May 22, 2017

Dolomites tough test

Passo dello Stelvio

Tomorrow's stage from Rovetta To Bormio (the Queen Stage) will truly begin the fight for pink. Tom Dumoulin will really have to answer the question whether he can hold on the maglia rosa until Milan.

Passo del Mortirolo, 962m of climbing in 12.6km, 7.6% avg, 16% maximum

Passo dello Stelvio, Cima Coppi, 1549m of climbing in 21.7km, 7.1% avg, 12% maximum

Umbrialpass, 1116m of climbing in 13.45km,  8.4% avg, 12% maximum

 The Stelvio will be climbed twice and finishes in Bormio.

"It's normal that my body gets better in the third week. The high altitude passes go well for me. Dumoulin is regular and can maintain it well, but I'm good on the high climbs when we are there at 2,000 meters."
- Nairo Quintana

Rest day...

May 20, 2017

Flying Dutchman

"We haven't done even half of the climbs of this Giro. The climbs in the last week will make it very hard... but this day they won't take away from me. Now, I have an even bigger advantage. It's a really nice advantage, but we can't sit back and relax. We have to stay really focused and then we'll see what happens in the next week."
- Tom Dumoulin

"I hope to gain time on him to Oropa, but instead Dumoulin gained time on me. It was harder than I expect, it's clear that he was the best today. I tried with all my forces and it wasn't enough. The stage ended in a different way than I expected. If I want to see the positive side, it's that we made a bigger gap to other contenders. So with these feelings I can do very well in the third week. I still have a good team and we will try everything possible to try to break Dumoulin, but for sure, he showed to be stronger than before on the climbs. But today is just one climb."
- Nairo Quintana

Clawing up Oropa...

Looming: Passo dello Stelvio...

Stelvio tunnel

May 19, 2017

Friday File: #4 for Gaviria and I thought shit I've done something

Bennett on to beating Majka by 35secs.
photo: Bryn Lennon

Joe Dibben won the sixth stage ITT around Big Bear Lake and Kiwi George Bennett took over the race lead with one stage to go. He's on the eve to possibly winning his first World Tour race.

"Franz the team guy who was on my radio doesn't normally get excited but at the half way he just lit up and I knew I was on a good time. At altitude you never go really deep and I just held it and when I crossed the line all the cameras were coming and stuff and I thought shit maybe I've done something good and next minute I'm wearing the yellow jersey. I think it's close enough that it could come down to sprint bonuses and it's not going to be a parade lap like we do in Madrid in the Vuelta, this is serious racing tomorrow and the boys have a big job."
- George Bennett

4 is more.

"It's been a different sprint today and a difficult sprint indeed but thanks to my team I managed to go back up and win one more stage. I'm now the Colombian with most stage victories at the Giro but it doesn't mean much. To me it means that I came to the Giro well prepared."
- Fernando Gaviria

Possibly the best cycling interview...

May 17, 2017

Omar Fraile: Huge win in Bagno di Romagna

The Stage 11 hero.

First Giro d'ltalia stage win for Dimension Data and for up and rising star Omar Fraile.

"I knew that Rui Costa was the rider I feared the most, but that he would be tired after making that effort, and so in the final sprint, I think I had more energy than he did."
- Omar Fraile

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