Giro d’Italia 2018 rest day analysis

May 21, 2018

The latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello, and Floyds of Leadville, comes on the third rest day of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. 

A week on from our previous rest day podcast, there are plenty of developments to discuss, chiefly Simon Yates' continued dominance, Tom Dumoulin's growing consistency, and Chris Froome's short-lived resurgence. 

We'll hear from all three, with reaction from Sappada from Yates and Dumoulin and rest day press conference thoughts from Froome.

In the studio, Patrick Fletcher is joined by Procycling magazine editor Ed Pickering not just to discuss the action from the second week, but also to look ahead to the final stages of this Giro d'Italia. Tuesday's all-important time trial is followed by three gruelling stages in the mountains, so there's ample room for the plot to thicken, even if this looks suspiciously like a two-horse race, and maybe even a one-horse race. 

Before making more predictions that will no doubt fail to stand the test of time, we also bring an interview with Bernhard Eisel on his recovery from emergency brain surgery at the end of last month.

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Yates soars, Froome flops – Giro d’Italia rest day

May 14, 2018

It’s the second rest day of the 2018 Giro d’Italia and the Cyclingnews team are back to dissect the latest developments in Italy.

 Since our last episode after last week’s Mount Etna stage, the general classification took further shape at the weekend with summit finishes on Montevergine di Mercogliano and Gran Sasso d’Italia.

Chris Froome crashed on the former and lost a minute on the latter, and we’ll hear from the Team Sky rider as he sat down with the press near the Adriatic coast on Monday’s rest day.

 Daniel Benson is joined by Patrick Fletcher and Procycling magazine Editor Ed Pickering to discuss whether the four-time Tour de France champion can now realistically win this Giro, and why Sky have found the Giro such a tough nut to crack.

 We’ll also hear from Simon Yates, who added a further stamp of authority on proceedings with stage victory on Gran Sasso. He looks comfortably the strongest rider in the race, we conclude, and has one of the strongest teams.

 As well as focusing on the two Brits, we ponder whether 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, third overall, should be satisfied or concerned, whether Montevergine winner Richard Carapaz is the real deal, and why Astana burned their matches on Gran Sasso.

 Thoughts are spared, too, for the relative fortunes of Rohan Dennis, Domenico Pozzovivo, and Fabio Aru.

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Reading the runes on Etna

May 11, 2018

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, we take a look at the first week of the Giro d’Italia and read the runes after the first summit finish of the race on Mount Etna.

 It was a perfect day for Mitchelton-Scott, with Esteban Chaves winning the stage and Simon Yates taking the overall lead, and we discuss whether one of them can win the Giro d’Italia, and how the Australian team play their cards from here on in.

 We hear from Yates to get his reaction to the day’s events, along with Rohan Dennis, the rider divested of the maglia rosa. We also hear from Chris Froome, who ticked a box by staying with the main group of favourites but was hardly convincing on Etna.  The same goes for 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin, and we assess his chances along with those of the rest of the general classification contenders.

 We then look ahead to this weekend’s action, with two more summit finishes closing out the first week. The mountains in this Giro are concentrated in the final week but stages 8 and 9 should see some action, if not on the category 2 finish at Montevergine di Mercogliano on Saturday then certainly on the near-50km final climb of Gran Sasso d’Italia on Sunday.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 preview podcast

May 3, 2018

With the 2018 Giro d’Italia less than 24 hours away Cyclingnews and Procycling look ahead to the first Grand Tour of the season.

Analyzing the route with Giro d’Italia European Editor, Stephen Farrand, and featuring Chris Froome and defending champion Tom Dumoulin, we look ahead to the next three weeks, with the Giro starting in Israel on Friday with a 9.9km time trial. The race heads to Sicily after Monday’s first rest-day, before arriving on the Italian mainland for stage 7. It’s a route that’s designed to with both the climbers and time trialists in mind, and the start list is packed with stars. The race contains eight mountain stages, with Etna, the Monte Zoncolan, and three back-to-back stages in the mountains in the final week set to decide the race.

 Away from Froome and Dumoulin, Italy’s hopes rest on Fabio Aru – who has made the podium on two occasions. Esteban Chaves, Miguel Angel Lopez, Simon Yates, Michael Woods, Rohan Dennis, Thibaut Pinot and Davide Formolo are also in the mix. The CN and Pro teams look at the strengths and weakness of all the potential contenders, and make some bold predictions when it comes to the final podium for Rome on May 27.

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