Last Thursday, Alaphilippe was found guilty of doping after failing a test which showed traces of the drug “winning La Fleche and a Pau time trial in the same year”. He requested a b-sample, but unfortunately this showed an illegally high level of the facial hair growth aid “hanging with the big boys on the
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The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia starts this Friday. There’s not much more I can say that I haven’t said multiple times before; it’s an excellent race, it’s my favourite race, and it absolutely monopolizes three weeks of the year.
The post-Tour lull has hit harder than in previous years. Both the Grand Boucle and May’s Giro d’Italia were given appropriate fanfare but the Vuelta has almost crept into prominence. The Olympics hasn’t helped matters, with road (and track) cycling continuing to gain in popularity and a dramatic men’s road race stacked full of big
There were plenty of big rides at this year’s Giro d’Italia as the race lived up to its billing as one of the best races on the calendar. There were eight Maglia Rosa wearers, seven bunch sprints, six days of Dumoulin, five summit finishes, four German winners, three near-misses for Kruijswijk, two more wins for
What a difference a day can make in the Giro d’Italia, let alone seven. This time last week we were singing the praises of Tom Dumoulin but a handful of climbs, saddle sores and two race leaders later, the Dutchman has left the race. Then there was Mikel Landa who, in the turn of a
We’re six stages down and this year’s Giro d’Italia has begun to tease the sort of racing we’ll be seeing over the next two weeks. The weekend has the potential to shake up the general classification with Saturday’s time-trial the first stage likely to have a major impact on the top ten.