Tom Dumoulin extends Giro d’Italia lead over Nairo Quintana with superb summit finish victory

Dutchman extends his overall lead towards three minutes

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) produced one of the best rides of his career as he won stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia, beating Nairo Quintana in the summit finish to extend his overall lead.

The third week of this Giro d’Italia was meant to be a battle between Dumoulin and Quintana, with Dutchman trying to limit his losses, but after the first Alpine stage the Sunweb rider now finds himself with a lead of nearly three minutes.

As expected, the summit finish to Oropa saw an attack from Quintana with four kilometres remaining, a stinging acceleration that was enough to distance all of his rivals.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) were comprehensively dropped, but Dumoulin was slowly but surely able to claw his way back on to the Colombian’s wheel, making the junction with two kilometres to the line.

From there many would have expected the Dutchman to ride defensively, but instead he attacked, briefly putting Quintana in trouble.

However the Movistar rider made his way back onto Dumoulin’s wheel, bringing Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) along with him, meaning there would be four riders contesting the stage win.

Dumoulin led them into the final 300m, when Zakarin burst for the line. Dumoulin quickly jumped onto the Russian’s wheel, while Quintana, suffering from his early efforts was distanced.

As the road turned left into the finishing straight it was a two-horse race between Zakarin and the pink jersey, and in the final 150m to former faded, allowing Dumoulin to come around the right-hand side to take a famous stage win and tighten his grip on the pink jersey.


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Ohio Sprinter Nate Mullens Verbally Commits to NC State

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Nate Mullens has sent his verbal commitment to the NC State Wolfpack. Mullens is a sprinter from Ohio who has seen dramatic recent improvement. He trains with Canton City Schools and attends Hoover High School.

His top times are:

  • 50 Free 20.45
  • 100 Free 45.45
  • 50 Back 24.35
  • 100 Back 51.46

At this year’s Ohio High School Division 1 State Championship that 20.45 was good enough for the state title. Just last year he was a 21.09 in the splash and dash. He’s improved from a 49.48 in 2016 in the 100 free.

In the ACC it took a 20.15 to score in the 50 freestyle this year. Given Mullens recent improvement trend, he’ll likely enter scoring range after another year of training at home and a season with the Wolfpack. The Pack had five scoring swimmers in that event.

He shared on his Instagram, “I am thrilled to announce that I will be attending North Carolina State University concluding my senior year! I am so happy to be joining the Wolfpack family, and advancing not only my academics but my swimming as well. As always #gopack”

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Oklahoma Christian Announces Inaugural Women’s Swimming Class

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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19, 2017) – Ten standout swimmers have signed to compete on Oklahoma Christian’s inaugural women’s swimming team, OC coach Josh Davis said Friday.

“I love that Oklahoma Christian University is not only providing a much needed new college swimming option, but one that is committed to developing all the areas of a total athlete – mind, body and spirit,” Davis said.

“I’m excited to work hard for this first class in helping them reach their potential while having a great time. And the whole campus is excited to cheer on this first-ever OC swim team.”

The Lady Eagles will begin competition with the 2017-18 season. Included on the first OC roster will be:

Madeline Benitez of Irving, Texas (Nimitz High School), who specializes in the freestyle;
Rachel Brock of Drexel, Mo., who will swim the butterfly and freestyle strokes;
Allison DeWeirdt of Keller, Texas, who will swim freestyle and breaststroke;
Megan Diamond of San Antonio (MacArthur High School), who will swim freestyle, butterfly and individual medley;
Hanna Forbat of Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township High School), who will swim the freestyle and butterfly;
Heidi Fritscher of Mandeville, La. (Mandeville High School), who will swim the individual medley and freestyle;
Christian Ruiz of Irving, Texas (Irving High School), a freestyle specialist;
Hailey Webster of San Antonio (Smithson Valley High School), who will swim the freestyle and butterly; and
Kassidy Young of Los Lunas, N.M. (Los Lunas High School), who will swim the individual medley and breaststroke.

Those nine swimmers will join Ashley Harmon of Houston, who signed with the Lady Eagles last fall. Davis said he expects more swimmers to sign in the coming months.

“This inaugural freshman class is very special in their desire, work ethic and potential,” Davis said. “We look forward to forming some fun rivalries with other Division II schools in this five-state region. We have a great mix of athletes who are excited to keep their swim career going and we have some who will be qualifying for the NCAA Championships and, most likely, Olympic Trials by their senior year.”

Oklahoma Christian Athletics contributed this report. 

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Aude Biannic left traumatised after being hit by car in training

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope rider Aude Biannic says that she’s still traumatised after being hit by a car during training. Biannic had been training on her time trial bike on Tuesday near Rennes in northern France when she was struck from behind by a motorist. Since the accident, she has only been on the home trainer, concerned that she may be hit again.

“At first I did not want to talk too much about it, I thought it would not change anything,” she told French newspaper Le Telegramme. “But yes, I, too, got hit by a car on Tuesday in training. And I too am doing well … I only have big aches, but it could have been more dramatic. I am still traumatised: since the accident, I have not been back out.

“I do not want to go on the road. I am scared. The first time I go out to train, I certainly will not go alone. Looking back, I think I was lucky. A few centimetres … If the person had not braked at all, she would have crushed me. In my misfortune, yes, I had a little luck.”

Biannic explained to Le Telegramme that she had only just started her training ride when the car appeared to accelerate into the back of her. “I started training on my time trial bike, and after just five minutes at an intersection, a car came at me from behind,” she said.

“I turned to the left, the car that was following me took the same direction. At the end of the intersection, as the light was red, I slowed down while the car accelerated. I still wonder why. She hit me from behind and I fell back. My head hit the ground first. Fortunately, I had my helmet. It had to be going at 30-40 kph. The shock was violent. I have to wear a neck brace for seven days but as the [injured] muscles are more located in the front of the neck and the abdomen, this neck brace doesn’t do much for me.

“I still do not understand why she did not see me; I was right in front of her. I did not slalom between the cars.”

When will it stop?

Biannic is the latest in a long line of riders whohave been involved in incidents involving vehicles during training. Last month, Michele Scarponi was killed when he was struck by a truck at an intersection near his home. Tour de France champion Chris Froome was hit by a car during training last month, but fortunately escaped serious injury. Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s Yoann Offredo was left with a broken nose and rib after being attacked by a motorist while he was out training with friends. Former Moto GP world champion Nicky Haydon also remains in critical condition after being hit by a car while he was riding his bike in Italy.

“On Tuesday evening, a cyclist was also struck in Rennes by a lady who had two grammes of alcohol [in her system]. He was less lucky than Antoine [Benoist]  and me, he died. I get the impression that these accidents between motorists and cyclists happen every day. There was also the MotoGP rider [Hayden], Froome … When will it stop?” Biannic asked.

Asked what needed to be done to prevent more accidents like her own, Biannic said that the authorities needed to take a firmer stance.

“I do not know. I think that the authorities should really take this issue hand in hand,” she said. “With a shock campaign of awareness, for example. It cannot last. We cannot do our sport safely anymore… Personally, I was wondering about Tuesday night. Risking your life for a sport. My parents told me to change sports. When they know that I am in training, they are not reassured. I understand them.”

Biannic is set to race for the first time since the accident at this Sunday’s Coupe de France de Loudéac.

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‘I would have been happy with top 20’: Team Sky’s Jon Dibben reflects on his first pro win

23-year-old took his debut pro win on stage six of the Tour of California

After spent the first five months of his professional career working for others, Jon Dibben was understandably delighted to take his first pro win at the Tour of California, revealing that a top 20 finish would have been satisfactory enough.

The 23-year-old Team Sky rider blasted around the 24km time trial course on stage six of the Tour of California, setting a time of 28-27 that was enough to hold off the general classification contenders, even with Dibben easing off 50m from the line.

“When I crossed the line I didn’t know I’d set the fastest time for a couple of minutes,” Dibben said after the stage.

“I was pretty happy with that because I knew a few people who were targeting the time trial had gone before me. But I thought [Andrew] Talansky and [Brent] Bookwalter would be up there, so I didn’t think I’d be in the hot seat for long.

“Then when I beat Vegard Stake Laengen, who I thought would go well, I got slightly nervous. I started to believe. Watching the last guys come in was stressful!”

>>> Crashes, time penalties, and stomach problems: a history of Team Sky’s bad luck at the Giro d’Italia

While the course at Big Bear Lake was a fairly simple out-and-back course, the fact that it was at more than 2,000m above sea level meant that Dibben and the rest of the riders in the race were unsure what to expect.

“After the Tour de Yorkshire me and Tao flew straight to Park City, which is at 2,000 metres, and we were there for nine days,” Dibben continued.

“We didn’t got there with this TT in mind, it was more just to get an altitude camp and a good block of training in ahead of the race, but it would definitely have helped today.

“We were all discussing this morning how we thought it was going to go, what difference being at altitude would make, but no one really knew.

>>> Tour of California 2017 live TV guide

As part of his first year at Team Sky, Dibben has ridden races in the Middle East and the cobbled Classics in support of others (including finishing 47 minutes down and outside the time limit at Paris-Roubaix), but admitted that he has had an eye on races which could suit him for personal glory.

“At the start of the year I didn’t have any specific goals. Just to turn up at races and do my job, hitting performance targets. Along the way I guess I’ve highlighted days like today and thought, ‘OK, that could suit me,’ but to win…

“Beforehand I was speaking to Tao and I didn’t really know what to expect. I guess I’d have been happy with a top 20 so to win is pretty damn good!”


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Monica Wilson – Reformer Workout (60 mins) – Level 3

Challenge your range of motion with this advanced Reformer workout with Monica Wilson. She teaches Colleen, who recently completed her training with Romana’s Pilates. She focuses on keeping the rhythm and flow of the class while also feeling strong and stable from the ground up.

Because this class is designed for advanced practitioners, Monica recommends watching this class before taking it so you know what to expect.

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Jessica Parratto and Michael Hixon Top Semifinals at USA Diving Trials

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2016 Olympians Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) lead the women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter fields after preliminary and semifinal competition Friday at USA Diving’s World Championships Trials.

The finals are set for Sunday, with two spots on each event at stake for this summer’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Scores are cumulative, with preliminaries, semifinals and finals all counting in team selection.

Parratto leads the women’s 10-meter standings with 672.90 points after two lists of dives. Tarrin Gilliland (Liberty Hill, Texas/Midland, Texas) is in second place with 643.15 points, and Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) is third at 634.60.

Hixon scored 841.90 points to top the men’s 3-meter field after two lists of dives. 2016 Olympian Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) scored 833.70 points to sit in second heading into the finals, and Briadam Herrera (Miami, Fla.) is third with 808.10 points.

Parratto has been working on the difficult back 3 ½ pike, a dive with a degree of difficulty of 3.6 that very few women in the world are doing. She scored 66.60 points on the dive in both the preliminaries and the semifinals. Parratto previously used a back 3 ½ tuck, which has a DD of 3.3.

“It’s a really difficult dive, but I’ve been training it for a few months now and it’s slowly getting there. I’m pretty close to actually getting it down. I was a little over on both of them, but I was really happy with how it went considering it’s pretty hard,” Parratto said.

Parratto had previously competed the dive at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships earlier this year but not in the preliminary or semifinal. With the world trials being cumulative, it was a risk to try to the difficult dive three times.

“We were planning on doing this dive in all three lists from the beginning of the year. It was a big challenge to see if I could do it in all three lists, especially in a 10 a.m. prelim when you’re not as loose. Hopefully in the final I can do an even better job,” said Parratto.

Hixon scored more than 70 points on six of his 12 dives, including 86.70 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in the preliminaries. Johnson closed out his semifinal list with 84.60 points on a front 4 ½ tuck for his best-scoring dive of the day after scoring more than 70 points on five other dives throughout the preliminaries and semifinals.

The World Championship Trials continue Saturday with preliminaries and semifinals in women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m., with semifinals set for 5 p.m.

Standings after women’s 10-meter semifinals

1. Jessica Parratto (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 672.90
2. Tarrin Gilliland (City of Midland), 643.15
3. Delaney Schnell (Unattached), 634.60
4. Olivia Rosendahl (Unattached), 550.45
5. Amy Magana (The Indiana International School of Diving), 519.20
6. Daria Lenz (Unattached), 455.80
7. Johanna Holloway (Moss Farms Diving), 439.85
8. Alessandra Murphy (Club Wolverine Diving), 397.10
9. Alexis Vincent (Purdue University), 378.90

Standings after men’s 3-meter semifinals

1. Michael Hixon (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 841.90
2. Steele Johnson (Purdue University), 833.70
3. Briadam Herrera (University of Miami), 808.10
4. Samuel Dorman (University of Miami), 742.80
5. Grayson Campbell (Longhorn Aquatics), 728.40
6. Joseph Cifelli (Purdue University), 706.65
7. Andrew Capobianco (Duke Diving), 703.40
8. Mark Anderson (Longhorn Aquatics), 700.15
9. Cody Coldren (TriSynerG Diving Academy), 627.05
10. Gregory Duncan (Dominion Dive Club), 624.35
11. Travis Wright (Unattached), 516.30

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Team Sky’s Jon Dibben wins Tour of California time trial as Rafal Majka slips out of yellow

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) the new race leader with just one day to go.

Team Sky‘s Jon Dibben emerged victorious on stage six of the Tour of California as George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) moved into yellow in the 24km time trial with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe)

The penultimate stage of the race saw the riders tackle a flat 24km out-and-back course that included some technical sections, but with the main issues being that it took place at more than 2,000m above sea level along the shores of Big Bear Lake.

Among the early starters, Italian Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) was the fastest, setting a time of 28-48 which stood for nearly an hour until it was beaten by 21 seconds by Jon Dibben (Team Sky), with the 23-year-old neo-pro pulling out a strong ride that would be enough for to give him the stage win.

>>> Tour of California 2017 route guide

Dibben’s time would not be touched by any of the general classification, but Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing), sixth in GC going into the stage, put in a strong performance to knock Ganna down the standings, finishing in a time that was just seven seconds slower than Dibben.

Cannondale-Drapac’s Andrew Talansky, winner of Thursday’s summit finish to Mount Baldy, had been expected to perform well, and delivered with a time 16 seconds behind Dibben that would eventually be good enough for third on the stage.

Less expected was the performance of George Bennett, with the New Zealander delivering one of the best time trials of his career to lose just two seconds to Talansky.

However there was no such good news for fans of race leader Rafal Majka, who despite looking smooth throughout his ride, finished in 22nd place, dropping nearly a minute.

>>> Tour of California: all the latest news, photos, and interviews

Ian Boswell (Team Sky), third overall coming into the stage, also finished on the same time as Majka, results that meant Majka dropped to second behind Bennett, while Boswell dropped to fifth.

The 2017 Tour of California concludes on Saturday with a 125km stage from Mountain High to Pasadena.

Results

Tour of California 2017, stage six: Big Bear Lake to Bike Bear Lake (24km, ITT)

1. Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky, in 28-27
2. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing, at 7 secs
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac, at 16 secs
4. George Bennett (NZl) LottoNl-Jumbo, at 18 secs
5. Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, at 21 secs
6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors, at 21 secs
7. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 23 secs
8. Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 23 secs
9. Martin Elmiger (Sui) BMC Racing, at 25 secs
10. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, at 27 secs

General classification after stage six

1. George Bennett (Nzl) LottoNL-Jumbo, in 20-16-38
2. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 35 secs
3. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Drapac, at 36 secs
4. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing, at 45 secs
5. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, at 1-00
6. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates, at 1-54
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky, at 2-12
8. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-15
9. Lachlan Morton (Aue) Dimension Data, at 2-20
10. Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-14


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Ashley Twichell Wins U.S. Women’s 10k By More Than a Minute, Headed to Budapest

Ashley Twichell pulled away from the field in the women’s 10k at the U.S. Open Water National Championships at Castaic Lake, winning by more than a minute over the two most recent Olympic silver medalists in the event.

A tight battle emerged for second-place honors, with Haley AndersonRachele Bruni and Becca Mann all in the mix. Anderson took the silver medal in the event at the 2012 Olympics and was fifth in 2016 in Rio, a rare where Italy’s Bruni got the silver.

Anderson unofficially finished second to claim the other U.S. spot in the 10k for Budapest.

More to come, including full results.

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Kentucky Nabs Verbal Commitment from Florida State Champ Mason Wilby

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The University of Kentucky received a verbal commitment from high school junior Mason Wilby. Wilby swims for Gator Swim Club and attends F.W. Bucholz High School in Gainesville, Florida.

Wilby has dual citizenship with Great Britain. This summer he will represent the nation at European Junior Championships. He swims for Loughborough Swimming when abroad.

Wilby is primarily a backstroker and butterflier. Some of his best SCY times are:

  • 100 Fly 48.80
  • 200 Fly 1:45.94
  • 100 Back 49.60
  • 200 Back 1:48.73
  • 200 IM 1:49.71

At this year’s Florida 4A State Championship Wilby was the 100 backstroke champion and picked up a silver in the 100 butterfly.

At the 2017 SEC Championships Wilby would have finished just tenths outside scoring range in the 200 butterfly. He’ll have one year to train alongside C finalist Matthew Beach.

To report a verbal commitment email HS@swimmingworld.com.

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