Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly October 8, 2020

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start line 08.10

Writing previews for bike races might have to be reclassified as a dangerous job. OK, it’s not up there with fishermen, roofers and pilots, but the current increased stress levels in the CW office can’t be healthy at all. On the same day that we were frantically rewriting this week’s Classics preview (after several riders had crashed at the BinckBank Tour while others had performed at Liège) Geraint Thomas and Simon Yates were dropping out of contention at the Giro due to some rotten luck. Pulling together our race previews is always fun: looking through the stats and form guides, speaking to riders and those in the know to create a guide with which you can enjoy and understand the racing. Then the racing actually starts and it all goes out the window. Our…

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thomas tumbles out of giro contention

Pre-race favourite for the Giro d’Italia Geraint Thomas dramatically fell out of contention during a chaotic third stage of the race in Sicily. Thomas crashed in the neutral zone in Enna and could be seen riding in some pain later in the stage when he was ejected from the back of the peloton well before the final ascent to the top of Mount Etna. Team-mates including Ben Swift amassed around the Welshman in hope of minimising his losses but Swift was directed back to the peloton rather than sacrifice his own chances on the stage in the service of Thomas. The Ineos Grenadiers leader could be seen with a badly torn jersey and a grimace as he slowly made his way up the mountain behind team-mate Rohan Dennis and was more than 10…

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giro shorts

EF fined £3,700 The team’s new eye-catching kit at the Giro d’Italia has netted a fine of 4,500 Swiss Francs, or £3,700. The new strip, a collaboration between Rapha and skate brand Palace, wasn’t registered with the UCI in time, resulting in all eight of their riders as well as a sports director being fined 500CHF each at the team presentation. Team boss Jonathan Vaughters tweeted: “Hope David Lappartient [UCI president] enjoys his dinner – on us! Salud!” Lopéz nearly ruptures artery Miguel Angel Lopéz suffered a wound very close to one of his arteries from his horrible crash in the Giro’s opening time trial. Team doctor Serge Niamke said: “The X-ray has shown no fractures, he suffered a deep wound very close to the iliac artery, which he had a surgery to…

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that first stage was quite something

One down, 20 to go – the first stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia has been ticked off, albeit 145 days later than first intended. In true Giro fashion the race opened with one of the most hair-raising stages of my short career, getting buffeted by gale-force winds on the fast descent into Palermo and quite literally blown all across the road at some points. My aim of the day was quite clear: give it some beans on the 1km climb to start, stay safe on the descent and finish her off with no risk. I almost managed to finish the job off but came racing into the last hairpin a bit hot, the effort of what came before definitely not helping, and lost the front wheel on the tight 180°…

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thomas’s crash robs us all

There was the whiff of a chance the Giro was going to the form book last weekend, with Geraint Thomas sitting in the prime spot towards the top of the overall contenders. But the Giro is notoriously unpredictable, and the very next day a stray bidon unceremoniously dumped him onto the tarmac at high speed and out of the GC race. For ever riders have been throwing bottles and often they’ll bounce off something and bounce back into the bunch. They can cause havoc. It’s remarkable there aren’t more crashes from them. It’s not clear exactly whether that’s what happened with Thomas in a fan’s video; it looks like a bottle bounced free by a bump in the road. Thomas clearly isn’t to blame for this crash but he does seem to…

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deignan back to her best with liège win

“It was horrible… I was praying the line would come quicker” Just in case there was any doubt, Lizzie Deignan showed emphatically that she was back to her best on Sunday when she won Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes with a 30-kilometre solo breakaway. The Trek-Segafredo rider, who has already won La Course and GP Plouay post-lockdown, bridged across to the breakaway and then attacked again on the climb of La Redoute and soloed to the finish, surviving a tense battle towards the end with Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott), who gave chase behind and came within nine seconds of Deignan at the end. It is her biggest win since returning to the sport after giving birth to her daughter in 2018, and puts her at the top of the Women’s WorldTour rankings. “I’m really, really happy! What a…