Archiv für den Tag: 6. Mai 2018

Sam Bennett sprintet auf Platz 3 bei der zweiten Etappe des Giro d´Italias in Tel Aviv.

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Der zweite Tag des Giro d´Italia endete in einem Massensprint, nachdem die Fluchtgruppe des Tages gestellt wurde, und sich die Sprinterteams formierten. BORA – hansgrohe arbeitete den gesamten Tag an der Spitze des Rennens und brachte ihren Sprinter Sam Bennett in eine gute Position für das Finale. In einem hektischen Massensprint holte sich der BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer den dritten Platz, der Sieg ging an E. Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) vor J. Mareczko (Willier Triestina).

Die Etappe
Die zweite Etappe, mit Start in Haifa, führte das Hauptfeld 167km entlang der Küste nach Tel Aviv. Bevor sie den Zieleinlauf in der Stadt erreichten, gab es noch zwei Sprintwertungen und eine Bergwertung der 4. Kategorie zu passieren. Der zweite Tag in Israel sollte den Sprintern vorbehalten sein, verlief die gesamte Strecke meiste Zeit auf breiten flachen Straßen.

Teamtaktik
BORA – hansgrohe ging, nach dem gestrigen guten Start in diesen Giro d´Italia, motiviert in diese erste Sprintetappe, und mit Sam Bennett hatte man einen Sprinter, der in guter Form war. Das Team aus Raubling versuchte den Tag über Kraft zu sparen, um im Finale mit Andreas Schillinger, Christoph Pfingsten und Rudi Selig einen starken Sprintzug für Sam Bennett aufbauen zu können.

Das Rennen
Nach nur wenigen Kilometern setzte sich ein Trio ab und hatte einen maximalen Vorsprung von drei Minuten auf das Hauptfeld, in dem sich BORA – hansgrohe befand. Quick-Step Floors aber auch Team BMC übernahmen immer wieder die Kontrolle im Hauptfeld, und bei noch 40 zu fahrenden Kilometern konnte sich nur mehr ein Solist mit einigen Sekunden Vorsprung vorne halten. Doch 16km vor dem Ziel war das Rennen wieder zusammen und BORA – hansgrohe übernahm zusammen mit Quick-Step Floors und UAE die Kontrolle im Feld. Der BORA – hansgrohe Zug begann sich rund um Sam Bennett zu formieren. Bei der 10km Marke machten Cesare Benedetti und Andreas Schillinger die Tempoarbeit an der Spitze des Hauptfeldes, danach brachten Christoph Pfingsten und Rudi Selig ihren Sprinter in eine gute Ausgangslage für den Massensprint. In einem hektischen Finale holte sich E. Viviani den Tagessieg vor J. Mareczko (Willier Triestina). BORA – hansgrohe Fahrer Sam Bennett landete auf den dritten Platz.

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Ergebnis
01 E. Viviani 3:51:20
02 J. Mareczko +0:00
03 S. Bennett +0:00

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„Wie immer sind die ersten Sprintetappen bei einer Grand Tour sehr hektisch, da jeder motiviert und frisch ist. Unsere Mannschaft hat wirklich gut gearbeitet und wir waren in einer guten Ausgangslage, als wir nach Tel Aviv kamen. Auf dem letzten Kilometer war ich etwas zu früh und entschied mich einen Moment zu warten, bevor ich meinen Sprint anzog. Diese Situation nutzte Viviani aus und ich musste mich als Dritter einreihen, aber ich hatte ein gutes Gefühl, während der Etappe und im Sprint. Daher sehe ich optimistisch in die morgige dritte Etappe.“ – Sam Bennett

„Wir waren motiviert nach der gestrigen Etappe und wollten unseren Strike aus dem Vorjahr wiederholen, was mit einem dritten Platz für Sam endete. Das Team hat den gesamten Tag über die Kontrolle im Feld übernommen und wollte die Lücke schließen, um das Rennen in einem Massensprint enden zu lassen. Im Finale brachten die BORA – hansgrohe Jungs Sam in eine gute Position, aber Viviani hatte bei diesem langen Sprint die Nase vorne und holte sich, umgeben von unzähligen Zusehern den Tagessieg. Selten habe ich so viele Fans gesehen, wie heute in Tel Aviv.“– Jens Zemke, sportlicher Leiter

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‘Giromania’ hits Israel as ‘Big Start’ unfolds

Public and race organisers hail historic opening two days

TEL AVIV, 5 MAY 2018 – The Israeli public, plus race organisers have welcomed the success of the opening two days of the Giro d’Italia’s ‘Big Start’ in Israel. The first day on Friday saw a 9.7km Individual Time Trial in Jerusalem, while on the second day the 176 competitors covered 167km from Haifa to Tel Aviv.

Honorary President of ‘Big Start’ Israel Sylvan Adams said it went “flawlessly,” adding “I was filled with pride as I saw my countrymen, women and children line the streets to cheer for the racers, especially those from the home team, Israel Cycling Academy. The TV images of magnificent Israel were breathtaking. The Italian organizers, RCS, were simply in awe of how well it went, including the enormously positive media coverage around the world.”

Stage 1

Many thousands of Israelis lined the ancient streets of Jerusalem on Friday as the riders set off individually near the iconic Jaffa Gate, passing landmarks including the Knesset (parliament) and Supreme Court. The biggest cheers were reserved for local riders Guy Niv and Guy Sagiv, who made history as the first Israelis to compete in a Grand Tour, on behalf of Israel Cycling Academy.

Sagiv commented, “I felt the ground tremble when I started… It was an experience I’ve never had before. I started and all the crowd was cheering for me along the whole course.”

Niv added, “Any time I had pain or fatigue in my legs, I just looked to the sides and felt the crowd pushing for me and cheering for me and suddenly I could push harder. It was an amazing experience.”

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The crowd was treated to an exciting spectacle, with current Giro holder, Dutch star Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb, taking the first stage with the final ride of the day. His time of 12:02 was two seconds faster than Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing.

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Sylvan Adams and Tom Demoulin

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Viviani matches expectations, Dennis moves into the lead

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VIVIANI MATCHES EXPECTATIONS; DENNIS MOVES INTO THE LEAD
Amazing response from the crowd in Haifa and Tel Aviv

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Tel Aviv, 5 May 2018 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), who was the hot favourite for Stage 2, won an expected bunch gallop in Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean seaside, while Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) made it a 1-2 for Italian riders. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) moved into the lead as he won the only intermediate sprint awarding a time bonus to dethrone Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), thus becoming the ninth Australian to wear the Maglia Rosa and the 23rd cyclist to lead all three Grand Tours.

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STATISTICS

Rohan Dennis is the 23rd cyclist to lead each of the three Grand Tours, after Eddy Merckx (201 stages or semi stages in the lead), Bernard Hinault (125), Jacques Anquetil (110), Miguel Indurain (93), Francesco Moser (71), Alberto Contador (66), Alex Zülle (64), Vincenzo Nibali (60), Felice Gimondi (46), Freddy Maertens (37), Laurent Jalabert (36), Dietrich Thurau (27), Bradley Wiggins (19), Rik van Looy (17), Cadel Evans (15), Rik van Steenbergen (11), Thierry Marie, Raphaël Geminiani, Fabio Aru (10), Bradley McGee (9), David Millar and Mark Cavendish (7).
Rohan Dennis is the ninth Australian to lead the Giro d’Italia after Cadel Evans, Bradley McGee, Robbie McEwen, Brett Lancaster, Richie Porte, Michael Matthews, Simon Gerrans and Simon Clarke.
It’s Elia Viviani’s second stage win at the Giro d’Italia – also on stage 2 back in 2015.
It’s the third podium at the Giro d’Italia for Jakub Mareczko after two second places last year, and the fifth for Sam Bennett who was three times third and once second last year.

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Refaeli awards Rohan Dennis on the Tel Aviv Podium

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Giro d’Italia 2018 Maps and Timetables
Il Garibaldi (Giro d’Italia Roadbook)
VELON DATA
Data collected by Velon’s devices on the riders’ bikes tell the detailed story of the stage. Data and an explanation guide can be downloaded here.

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FINAL RESULT
1 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) – 167km in 3h51’20”, average speed 43.314km/h
2 – Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) s.t.
3 – Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 1″
3 – Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) at 3″

JERSEYS

Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

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PRESS CONFERENCE
The stage winner Viviani said: “I usually ride well in the Middle East but I was nervous before coming to the Giro. Tomorrow there will be another occasion to win a stage but I’m already relieved. It’s amazing to start the Giro on the right foot. To ride for Quick-Step at this stage of my career was an opportunity not to be missed. There’s a group of riders 100% behind me. My goal here is to win stages – maybe one more – and the second goal is the Maglia Ciclamino. In the technical meeting, we decided to go for the first intermediate sprint in order to save my legs for the finish. Before the other one, I saw BMC pulling and Sunweb not being interested in defending the lead. I followed [Victor] Campenaerts and I scored some easy points there, but I didn’t want to interfere in the fight for the Maglia Rosa. When I went on stage for the award ceremony, I was amazed by the number of people who were there to cheer. It’s never guaranteed that a bike race encounters success abroad but the crowd here has been fantastic so far.”

The Maglia Rosa Dennis said: “Yesterday it would have been great to get a stage win, but I didn’t. Today I collected a three-second bonus through an intermediate sprint. I wasn’t overly keen to do it but the team said I should, and they did a perfect job to get me in the position to win the sprint. Therefore, my three leader’s jerseys in Grand Tours arrived in a different way: I got the yellow of the Tour de France through an individual time trial, and the red of the Vuelta a España through a team time trial, which gave me a bittersweet feeling because the whole team won and I was the only one wearing the jersey. Now the Maglia Rosa comes through a sprint on the road at halfway through the stage the day after a time trial. At some stage, I’m gonna lose this jersey. The second and third week are a bit too hard for me.”

The Maglia Azzurra Barbin said: “I didn’t even think about it but I heard after the finish that I beat a rider from home soil for the KOM. But this is cycling. Congratulations to them but this time I’m the winner. I wasn’t targeting the climber’s jersey but the breakaway was close and we heard from the car that we could try so I tried and it went well.”

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TOMORROW’S STAGE
Stage 3 – Be’er Sheva-Eilat 229km – total elevation 1,000m
The route follows the mild undulations of the Negev desert. The roads are always wide and well paved. The route takes a long run across a rocky landscape and becomes rougher, especially when emerging from the Ramon Crater, with a categorised climb set in Faran River. The final part of the route descends slightly towards the Red Sea and enters the city before hitting the finish line.

Final kilometres
Over the last 6km, the road narrows while passing through a checkpoint. After taking in a series of roundabouts, the route eventually takes a U-turn 1.6km before the finish, at another roundabout before leading into the final kilometre. The last bend is 350m from the finish line (on 7.5m-wide asphalt road).

TV COVERAGE
Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia International TV Schedule available here.

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Photo Credits: LaPresse – D’Alberto / Ferrari / Paolone / Alpozzi

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