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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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2017 Tour de France | 2017 Giro d'Italia

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Current racing:

Upcoming Racing:

Latest completed racing:

Post Giro d'Italia UCI rankings

Rider: (number in parenthesis is previous ranking)

Rank Name Team Points
1 (1) Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC 4967.25
2 (2) Peter SAGAN Bora-hansgrohe 4581
3 (3) Alejandro VALVERDE Movistar 4349
4 (5) Nairo QUINTANA Movistar 3930
5 (4) Chris FROOME Sky 3571
6 (22) Tom DUMOULIN Sunweb 2948
7 (7) Philippe GILBERT Quick-Step 2609.4
8 (6) Jhoan Esteban CHAVES Orica-Scott 2583
9 (8) Alberto CONTADOR Trek-Segafredo 2415
10 (9) Romain BARDET Ag2r La Mondiale 2349
11 (11) Diego ULISSI UAE Abu Dhabi 2236
12 (10) Alexander KRISTOFF Katusha Alpecin 2210
13 (12) Daniel MARTIN Quick-Step 2179
14 (13) Richie PORTE BMC 2177
15 (33) Vincenzo NIBALI Bahrain-Merida 2082
16 (14) Jon IZAGUIRRE Bahrain-Merida 2065
17 (15) Michael MATTHEWS Sunweb 2056
18 (17) Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky 1948
19 (18) John DEGENKOLB Trek-Segafredo 1851
20 (19) Rafal MAJKA Bora-hansgrohe 1795
21 (40) Fernando GAVIRIA Quick-Step 1759
22 (20) Oliver NAESEN Ag2r La Mondiale 1739
23 (16) Julian ALAPHILIPPE Quick-Step 1716
24 (23) Simon YATES Orica-Scott 1653
25 (24) Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain-Merida 1624
26 (25) Primož ROGLIC Lotto NL-Jumbo 1581
27 (21) Nacer BOUHANNI Cofidis 1575
28 (61) Thibaut PINOT FDJ 1558
29 (35) Adam YATES Orica-Scott 1554
30 (29) Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo 1539
31 (27) Arnaud DEMARE FDJ 1539
32 (41) Bauke MOLLEMA Trek-Segafredo 1537
33 (28) Fabio FELLINE Trek-Segafredo 1526
34 (30) Sergio Luis HENAO Sky 1467
35 (39) André GREIPEL Lotto Soudal 1462
36 (31) Rigoberto URAN Cannondale Drapac 1418
37 (32) Tom BOONEN Quick-Step 1395
38 (26) Rohan DENIS BMC 1372.25
39 (34) Tim WELLENS Lotto Soudal 1372
40 (36) Niki TERPSTRA Quick-Step 1353.8


Rank Name Points
1 (1) BELGIUM 15322.65
2 (3) COLOMBIA 13561.4
3 (2) SPAIN 13076.75
4 (5) ITALY 12148
5 (4) FRANCE 11856
6 (6) GREAT BRITAIN 10289
7 (8) NETHERLANDS 10164.8
8 (7) AUSTRALIA 9618.5
9 (9) GERMANY 7238
10 (10) POLAND 5268
11 (12) SLOVAKIA 5089
12 (11) NORWAY 5031
13 (13) DENMARK 3979
14 (15) IRELAND 3908
15 (14) UNITED STATES 3671.65
16 (16) SLOVENIA 3540
17 (17) SWITZERLAND 3365
18 (18) CZECH REPUBLIC 3163
19 (20) RUSSIA 3002
20 (19) PORTUGAL 2859
21 (22) LUXEMBOURG 2669
22 (21) KAZAKHSTAN 2244
23 (23) UKRAINE 2234.9
24 (27) AUSTRIA 2131.25
25 (24) SOUTH AFRICA 1955
26 (26) BELARUS 1913
27 (25) NEW ZEALAND 1843.25
28 (28) ESTONIA 1823.25
29 (29) CANADA 1652
30 (30) ERITREA 1596
31 (31) MOROCCO 1252.5
32 (32) COSTA RICA 1108
33 (35) IRAN 1090
34 (34) ARGENTINA 1035
35 (33) LITHUANIA 918
36 (36) JAPAN 900
37 (38) LATVIA 879
38 (37) AZERBAIJAN 832
39 (40) VENEZUELA 746
40 (39) KOREA 744

World Tour team rankings:

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Points
4 3 ORICA - SCOTT (ORS) 5221
5 4 TEAM SKY (SKY) 4993
7 9 TEAM SUNWEB (SUN) 3921
11 12 BAHRAIN - MERIDA (TBM) 2760
13 16 FDJ (FDJ) 2327
15 14 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) 2252
16 15 LOTTO SOUDAL (LTS) 2054
17 17 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) 1636

Cannondale-Drapac riders reflect on the 2017 Giro d'Italia

The team sent me this:

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Last night at the team’s farewell dinner, Cannondale-Drapac DS Fabrizio Guidi stood up to give a toast. He skipped the usual stuff. Instead he said that he hoped we’d all leave this Giro knowing we had friends all over the world. After a staff and riders work through a grand tour together, there’s a change that takes place. You’re closer. We won a stage, we rode competitively. It was a great Giro. Thanks for following along with us. See you all at the Tour. – Matthew Beaudin, Cannondale-Drapac communications director

DS CHARLY WEGELIUS: Accidents happen in three week races, and good teams can come to the line with six or seven riders. I think the fact that nine of them came to the line pretty healthy says a lot about the depth of the team. They supported each other when one was having a bad time. They had a great atmosphere between themselves, and I think they showed that on the road. It wasn’t that we had one rider that was head and shoulders above everyone else. It was the whole group that was on a high level. 

PIERRE ROLLAND: For sure, I was happy when I won but when I came to the hotel and I saw everyone, my teammates and my staff, so happy for me, that was almost a happier moment. It’s not only one rider that wins the race. It’s one team – the whole team with all the staff. I saw in every face happiness and for me that’s what I will remember most.

Pierre Rolland

Pierre Rolland wins Giro stage 17

MIKE WOODS: You don’t do a lot of races where there’s a satisfaction in completion. I think I feel like a person that hasn’t trained much and has completed a marathon. You know, like 99 percent of the people that do marathons are happy with the finisher’s medal and tinfoil blanket. That’s me right now.

The best moment? Easy. Pierre’s win, setting that up. In the final, even in the last 80km, although we were racing a WorldTour race with helicopters buzzing above us and with real hitters with us, it felt like we were racing a local race. It was such unstructured racing. You don’t get that much in the WorldTour. It was so much fun. Pierre and I were just pinging it, playing off each other. It was so cool to win that way.

JOE DOMBROWSKI: I have mixed feelings. I didn’t come in as prepared as I would like, but that’s sometimes beyond your control. I started to ride better throughout the race. Going forward, I should be riding well – even if I didn’t get something out of the Giro itself. It’s still my favorite grand tour. It always will be.

TOM-JELTE SLAGTER: When I think about this Giro, for sure I’ll remember the nice stage win of Pierre and that we were working really well as a group together. We had a lot of fun. The atmosphere was really good in the team. That helps a lot. And I think that’s also a big reason we have nine guys at the finish, have the stage win of Pierre, have Formolo in tenth place in GC. 

KRISTIJAN KOREN: My opinion is that every big race is the same. It’s important to finish. This is my eighth big three-week race to finish. I’m happy because I didn’t crash. It was a good race with the team with one victory and the top ten. It’s perfect.

DAVIDE VILLELLA: My favorite part of the Giro was the third week because it was the hardest part. We did a really great job with Pierre and Davide with GC. In my part, I missed a victory, but together I think we did great.

HUGH CARTHY: It was about how I expected it to be. The last week was the week you had to be fresh for. Psychologically it was quite difficult. My performance wasn’t what I had hoped. I had to keep picking myself up. It was a great experience, and I’m glad to be a part of it. 

DAVIDE FORMOLO: Finally it’s over. It was the goal to be in the top ten, and in end we got it. It was a long Giro with a very hard last week. We had some fun, some efforts, some pain. It’s all normal. I’m very happy.

The team was amazing. I didn’t expect much support in the race. I knew I could be good, but I still don’t know my limits. I’m getting better every race. The team helped me a lot for the whole race, and I’m really proud to have their support.

ALEX HOWES: This was first Giro, my first pink journey. It was nice. I feel kind of cheated in a lot of ways because it never rained. There were no crashes. There was nothing that crazy. All that stuff you hear about the Giro? Never happened. It’s certainly very challenging. Physically it’s demanding. There is a lot of up and down, a lot of long days. Would I do it again? Totally. 

UAE Team Emirates' closing Giro d'Italia report:

The three weeks Grand Tour concluded on Sunday, 29 May with UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc in 11th place in the General Classification.

Commenting on his performance with pride, UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc said: “This is a Giro to remember for me. I thought nothing could be as great as my first stage victory in 2015 but I was wrong! My win on Mount Etna was an unbelievably incredible moment for me. Wearing and retaining the blue jersey for a few stages in a row made me even more determined to do well. My performance improved with every stage and I managed to finish the Giro in the upper part of the overall General Classification, which was very difficult as the competition was fierce. I think in the future I’d like to try and focus my attention on Grand Tours and get into the GC top ten. Placing 11th overall is a really good achievement, seeing as this was my first time battling for a place in the upper part of the GC. Happy cannot begin to describe how I feel!”

UAE Team Emirates was the youngest World Tour team to take part in the Giro with the average age of the squad being 26 with young riders such as Ravasi, Petilli, Conti and Mohoric. UAE Team Emirates’ debut at the 100th Giro had a number of podium positions and memorable finishes which included Ferrari’s podium finish in stage two, Modolo’s top ten in stage three, Conti’s dramatic stage eight, Costa’s three second places and Polanc’s victory on Mount Etna.

Reflecting on the 100th Giro d’Italia, UAE Team Emirates Sports Director Marco Marzano said: “One victory and four second places – an impressive performance from our young riders and the team’s constant presence in the most important breakaways is the team’s 100th Giro d’Italia in a nutshell. We are quite satisfied with the results overall. We set out with a few goals at the beginning of the race and I feel that some of those have been met. This was UAE Team Emirates’ debut at the Giro and we tried to honour the commitment to do well for the whole nation and our sponsors.”

Team Sunweb's upcoming racing

The team sent me this schedule:



Development Team Sunweb line up at Boucles de la Mayenne Thusday June, 1 for four days of racing. The race opens with a 4.5 kilometre prologue, followed by a road stage featuring five categorised climbs. The third stage takes riders along 180 kilometres, with the final stage finishing in Laval. Development Team Sunweb start the race after two consecutive weekends of success, with their U23 German national road race champion Max Kanter (GER) and U23 Paris-Roubaix winner Nils Eekhoff (NED).

Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert (GER) said: "This is a really tough race with some fierce competition. It's prologue and three road stages give the team a good platform to continue to progress and after some brilliant results over the past few weeks everybody is eager to further develop their skills on the bike. Boucles de la Mayenne is a good race to allow us to make the next step and we have high morale in the team at the minute which is an added bonus."

RACE: Boucles de la Mayenne (UCI 2.1)

DATE: 1-4/06/2017

COACH: Sebastian Deckert (GER) 
Nils Eekhoff (NED)
Marc Goos (NED)
Max Kanter (GER)
Jarno Mobach (NED)
Leon Rohde (GER)
Ruben Zepuntke (GER) 


The first edition of the inaugural Hammer Series gets underway this Friday and Team Sunweb line up with their recently crowned Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (NED). The Hammer Series is a brand new concept that combines three days of racing in a bid to win points in Climb, Sprint and Chase races - with the best team to be crowned as winner of the race. The opening stage is one for the climbers, with 11 laps of a seven kilometre circuit containing two 8.5 percent ascents. Day two is all about the sprinters, with eight laps of a fast 12.4 kilometre hunt for points before a quick dash to the line. The final stage, a 50 kilometre team time trial, with riders starting in order and time interval of their placing on the leader board. From Team Sunweb's six rider line up, a five rider line up will be compiled on Thursday for each of the three races.

Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling (NED) said: "This is a totally different race than to anything we've done before. In the Climb race we aim to collect points from the break and for the Sprint race we have Max and Zico as our fast guys to collect points. With that we aim to start in a good position for the Chase."

RACE: Hammer Series (UCI 2.1)

DATE: 2-4/06/2017

COACH: Dirk Reuling (NED) 

Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Lennard Kämna (GER)
Ramon Sinkeldam (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)
Zico Waeytens (BEL)
Max Walscheid (GER)


The 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphné gets underway on Sunday, June 4. The race starts with a stage that takes in eight climbs, followed by two days for the sprinters. Stage four delivers a 23.5 kilometre individual time trial with day five littered with climbs before a flat run in to the finish. The final three stages take riders through the Alps and promise a challenging queen stage before a finish at Plateau de Solaison. Critérium du Dauphné also sees Warren Barguil (FRA) making his return to racing following a tough crash at Tour de Romandie, with a fracture to his pelvis.

Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou (DEN) said: "We are looking forward to some exciting, challenging stages at Critérium du Dauphiné. We are happy with the return of Warren after his hard crash, the fact he is back so quickly after such an injury is already a victory so he will be there primarily to gain racing rhythm. We will aim for stage results with Phil in the sprints, he showed at the Giro that he is able to compete with the best and we will give all of our efforts to continue this upward line into Dauphiné."

RACE: Critérium du Dauphiné (WT)

DATE: 4-11/06/2017

COACH: Morten Bennekou (DEN) 

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