Giro Photo Essay: Zoncolan caps off week two

From oceanside sprints to the precipitous Zoncolon, the Giro’s second week had it all.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Simon Yates’s Scott Addict

Simon Yates rides a Scott Addict with numerous options for shifting and superlight touches everywhere.

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Giro d’Italia 2018: stage 16 time trial – live!

Froome has put a real wriggle on in the final part of his run, and crosses the line in 40:35 to move into fourth place on today’s stage. That was some recovery.

Yates records a time of 16:05 at the first split, in 16th place at that stage, 38 seconds down on the lead, which should keep him on course for staying in pink tonight. Work to do yet though.

Froome is seventh at the second split, in 30:08, 31 seconds down. So he’s got some work to do in the latter stages. Dumoulin, meanwhile, is only fourth at the first split, 17 seconds off the lead. Pinot and Pozzovivo are both struggling.

Rohan Dennis takes the stage lead! The Australian, heads down, sprints for the line out on the edge of the road, and overhauls Martin in 40 minutes exactly. Brilliant stuff. And a gauntlet laid down for Dumoulin.

Thibaut Pinot, fourth overall this morning, is having a bit of a shocker, 49th at the first split. This could be ominous for his overall Giro prospects.

Dumoulin looks as confident and sprightly as you’d expect, but he needs two minutes 11 on Yates today to take the overall lead, which on today’s overall evidence looks unlikely. Yates is perched right on the tip of his saddle, not looking enormously physically comfortable, but today’s all about hanging in there for him. Dennis is still storming ahead further towards the finish.

Yates is off! Meanwhile Rohan Dennis reaches the second split in 29:37, a whole SIX seconds ahead of Martin. The Australian BMC Racing rider is looking mightily impressive.

This is where they stand at the moment in today’s time trial:

Dumoulin is off! To great roars from the assembled. In front of him, Froome is sixth at the first split, 24 seconds down.

Simon Yates is at the start line, towel on head, going through his exercises, as Domenico Pozzovivo sets off. Only the big two to start now. The conditions look to have become more benign again now, which could be bad news for Tony Martin.

Fabio Aru meanwhile is driving, straining for the finish line, crossing the line in 40:37 to take third place. That was an excellent ride, and pushes Dowsett down to fourth. But will Dennis maintain his pace and overhaul the lot of them. He’s riding pretty smoothly at the moment. Back in Trento, Pinot and Lopez have set off.

A challenge! Rohan Dennis records the fastest time of the day at the first split (12.7km) in 15:40, 12 seconds ahead of Van Emden, the previous fastest through that phase. Tony Martin still has the clubhouse lead.

Froome is off and running, appearing to be heartily cheered by the considerable crowds thronging the streets of Trento, not a reception he gets everywhere.

Aru is still fighting, fourth at the second split, as Chris Froome readies himself on the start line. Another Italian, Diego Ulissi, just fails to dislodge Dowsett from third place by a fraction of a second, but that was a fine run. Jose Goncalves has faded after a bright start, 12th at the second split.

We’re at the business end now, Rohan Dennis, Patrick Konrad having now set off. Martin is still ahead on this stage. Will he be overhauled by the front-runners in what could be trickier conditions?

Fabio Aru, who’s had a tough Giro, is looking rather sprightlier today, third quickest through the first time-split, and Jose Goncalves is looking good too, though Martin picked up his pace in the later stages. Look out for Diego Ulissi too, third at the second split.

There’s some rain out there now towards the end of the course, it should be reported, which could add to the intrigue and drama later on and give an advantage to those who’ve already finished. Talking of which, a prediction: “I’m going with Froome,” roars Andrew Benton. “I think he’ll blast a few minutes off the leaders and get right back into contention. It’s only him and the clock today.”

Chad Haga, Dumoulin’s domestique, finishes strongly to record a time of 40:47 to move into fourth place today, immediately behind Dowsett, with Martin leading and Van Emden second. David de La Cruz is also going well as he approaches the finish. Just another word on some of the earlier action – Ryan Mullen of Ireland looked to be in contention until he appeared to cramp up in the later stages, crossing the line in 41:09.

“Can you recommend staying in the sunny park and suffering not knowing how Yates will go other than through sporadic updates or suffering by going inside and watching it?” asks Philip Smisson. “The park is very nice and sunny.” Sounds like you’ve convinced yourself there Philip, unless you’re a hay fever sufferer.

No major movements at the top end of today’s leaderboard for a while – Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Davide Ballerini have been ambling along almost beside each other as if out for a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride – so Martin still 13 seconds out in front. A reminder that the top 10 will be setting off from 3pm BST, with Dumoulin going at 3.27pm BST and Yates three minutes later.

“Afternoon Tom.” Afternoon Phil Laing, who brings back memories of my teenage paper round by describing himself as “slowly cycling somewhere near Chingford”. “Alex Dowsett, as an Essex lad, appears on my Strava feed a lot, often riding up hills at twice my speed, on rides that are twice as long as mine, that he’s labelled ‘nice to have a gentle spin now and then.’ Disheartening isn’t the half of it.”

Martin is not to be denied, storming home in 40:14 to lead by 13 seconds – the German hasn’t won a time trial since last June, and he’s never won a stage at the Giro, but he rolled back the years there.

The Dutch rider Van Emden, a fine time-trialler, nabs the lead from Dowsett powering to the line to finish in 40:27. But how long will that last with Martin on the charge? Dowsett is second, and Vasil Kiryienka third.

Anyway, leader in the early runnings today is the British rider Alex Dowsett, who has just stormed into the lead with an impressive time of 40:40, a whopping 24 seconds faster than today’s previous fastest, Mads Pedersen. But Jos Van Emden, less than 6km from the finish, is going to challenge that lead hard. As is Tony Martin, who at the 25.6km marker is the fastest so far

Afternoon everyone. Sometimes things are simple. And today’s action boils down to one rider against another. One leading, one chasing. One a young-ish outsider, the other a defending champion on familiar ground. Thus is today’s stage set between Simon Yates and Tom Dumoulin. Yates’s sensational performance in winning Sunday’s stage has somewhat upset calculations that Dumoulin’s time-trialling superiority can today wrench him the Pink Jersey, and the British Mitchelton-Scott rider has some time in hand now.

Of course, Yates isn’t much of a time-trialler – it’s somewhat refreshing to hear a top-level sportsman utter the phrase “I’m not very good anyway” – whereas Dumoulin, world individual time trial champion and winner of the opening time trial in the Giro this year, most certainly is. It’ll make for a fascinating conclusion to today’s stage. Elsewhere, Chris Froome is fighting for a place on the podium but he could have his work cut out against the in-form climbers Domenico Pozzovivo and Thibaut Pinot. Today’s stage, a 34.2km schlepp from Trento, south to Roveroto, is largely flat though, despite its Alpine location.

Tom will be here shortly.

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Technical FAQ: Weight, gravity, and coasting downhill

Lennard Zinn addressed a follow-up question regarding a recent column about coasting downhill and the forces that come into play.

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Chaves still can’t explain Giro collapse

Colombian Esteban Chaves was riding strong at the Giro d’Italia until he had two bad days in a row, sending him out of GC contention.

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What would get you on your bike? Here’s a chance to change your streets | Laura Laker

More walking and cycling would improve everything from the UK’s air quality to its health. The government is listening – send a message

Imagine if, with an email, you could help to start a national conversation about cleaning up the air where you live, improving the health of your community, boosting the local economy and making your neighbourhood a happier place to be. Well, you can – and you’ve got until 1 June.

This is the government consultation on its cycling and walking safety review, its purpose, “to help make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys”.

Related: Welcome to cycle heaven: why we moved our family to the Netherlands

Related: Cycling keeps your immune system young, study finds

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Giro d’Italia stage 16 time trial start times

The final week of the 2018 Giro d’Italia begins in earnest with the second, and most important, time trial of the race. The 34.2-kilometre test through the painfully scenic Trentino–Alto Adige region in northern Italy will set the scene for the final venture into the mountains.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is in the driving seat after a commanding second week in the maglia rosa. As the race leader, he will get the benefit of knowing how all of his rivals have performed as the last man off the ramp at 16:30 local time.

Yates did well in the shorter Jerusalem time trial on the opening day, but this is an entirely different kettle of fish.

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The top 15 will roll down the ramp at three-minute intervals, beginning with Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) at 15:48, reducing the risk of any of the GC contenders being caught by the rider behind.

Within the top 15 are two of the pre-stage favourites in Rohan Dennis (16:00) and Tom Dumoulin (16:27), both of whom will be looking to take time on their rivals. Chris Froome (16:12) struggled in the opening time trial after crashing in the recon, but he has been improving and should feature highly.

Maglia nera Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina) will kick things off at 13:20 and will be followed a minute later by his teammate Eugert Zhupa. Third man off the ramp Svein Tuft (Mitchelton-Scott) is likely to set the early benchmark.

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Breakaway has its day on stage 3 of Emakumeen Bira

A strong breakaway of 10 riders dominated stage 3 of the Emakumeen Bira. Pauliena Rooijakkers (WaowDeals) attacked from this break but was caught shortly before the finish, and the sprint was won by Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans).

After the race, Rooijakkers said that her teammate Anouska Koster was the rider who initiated the breakaway.

“Anouska attacked, and a lot of girls attacked behind her. There was another girl who attacked to bridge to the first group, and I went with her. Then we were two up in the break.”

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With this strength in numbers, Rooijakkers went on her long solo attack. She had an advantage of over a minute at one point, but her brave bid for the stage win eventually came to naught.

“Our plan was that I would attack, and we would always have Anouska for the sprint. I attacked on the last long climb, it was still 30km to go. I was feeling good, but I had small problems in the downhill, and they could see me riding. I tried everything, but they caught me four kilometres from the finish. Maybe it is easier to close the gap than to stay out front.”

Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo-Bigla) and Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle-High5) normally work for their teammates, but on stage 3 they went into the break that had a four-minute advantage on the peloton at one point and ended up sprinting for victory.

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Giro D’Italia 2018, Stage 16, Trento – Rovereto: Risotto Milanese

Giro D’Italia 2018, Stage 16, Trento – Rovereto: Risotto Milanese

Serves 4

Ingredients

1.5l chicken or vegetable stock

1 shallot (peeled & diced)

1 tsp saffron strands

75g unsalted butter

350g Carnaroli Risotto Rice

125ml of dry white wine

60g Parmesan or Grana Padano (grated)

Salt & Pepper

Bring the stock to the boil in a pan and keep it at a low simmer.

Melt 3/4 of the butter in a large frying pan over a low heat and fry the onion until soft.

Add the wine and let it cook off.

Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter for a minute, then start to add the hot stock, ladle by ladle.

Wait until each ladleful is absorbed before you add the next.

After 10 minutes’ cooking and stirring, add the saffron and some salt and pepper.

Continue to cook and add stock in the same way until the rice is al dente, roughly another 8–10 minutes, then add the rest of the butter and half the grated Parmesan.

Stir well and serve, sprinkling the remaining Parmesan on top.





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This spring saw Julian Alaphilippe secure the breakthrough Classics victory he’s long been promising, scoring a major scalp over Alejandro Valverde on the Mur de Huy to end the Spaniard’s four-year winning streak at Flèche Wallonne.

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Procycling sat down with the energetic Frenchman, and our new cover star, days after his victory to talk about his path to the top. Along the way, the Quick-Step Floors rider enjoyed a stint working as a mechanic, a year plying his trade with an amateur squad run by the French army and has a penchant for playing the drums.

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“It’s taken me time to realise I have to stay calm, and that’s helped me get better,” Alaphilippe told us. “But I’ve also learned that staying calm for too long costs me more energy than it would do if I was just letting off steam.”

From one Frenchman on a high to another who has endured a difficult 2018, Nacer Bouhanni tends to generate as many headlines for his off-the-bike behaviour as he does for his wins. The hot-headed sprinter has been in the spotlight again this year, as he’s struggled for form and abandoned four races this spring, while there are murmurings of clashes between him and those inside the Cofidis team. Daniel Friebe looks back over Bouhanni’s career to try and untangle his enigma.

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