As a coach, the most common feedback I get when things are not going according to plan is “I just don’t have enough time! No time for interval training, for stretching, for recovery rides, for gym sessions, for massages – I’m lucky if I can get on my bike three or four times a week!”
Astana riders are leading from the front, maintaining a strong team effort to support Aru. Tiralongo who won stage 9 put in a remarkable effort before leaving the pace making to Landa. In the end Contador showed he is well in control and found Aru wanting as he matched pace with Mikel Landa Meana. He continued to mark Aru, and let Landa (who looked stronger than his white jeresyed team mate) go in the few hundred meteres to take the stage win. All images by Sirotti.
Contador is showing himself to be in a league of his own with a powerful performance in the individual time trial. After two weeks of tough racing he finished third just 14 seconds behind stage winner Vasil Kiryienka of Sky, and two seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana. Aru struggled on the 60km course and dropped 3:01 on the stage. After just one day in pink he is now second on GC 2:28 behind Contador.
Lampre Merida has taken stage 13 via a Sacha Modolo sprint into Jesolo. Sensationally the peloton suffered a crashed at around 3.1km from the finish (just outside the 3k mark where any riders in an accident would be given the same time as the bunch) which saw several of the favourites lose time to Astana's Fabia Aru, who overtook Contador as leader of the race. Richie Porte's Giro also took a turn for the worse seeing him lose time to both Aru and Contador. Contador is 19 seconds down on Aru now with Porte now at 5:05 in 17th place. All images by Sirotti.
Belgian rider, 33 year old Philippe Gilbert, made a powerful attack on the final short pinch before the finish line to steal victory in Vicenza today. Contador was able to also finish strongly in second place and gained time over a fading Aru who now trails Contador by 17 seconds on GC. All images by Sirotti.
Richie Porte's hopes of a podium finish took a blow in stage 10 when a puncture inside the final 10km saw him lose touch with the leaders. Rubbing salt in the wound, he was penalised by a further two minutes for breaching the official rules of the race - he received assistance from a rider from another team - Simon Clarke from OGE gave him a front wheel to get him back in the chase. Porte finished the stage and is now in 12th place overall some three minutes down on Contador who still leads Aru. All images by Sirotti.
Set and forget, or don’t forget to set; that is the question. There’s a grubby Spark hanging in the garage but I’m still not sure what the correct answer is, even though it’s my rhetorical question! This bike is uber cool, every bit unique, and it delivers what Scott believes is the ultimate in MTB suspension technology; manually controlled on-the-fly suspension travel adjustment.
In 2014, when Trek turned their Fuel EX range into a 29er-only platform, I was a very sad boy. It’s not that the 29ers were a bad bike, but the outgoing 26-inch wheeled Fuel EX had been a favourite of mine for quite some time. It offered a perfect mix of efficiency and playfulness which, in my eyes at least, had made it one of the most versatile, capable and fun trail bikes of the last five years.
Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) took Stage 9 of the Giro after chasing down Tom Slagter who had been the solo leader for much of the stage. Aru pegged back one second on Contador to finish the stage at 3 seconds down while Porte remains thirs at 22. All images by Sirotti.