Giro d'Italia, Tour De Yorkshire & Vuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid | The Cycling Race News Show

Published on May 7th 2018


The Giro 101 has begun, we’ll be looking back at the first three stages of the race. We’ve also got the men’s and women’s Tour de Yorkshire, the Vuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid, and the…..deep breath…. Panorama Guizhou International Women’s Road Cycling Race. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! There were some pretty major talking points before the flag had even dropped at the 101st Giro d’Italia - on a particularly technical 9.7km time trial course, a number of riders crashed in training, including race favourite Chris Froome. It looked pretty bad, he was hobbling heavily immediately after, but was able to start the race later that day. The same couldn’t be said for poor Kanstantsin Siutsou, who also crashed but suffered a fractured vertebrae, and will be out for an estimated 3 months. Miguel Angel Lopez also hit the deck in training, and Jack Haig in the race - not the best way to start a three week Grand Tour. The early pace in the race itself was set by BMC’s Rohan Dennis, who set such a blistering time it looked as if the stage was over soon after it had begun. European TT champ Victor Campenaerts came close, finishing just a few hundredths of a second behind the Australian TT champion. Froome, Dowsett, Mullen, Tony Martin, they came but they weren’t able to conquer, and eventually, the only person to stand between Dennis and the Pink Jersey was the last man off the ramp - wearing both the number 1 and the rainbow stripes, Tom Dumoulin. And, much to Dennis’ disappointment, his time in the hot seat came to an end. It couldn’t have been a better start for last year’s overall winner Tom Dumoulin, though - not only did he take the stage, and make a serious statement to his rivals, but he also put some pretty serious time into them - over a minute to Mike Woods, 56 seconds to Miguel Angel Lopez, 46 seconds to Chaves, 37 seconds to Froome and 33 to Thibaut Pinot. The GC winners from that point of view were Domenico Pozzovivo, 27 seconds down, and Simon Yates, who pulled out the time trial of his life to lose just 20 seconds. Stage two began with the usual pattern of a day for the sprinters, with three riders quickly being allowed a three minute advantage, but that gap was extinguished pretty quickly once BMC decided to ride on the front to set Dennis up for the intermediate sprint - which he won, taking 3 bonus seconds and the Pink Jersey in the process. For a time triallist, it was a decent effort - according to Velon he hit 1380w max and an average close to 900w for twenty four seconds. He became the 23rd rider in history to have taken the leader’s jersey at all three of the grand tours. If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... The Giro d'Italia Preview Show 📹 Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto / Additional Tour de Yorkshire photos courtesy of Music:Jack Elphick - Head Nod Supreme