Roglič Rewrites History with Huge Giro d’Italia Comeback
Despite a dropped chain on the final climb, Primož Roglič won both the stage 20 time trial on Monte Lussari and the Giro d'Italia 2023 in dramatic fashion. The Slovenian lost around 15 seconds due to the incident but Geraint Thomas did not have enough watts and cracked in the final part on a climb that seemed to never end for the Welshman.
Roglič Destroys Tre Cime di Laverado Record before Final ITT
The Queen stage of the Giro d'Italia 2023 featured a very difficult parcours, but the GC teams all picked a conservative strategy to wait for the final climb, with no one daring to try a mountain raid or pacing hard on the early high mountain passes. Fortunately for the interest in tomorrow's time trial, Geraint Thomas, Primož Roglič and Joao Almeida remain within a minute of each other with GC still to play for.
American Eagle Sepp Kuss Puts Almeida Under Pressure | Giro d’Italia 2023 Stage 18
Geraint Thomas is defending the Maglia Rosa well, being the only rider that has not lost time on a mountain stage to his rivals Joao Almeida and Primož Roglič. Thomas finished together with Roglič, while Almeida was dropped by Sepp Kuss's acceleration on the steep Coi climb, losing 21 seconds to his main rivals.
Geraint Thomas Career Performance On Monte Bondone | Giro d’Italia Stage 16 2023
The Giro d'Italia finally delivered some action in the GC group on Stage 16 with a powerful initial attack from Joao Almeida and counter from Geraint Thomas putting huge pressure on Primož Roglič. Almeida took the stage on the same time as Thomas who did perhaps his best climbing performance whilst the Slovenian was rescued by Sepp Kuss to lose 'only' 25 seconds.
Another Disappointing Mountain Stage in The 2023 Giro d’Italia
After a big drama, the Queen stage of Giro d'Italia was shortened from 199 km to 75.0 km with the exclusion of Grand St Bernard Pass prior to the Croix de Couer, making a fairly easy day for the GC riders.
Slowest Mountain Top Finish in 2023 | Giro d’Italia 2023 Stage 7
It was not the most exciting day in the Giro d'Italia first week. Surprisingly, the peloton decided to take a day off and allow one of the three breakaway riders, Davide Bais, Karel Vacek and Simone Petilli, to take a stage win on the mighty Campo Imperatore.
Vollering Does an All-Time Great Performance On Covadonga
La Vuelta Femenina did not disappoint this weekend, with crosswind controversy on Stage 6 leading to Annemiek van Vleuten taking a healthy lead over Demi Vollering in the General Classification. Today's final stage presented Demi Vollering with an opportunity to recover that lost time on the steep slopes of Covadonga, but despite a great performance, Van Vleuten was good enough to defend her GC lead and win La Vuelta Femenina by nine seconds.
Vollering Beats Van Vleuten on Uphill Test | La Vuelta Femenina Stage 5 2023
On the first mountain top finish in La Vuelta Femenina 2023, Demi Vollering, the Queen of Ardennes was unbeaten. Even Annemiek van Vleuten could not outmatch the SD Worx superstar on the Mirador de Peñas Llanas climb despite Vollering being isolated for much of the finale.
Adam Yates Destroys Thyon 2000 Record by over Two Minutes
UAE-Emirates without Tadej Pogačar is still a force to be reckoned with in WorldTour races. Despite their young superstar Juan Ayuso having a tough day in the leader's jersey, Adam Yates was on fire on one of the longest climbs featured in the UCI calendar. The Briton has had an unlucky start to the year with his new team but danced away from a select GC group on the steep section of Thyon 2000 to take both the stage and the leader's jersey.
Watts Explosion In Tour of the Alps
High ᵉW/Kg performances are the norm in 2023 and Tour of the Alps is not an exception despite not being a WorldTour race. Lennard Kämna won the longest mountain top finish of the week, pushing by far the best watts in his career. It was a career day for other climbers too, many of whom are at this race preparing for the Giro d'Italia.