Steve Abraham starts new Year Record attempt two years after being hit by moped on first attempt

Abraham starts a new attempt after breaking ankle in first attempt

Steve Abraham has embarked on another attempt at the highest annual mileage record two years after he was forced to stop his first attempt after being hit by a moped.

Abraham will be attempting to break the mark of 76,076 miles (122,432km) set by American Kurt Searvogel in January 2016, who surpassed the long-standing record of 75,065 miles (120,805km) set by Tommy Godwin in 1939.

>>> Amazing Strava heat map produced of where Steve Abraham rode on his Year Record attempt

The rider from Milton Keynes began his new attempt on March 4, starting near Huntingdon and heading north easy towards The Wash before heading back towards his home-town on a 163.8 mile (263.6km) ride.

This was followed up by two rides longer rides on Sunday and Monday up to Goole and back, to bring his total so far to 612.9 miles (986.4km), and you can follow his efforts on Strava.

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Abraham will be hoping for better luck than he endured on his initial attempt in 2015 when he fractured his ankle in a collision with a moped three months into the record.

Since then Abraham has broken the record for the highest distance ridden in a month, riding 7104.3 miles (11,433.3km) in September 2016.


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Peter Sagan sends message to eight-year-old cyclist who recreates his Haribo moment

Ruby Isaac tweets a video of her eating Haribo Gold Bears after a bike ride just like Peter Sagan after Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – and the world champion replies

Eight-year-old British cyclist Ruby Isaac got a pleasant surprise on Monday when she received a personal message from road race world champion Peter Sagan.

A video of keen young cyclist Isaac was posted on her Twitter account showing her grabbing a handful of Haribo Gold Bear sweets after her ride, emulating Sagan’s consumption of a handful of the sweets after winning Belgian race Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

“I was a bit tired after a long ride this evening….Luckily I got a tip from @petosagan”, said Isaac, who lives in Kettering.

Sagan replied within two hours, saying: “You could even become a world champion in a few years… So, remember never give up!”

The Bora-Hansgrohe pro then followed Isaac on Twitter, putting her into a very elite category as the Slovakian star only follows 66 people – much to her continued delight.

The original video of Sagan scoffing down Haribo after the Belgian cobbled classic has become something of a hit.

After dropping out of Strade Bianche on Saturday citing poor health, Sagan is due to return to action at Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy on Wednesday.


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Swimming World Presents “American Swimming Team: The Core and Base of the Team”

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American Swimming Team: Present – The Core and Base of the Team

Beginning with the December 2016 issue and running through May 2017, Swimming World takes a look at the American Swimming Team past and present, and will provide some thoughts on the future. This month: Part IV.

In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

To read more about the American Swimming Team series, check out the March 2017 issue, available now!

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FEATURES
014 AMERICAN SWIMMING TEAM (Part IV): PRESENT—THE CORE AND BASE OF THE TEAM
by Chuck Warner
In this fourth of a six-part series on the American Swimming Team, Swimming World addresses the questions: Where do American world-ranked swimmers come from? Which LSCs are most successful at developing them? And why?

016 TEXAS—NOBODY BETTER
by Dan D’Addona
After dominating the last two NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Texas is poised for a three-peat…and they have the talent to win big again!

020 STANFORD—THE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE
by Dan D’Addona
Not even a relay disqualification—which hurt Stanford’s chances of winning last year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—can prevent the Cardinal from taking the title at this year’s meet.

024 FAMILIAR FAVORITES
by James Sica, Diana Pimer and David Rieder
At the start of every season, there’s always hope for a new team to make its way to the top. But in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA swimming circles, the top teams just have a way of continuing their winning traditions.

028 OLYMPIC-SIZED DREAMS COME TRUE
by Annie Grevers
Twenty-one-year-old Rio rookie Ryan Murphy navigated the Olympic waters last summer like a seasoned sailor and produced golden results, winning three gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meter backstroke.

COACHING
009 SPECIAL SETS: TAPER TIPS
by Michael J. Stott
University of Georgia associate head coach Harvey Humphries along with Stanford women’s head coach Greg Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Slusser talk taper

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: MIKE PEPPE
by Michael J. Stott

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: VIDEO
by Rod Havriluk
Two common misconceptions are that video is an appropriate technology to evaluate the technique of competitive swimmers…and that the video of a champion provides an appropriate model for effective technique. In reality, video does not provide the quantitative data necessary to evaluate technique accurately and unequivocally.

032 RESISTANCE TRAINING: DRAGSOX, PARACHUTES AND OTHER TOOLS
by Michael J. Stott
This is the third and final article of a multipart series on resistance training and how coaches are using it to make their athletes stronger and faster in the water.

043 Q&A WITH COACH BILL WADLEY
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN MATT McHUGH
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
027 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM DRYLAND WORKOUT
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
047 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
034 2017 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY
048 GUTTER TALK
050 PARTING SHOT

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Bellew beats injured Haye in the 11th round of epic battle

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WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) scored an 11th round TKO over former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) in a upset win on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

Haye bravely battled on through a Achilles injury but fellow Brit Bellew floored him in the sixth and 11th rounds of the non-title heavyweight bout, before Haye’s corner threw in the towel.

Both came out firing in the opening round but Haye missed with a lot of punches and Bellew was more accurate.

Haye started to land some hard shots in the following rounds, but the fight turned in the sixth when Haye slipped and damaged his right Achilles, and was left limping around the ring.

After twice falling to the canvas, which were ruled no knockdowns, Haye was knocked down from a barrage of punches.

From then on, Haye could hardly move away from any shots as Bellew teed off on him.

Bellew sent Haye through the ropes with a combination in the 11th and as Haye was climbing back into the ring, his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to the stop the fight and end Haye’s punishment at 2:16 of the round.

Bellew said: “I wanted to really beat him more than anything in the world.
“I have got so much respect for David as a fighter, we can do it again.”

Haye said: “I trained good going into the fight. I wanted to do a demolition job. I hit him hard on the chin tonight. I did not expect him to have the chin and the durability that he has. Bellew, by far, was the better fighter tonight.”

Also on the card, IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) stopped Adoni Gago (16-3-2, 5 KOs) in the ninth round of a non-title fight.

British contender Sam Eggington (20-3, 12 KOs) halted former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi  (36-8, 7 KOs) by a body shot in the eighth round for the WBC international welterweight title.

Ohara Davies (15-0, 12 KOs) floored British rival Derry Mathews (38-12-2, 20 KOs) twice en route to a third round stoppage win for the WBC silver light welterweight title.

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On The Rise: Arizona State Men’s Swimming

Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

By Jason Tillotson, Swimming World College Intern

Since 2010, the Arizona State University Men’s Swimming and Diving team hadn’t placed higher than fifth at the Pac-12 conference championship meet. That is, until this past weekend, when the Sun Devils placed fourth, ahead of in-state rival Arizona. ASU men’s swimming has been on the rise for the past few years, but their success has catapulted since legendary coach Bob Bowman took the driver’s seat in Tempe. With Bowman’s expertise, ASU has quickly gone from absent at NCAA’s to setting up some great scoring swims for this year’s championship.

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Before Bowman was announced as head coach, ASU had some trouble with keeping coaches and performance. The program suffered and was cut temporarily due to budgetary constraints in May of 2008, before being reinstated that July. More than 450 individuals donated and pledged to help the cause, ultimately raising $1 million – enough to cover the cost of four seasons.

Thanks to large efforts on behalf of the Sun Devil Swimming Association (SDSA) the men’s swimming team quickly rebounded and stabilized on financial ground within the first few years. The SDSA was later able to create a permanent endowment for the men’s and women’s swimming teams in the spring of 2014, helping to secure scholarships for their student-athletes.

ASU had never placed higher than 16th at an NCAA championship and, beyond that, the Sun Devils have been either absent or scoreless among recent NCAA appearances. At last year’s NCAA championships ASU scored only two points, placing 46th out of 50 teams. After some heavy recruiting done by their seasoned staff, the Sun Devils have placed themselves in a perfect position to contend for a top-ten finish in Indianapolis.

Their recent success has been largely due to their loaded freshman class. Twelve swimmers out of their entire roster are freshman and among those talented twelve, is now two-time Pac-12 champion Cameron Craig. Craig won the 100 and 200 freestyles this past weekend, going 41.95 and 1:31.71, those times rank him sixth and second in the nation, respectively. The latter of the two races is probably Craig’s and ASU’s best shot at a top-eight individual finish. In addition, ASU now has several NCAA automatic qualifying standards, and even more B-cut swims that will likely be invited.

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ASU’s Patrick Park – Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

Craig isn’t the only star Bowman and his gifted staff have developed this season, though. Junior Patrick Park has played a tremendous role in the Sun Devil’s recent success, especially in duel meets. In the dual meet season, ASU held a record of 4-2-1, thier best record in quite a while, with notable wins over Utah and USC. The tie came with in-state rival University of Arizona, where the Sun Devils proved they could go toe-to-toe with the Wildcats, one of the best programs in the country.

ASU hasn’t just crafted a few strong swimmers here and there, they have become extremely deep across all events, which has set them up to have great relay performances. ASU showed their great versatility both in their suited-up duel meet with Arizona in early February and at the Pac-12 championships this past weekend. In both meets, ASU won the 400 freestyle relay. In their victory at the conference championships, ASU would hold off top-tier teams such as Cal and Stanford to take the win. In terms of the other relays ASU was no slouch there either. In the 400 medley relay ASU dropped nearly four seconds from their seed time to place 2nd behind the Cal Bears, a team which will likely contend for the NCAA team title in a few short weeks. ASU could very well have all five relays at the NCAA championships this year.

It has been a very long time since ASU has been in the hunt with the likes of Cal, Stanford and USC. Perhaps this season will be the best season ASU has ever had. With big name recruits such Grant House and Will Brenton, ASU’s momentum does not seem to be slowing down. Could the Sun Devils make history this year? Only time will tell where Bob Bowman and his staff take this program.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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England to Allow Full Body Suits in Competition for Religious Purposes

Photo Courtesy: Amateur Swimming Association

New swimwear guidance for competitive swimming will allow more people to participate in events across England.

The ASA has announced a relaxation of Regulation 411 which previously banned swimwear that covered the whole body.

The new guidance means swimmers who wear full body suits for religious beliefs or a pre-existing medical condition, are now able to compete in all ASA licensed swimming meets and national events.

A positive step for swimming in England

Chris Bostock, Chairman of the ASA Sport Governing Board, said: “This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming in England and one that we hope will encourage many more people to take part.

“We want everyone to be able to reach their potential. Representing your Club at a national swimming competition is very special. By changing these rules we hope to encourage a new generation of swimmers.”

Rimla Akhtar from the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation (MWSF), said: “Participation in sport amongst Muslim women is increasing at a rapid pace. It is imperative that governing bodies adapt and tailor their offerings to suit the changing landscape of sport, including those who access their sport.

“The MWSF is glad to have requested a review of competition laws in relation to full body suits by the ASA and are extremely pleased at the outcome.

“We thank the ASA for their leadership in this matter. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that this ruling is also adopted at the elite level both nationally and internationally.”

Swimwear guidance for competitive swimming already in effect

The new guidance is already in effect. It applies to all levels of ASA licensed meets (1,2,3 and 4) and ASA National Events.

The guidance was developed by the ASA Swimming Management Group following recommendations from the MSWD.

It also covers those involved in running the events including technical officials and volunteers.

Press release courtesy of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

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The Week That Was: World Rankings Shake Up In Indy and Down Under

Photo Courtesy: Melissa Lundie

Swimming across the globe got a lot more interesting this week, with the Arena Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis and the NSW Open Champs in Australia giving swimmers from around the world a chance to test the waters as we begin to creep toward this summer’s World Championships. Read about those meets and more in The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Indian River Extends NJCAA Streak

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Indian River extended their streak of NJCAA Championships this weekend, bringing their number of consecutive championships to 43 for the men and 39 for the women. The Pioneer men and women more than doubled the points of their next closest competitors, totaling 1293 and 1210 points respectively. Indian River’s Nicholas Loomis set two new NJCAA records in the 50 (21.27) and 200 butterfly (1:46.10), while Osianna McReed set a new NJCAA record in the 50 butterfly (24.62). You can check out full recaps of all days of competition on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #4 – NC State Men Wins Third Consecutive ACC Title

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Photo Courtesy: Todd Kirkland, theACC.com

The men of NC State joined their women’s team in celebrating a ACC conference championship this week, earning the third consecutive win for the men’s team. Olympic gold medalist and NC State junior Ryan Held had a standout meet, starting it off with a new ACC meet and conference record in the 50 free (18.68). He did the same in the 100 fly (44.79) before setting a new meet record in the 100 free (41.61). Held also contributed to four relay wins for the Wolfpack. All of this came with a full beard, signaling he has plenty left to drop come NCAAs in a few weeks. Held was named Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet for his performances. You can catch up on all of the meet coverage from the 2017 ACC Championships on our Event Coverage Page.

The Week That Was #3 – Stanford Holds Off Cal At Pac-12 Championships

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The Stanford Cardinal held off a late charging Cal-Berkeley team to win the 2017 Pac-12 Conference Championships, finishing with 784 points over Cal’s 767. Stanford displayed impressive depth across the meet, particularly in the distance freestyle events. That was kicked off by freshman Grant Shoults who threw down a new Pac-12 record in the 500 free (4:10.67), and was joined in the A final by freshman True Sweetser junior Liam Egan, and freshman James Murphy. Sweetser himself would come back to lead a 1-2-3 Cardinal finish in the 1650 en route to setting the championship record, just sneaking past Erik Vendt’s legendary record from 2003. Other notable performances included Cal senior Ryan Murphy reset both of his backstroke meet records, posting a 44.76 and 1:38.07 to win the 100 and 200. Arizona State University freshman Cameron Craig was another standout from the meet, winning the 200 free in the 8th fastest time in history over USC’s Dylan Carter, 1:31.72 to 1:31.98. You can check out full recaps of all days of the meet on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #2 – NSW Open Champs Features Fast Swims

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Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr / Swimming Australia Ltd.

The Aussies were joined by a few fellow international swimmers this week at the 2017 New South Wales Open Championships, with several athletes throwing down world leading times. Cameron McEvoy was one of those athletes, throwing down a 48.13 in the prelims of the 100 freestyle before winning the event in 48.66. Both of those times were faster than the previous world best that had been set hours earlier at the Indy Grand Prix meet. Cate Campbell made a similar statement in the women’s event, taking the 100 free in a world leading 53.15 on the heels of announcing that she will not be competing at the World Championships in Budapest this summer. The Aussie also won the 50 free in 24.47. Also notable was Emily Seebohm, who posted a world leading time in the 100 back (59.28). Those should be confidence boosters for all three Australians following this summer’s Olympics, as each went in as a presumptive individual gold medal favorite and were each left off the podium.

The Week That Was #1 – Arena Pro Swim Series Stops In Indy

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Photo Courtesy: Melissa Lundie

The Arena Pro Swim Series continued in Indianapolis this week, with many U.S. and international stars coming together to post more leading world times on the other side of the globe. In his first competition on U.S. soil, British star Adam Peaty set a new U.S. Open record in the 100 breast in addition to improving his own #1 time in the world, touching the wall in 58.86. Japan’s Daiya Seto was another big winner on the men’s side, posting a world leading time in the 400 IM (4:10.22) that cut more than a second from his previous top ranked time. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell also posted a world leading time in the 200 back (2:08.68), just edging out Emily Seebohm’s top time in the world from earlier in the day. Molly Hannis did the same thing in the 100 breast, just edging out the previous time in the world that had been set by Yulia Efimova in Australia when she won in 1:06.47. China’s Xu Jiayu battled Jacob Pebley down to the wire to best Pebly’s previous world best in the 200 back, touching in 1:55.04. Xu also moved past Matt Grevers’ top time in the 100 back when he won in 53.04. You can see full recaps and results from the meet on our Event Landing Page.

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Hungarian Water Polo Player Dr. András Bodnár Added to ISHOF Class of 2017

Photo Courtesy: Yiannis Gianouris/Waterpololegends.com

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today that Dr. András Bodnár will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. Dr. Bodnár is the twelfth member of the class to be named for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, open water swimmer Maarten Van Der Weijden, swimmers Wu Chuanyu (CHN) and Takeshi “Halo” Hirose (USA), Georges Vallerey, Jr. (FRA), Alain Bernard (FRA), diver Zhang Xiuwei (CHN) and Laura Wilkinson (USA), long distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (USA), water polo player Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

We are so proud of Andras’ induction,says Hungarian Water Polo President Dénes Kemény. Because after so many Hungarian water polo players in the Hall of Fame (19), we have one more honoree. And there is no doubt about his greatness!”

Hungary is a land of thermal springs and although landlocked, swimming and water sports are ingrained in their culture. This love of water led to an early domination of international swimming and diving competitions in the late 19th and early 20th century competitions.  But in the 1920s, it was water polo that came to symbolize Hungarys unique strengths and individuality.  From 1928 to 2008, the Hungarians have dominated the sport like no other nation, winning 9 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, including back-to-back titles twice: 1932 and 1936 and, 1952  and 1956, and a triple – back-to-back-to back – from 2000 to 2008.

András Bodnár was born on April 9, 1942 in Ungvár, Hungary, a town that today is known as Uzhgorod, in the Ukraine. In 1952, he began swimming and playing water polo for various clubs in Eger until 1962, when he joined the team of the Budapest University Medical Association. In addition to being an outstanding water polo player, he was also one of Hungarys top middle distance swimmers. He was selected for the first of his four Olympic teams as an 18 year-old and would stand on the podium in each appearance, winning a bronze medal in 1960, gold in 1964 and silver medals in 1968 and 1972. In 1973 he was a member of the team that won the gold at the first FINA World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade. Between 1960 and 1976, he played for the Hungarian National Team in 186 international games – at the same time he was pursuing his medical career. Amazingly, he also swam in the Olympic Games in 1960 and 1964, although he did not make the finals.

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1964 Tokyo Olympic gold medal team of Hungary, with FINA President and ISHOF Founder, R. Max Ritter – Photo Courtesy: Yiannis Gianouris/Waterpololegends.com

In 1968, Bodnár earned his medical degree from the Budapest Semmelweis Medical University. From 1968 to 1985 Dr. Bodnár was Assistant Professor of Surgery. In 1985 he was promoted to head of surgery at Frigyes Korányi Hospital and later National Public Health and Medical Office Supervisor. A man of incredible energy and dedication to his sport, he served as Vice-President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, water polo division from 1981 to 1989, and as president of the newly formed Hungarian Water Polo Federation from 1989 to 1992. Since 1990 he has been a member of the LEN (European Swimming Federation) Medical Committee and since 2004 a member of the Francis Field Foundation Board of Trustees.

In a swimming and water polo career spanning almost two decades, in which he won four Olympic medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), the inaugural World Championship Gold, two European Championships and seven Hungarian Championships, Dr. András Bodnár goes down in history as one of the greatest players of all time and the twentieth player from Hungary to be so honored.  

About ISHOF

The International Hall of Fame, established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children.  It accomplishes this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to preserving the history of swimming, the memory and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information contact Bruce Wigo at 954-462-6536 ext. 201, or by email bwigo@ishof.org

Press release courtesy of ISHOF

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Porte's Paris-Nice dreams over after a second day of time losses

If one was hoping for a deep analysis of BMC Racing‘s disappointing performance on stage 2 of Paris-Nice then talking to the riders wasn’t the best place to start.

Dripping wet and shivering in the cold conditions, only Nicolas Roche offered up any dialogue as he clambered onto the bus. ‘I feel dead’ the Irishman said after a brutal day of racing that saw Richie Porte‘s chances of winning the race implode after the Australian lost over 14 minutes.

During the morning briefing, BMC and Porte team knew that the weather would play its part, with driving rain and wind once again on the menu. The loss of Michael Schär, who crashed out on stage 1, was a blow but the team truly felt the effects once Porte and his teammates were scattered in the blustery conditions on the road to Amilly.

“It was a really hard day for us. Of course we lost Schär yesterday and he was an important guy for this sort of race,” Valerio Piva told Cyclingnews.

“Without this guy we couldn’t keep Richie in the front. Richie was there but in one moment he was in a bad position and no one was there for us. He was dropped and of course with this weather, and temperature it’s not the best for him.”

Piva was in the team’s second car during the stage but was aware of the team’s situation when race radio crackled into life and confirmed Porte’s predicament.

“We tried to come back, and in the feed zone it was more or less 1:30 to the leaders. But then at the front there were more attacks and we’ve lost the chance today for GC. We will continue but we’ll look forward. It was a bad day but that was the race.”

The question will inevitably be why Porte – a former winner of this race and a genuine contender for the Tour de France podium – was left isolated at such a vital moment in the race. The remaining six BMC riders rallied around their leader but the damage was already done. If stage 1 was a mini-disaster, Monday’s stage was game over in the battle for GC.

Piva pointed to the weather but also the line-up BMC chose for this race.

“This race is very hard in the final and we’ve brought more riders here who can follow on the climbs. I repeat, we had Schar here to do this job and he was there with Francisco Ventoso and Danilo [ed. Wyss] but we know the job Schar does for Greg Van Avermaet in the Classics and missing one guy was the big problem.”

“We knew in the morning that it would be a difficult day to stay at the front. A lot of leaders were a bit in trouble, and everyone was alone, but Richie was too far behind. He had a problem with the cold, and he lost too much time around the feed zone.”

With the yellow jersey out of reach BMC will be forced to turn their attention to stage wins. In Porte, Roche and Alessandro De Marchi they certainly have options.

“Stage [wins] are possible, and we’ll try for something. We’ll show that we’re still a big team.”

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