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!”
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.
Diego Ulissi won Stage 7 from the bunch sprint ahead of Juan Jose Lobato and Simon Gerrans. Contador retains the lead with Aru close behind and Porte well placed after the first week. All images by Sirotti.
Greipel won a crash marred final sprint in stage six. Contador retained the pink jersey...he missed the worst of the crash but did go down in the accident. He held the jersey aloft instead of putting it on at the presentations, and headed for medical assessment rather than the winners press conference. Aru still second place, 2 seconds back, followed by Porte still at 20 seconds. All images by Sirotti.