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Giro d’Italia Final Week, Hammer Series & More! | The Cycling Race News Show

Giro d’Italia Final Week, Hammer Series & More! | The Cycling Race News Show


(race starting sounds) – Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. This week, the Giro
d’Italia wraps up in Rome. We’ve got the Baloise Belgium Tour, the final two stages
of the Emakumeen Bira, the Tour of Japan, the
des Fjords, the Rás, and the first Hammer
Series event of the year in Stavanger, Norway. What a difference a week makes. This time last week on the
Racing News Show, Simon Yates looks set to take the
biggest win of his career. And that lead looks more secure when he admirably defended his
lead at the stage 16 individual time trail, a
stage won by Rohan Dennis. From that point, as Yates himself said, all he and his team
needed to to, was defend. Easier said than done, as
we subsequently found out. Yates’s first sign of
weakness came on stage nine, the mountaintop finish at Prato Nevoso, he lost 28 seconds there, which
is exactly half his lead. Not the end of the world,
but as it turns out, it was a sign of things to come. The following day, which many saw as the Queen stage of the race,
so one the most dramatic stages of any grand
tour in recent history. Up the epic Colle delle
Finestre, Team Sky rode their trademark high
tempo, one of the first riders they shed was
Simon Yates, with still 80 kilometers to go. It
was quite a sad sight to see the pink jersey
slip out of contention in the way that he did.
The disappointment for both him and the rest
of the team must have been huge at that particular point. It’s quite amazing,
really, that you can take five stage wins, lead
the race for 13 days, and still come out the other end with a tinge of disappointment.
Cycling really can be quite a cruel sport at times. Meanwhile, up front on that
stage, Chris Froome attacked. It looked like a suicide mission, but as the kilometers ticked
by, the gap ticked up. Tom Dumoulin, virtual
race leader at that point, suddenly found himself having
to do the chase of his life. Not helped by Sebastian
Reichenback apparently. Dumoulin compared the Swiss
rider from FDJ-Groupama to a grandma when subsequently talking about his descending skills. And it was on the descent
that Froome carved out the majority of his advantage, taking a few risks,
something he needed to do, if he was going to have any chance of winning the race
overall. And it worked. Froome’s advantage
slowly but steadily rose, until the foot of the final
climb at Bardonecchia. His advantage there held steady right up to the finish
line and it was enough to see him take the
stage win with enough of an advantage over Dumoulin
to take the race lead by 40 seconds over the Dutchman. Simon Yates trailed in at an incredible 39 minutes later. But it
was a lead that Froome extended by six seconds the following day, on the final mountain stage won by Mikel Nieve of Michelton Scott. The biggest disappointment
that day, was for Thibaut Pinot, who like
Yates the previous day, completely cracked. In fact, such was his deterioration on the
day, that he stepped from his provisional podium
place of third down to eighteenth place. In a single day. Again, heartbreaking stuff
for both he and his team. By that point though,
the win was basically Froome’s, with just a
final stage procession around Rome to go. A procession that was ultimately made even
easier by the fact that the organizers neutralized the GC times after complaints from the riders about the safety of the circuit. That final stage was taken by Sam Bennett, his third of the race. Before we finish, we should also mention Max Schachmann. He won stage 18 in what
was his first grand tour. He had been particularly
strong in the opening week of the race wearing
the white jersey as best young rider, and
this was his reward for getting through a second
week in which he fell sick. Oh, and also a special
mention to Ben O’Connor, the 22 year old from Western Australia. He was having the ride of his life at the Giro d’Italia, even
threatening a top ten position at the end on GC, but
unfortunately crashed out on stage 19, another really sad end to a very promising three weeks. And it might be scant consolation, Ben, but you are this week’s
GCN Rider of the Week. I have no doubt we will
see you back at the top of grand tour standings very soon. And so, Chris Froome
adds the Giro d’Italia to the Vuelta a España
and the Tour de France titles that he currently
holds, adding himself to a very select club,
the members of that club being Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx. It really is a truly
remarkable feat especially in the modern days of pro-cycling. And I know that this doesn’t sit well with many of you, in part
because he has a large Salbutamol-shaped cloud
hanging over him still. And also partly because
you don’t believe in the superhuman effort that
he made on stage 19. And that is perfectly
understandable, especially given pro-cycling’s recent past. And it is really good,
I think, to question standout performances.
Not something I’m going to go in-depth to in this particular GCN Racing News show, but
we are going to discuss how Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia on tomorrow’s GCN show. And we dearly like your input there. Do you believe in what you saw last week? Or do you think it was a
little too good to be true? We would like to get as
many opinions as possible on either side of the fence and the reasons you got behind that opinion. Leave them in the comments section below. We would love to get
that feedback from you. Moving on to a slightly
less serious topic, something that I did find quite amusing at the end of the race last week, was this tweet from Alex Dowsett. He, at the start of
May, decided that he was going the enter Strava’s
monthy distance challenge, which he, righty so, thought was quite confident of winning. Where was he after Saturday’s Giro stage? 29th. Which means 28 people have done more kilometers than Alex
Dowsett doing a grand tour this month. Absolutely bonkers. There was some absolutely
beautiful conditions and even more stunning
scenery for the riders at the three-day Tour des
Fjords in Norway last week. The first stage ended in
bunch sprint, which was won by Fabio Jakobsen
of Quick-Step Floors. The 21 year old neo-pro
already landed himself a huge win at the Scheldeprijs
earlier this year, and is clearly going to
be one of the big names in sprinting over the next few seasons. The reduced bunch sprint the following day was won by a rider at the
other end of his career, Michael Albasini of Michelton Scott. It marked the 29th career
win for the 37 year old, And the 30th wouldn’t take long to come. A second place on the
third and final stage was enough to see him clinch the overall classification of the
race. That final stage, incidentally, was won by Bjorg Lambrecht of Lotto Soudal, another rider who you will no doubt going to hear a lot more of in the near future. Last year, he finished
runner-up in virtually every singe under 23
stage race that matters, including the Tour de
l’Avenir, performances which earned him his pro
contract with the Belgian squad. He added yet another second place overall at this race, he is now
taken his first pro win. Big step for any budding pro-rider. The Tour des Fjords was
followed immediately by the first round of the Hammer Series in Stavanger in Norway. The race followed the
same three-day format as last year’s inaugural event in Limburg. The climb on day one,
the sprint on day two, and the chase to finish it
all off on the final day. Continuing his run of form on the climb, was Albasini, who was
instrumental in giving Michelton Scott the win
that day by a huge margin over second place Team
Sunweb. And it was the same one-two the following
day in the sprint. This time Daryl Impey
particularly prominent at the front. Which meant
that they started first in the chase, a 49
kilometer team time trial on the third and final day of racing. And can you guess who dominated that? Yes, it was Michelton
Scott, who were quite simply on another level
throughout three days. Now we were pretty
excited to have that race broadcast live on our
Facebook page throughout the three days. Thanks
to all of you who joined us for that. And if you
missed it, well you got another chance this coming
weekend, because the Hammer Limburg will start on Friday so I very much hope you will join us then. In other news, starting
this coming Sunday, is the Critérium du
Dauphiné, the traditional warm-up race for the
Tour de France, and we’re going to have daily
highlights, free to view globally, again on
Facebook. And we hope you will join us for that too. This time last week,
midway through the four-day race, Annemiek van
Vleuten was sitting pretty at the top of the Emakumeem
Bira classification. Things got even better for
her team, Michelton Scott, over the next couple of
days. In the successful stage three breakaway
was Georgia Williams. She moved herself up to
second place in the GC, just three seconds behind her teammate. And then, on the final
stage, the hardest of the race, Michelton Scott
took their dominance to another level. Amanda Spratt decided to take-off alone with still
54 kilometers remaining and was never seen again. And, with a huge advantage
over everybody else, she had also done enough
to dethrone her teammate van Vleuten, who would
have to be satisfied with second place in the
overall classification. Williams in fourth. And that is what you call
a successful four days. Jens Keukeleire won the
Baloise Belgium Tour on Sunday. The opening
two stages have been won by his teammate, André
Greipel, who’s on some seriously good form right now. Christophe Laporte took
the TT, but it was around stage four around Wanze that Keukeleire moved into the race lead,
a stage won by another of his teammates, Jelle Vanendert. Quite a successful five
days for the home team. What it could have been though, Quick-Step Floors didn’t even take part in their home tour this
time around, presumably finding it too much of
a stretch with so many other race taking place at the same time. Now, when we left the
general classification last week at the Tour of Japan, Grega Bole had just taken over the GC lead. He would go on the take
two stages, but the general classification would be decided, as expected, on the Mount Fuji stage. Pretty unique in the modern
world of pro-cycling. 32.9 kilometer road
stage, which is basically a bunch hill climb race.
There, Marcos García, proved to be the strongest,
taking the race lead in the process, a lead he
would keep right through to the finish line in
Tokyo yesterday, with one better than his result
there two years ago. Before we go, we have got to
mention the Rás Tailteann, not sure if I pronounced the
second part of that right, hopefully got the first part right. It’s not the biggest race
in the world, but it’s certainly one of the
toughest. Except of course in 2009 when our very
own Simon Richardson won overall in an
uncharacteristically easy edition. All joking aside, it’s a
fantastic eight day event in which pros are competing
against county riders. Particularly popular as
you can imagine were the two home wins, stage two going to Robert-Jon McCarthy and
stage six, which went to Sean McKenna. It was a
particularly nail-biting final stage of the race
though, with overnight race leader, Cyrille
Thiery, losing his lead by a single second to Luuc Bugter. Definitely pronounced that wrong. And you can’t say that
the win wasn’t derserved by Bugter, which I’m going for now. He was nothing if not
consistent. He took a stage win and never finished
outside the top five in any of the stages. Impressive stuff, given how unpredictable
every single stage of the Rás can be. Right, that is it for this week. Next week we will be back with the opening day of the Critérium du
Dauphiné, the Hammer Limburg, the Tour Luxembourg,
amongst many other races, so make sure you join us
then. In the meantime, if you’re wondering the
first meal the riders will be having after the
Giro d’Italia, Emma asked a few of them in a video you can find. Just down here.

100 comments on “Giro d’Italia Final Week, Hammer Series & More! | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. What a difference a week makes! Let us know your thoughts on Froome's victory 👇

    And, here are a couple of links – one that Dan mentioned, one that he didn't:
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  2. I think Yates cracked like most of us (clean riders) would do, meaning great performance than cracking. Froome crashed and then cracked then "recover". Clean athletes don't do that. I don't believe in fairy tales.

  3. Since you mentioned it some videos ago, I couldn't miss how often and where the pros are littering. they throw empty gel-packs and caps, bottles and everything else just everywhere. From bridges in remote areas, down mountainsides. No one can tell me someone will thoroughly search thousands of kilometers of wayside vegetation for plastic-pieces. Talking about UCI-rules recently, they should make a rule against littering anywhere but in marked zones. how hard can it be?

  4. Froome was faking the first and second week. He was playing so the other riders could tire themselves and Froome was fresh. He is still fresh enough for the Tour. If Froome took the jersey on the second week, he would be too tired to defend his yellow jersey in July. It is a genius plan. He isnt doping he is just riding smart…

  5. I have nothing against Froome winning, in fact it is historically exciting to see SAGAN win a 3x time World Championship then within a year see From complete the trifecta GRAND TOUR challenge; could he win a worlds? Probably not, more of a stage racer etc. But, after that said, there must be something to having TTs at the end of such monumental races such as the GRANDS. Just remember the LeMOND vs. FIGNON spectacular TOUR where Greg pulled off a win on the final day. I don't know if DUMOULIN could have carved out 40+ seconds into FROOME's lead, but the TT would have been the place to try. ESPECIALLY, given the fact that the final GIRO stage was neutralized and TD was squeezed out. Call me ignorant or stoooopid if you like but sometimes these final day parade stages irritate me. Great for the sprinters and a chance to see the riders multiple times, but . . . well hopefully someone can see my point. Finally, a rookie/noobie question; when the riders challenged the commissaire on the safety of the last GIRO stage, was the captain of each team polled for the decision? !KEEP STRONG PODIUM GIRLS! CIAO.

  6. Point 1:
    Froome simply shouldn't have been allowed to start the race with the Salbutamol-case still open. With Cycling still recovering from the Armstrong- Era it is baffling how badly the UCI and the Giro are handling the situation. It is them who are damaging the sport even further through bad management. Of course, Sky or Froome will go to the Giro if he isn't barred from it and once they are there they will try to win it. Now that he has won it no one can really appreciate the victory. Bad for the Sport

    Point 2:
    I can't watch the grande Tours hoping to see some amazing cycling feats and then scream foul as soon as I see such. Bales bicycle kick in the CL final was just as incredible, so is Lebron James reaching the final an 8th time with such a mediocre Team. In these Sports people marvel at these accomplishments and count the ones who achieve them as the Greats of their Sports.
    Somehow I need to trust that cycling is screening itself knowing that the Sport can't handle another US Postal Service. Even a Froome, a Demoulin, a Yates or a Team Sky I am sure, must have some degree of foresight to know that ultimately all their efforts would have been in vain if it comes out that they reached those by illegal means.
    Certainly,​ no one want's to become another Armstong.

  7. I'm flabbergasted by Chavez', Yates's and Pinot's complete cracks as much if not more than by Froome's wondrous solo ride. And if bonking that hard can be down to natural causes…

  8. Whilst it is very easy to doubt Froome's awesome effort on Stage 19. The level of scrutiny he is under means his bike is tested and checked and he is tested before and after each stage I can't see how he might sneak anything under the radar here. Pure effort, skill, a whole load of luck and the fact that none of the other riders thought he could do it from 80km out was the reason he won that stage.

  9. I think Froome is clean, we all saw how much he suffered in the first 2 weeks of the giro, wasn't the same Froome we had seen in past grand tours. I believe he road himself into the race and found his legs just as Yates lost his, just took a while for him to get going

  10. I believe what I saw on stage 19 mostly because if you watched it you saw Froome take nearly all of his time on the decents then hold it on the climbs. Also those chasing him didn't work well as a unit, in fact the it appears from interviews after that he might of gained a lot of his time because first they waited for "a granny" to descend and catch them up second once he had caught up he seemed to add very little to the actual effort, only really saving Pinote from having to do as much as he might have. The two going for the young riders jersey did nothing basically becoming a ball and chain to Tom on the climbs then taking all the bonus points.

  11. As an asthmatic who does his weekend rides near Nice like Froomey, I wonder what the real benefits are of overuse. For me over-use of salbutamol raised my heart rate in a bad way and led to palpitations. It also only seems to add about 10% to a peak flow reading even when my asthma has been really bad. There are other drugs to prevent asthma such as a daily montekulast pill or becotide. Are the pros allowed to take those or other daily asthma control drugs, rather than the tactical drugs like ventolin / salbutamol?

  12. I don't know why everyone is so shocked about froome and that he must be cheating. If you look at it in the simple terms that froome gained about a minute in the climbs and 2 on the decent. I think we would all agree froome is alot better at climbing than dumoulin so an isolated froome Vs an isolated dumoulin you'd expect at least a minute gap there. It was Reichenbach's descending that slowed things down even more and froome gained 2 minutes from that… So either froome has been doping on mineral waters and he is extremely brave going down hill or Reichenbach is the reason for the time loss and ultimately Tom losing the giro

  13. So curious that Froome's positive test from the last Vuelta is not even mentioned once by Daniel! His attack reminded me so much of Floyd Landis!

  14. Even though I have to admit that I’m tired of seeing Froome dominate every grand tour lately, it was amazing to watch that epic ride on stage 19. As far as it’s legitimacy, we have to believe it until proven otherwise.

  15. if anything, yates' first 2 weeks looked too good to be true. i lost count how many youtube comments i saw saying "lance-like performance" etc.
    sky played the perfect game, like we all know they can – and have done in recent tours de france – nursing their leader and then essentially slingshotting him into overall lead. it just so happens that the leader had to be froome with everything that surrounds his persona currently.
    i was routing for tom, i feel for yates, and i applaud team sky and chris froome.
    can't wait what the tour has to offer, '18 giro was simply amazing.

  16. whatever people may think of Chris, he is still an amazing cyclist and regardless of what is going on with this sabutamol incident, there is no doubts that he will have been tested every single day of this year's Giro, perhaps even more than once per day to ensure that he was clean. This really was a well deserved victory. question is … can he make it 4 in a row?

  17. I still don't know how a rider who has had a positive drug test is still aloud to compete in a race.
    Froome`s positive drug test was so badly handled that alone has tainted the sport.

  18. Why does Froome still have a Vuelta title and why was he allowed to race the Giro. Is this just about the strength of a person’s legal team or have the UCI gone soft.

  19. Even your screenshot of Froome shows the aero advantage he got from the organisation. They want return on investment. Shouldnt have started anyway. Disgrace to modern sports and especially the fans.

  20. He cheated with his super inhaler he is a disgrace to the sport nobody with asthma could possibly ride at altitude or keep up with pro athletes like these guys 2x over the limit why is he still here?

  21. On a mathematical point of view, it would be good to have the power and beat rate data displayed of Froome, Dumoulin and Pinot during this stage as a matter of comparison.
    On a tactical point of view, there is no doubt that it was probably the move of the year. What a show, what a mindset from Froome as he never gave up during the first weeks and also especially when he was chased during this particular stage.
    One point that I notice and I think is a good sign of the fight against doping is that even the best riders have failures or bad days (Yates, Pinot…).
    That illustrates two points. First that it was a very tuff race with everyday fight for being in front. Second, that this is impossible to be at your best everyday during three weeks long (everybody cycling regularly will understand).
    The more consistent rider in this giro in my opinion was Dumoulin but he found Froome defending very well and putting everything upside down in this famous stage. I think Dumoulin would be better on Tour de France where the climbs are less stiff.
    In conclusion, Froome has shown a fantastic mindset of fighter during these three weeks which is very unusual for him as he showed himself as an expert in time management and optimization previously. So congratulation to him entering the legend with the 3 GC title on 1 year!!!

  22. “Giro 100 was the most exciting and competitive grand tour in the modern era”
    Giro 101: “Hold my rosé”

  23. I think it was an amazing ride from froome and it wasn't impossible because it was only up and down hill so riding in a group isn't much better and dumoulin had to do most of the work so it was a one vs one. But it's strange that on exactly this stage the dates of froome were missing. Still it is one of the best rides in years and it shows how hard and amazing this giro was.

  24. So happy bennet got 1st in the final stage,he tried so hard and got rewarded i hope the irishman sucess in the future

  25. Fromme, as others before, will not stand the test of time. UCI should long ago have made a decision. Sky‘s marginal gains will harm cycling as Festina did before.

  26. I believe in Chris Froome. It was a sensational ride on stage 19 but also a very well paced Giro meaning he came into peak form exactly when it was needed. The comparison with Landis does not wash because Landis was coming off a bad day and had an amazing transformation the very next day. Froome had been getting progressively stronger and throw the dice in his favour on that stage. Well done Chris.

  27. too good to be true… reminds us of bad times in the late 80's and early 90's. That memory leaves bad taste in anyone's mouth

  28. Daniel, your pronunciation of an Ras Tailteann is so bad I’d punish you to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way in the September version of the Sportif. I could guarantee you a punishing 17 days of the best scenery Ireland has to offer, from Kinsale to Donegal. By the end you’d be able to pronounce all the fantastic places on the route.

  29. Quickstep didn’t do the belgium tour because of financial reasons. Apparently it costs money (net) to race there

  30. Froome really should have held off racing until his case was finalised. His appearance in the Giro has done the sport more harm than good. It seems the rich and famous can do what ever they like these days and get away with it.

  31. Froome road his way and won his fitness got better the longer he rode YES he still have that case still over his head but I can say well done Chris a great win

  32. Is there any way to watch hammer, dauphine etc on youtube instead of Facebook? I don’t use Facebook. Thanks.

  33. I don't believe in any team not part of the MPCC. Until Sky clear up questions about testosterone patches, jiffy bags, Dr Leinders, missing medical records, TUE's etc I don't know how anyone can trust them. Froome couldn't climb the Zoncolan without holding on to a motorbike in 2010 and now we're meant to believe he's the best climber in the world because he changed his diet? He only made 29% of his time gap on the descents on stage 19, not most of his time.

  34. Froome's ride on the Finestre has to be one of the greatest rides of this century, but when you look at what he actually did, it seems more reasonable.

    He rode away from Tom Dumoulin on a long, steep climb, and made about 1 minute up in the last 8 km. That, in itself, is not all that incredible. Dumoulin is a TT specialist, not a pure climber, and weighs in at a relatively heavy 69kg.

    He then held off a chasing pack of 5, which seems inhuman, but in reality isn't that impressive either. Dumoulin made a huge tactical error waiting for Reichenbach, and lost another 2-3 minutes on both descents. Then, in the chase, it was mostly Dumoulin himself, with Pinot and Reichenbach making cameo efforts. Carapaz and Lopez did absolutely no work, so it was really Dumoulin vs Froome. Dumoulin has also been on the back foot this Giro, having to do a lot of work himself to chase Yates himself.

    If you said, at the beginning of the tour, that Froome rode away and made up 3 minutes on a stage ahead of Dumoulin, no one would have batted an eyelid.

  35. Tough break, Simon; grand tour OC jerseys are fickle girlfriends. Can’t beat how they make you feel about yourself and crushing when they go home with another guy. You rode a great race!

  36. Froome should be able to keep the Giro title, the UCI and WADA have had more than enough time to finalise his case from the Vuelta.

  37. Its pretty sad the level of mistrust and abuse Chris Froome is getting. He rode incredibly well after having the patience and experience to ride through his bad luck and bad form in the early weeks. Didn't hear anyone question Yates's incredible form! Froome essentially time trialed his way to victory, a discipline he is very good at as shown on the Zoncolan and the TT (The Zoncolan is a steady 40min time trial). It took guts and determination and shows what a class athlete he his, even if he was taking huge amounts of Sambutamol it wouldn't have allowed him to win like that and I hear he was being tested up to twice a day through every stage of the Giro, even when outside the top ten!!

  38. Regardless whether believe it or not, if Sky would have been a member of MPCC and/or Froome would have been cycling for one of these teams – he wouldn't have been allowed to start in the first place. I cannot understand that any team, claiming to be transparent, doesn't subscribe to their cycling ethics/guidelines. Foome's claim that he will tell us everything when the time is there, well……….the time is here (and has been for the last few months). Too much money, too many lawyers lead to the current situation where Sky/Froome can continue….Ulissi and Petachi didn't have that back-up…..

  39. So it’s ok to query Froome and his come back in the Giro but no mention of the sudden appearance of Yates in the first two weeks. If it’s obvious froome took some rocket fuel surely Yates was on the same stuff in the first two weeks. Basically anyone who does well is open to these allegations from the fans of their rivals.

  40. Yeah sure chris froomes 80km attack and pink jersey didnt get him the rider of the week. Really dissapointing. Everyone thought he was surely gone but still managed to comeback hard. He deserved the rider of the week

  41. I have followed cycling for a very long time and I never read and heard so many riders saying at the end of the race thatthey were exhausted and had nothing left in the tank. Yates, Pinot were on their last legs, but Froome just got faster and looked fresh. Something just doesn't add up. Very interesting to read that Froome had a 'saddle sore' I wonder if he took a TUE for that? The whole Team Sky just rode as fresh as well. I guess time will tell what is going on, it took many years for Armstrong to come clean.
    Some EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale comments after the Giro

    NATE BROWN "My takeaway is how tired I am right now. I have never been this tired in my entire life."

    SACHA MODOLO "“I’ll remember that this was a strange Giro this year. We went fast every single day. The breaks never went to the finish. The climbs were so hard. Never for a moment could we rest.”

    MITCH DOCKER: “We all know that the Giro is not over until the Giro is over, but wow that proved very much true these last couple days. It was good, good, good and then…I might not finish this race. I was comfortable enough until the end of last week. Stages 19, 20. They almost killed me.”

    HUGH CARTHY "This was a race of an extremes. It was relentless both on and off the bike.”

    TOM VAN ASBROECK “What was the question again?”

    [Yes, they’re really that tired]

    “I’ve done some climbing before, but this climbing here, this was just out of the ordinary. The climbs – there were so many climbs, so steep, so long. It was too much for me.

    DS JUANMA GARATE

    “I will remember this Giro as one of the hardest Grand Tours. It wasn’t only because of the parcours but because of the long transfers, which meant less rest for the riders, and the speed. The fact that Yates had the jersey and was chasing stages and seconds, it made no chance for the breakaway and the bunch never went easy. By the end, everyone except for maybe 10-15 riders, were on their hands and knees.”

  42. I think Froome just had terrific legs on Stage 19, also, he would never risk anything given his current situation. If anything, I was more concerned about Yates. In the first two weeks Yates just looked like he was getting away from a group of the best climbers in the world too easily, but once he cracked all my worries were forgotten.

  43. I'm not a Froome fan but fully believe in the quality of that 80km break. He and the Sky team had (relatively) saved energy in all but one of the previous stages. He'd predicted that the final week would see him come into form.On the other hand the TT stage had suckered big Tom and Yates into emptying the tank, mentally and physically, coupled with a full on race everyday up to then which probably saw them carrying much more fatigue than Froome. What is sure is that this year's Giro has been the best Grand Tour I can remember watching and the attacking riding of Yates will stay in my memory for ever, as will Froome's 80km break.

  44. I do not question Froomey and his eventual dominion in the giro, he did a fantastic job and showed great sportsmanship. If we should question him we should do the same with Yates' efforts which were absolutely phenomenal.

  45. I feel really bad for Simon Yates.He deserved to win but just broke.If these stages were last week he would have won the GC.I have to congratulate Froome though.

  46. On the one hand all his rivals apart from Dumoulin spectacularly imploded and he was clearly he was the only rider to improve over the race while other faded/collapsed. But counter to that, he lost time on almost every stage with the exception of the two he dominated in a very 1990's fashion.

  47. I can understand why people would be suspicious that the dominant performance Froome did was too good to be true because of how broken sport in general is now because of doping. But I think cycling in particular takes it too far. He hasn’t even been officially charged with any offence. And yet people are acting like the UCI have already invalidated his entire career palmares. Obviously Armstrong has had a big effect on people’s willingness to trust. But Chris is a totally different character to him.

  48. where the pros are concerned, I don't care, it's their body and their risk. let them dope to the gills if they want to – it just makes for more exciting viewing for us spectators. they can use the damn biological passports to identify their potions de jure.

    amateurs on the other hand, stamp it out.

  49. So, if any other pro other than the very elite gc riders goes on a huge solo breakaway and pulls it off or not everyone thinks they're a hero. What Chris did was one of those break aways and it worked. Was it his fault the others didn't chase hard enough (up/down & on flat – no)
    Those solo break efforts are just as incredible feats of physicality

  50. I'm a total fan of your channels but the invite to comment on Froome's attack on Stage 19 struck a nerve for me as you suggest his amazing performance was verging on suspicious. It's almost like you're intentionally baiting the Froome trolls. Put yourself in Froomey's shoes and ask yourself how you'd feel about that. GCN low point for me I'm afraid.

  51. Froome not rider of the week??????? Dan needs to have a word with himself and stop crying about team sky dominating. That was ride of the decade never mind ride of the week

  52. Froome's effort was EPIC. AMAZING to watch. Whether or not he should have been there is the UCI's fault. Since he was allowed to compete, it's a win – and an epic effort on 19.

  53. I would enjoy learning about how Froome will spend his time in between the Giro and Tour, what might a day by day schedule look like?

  54. There has been a few of these 'one stage wonders' past and present, and whether or not they are legit time will tell. Unfortunate for the 'real' pro that has to listen to all the doubt that soil his hard work.

  55. Froome has as much personality as a park bench both on and off the bike. Would've loved to have seen Yates win, he put in a massive effort. Froome will be tainted for the rest of his career. Hope things change within cycling. Otherwise I'm guessing a lot of cyclists will be coming down with asthma over the next few weeks before the tour.

  56. Froome did an awesome cycle on stage 19 and was a deserved winner of the giro. Salbutomol gives limited gains and is easily picked up in tests, why would he deliberately take excess? Other factors like hydration, altitude, eta can have an effect on test results. I also understand that testing isnt 100% either and it's possible (around 15%) can return false positives (Ok that was a quote from the guardian newspaper so can't full back that up). Froome goes through extensive testing which he and sky know will be scrutinised to an inch of its life, doesn't make sense to me. It's a shame cycling can't get ride of its image as a doped sport, there will always be people who will take it to the extreme to win (lance armstrong) but I hope and believe froome isn't one and the Giro showed what he can achieve.

  57. In an interview, Simon Yates pointed out the TT on Stage 16 (or 17, I forgot) broke him. He simply couldn't recover on time. Same could be said of Tom, where he struggled up the climbs. A good sign of a doper is how fast he recovers after a brutal stage. Not saying Froome did dope, but I don't think we should write it off.

  58. Dan. Any chance you can post the link to the video you mention from the Sky mechanic on the descent? Cheers.

  59. Is this Froome getaway a case of a bully in the peloton, just as we now know that "he who shall not be named" bullied and made deals to keep his lead? I'm not sure that has disappeared altogether from pro cycling. It's never discussed except in individual's books and rarely is it openly talked about. It seems to be the big cycling taboo. Everyone talks about doping but no one really talks about fixed races and it seems there is enough evidence to say that this has happened in the past and most likely still does? A topic for a GCN show maybe?

  60. Hi Daniel, how about mention for Adam Hansen and his 20 odd grand tours. keep up the good work. Ps still waiting for Matt's highlights.

  61. Tiger Slam refers to holding all major events, in this case the grand tours but over the a period of more than one year. Named after Tiger Woods after he held all 4 golf majors at once, but won in different years.

  62. Case Froome should have bene concluded yet, they are tampering to long…With Ulissi and Petacchi it went faster…Should have never started this giro, and taken his Vuelta-win…Sadly, I was a fan of Froome, but this made me in doubt…Overuse of an admitted product is nevertheless not that easy to judge. The substance is admitted…Difficult case…They should at last think about the fact that anti-astma is used that much by pros…They all get there despite their illness is clearly crap…THAT IS A PROBLEM !

  63. It might be nice for GCN to bleed us all dry of why we may or may not believe in Froome's performance … and only pay passing homage to semi-accepted voices on the topic, but don't think a question is not a comment in this arena.

    Eurosport was making those question-comments and it was naked: Lotto retweeting sarcastic Floyd reference.

    Keep in mind Floyd was no French media darling, and was angry that day. Was Hinault making idle commentary in the background too … playing policeman then as he is trying now?

    Likewise compare Pantani's guilty EPO finding in 1998 at the Giro and how the peloton was seriously chaffing at him behind the scenes for his breakaways. Who is chiming in with their 5 cents?

    Hamilton made reference to certain identities who become easy scapegoats for the rest.

    Were they guilty, Pantani and Landis ? Yes. But they all were … all the time … and the UCI was party to it. Remember the testosterone chart on Landis they used? And there was litte to no due process … even if he was guilty. It went public day one or two … from memory.

    Add to that the psychological differences. Night and day. Landis had one opportunity, it seemed after his hip.

    So, the reference is cheap … the climbs were different and we understand Dumoulin backed off big league. That's it, for now. HBC.

  64. Yates gave it all plus stage wins which was a indication to anyone of the teams when was he going to crack. Had he might have given up the some small time gap to recover and then strategize for the mountain stages he may not have given Froome that opening in stage 19. Yates is a very strong Passista no doubt!!

  65. Just remember Dan Lloyd, you are still faster up mountains (by a whole 7 seconds) than Simon Yates. https://www.strava.com/segments/671028?filter=overall

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