Landa 4th on Stage 8 of Giro d’Italia

Mikel Landa moved up six places in GC to seventh overall, putting on an impressive display on Blockhaus, where he crossed the line in 4th place.

The 191km stage and the hardest of the Giro so far had over 5,000 vertical meters and helped shape the GC rankings with a selection of seven riders making it to the line in the first group.

Despite the result, it wasn’t plain sailing for Bahrain Victorious, with Bilbao, Buitrago and Landa all crashing during the stage. However, all riders could continue without injury and help Landa onto the final climb, where he showed his strength and followed the attacks of fellow GC favourites Carapaz (Ineos) and Bardet(DSM).

Giro d’Italia 2022 – 105th Edition – 9th stage Isernia – Blockhaus 191Êkm – 15/05/2022 – Richard Carapaz (ECU – INEOS Grenadiers) – Mikel Landa (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Overall, Landa was pleased with the day:” In the end, the stage was good for us, despite some crashes, not only for me but also for Pello and Buitrago. But I was in the front with the best of the day, which is a good signal. We are still there, and everything is clearer, and we see which riders are stronger. We’ve got more stages to go through, and we will see day by day.”

Giro dÕItalia 2022 – 105th Edition – 9th stage Isernia – Blockhaus 191 km – Mikel Landa (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Roberto Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Bilbao also managed to battle the bruises following his crash and stay in the top ten in GC:” We knew that today was a key stage and Ineos would go hard to make big gaps in the overall. We wanted to be in the game, but a lot of problems for us in the second climb of the day. I had a crash after Yates (Bike Exchange) had a puncture and then, due to that, made a movement which made me and Buitrago crash quite hard. We then also had Mikel crashing going downhill, so we had a few problems to fix during the day.

So despite this, we can be happy with the day and Mikel arriving in the first group. I wanted to be with him for longer, but I wasn’t that useful and just kept my rhythm. Luckily we can fix everything over the rest day with the support of the best masseurs and osteopaths to bring us back to 100%.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Edoardo Zambanini takes 5th on Queen stage and is 4th GC at Tour de Hongrie.

The 5-day stage race Tour de Hongrie concluded with a final day that suited climbers (Miskolc >
Gyöngyös-Kékestető, 184km).

After four days for sprinters, today’s hilly course featured an elevation of almost 3000m and a mountain’s top-finish on the highest point of Hungary, Kékestető, at the end of an 18km long climb, with a gradient of more than 10%.
A queen stage that was highly anticipated to shake the general classification and that, as expected, saw the showdown of the climbers.

Bahrain Victorious’ young rider Edoardo Zambanini managed to keep the pace with the strongest riders in the peloton in the final crucial part of the race. At 2km to go, Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers) accelerated from the selected group in front, but when it seemed, he could easily take a solo win, he was caught back by Tiberi (Trek Segafredo), who won on the line. Dunbar was second, but he could find solace with the GC victory ahead of Rodriguez (Movistar) and Battistella (Astana). Our Zambanini finished just out of the podium in 4th place, after taking 5th on the stage.

Tour de Hongrie 2022 – 43rd Edition – 4th stage Kazincbarcika – Kazincbarcika 177km – 13/05/2022 – Bahrain Victorious – photo Szymon Gruchalski/CV/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Edoardo Zambanini: “It was a very nice stage today. It was a challenging course due to the elevation.
The peloton controlled the race. Thanks to my teammates, I was well-positioned, and they helped me save energy throughout the day. I tried to give all on the final climb and stay in the front until Dunbar’s attack at 2km. Then I didn’t give up and could take a good 5th place.”

Tour de Hongrie 2022 – 43rd Edition – 1st stage Csakvar – Szekesfehervar 195 km – 11/05/2022 – Edoardo Zambanini (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – Kamil Gradek (TPE – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Szymon Gruchalski/CV/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Michal Golas, Bahrain Victorious Sports Director: “It was a good race. We finish 4th with Edoardo, and with a bit of luck, we could even be on the final GC podium. Anyway, we should be happy with this result. Coming to the Tour of Hungary without a sprinter wasn’t easy for us in the first four stages, but I think the team worked pretty well, and we can be happy, especially today. We really believed in Edoardo, and he proved that he has some skills and might be proud of him”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com


A herculean effort from Team Bahrain Victorious’ leaders on the uphill TT that closed the 75th Tour de Romandie saw Swiss Gino Mäder finish 2nd on GC in his homeland, and Damiano Caruso move up 12 places to 6th.

Caruso, starting in 18th overall, had briefly taken the hotseat from more established climbers Thibaut Pinot (GFC) & Steven Kruijswijk (TJV), before Aleksandr Vlasov (BOH), – eventual stage & race winner – went just over a minute quicker on the 15.8km course.

Meanwhile, after finishing with the leaders the previous day, Mäder had gone 3rd fastest on the TT behind Vlasov and Simon Geschke (COF), which put the local favourite on the provisional podium with the overnight green (Rohan Dennis, TJV) and white (Juan Ayuso, UAE) jerseys still on the 7.7km ascent of Saint-Luc to Villars. Both went significantly slower than Mäder & Caruso, and slipped off the podium.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 5th stage Aigle – Villars 15,84 km – 01/05/2022 – Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora – Hansgrohe) – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – Simon Geschke (GER – Cofidis) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Finishing 2nd in the Team Classification, with a stage win and a rider on the podium, it has been another successful week for the squad.

I’m really happy with today, because it was a really good performance, and I’m happy for Gino too, finishing 2nd on GC,” said Caruso after the stage. “Without the bad luck yesterday, maybe it could have been even better, but that’s bike racing

The Italian had been in contention for the overall before a mechanical 300 metres from the line on the summit finish of stage 4 meant he lost 38 seconds. But there can be no doubt that the team has achieved its objectives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 4th stage Aigle – Zinal 180,1 km – 30/04/2022 – Scenery – Peloton – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Lead Sports Director Neil Stephens was delighted with how the week had played out: “It’s been fantastic racing, and we’ve been involved every single day trying something. It’s a bit disappointing that Damiano had his mechanical yesterday in the final, but to walk away with not only the stage win but Gino 2nd on GC too, is more than what we expected and very very satisfying.

Mäder, already a stage winner at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de Suisse,  has been the centre of media attention throughout the week. He confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of the peloton with a best ever overall result in a stage race, following his 5th at last year’s Vuelta a España, but the 25 year old surprised even himself with his achievement on this final day.

We hoped for a podium, but I didn’t really believe in it until I crossed the finish line! I’m super happy, Damiano performed great, and as a team we rode well together the whole week, pushing each other. Yesterday was a bit of a frustrating day, but I think we bounced back pretty well – we can enjoy what was a good week!

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Romandie (Stage 4) : Ben O’Connor 4th

Ben O’Connor : « It went well today »

« It went well today. Everyone was really good and committed to the cause of helping me for the best result possible. It was really windy so it was really difficult to make an aggressive move sadly. I made a mistake in the finish, I just got a bit blocked really, otherwise I thought I had the chance to win. Disappointed on one end, but at the same time super ready for tomorrow because I just have to stay calm, trust the good legs, and do the best time possible tomorrow. »Ben


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On the eve of the final time trial, Ben O’Connor is also in fourth place in the general classification, 25” behind leader Rohan Dennis.

The news

The selection for the Giro d’Italia to be unveiled on Monday

The selection of the eight riders from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM who will compete in the Giro d’Italia (May 6-29) will be announced on Monday.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Santesteban climbs to 4th to catapult herself up to 2nd on the general classification in Ardeche – Team BikeExchange

Spanish climber Ane Santesteban has once again shown her continuously building form, by climbing to a strong fourth place on today’s summit finish stage at Cycliste Féminin de l’Ardeche. The strong performance on the tough 119.6km stage sees the 30-year-old climb the overall classification into second position.

Santesteban had teammate Lucy Kennedy by her side towards the final, on the penultimate climb, before Ruth Winder attacked away from the group and was able to hold off the chasers to take a solo victory.

Santesteban dug deep up the final first category ascent and was able to finish in fourth place, on the same time as race leader Leah Thomas who finished second place and third place Mavi Garcia

The Team BikeExchange rider will start tomorrow’s fifth stage in second place overall just nine seconds down on Thomas and on the same time as Garcia, who currently sits in third place.

Ane Santesteban – 4th place
“The team was awesome again today. They keep me out of trouble and out of the wind all day and the last two climbs were hard. There were some moves from the main general classification riders, and we had to control them

Today we actually had the plan to try to go for the stage win with Lucy Kennedy. The girls perfectly executed the plan, and she was able to get away. In the end, she missed some good legs but I’m sure she will find again her moment here and finish her career in the best way. This is the same place where everything started for her as a professional cyclist.

I am really motivated and feeling confidence for the next three stages. It’s so nice to see how strong we are as a team. That really helps me. Fourth place in the end today and now up to second place overall, so it is exciting.”

2021 Cycliste Féminin de l’Ardeche – Stage 4 results:
1. Ruth Winder 3:28:23
2. Leah Thomas +2:18
3. Mavi Garcia +2:18
4. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) +2:18

General Classification after stage 4:
1. Leah Thomas 13:44:39
2. Ane Santesteban (Team BikeExchange) +0:09
3. Mavi Garcia +0:09

Photo courtesy of Getty Images 

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com