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Giro d’Italia #15: Ghebreigzabhier puts up a fight

Dario Cataldo (Astana) won stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia beating his stage-long breakaway companion, Matteo Catteneo (Androni) into 2nd place. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was the first of the GC favourites home, placing 3rd. It was a long day at the Giro d’Italia, with today’s stage measuring at just over 231km. The majority of the climbing also only came in the final 70km of the stage, making for a tough day out. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had hopes of making the break today, but Movistar were not allowing too many riders up the road. Eventually, once two riders got clear, they were given someRead More →

Giro d’Italia #14: Italian Alps take no prisoners

Richard Carapaz (Movistar) raced to the stage 14 victory of the Giro d’Italia and into the Maglia Rosa. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was 2nd on the stage and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) placed 3rd. The 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia was packaged into just 131km, but it sure was loaded with dynamite. With the stage going over two big category 1 climbs, and three other categorised climbs in the Aosta valley, there were explosions both at the front and back of the race. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier nearer to the front of the war zone today, as our Eritrean found himself inRead More →

Giro d’Italia #13: Big day in the Giro mountains

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) won stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia, beating Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) to the summit of the magnificent Ceresole Reale. 3rd place went the way of Mikel Landa (Movistar). With 3 big climbs on today’s menu at the Giro d’Italia, the finale being 34km long up to Lagu Serru on Ceresole Reale, it was always going to be a big day for the GC contenders. For the fast men though, it was a suffer fest, one which Mark Renshaw pulled the plug midway through the stage to bring his 2019 Giro d’Italia to an end. The rest of our team gave their allRead More →

Giro d’Italia #12: Gasparotto & Wyss infiltrate break

Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia, beating his breakaway counterparts, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos). Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia saw the first real mountain of the race, as the 158km stage included the 9km Montoso climb. At 9.3% average gradient, it was a beast of climb that peaked with 32km to go. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got the stage off with a bang as Enrico Gasparotto and Danilo Wyss infiltrated the 24 rider break of the day. The peloton let the big group gain as much as 15-minutes before starting to try and reel themRead More →

Giro d’Italia #11: Gibbons & Nizzolo place 7th & 8th

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) sprinted to the stage 11 victory at the Giro d’Italia, beating Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line in Novi Ligure respectively. It was yet another long flat stage at the Giro d’Italia, as the peloton took on 221km today. With a general headwind for the most of the day too, it was inevitable that a bunch sprint would decide the stage. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had planned today’s sprint for Giacomo Nizzolo, and the team rallied around our sprinter for the finale. Coming into Novi Ligure, it was again another technical final few kilometers but Mark RenshawRead More →

Giro d’Italia #10: Nizzolo comes home 5th in sprint finale

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, sprinting to the win ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe) Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia was just a short and flat 145km from Ravenna to Modena. Following the rest day, the peloton was somewhat subdued today as only 2 riders jumped into the break, resulting in the race running 15 minutes behind schedule. Nevertheless, come the final, the sprinters teams took charge and upped the ante over the last 20km. Team Dimension Data did well to look after Giacomo Nizzolo once again coming into the final 3km, Mark Renshaw pilotedRead More →

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