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Super Simon solos to sixth Giro d’Italia stage victory – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Simon Yates has bounced back in style with stinging late attack and a superb solo victory on a relentless stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia.

The British climber put his Blockhaus disappointment behind him by claiming his sixth Giro stage win, with a masterful and calculated performance on a brutal day of action in Italy.

The 29-year-old was active in the opening kilometres of the short 147km stage as he infiltrated an early breakaway group with teammate Damien Howson. However, Team BikeExchange-Jayco looked to have missed their chance when an escape group of 12 was eventually allowed to get away.

The stage appeared to have settled down as the leaders opened up an advantage of over two minutes, but the stage then burst into life when BORA-hansgrohe took control of the peloton and chased down the break. Yates was alert to the move and followed the strong counterattack as the race reached the challenging circuit in Turin.

With a host of general classification contenders amongst the leading group of 20, Yates bided his time as the group was whittled down over the first passage of the Superga and Colle della Maddalena. As the attacks began to fly on the final lap, Yates was initially distanced, but the stage two winner was able to claw his way back on over the top of the penultimate climb.

Despite a GC fight going on around him, Yates remained calm as he bridged across to a leading group of three as they began the tricky downhill to the finish. Then with four kilometres to go, Yates made his move on a short, sharp rise, powering away from his rivals before charging down the descent.

As the Brit raced into the final kilometre he had time to savoir the moment, crossing the line with arms raised to take his sixth Giro d’Italia stage victory in style.

Simon Yates (1st):
“It was a very hot race but of course I am very happy with the stage. It’s another stage victory to add to my TT win which already feels like a decade ago. I’m sure we will celebrate again, but it going to be a tough final week.

I feel like I am finally arriving to back where I wanted to be so there is a little bit of frustration that I cannot fight for the overall, but that’s how it goes, you have to be good over three-weeks.

Today was more of a dry heat, this is going to sound like an excuse, but the other day was more of a humid heat, so I could not really cool the body. Today I threw maybe 10 bidons of water over my body to cool down, and also we are doing a circuit so I could get more and more water, that was one of the reasons I could stay cool and have a good ride.

The days after Blockhaus, I was still having problems with my knee, the mental aspect, I wasn’t really there, I came here to fight for the overall and I was just doing nothing at the back, so today has given me a lot of moral and maybe I can fight for some more stages now.”

Matt White (Head Sport Director)”
“It was big win and a very nice turn around for the team and for Simon as well. Things haven’t gone as planned but a true test of someone’s character is how they can turn things around and Simon had a very impressive ride and what a race today.

We were in a brilliant position as he was the only guy in the front group there that had nothing to lose. At the end of the day, all the other guys were riding for general classification they were marking each other, they knew they had to take time on other rivals, there were so many different situations going on. Simon could just sit back, be calm and pick his moment and go for it and he definitely did that”

2022 Giro d’Italia Stage 14 – Results:
1. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) 3:43:44
2. Jai Hindley +0:15
3. Richard Carapaz ST

Photo: Getty Sport

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

DRONE HOPPER ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI: BAIS E TAGLIANI SUPER PROTAGONISTI DELLA PRIMA TAPPA DEL GIRO



È un avvio di Giro d’Italia in super evidenza per la Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli. Prima tappa della corsa rosa e prima fuga. E che fuga! All’attacco per oltre 180 chilometri Mattia Bais e Filippo Tagliani (foto Sprint Cycling Agency). I due corridori della Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli sono scattati al pronti via della Budapest-Visegrad (195 chilometri) e in due hanno letteralmente monopolizzato le prime quattro ore del Giro d’Italia numero 105. La loro azione ha toccato anche i 10′ di vantaggio, prima del rientro del gruppo nel finale. Bais e Tagliani sono stati ripresi a poco meno di 14 chilometri dall’insidioso arrivo di Visegrad dove si è imposto l’olandese Van Der Poel che è anche la prima maglia rosa della corsa.
La prima tappa ha naturalmente soddisfatto il general manager Gianni Savio: «Nella riunione tecnica di stamane avevo detto a corridori e direttori sportivi che nella prima fuga del Giro non poteva mancare un portacolori Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli. Avevo indicato in Mattia Bais e  Filippo Tagliani i corridori più accreditati e loro sono stati bravissimi e hanno ottenuto punti importanti per le graduatorie dei traguardi volanti e dei chilometri in fuga, le classifiche che sono il nostro obiettivo, insieme con una vittoria di tappa».
Domani per il Giro d’Italia cronometro individuale a Budapest di 9,2 chilometri.

— Drone Hopper Androni to www.dronehopperandroni.com

DRONE HOPPER ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI: SUPER SEPULVEDA IN TURCHIA

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DRONE HOPPER ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI: SUPER SEPULVEDA IN TURKEY



A great Eduardo Sepulveda won the fourth stage of the Tour of Turkey today, the 146-kilometer İzmir-Manisa with uphill finish. The Argentine rider of the Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli arrived all alone at the finish line after having attacked from the group of the best with less than 4.5 kilometers to go. Sepulveda, who had already made a name for himself in Turkey in recent years, preceded Bevin (Israel Premier Tech), Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) and Vine (Alpecin Fenix), all 15” behind. After the fourth of the eight stages, the Argentine also leads the general classification, with 14″on Bevin and 25″ on Vine, and that of climbers.
On the stage comes the comment of the sporting director Daniele Righi who with Leonardo Canciani is leading the team in Turkey: «We had set our game on Eduardo. His teammates were very good at taking him to the foot of the climb with the best. Sepulveda, then, was good to keep his pace without responding to the attacks and when the opportunity arose to seize the moment to shoot. Having obtained a small advantage, he was super in managing it to the finish».
Sepulveda for his part is obviously radiant: «I’m too happy. It’s been a long time since my last victory, it took this day. Today the team was top. The guys gave me a great hand, they’ve always been with me. Before the ascent Grosu did an excellent job. In the final, some teams had a strong pace and I was a bit at the limit, but I managed well. When he leveled off a little I left and then I went to the block until the end. It’s gone» explained the 30-year-old South American who already boasted many placings in Turkey and in his career had achieved a couple of successes in France in 2015 and one in Argentina in 2016.
From Turkey to Sicily, where the RCS race proposed its second stage. In Caltanissetta Damiano Caruso won over Vincenzo Nibali and Domenico Pozzovivo. Nice ninth place for Jefferson Cepeda with the best in the treacherous final. Also good Daniel Munoz, 16th, only a few seconds behind the first group.
On the victory in Turkey, the fourth in the season for Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli, and the excellent day overall for the team, the general manager Gianni Savio expresses himself as follows: «An important day for our team, with the splendid victory of Eduardo Sepulveda in Turkey and Jefferson Cepeda’s top-10 finish in Sicily. We are getting closer to the Giro d’Italia in the best possible way and I want to praise all the team members for the professionalism shown in every race».

— Drone Hopper Androni to www.dronehopperandroni.com