US, Wolfpack hustle in LA and Mission Crit here in SF are growing year by year.”

“What’s so different about this type of race is that they become part of the community. Track bikes used to be confined to the velodrome. Now that they are becoming a staple on the street I think that this form of racing is starting to get legitimate recognition as a form of racing.”

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11 types of cyclist we all know

Cyclists come in all shape and sizes, but all personalities as well. Do you love your cycling history, or keep up to date with the latest tech trends?

The Hedonist


The kind of person who bangs on about how great it is to ride a bike. The sound of rubber on asphalt, the smell of the countryside, how being on two wheels gives them a new zest for life.

Often seen riding really old or rickety bikes, because “that’s the way cycling should be”.

“It’s great to be part of the cycling fraternity,” they tell you about five times on each ride, regaling stories of how they got up at sunrise to be able to ride to the sound of birdsong.

Pipe down, son, and do your turn on the front.

The Masochist

“Doing any riding this week, John?”

“Yeah, I’ve signed up to a 100-mile time trial on Sunday morning.”

For many mere mortals, a century ride is a thing to aspire to and will likely include several coffee stops, a lunch stop and sometimes a dinner stop. But doing it against the clock? Get out of here.

>>> Is cycling the toughest sport?

The Masochists are the type of cyclists who tell you they’ve spent their weekend doing hill repeats of Winnats Pass, which is at least 50 miles from their house and they took the scenic route to get there.

To the outside world their exploits seem ridiculous, but to them it’s all about the challenge.

The Accumulator-of-miles

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Not to be confused with The Masochists, The Accumulators take any opportunity to rack up the miles, even if it means making their life significantly harder.

The kind of person who wheels out the £7,000 Bianchi racing bike for a trip to Tescos when they need a loaf of bread. Have you ever tried to retain an air of respectability in a supermarket in full lycra and cleats?

>>> Five invaluable tips to help you step up from riding 60 to 100 miles

Of course, they Strava every little ride with detailed descriptions of their journeys. “To the shops and back – needed to pick up the wife’s ointment” they write about their one mile jaunt.

“Every little helps,” they tell you. It’s no coincidence that’s also the slogan of their favourite supermarket.

The Hoarder


“New bib shorts Jenny?”

“Yeah, I spotted them when I was buying a second pair of aero shoe covers and I couldn’t resist a bargain.”

Hoarders have a different kit for every month of the year, and you rarely see them wearing the same jersey twice. They’ve got a whole drawer in their house dedicated to their collection of knee warmers.

Arguably these riders are the easiest to buy Christmas presents for as their thirst for new kit is insatiable, although finding something they’ve not already got could be a challenge.

The Fairweather Cyclist


These people spend hours of their lives plotting potential routes on Strava and then never actually ride them because “the weather looks a bit iffy”.

Be it meteorological problems or an unidentified niggling injury, these riders will find any excuse not to get out on their bikes.

>>> 10 excuses we make to not go out riding

Often these are the riders in your friendship group with the best bike, always cleaning it and adding new things gadgets as a motivation to use it more, before realising that the roads might be wet as it rained last Thursday, and deciding that, actually, they don’t want to risk getting their bike dirty

The Tech Geek


This is the kind of person who can spot a compact FSA chainset from 30 metres off and notices immediately if you get a new headset cap.

We all love some shiny new things for our bike, but the Tech Geeks know everything there is to know about the latest trends. These riders are often too poor to buy a drink at the coffee stop because they’re saving for their new gadgets.

While they know all there is to know about the technology itself, they are often completely useless at fitting it on their bike or fixing it if it goes wrong.

The Condescending Tech Geek

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This is the kind of person who can spot a compact FSA chainset from 30 metres off and then berates you for the other 29 metres for your decision to purchase such an apparently terrible item with such obscene gear ratios.

>>> 11 cycling products you definitely don’t need (but secretly want)

“A real man rides a 53/39,” they snottily sneer at you, and they’ve not even started on slating your decision to plump for £300 wheels when there’s better ones on the market for ‘just’ £500 more, like the ones they’ve got.

The Statistician

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“If we’re to climb that mountain in an hour we’ll have to average 300W,” they tell you, putting their calculator and power charts down.

This despite the fact they’ve never put out 300W in their life, let alone on a 10 per cent gradient for 60 minutes.

Anyone who uses Strava can get a little engrossed in their stats after a ride, but the Statistician will be able to recall their exact progression up that hill near their house at will, and often without prompt.

The Commuter

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This is the person in the office who sits with a smug look on their face as Jean from Accounts slumps in 20 minutes late after being stuck in traffic.

When Barry from Sales comes in 10 minutes later, after suffering from a series of cancelled trains, The Commuter pipes up: “My ride to work was lovely, I was at my desk just half-an-hour after leaving my house.”

>>> Nine reasons why commuting by bike is surprisingly brilliant

Usually seen slopping porridge on their keyboards and uploading the same six-mile route on Strava two times a day.

The Extreme Commuter


Similar to the above, but this is someone you know lives 30 miles from work and yet they still cycle in every day.

“You must have to leave early to get to work, Steve?”

“Not really. I was out the door at 5.30 this morning.”

These are the cyclists who don’t really need a bathroom in their house, because they shower as soon as they get to work.

After slopping porridge on their keyboards they then proceed to eat heavily throughout the day to replenish the calories they burned through on the way to work, and prepare their bodies for the two hour ride home.

The Historian


“That was like when Eric Vanderaerden won stage 10 of the 1984 Tour de France,” The Historian chimes after they sprint past you.

They can instantly recall the result of any race in history, as well as the components used on most of the bikes used.

Like The Hedonists they’re likely to ride a really old bike, maybe a replica of Giovanni Battaglin’s 1979 Colnago with ridiculous gear ratios. As such they often avoid routes with major hills as they physically won’t be able to get up them.

But if it was good enough for Eddy Merckx, it’s good enough for them.

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Half a dozen riders quit Tour of the Alps to rest up for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Riders who DNS final stage include two contending for the GC, Davide Formolo and Damiano Caruso

After four days of very cold and sometimes wet weather, the final day of the Tour of the Alps dawned bright and sunny, with forecasters predicting temperatures in the high teens and perhaps a little beyond for the race’s finale, which includes the legendary ascent of Monte Bondone.

>>> Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017 start list

It was rather surprising, therefore, that as the peloton rolled out through the apple orchards surrounding the hill-tip village of Smarano, six riders were missing, including two in the top 10 who still had an outside chance of overall victory: Cannondale-Drapac’s Davide Formolo, who was lying fifth at 31 seconds behind leader Geraint Thomas, and BMC Racing’s Damiano Caruso, who was eighth at 42 seconds.

As well as those two, Bora’s José Mendes (16th), Formolo’s teammate Davide Villella (28th), and Aqua Blue Sport’s Larry Warbasse (35th) and Stefan Denifl (82nd) also failed to start.

The Tour of the Alps race organisation said it had had no previous news of the withdrawals, but social media soon revealed all six feature among the starters at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

Cannondale subsequently posted a message on Twitter, stating: “Fielding questions about Formolo’s #TotA withdrawal. Both he and Villella were non-starters for one extra day of recovery before #LBL.”

Soon after, BMC followed suit: “#TotA @CarusoDamiano will not start today to allow him to recover well from four tough days of climbing before his next races.”

The organisers of the Tour of the Alps only comment was to say it was completely focused on those riders who were already racing towards Monte Bondone, who include Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r), Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky), who are also due in Belgium on Sunday.

Regarding those racing apparently on four wheels towards local airports, they made no comment.

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Fabio Aru responds to Vincenzo Nibali in an emotional open letter

The Italian penned a letter to his compatriot after Nibali wrote saying he should still try the Giro d’Italia despite suffering a knee injury

Fabio Aru (Astana) says in an emotional open letter response to Vincenzo Nibali that “it wouldn’t be smart to go to the Giro d’Italia without any training” for three weeks.

Aru crashed in training in Sierra Nevada, Spain, on April 2, and injured his knee. He called off his plans to race the Giro d’Italia starting May 5 on his home island Sardinia.

>>> Fabio Aru sheds light on the crash on a high speed descent that has put him out of the Giro d’Italia

He responded to an open letter last week by Nibali, who wrote, “There is a chance to see you at the start of the Giro.”

“Vincenzo, I read and I reread your letter,” Aru wrote in La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper today. “And I thought for a long time how good it would be to answer you with a nice one, saying, ‘Yes, I will also be at the 100th Giro.’ Unfortunately, life often puts the hard evidence in front of us.

“As the intelligent and sensitive guy you’ve always proven to be, I think you can understand it wouldn’t be smart to go to the Giro d’Italia after three weeks without any training. Neither for my team, which has given me confidence, nor for my fans, who were incredibly close in these difficult weeks.”

A week after his crash, Aru posted on Twitter a photo of his swollen left knee and said that it prohibits him from starting the Giro in sufficient condition. He damaged the cartilage with the impact.

Watch: Giro d’Italia 2017 essential guide

Aru won the Vuelta a España and placed second and third overall in the Giro. He was one of the favourites with Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and many others including Sky’s Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas.

“The Giro was on my mind and every action and thought was 100 per cent towards this target. Then, as you said, the unthinkable happens and everything seems to vanish like snow in the sun,” Aru said.

“With my hand on my heart, I must say that I would like to challenge you on the climbs of the 100th Giro, on Etna and on Blockhaus, up the Stelvio.

“Unfortunately, this injury forced me to stop for more than two weeks by now. And as an example, when I ended my 2016 season, I took three weeks off and started from scratch.”

2011 Giro victor Michele Scarponi, who won the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps this week, will lead team Astana now. Aru could race the Tour de France or the Vuelta a España later this year.

“I’ll cheer for my team-mates, Michele Scarponi in the first place. But dear Vincenzo, I sincerely hope that too you can do well, maybe allying with ‘Scarpa’ or with the other strong Italians, there are many, to see the tricolor flag waving higher than the others in Piazza Duomo in Milan.”

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Strava has just gained a new feature to make organising your group rides even easier

New Club Events feature lets you create events for rides and pre-plan routes

If you ever struggle to get your mates together for a ride, and then when you do manage to meet up you all have different ideas about where to ride, then Strava has a solution.

The latest update to the Strava app includes a new feature called Club Events, which allows users to invite other riders along to rides, and even make the route available for everyone to download in advance.

>>> The nine types of ride we all upload to Strava

Similar to events on Facebook, there is also the option for riders to comment on the event, meaning there shouldn’t be any confusion over whether the ride will be a gentle spin in the sun or a take-no-prisoners tear-up.

While Strava clubs have been around on desktop for a while now, they are a relatively recent edition to mobile. If you’re wondering where they are in the app, then they can be found under the explore tab, with each club including a nice graph to see how your riding is stacking up against your clubmates.

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