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BEIHAI, China (VN) — Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) says quitting was not an option for him this summer when he broke his kneecap in the Tour de France.
The Belgian star instead returned two months later and won his first race, the GP d’Isbergues. He now ends his season in the south of China at the Tour of Guangxi.
“Why should I think about quitting? When you like your job, there’s no reason to stop,” Gilbert told VeloNews.
“When you think it’s time to do something different, then it’s just time to stop. For me, the time is not there yet. I still enjoy it. I like to ride my bike and race.”
Gilbert crashed on a descent in the Tour’s stage 16. He finished the stage but had to abandon that night. It appeared that the 36-year-old former world champion and Tour of Flanders winner would not return until 2019, if at all.
“Crashes happen all over the year, sometimes you have less luck when you break a bone, and that was my case,” he added. “I was working hard to come back and I’m happy to be racing again.”
Gilbert showed in his fight to return that same grit that led to his many wins. And when he did pin on a number again at d’Isbergues, he rode clear.
“You always dream of a comeback like that, it’s hard to accomplish it, but I did it, and I’m glad that I did it. It was a good way to be racing again. I was happy about it,” said Gilbert.
“It’s never the same exactly, I lost something, but I’m going to work a lot this winter to get back next season and hopefully I can find the same shape again.”
Gilbert won all three Ardennes classics in the same season, 2011. He won the world championship in 2012 on the Cauberg. He rode solo to win Flanders in 2017. And this year, even though winning only once, he added to Quick-Step’s massive victory haul of 71.
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“We had a strong collective this year, a lot of time situations where you protect your teammate who was going for the win, and sometimes second or third was the best I could do because the team was winning in front of me. That’s the game.
“It’s still a sport where team spirit is still really important and it plays a role in the tactics. Sometimes you’re the guy protected and racing for the win, sometimes you have to protect others. That’s cycling.”
Gilbert skipped the recent world championships in Innsbruck, but commentated on it for French television. He saw one of his rivals, 38-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, finally win the title.
“Valverde is a good winner because I think it was his seventh podium, that’s really impressive,” added Gilbert. “He’s been there for many years, and he’s survived everything. I think he deserved this one.”
Read the full article at Gilbert, 36, has no plans to quit bike racing on VeloNews.com.

Vincenzo Nibali’s bid for a dream ending to erase his nightmare summer of 2018 simply ran out of gas Saturday.
The 34-year-old Italian star gave everything to try to defend his Giro di Lombardia title and end the season the way he started it, with an Italian monument victory. While his audaciousness paid off with victory at Milano-Sanremo, he ran into a superior Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in the steep hills of northern Italy in Lombardia.
“I raced more with my head than my legs,” Nibali said. “In the end, I didn’t have much energy left. I didn’t even have water in my bottle.”
Even seeing Nibali in the mix over the weekend says much about his character and determination.
Italy’s self-styled shark suffered a terrible back injury on Alpe d’Huez in July. A return at the Vuelta a España put him in decent shape for the world championships, but it was only Saturday that a near-fully recovered Nibali was back in fighting form.
“The worlds were too soon for me,” Nibali said. “It’s a shame but I didn’t have the form to win the rainbow jersey.”
Nibali ends his 2018 campaign with question marks about his future. He shrugged off reports that he’s on the market — “the fruit market or meat market?” he said with a laugh to Italian reporters — and insisted that he will stay with Bahrain-Merida in 2019.
“Joking aside, I’m already on an important team,” he said. “The offers are there but I have not been looking.”
At 34, Nibali is among the few active riders who have won a grand tour. He’s the only rider to win a Tour de France since the emergence of Team Sky as the Tour dominator in 2012, winning in 2014 — the year Chris Froome crashed out.
Can Nibali still be a factor at the Tour? This year, he went all in for yellow and skipped the Giro in part to arrive in July in optimal condition. Despite some early hiccups, Nibali seemed to be in pole position when disaster struck on the Alpe. He crashed hard on his back and endured a painfully long transfer off the mountain in an ambulance. He luckily avoided more serious injury, but his back was fractured and his Tour dreams shattered in an instant.
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“After what happened to me at the Tour, I can only be happy,” he said. “Next week I will undergo other checks and they will tell me if I have fully recovered from the accident.”
Perhaps more than any rider in the bunch, Nibali has the ability to pull something magical out of his hat. He did it in the 2016 Giro and again on the Via Roma to beat the pack at Milano-Sanremo this spring.
Bahrain-Merida is bringing on Rohan Dennis and Dylan Teus, but Nibali remains the gravitational center of the team. One team insider said staffers have full confidence that Nibali can win at least one more grand tour in his career.
For next year, Nibali hinted that he’s putting the Giro back on his radar.
“The Giro seems very interesting,” Nibali said. “Other goals? Unfortunately, the world championship has faded, but I knew I had some limitations. The classic that I miss is the Liege. A very complicated race.”
Read the full article at Nibali hints at Giro return for 2019 on VeloNews.com.

This past weekend Dr. Rachel McKinnon became the first transgender athlete to win a world cycling championship, taking the masters age 35-44 world title in the sprint competition at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California. An opinionated discussion has erupted on social media in the wake of Dr. McKinnon’s victory concerning fair play, the advantages of male athletes over female athletes, and the rights of transgender athletes.
Dr. McKinnon is familiar with this discussion. The Canadian currently teaches philosophy and ethics at the College of Charleston, and writes and lectures on the topic of transgender athletes in sports.VN: Do you feel like you have an unfair advantage because you are a transgender athlete?Rachel McKinnon: No, absolutely not. If you look at my results at Canadian nationals, in the 500 I was like eighth place (editor: Dr. McKinnon has always competed in the female category). At masters worlds, for the 500 I was a very disappointing fourth. In the Keirin at Canadian nationals, I was fourth. I haven’t won any elite UCI races. I got a third in the Keirin at Trexlertown in June. That was my best result. In the road, I won one pro stage in the Tour of the Southern Highlands that had a downhill finish. Me being not the lightest person, I’m pretty good at sprinting. The next stage was an 80-mile road stage and I was out the back a quarter of a mile into the road stage, which started two minutes into the race. I finished 30 minutes behind the pack. If you look at any hilly race I’ve ever done, I’ve never won. The races I do win are only the flat ones, and even then I train my butt off. Just getting on the podium at a UCI race, that isn’t even a World Cup, is a huge victory for me. I think there is absolutely no evidence that I have an unfair advantage. People who oppose transgender inclusion in sport put us in the double bind. It’s the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. If I win, they attribute it to me being trans and having an unfair advantage. If I lose, the same people think I must not be good anyway. People will never attribute my winning to hard work which is what I think I deserve.VN: Take us through your victory this past weekend. 
RM: My final was against Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen from The Netherlands who is an amazing person to compete against. Both of us were undefeated going into the finals and we had a really hard-fought final. I won it in two rides. The first ride she led and she wanted to pin me against the rail. I have a criterium background so I’m also pretty comfortable there. Coming into turn four I decided to jump first and came around her and managed to hold her off until the line.
In the second ride, I had to lead out and this was a really fun ride. It was hard. I led out and we were doing some cat and mouse … I had to chase her and hold enough gap so that coming around the bell into turn 2 I went after her and went for the pass and I was still behind her wheel behind turn 3 and I audibly said, ‘C’mon!’ and came around here out of turn 4 across the line. I was elated. I honestly couldn’t have raced against a nicer person. We shook hands and she motioned me forward to hold hands across the line.VN: What is your background in competitive cycling?RM: My sport background is in badminton. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to take up my job at the College of Charleston and there isn’t any elite badminton down here. I needed a new sport. I wasn’t good at running and I took spin classes and really fell in love with cycling and decided on a whim to buy a bike. I started racing on the road and turned out I was actually good at it, much better than I was at badminton. I raced on the road for three years, raced all over America and in Canada. I got to category 1 and realized that my dreams of making it further than domestic elite racing wasn’t going to happen. Track had always been alluring to me. A 60-minute criterium was always pretty boring because the final two minutes is when the sprinters come out to play. I thought that track sprinting would be like the final two minutes. I jumped in head-first. I was a road for three years and have raced on the track for the last year.VN: What is the story behind your transition? 
window.iad_1 = googletag.defineSlot('/21732621108/velonews', [300, 250], 'ad-iad-1').defineSizeMapping(szmp_3x2).addService(googletag.pubads());googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('ad-iad-1'); });RM: I was born with an “M” on my birth certificate. Not all trans people are the same; we don’t all know at age two or three. I started supposing I [was trans] when I was 13, and it took another 16 years to come to terms with it and figure it out. I started my transition right before I finished my Ph.D. and came out to the world two days after I defended my dissertation.VN: Let’s drill down into the topic of the unfair advantage. Much of the discussion revolves around testosterone and the idea that athletes who are born male have more testosterone than those who were born female. That inherently gives transgender women an unfair advantage.RM: The myths around testosterone are very deep, and I do a lot of research around this. Some people think testosterone is only found in males and that estrogen is only found in females, and that is not true. Everybody has both. On average, males have more testosterone than females and females have more estrogen than males. In a recent study by Stephané Bermon and Pierre Yves Garnier, they tested over 2,000 IAAF world championship track and field athletes and found that 1/6 of the male athletes were in or below the female range of testosterone, so a disproportionate amount of elite males have very low testosterone. This study showed there is absolutely no relationship between testosterone in terms of performance in males. The relationship they found in women was weak and sporadic.
When people think of testosterone and athletic performance, they think of doping with exogenous testosterone — testosterone that comes from outside the body. Compare that to endogenous testosterone, which occurs in the body. While chemically they perform roughly the same way, there is ample evidence that shows exogenous testosterone, compared to what you naturally have, produces big performance advantages. That’s why it’s considered doping. There is no evidence that having a higher produced value of endogenous testosterone has any performance advantages at all. The evidence does not bear that out. So that is the second myth: the more testosterone you have, naturally, the better you are. So trans women might be male early on, and that on average such bodies have more endogenous naturally testosterone, therefore they’re stronger because of that. We have evidence that is just not the case.
Also, we have evidence, thanks to Dr. Joanna Harper, that when you take someone who has a given level of endogenous natural testosterone, and you reduce that — through such things as like hormone suppression therapy, or the loss of a testicle, or menopause — when you lower someone’s natural testosterone their performance goes down. The body is used to a certain level, and when you drop it, the body performs worse because your body isn’t getting what it’s used to. But that’s also why when you add more exogenous testosterone, your body isn’t used to it so your performance goes up.VN: Yes, but what about the eyeball-test argument? The fastest male marathon runners are faster than the fastest females; the top male weightlifters can carry more than the top female lifters, etc?RM: Right, and I’m not denying there is currently a performance gap between elite male and female athletes. But there’s two questions here at the same time that have a complicated interplay. One: Why is there that gap? People like a simple answer. Men have more testosterone, so therefore, it’s because of testosterone. But our bodies aren’t simple; they’re complex and messy and beautiful. We see that 1/6 of elite male track and field athletes have lower than the average female testosterone yet they perform at a higher level, so it’s not just about testosterone. We’ve seen that the gap in performance between elite men and women is closing in every sport. As the men are improving and new records are being set, the women’s records are being set faster. The gap is closing. Its misleading to take the current gap an say that will always be the case. We’re seeing it close in some ultra-distance sports.
But people are mostly focused on power events where big muscle matters and this eyeball test that you talked about. One of the problems you talked about is that elite athletes are in a sense freaks. We all have a genetic advantage that makes us good in the sports we’ve selected. And that typically ignores the wide range of types of bodies of people of that type. So we like to point to Caitlin Jenner and say look how big she is, that’s unfair to women. That ignores the 5 foot 1 kid who can’t throw a ball. It’s not the case that all trans women are these big six-foot-tall, 200-pound powerlifters. I happen to be a 6 foot tall, 200-pound powerlifter, but that’s beside the point. So it also ignores the range. We have no evidence at all that the average trans woman is any bigger, stronger, faster than the average cisgender woman.
… I’m sometimes misquoted as saying the performance advantage is irrelevant. It’s not, per se, that the advantage question is irrelevant. Its that the way that we think about human rights, in that legal and ethical standards of when it’s OK to override a person’s human right, is that the performance advantages aren’t high enough. If you look at elite athletics, every single elite athlete has some kind of genetic mutation that makes them amazing at their sport. Michael Phelps, his joint structure and body proportion, make him a like fish, which is awesome. But we shouldn’t say that he has an unfair competitive advantage. The question is not whether there is a competitive advantage, the question is whether there is an unfair advantage. Sports is about competitive advantages. We have coaching and equipment and training, nutrition, rest all of these things are meant to produce competitive advantages over other people. Just because there is a competitive advantage doesn’t make it unfair.
Is being trans just another natural physical characteristic that, if — and this is a gigantic “if” — it provides an advantage, should we treat it like just being tall? We do not regulate height. In many sports height provides a massive competitive advantage. I’m six-foot. I’m too short to be an elite volleyball athlete. If you compared a five-foot woman to a 6-foot-4 woman, the tall woman will have such a competitive advantage that the shorter woman won’t be able to compete in volleyball or basketball. But we don’t consider that massive advantage unfair. Is being trans just another way to be a natural person who maybe gets an avenge for it that we should treat like being tall?
Dr. Rachel McKinnon won the masters world title in the sprint this past weekend in Los Angeles. Courtesy Dr. Rachel McKinnonVN: How would you describe the current rules governing transgender participation in sports?RM: I would say in a word, inconsistent. The [International Olympic Committee] fashions itself as a beacon of sport and I think that they are so a lot of sports that take the IOC’s lead. There are other sports that have more permissive rules for participation, and others that are more strict. Roller derby is as inclusive as it gets. Some sports still don’t allow trans participation, and they can do this because they aren’t Olympic eligible sports. All sports that aspire to be included in the Olympics have to abide by the IOC regulations, but they are allowed to meet other standards. The UCI has explicitly signed on to the IOCs rules, but USA Cycling, for their non-elite athletes — Cat. 3, 4, 5 — has a more permissive rule than the IOC, which I think is great.
I think USAC could do better, but it’s a good step forward. The current IOC policy was updated in 2015 over rules that were established in 2003. The 2003 policy requires athletes to have irreplaceable genital surgery. And then they required a waiting period of two years before people were eligible to compete. In 2015 the IOC recognized that is unfair to trans people — unfair to require them to undergo surgery they might otherwise not want — to compete in sport which they said is a human right. They also said transgender men can compete whenever they want, but you can’t go back to competing in the women’s category for a period of time. Once a transgender man takes hormone therapy, they can get a TUE for testosterone. But once they take that they are ineligible for women’s sport and must compete with men. The restrictions for trans men are low.VN: What rules do you compete under?RM: A transgender woman must be able to demonstrate a continued level of endogenous testosterone below a certain level for one year, that level is 10 nanomoles per liter. Because I race in the UCI I absolutely have to meet that policy, and I have provided medical evidence to USAC that I more than meet that policy. I have an Instagram post from a couple of years ago showing my testosterone results and they are below the bottom of the average female range. They are actually undetectable. My endogenous testosterone is undetectable. My body makes next to nothing.VN: What do you tell your competitors about transgender people and the rules governing your participation? Do you talk to them about it?RM: That’s what prompted my Instagram post. There were lots of complaints to USA Cycling back when I was a Cat. 3 cyclist. People wanted me banned from cycling. They thought it wasn’t fair and, USAC pushed back on that saying no, she meets the policy, she’s allowed to compete. That didn’t stop the complaints. People thought that I should be drug tested. I felt forced in a way to release really private medical information, my numbers about my testosterone. Even though I have released this evidence that I have such low testosterone, for some people it doesn’t matter to them. Some people think the policy is itself unfair.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop some people from saying it’s unfair, even though I clearly meet the ICO/USAC/UCI policies.This interview was edited for length and clarity.
Read the full article at Q&A: Dr. Rachel McKinnon, masters track champion and transgender athlete on VeloNews.com.

A lot of cycling fans tune out once world championships are over — but they shouldn’t. This year’s edition of Il Lombardia was a perfect example of the autumn action that the final monument of the season can offer. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finally delivered the big win he’s been dreaming of, beating none other than Mr. Lombardia himself, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). Time for a roundtable about why this race is meaningful for these riders and fans like us.
What does this victory mean for Thibaut Pinot?Spencer Powlison, @spino_powerlegs: It means he can finally ride technical descents! I owe Pinot and my colleague Fred Dreier a big apology for laughing at the suggestion that he could win Lombardia, but he proved up to the task. This win also means that it is time for Pinot to finally put to bed the notion that he should ride for grand tour GC. He’s clearly got a knack for hilly one-days or stage hunting. Commit to that plan, and give Valverde a run for his money in the Ardennes!Dane Cash, @danecash: A rider who often contends for big wins but rarely pulls them off, Pinot proved this weekend in Italy that he does have what it takes to close the deal on a major result. Health issues and crashes have often derailed his aspirations over the past few seasons, and eventually, you start to wonder if a rider constantly battling those kinds of problems will ever put it all together. Pinot did on Saturday, which should be a huge morale boost for him after a tough year.Chris Case, @chrisjustincase:  I imagine this victory feels tremendous to a guy like Pinot. Earlier in his career, when he had some success at the Tour, immense pressure was immediately heaped on him – ‘The next great French cyclist, the man who will turn around French results at grand tours, has finally arrived!’ It hasn’t played out that way. That isn’t to say he isn’t a contender at grand tours, but his attacking style and climbing panache may suit him even better. And if there’s any race that fits someone of that profile, it’s Il Lombardia.
Surely Vincenzo Nibali wasn’t racing for second place, but he fought hard to earn that result. What was that all about?Spencer: Nibali’s Bahrain-Merida team fully committed to his chances at Lombardia. I got to think that when he looked back and saw the chase group with several of his guys in the mix, he knew he’d have to give it one more push to pay off their efforts, even if it wasn’t a win. He likely also wanted to prove to himself that he’s still got the edge after his season went off the rails at the Tour.Dane: For one, Nibali loves this race, and you have to assume he was hungry to do as well he could no matter the circumstances. After a tough, injury-marred summer, it’s possible Nibali was trying to show us what might have been had he not had his unfortunate run-in with a fan at the Tour de France.Case: It seemed Nibali initially threw in that dig to set up one of his teammates, Ion Izagirre or Domenico Pozzovivo, both of whom had rejoined him along with the rest of the group. But in the ensuing hesitation, and with the aid of the descent, Nibali got a substantial gap. “The Shark” is a racer. He took advantage of a good situation to end his season on a high.
Rigoberto Urán looked like he had the legs to win this one. Evaluate EF Education-First Drapac’s tactics. What went wrong?Spencer: Clearly Bahrain-Merida’s aforementioned tactics did not help matters for EF, but I was surprised none of the other teams were willing to pitch in when poor little Danny Martinez did all that chasing ahead of the Civiglio. Maybe instead they hold Martinez to mark a dangerous move (i.e., Nibali and Pinot)? He certainly looked to have good legs.Dane: Hindsight is 20/20 but Urán and Co. should have been more aggressive on the Sormano climb — and more attentive to Thibaut Pinot. It was no secret the Frenchman was on sterling form. This year’s finale was not quite as hard as last year’s, and that made the Sormano a more attractive option for the attackers despite its distance from the line. If Urán had stuck with Pinot, this might have been a very different race.Chris: The steep wall at Sormano proved to be the decisive moment of the race. One could be forgiven for not predicting this since it was so far from the finish. But given his recent results, Pinot was the man to watch. And given his racing smarts, Nibali can never be discounted. If you have the legs to go with that pair, you do it.
Il Lombardia is usually overshadowed by the other monument classics. How did this edition stack up, from a fan’s perspective?
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Read the full article at Roundtable: Why Il Lombardia matters on VeloNews.com.

Faced with a treacherous track of mud, ice, and snow, Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX) and Brannan Fix (Alpha-Groove Subaru) rode to victory Sunday in Boulder, Colorado after a storm dumped seven inches of snow on Valmont Bike Park.
Honsinger’s pit gamble pays off
Clara Honsinger won two days in a row, untroubled by the muddy, cold conditions. Photo: Col ElmoreThe Oregonian came into Sunday’s race hot off a victory in day one of the U.S. Open, in markedly warmer and drier conditions.
On Sunday, Honsinger took advantage of slow pit stops by her key rivals to in again.
“Initially it was cold, but the adrenaline kicks in and you can’t really feel anything by the end of it,” said Honsinger. “You’d step off [the pedals] and your cleats would fill with ice. When Katie [Clouse] and Sunny [Gilbert] went into the pit, I just [kept going]. You get back on and you can’t pedal. I just took advantage of that and ride a muddy bike for two laps.”
Gilbert (Van Dessel) and Clouse (Alpha-Groove Subaru) had traded off the lead early in the race.
Heading into the final two laps, it appeared that the teenage phenome Clouse had the upper hand, riding the perilous off-camber descents with ease. However, the inclement conditions made for unpredictable racing.
“Just a lot of back and forth,” said Honsinger. “Somebody could get 10 seconds, and one little bobble and you’d be all the way back. Whoever was clean, got it.”
After making her move at the pits, Honsinger rode with confidence off the front. Clouse had one more dig and rode clear of Gilbert to take second. Gilbert, 22 years Clouse’s senior, rounded out the podium in third.
Fix fights to first UCI victory
With a late charge on the final lap, Brannan Fix won his first UCI race. Photo: Col ElmoreThe elite men’s race was also a thriller with plot twists throughout the cold, muddy race.
From the gun, Saturday’s winner Gage Hecht (Alpha-Groove Subaru) asserted himself. Out to an early lead after a lap, disaster struck right before the finish straight. He broke his chain and was forced to run a very long section of the course to reach the pits.
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Attrition set in after about three laps, and Brunner, who was second at under-23 U.S. nationals last January, seemed in control. Haidet faded, as did Wells.
Fix, on the other hand, was coming on strong in the back-end of the technical, heavy race.
“Really I think it was just [keeping] a consistent speed. That’s my strength in this weather, I can just ride sections clean, time after time, and just go the same pace. As long as I time it right, that works out pretty well for me,” said Fix. “I just kept moving forward and before I knew it, the last lap, I was in the lead. It was kind of a blur for most of it, but it was awesome.”
After catching Brunner, he quickly extended his lead, leaving his fellow Coloradan to settle for second place. Haidet was third, 59 seconds down.
Fix’s Alpha-Groove Subaru teammate Hecht turned around his unfortunate start, riding through most of the field to end up seventh place, proving his form and technical skills were up to the task.
Read the full article at Winter is coming: Honsinger and Fix win U.S. Open of Cyclocross on VeloNews.com.

Steven de Jongh, former pro racer and current Trek-Segafredo sports director, has been found after going missing on Monday near Girona, Spain. After heading out for a ride in the morning and not returning, he was located several hours later and taken to a hospital. He had suffered a concussion, but no broken bones.
De Jongh’s wife Renee Meijer appealed to Twitter for help finding de Jongh at around 3 p.m. local time, noting that he had been missing since 10:30 a.m.

People of twitter help me please. My husband @stevendejongh went on his bike and is missing since 10.30 . Around #laGanga area. If you are there help me please to find him. He went on a Trek bike in a trek suit. Retweet please.
— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
Twitter users used Strava to determine his last known location. Local emergency services were also notified.
According to Meijer, a Catalan fire department helicopter found de Jongh. The circumstances of his apparent crash remain unclear.

Thank you kind people, the helicopter has found @stevendejongh . More news later. He breaths and has a pulse .
— Renee Meijer (@reneemeijer02) October 15, 2018
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The classic Gloucester cyclocross course dried out Sunday, and Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) and Curtis White (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) proved up to the tactical test, winning the women’s and men’s elite races, like they did Saturday in Massachusetts.
Noble solos to second victory
Ellen Noble won day two at GP Gloucester, following up her victory on Saturday. Photo: Peter PellizziRealizing that the conditions weren’t as slippery as they were on day one, Noble didn’t plan to ride solo to another win in the 20th edition of this classic New England ‘cross race.
“Today I went into it with a little bit more tactics,” said Noble. “I wanted to get off the front with Erica [Zaveta] and kind of be able to work with her.”
As planned, she rode with Erica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton) from the gun. However, that didn’t last long as Zaveta got caught in the course tape and crashed.
“I took a weird line; I think I threw her off, so it left me on the front,” Noble added. “I wasn’t intending to go solo today. But that’s how it ended up happening. Once I got a gap, I just tried to keep it.”
Zaveta said the crash happened right before the pits on a fast section of corners.
“I took on Ellen’s wheel and I was following behind really closely,” said Zaveta. “It was a pretty fast crash, so she got away very quickly. I ended up with Crystal [Anthony] and the group behind me. I ended up riding with them a little until I settled down and figured out the lines again.”
Noble won the race by a healthy 48-second margin. Behind, Zaveta gave Anthony the slip.
“Towards the end, I was like, ‘I need to go,’” added Zaveta. “It was definitely back and forth. She’s [Anthony] really strong. I just needed to commit to try to go, and then see if it worked. And it did.”
Anthony ended up third to Zaveta.
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White times attack to perfection
Curtis White won two in a row at Gloucester, attacking late in the men’s elite race. Photo: Peter PellizziWhile the women’s race split apart, the elite men faced a tactical battle, riding much of the 60-minute race as a group.
“The course today seemed like it played towards group racing — it was a bit tactical,” said White. “Cooper Willsey was off the front early, so that put pressure on guys like Tobin Ortenblad, Jamey Driscoll. Jamey got to the front [chase group] and closed the gap quick so that we were all together. He had started the attack and strung the field out.”
Driscoll went away with four laps to go. However, like Zaveta, he came to grief, clipping a course stake.
“It was unfortunate for him, but I think it also worked to my benefit,” White added. “That was something I had to capitalize on and that was the gap. Once I got the gap, I wanted to crank out some of the fastest lap times that I could, work on accelerations.”
With Driscoll out of the picture and White up the road, a group of four fought for the remaining podium placings: Lane Maher and Cooper Willsey (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Anthony Clark (Squid Squad), and Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label Racing).
Maher took the lead in the final turns of the race and rode to second place.
“Curtis [White] attacked really hard, so that was pretty much gone, that was the win,” said Maher, who was 22 seconds behind White for second. “I got to go out to the front of the race for the first time on the last lap. I felt really good, so I decided to attack with a few minutes to go and it stuck. I just put my head down and went as hard as I could, and hoped for the best.”
Clark out-sprinted Ortenblad for third.
“After Curtis attacked, I went to the front. The Cannondale guys were racing as a team,” said Clark. “I led the last lap. So I said ‘I have to lead out the sprint, and Tobin is fast!’ I didn’t even think about it, I just went on the pavement and [pounded it]. I just went as hard as I could and didn’t look back.
“As soon as I crossed the line, I was like ‘I just got third at Gloucester!’”
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BEIHAI, China (VN) — Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) is hitting the reset button after a “difficult 2018 season” due to poor health and crashes.
The Sardinian closes out his season in the Tour of Guangxi this week. It is his first visit to China, perfect for restarting 2019 on the right foot.
“It’s important. I’ll tell you the truth and it might seem mad, but even though it’s been a difficult season, the desire to race is still there, so I’m happy to be here,” Aru said.
He arrived in Beihai in China’s south just hours beforehand, departing after racing Italy’s Il Lombardia on Saturday.
“I haven’t come here without the desire to ride. Of course my condition isn’t the best, and it hasn’t been the best in recent weeks, not even at Lombardia,” Aru added. “But from a physical point of view it was important for me to finish with another race, to have this new experience, which could be useful for the future.”
Aru will not just cruise through the six stages from Beihai north to Guilin, but keep his body in good shape with eyes toward the horizon.
“I don’t have a lot of personal objectives here because physically I haven’t been very good all season, or in the last few weeks,” Aru explained.
“I had to pull out of the worlds, and if I was going well, I certainly would never have done that. The important thing is to continue to try to understand how I am, to see if I’m a bit better.
“I’ll also be thinking of next season, so it’s important to finish this year well here. We’ll see what happens.”
The Italian began the Giro d’Italia in May as a favorite but never found the form that saw him place second in 2015 Giro or win the 2015 Vuelta a España. He abandoned in the third week and skipped the Tour de France.
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“Something was missing all year. I was always a step behind the strongest riders. All year long, I never managed to get into my very top condition. Unfortunately, that’s sport these days, it doesn’t allow you to be at 95 percent. When you’re missing even a little bit, you’ll struggle to get results, especially a stage race rider of my characteristics,” Aru said.
“Certainly some errors were committed, and sometimes I probably tried to do much, to do things at all costs, and that causes you to make errors.
“The results I had this year were not up to my level, given what I’ve always shown and what I want out of a season. So for sure, I’m not content and for that reason.”
Aru returned to the Vuelta in August hoping for results and to build form for the world championship road race. He never found it. He crashed twice and sparked a media storm when he cursed his bike and team sponsor Colnago.
The race did not help his condition so much, and he pulled his name out of the running for a spot on Team Italy in the worlds. Instead, he asked to race the series of one-day races over the last week in Italy. Now, he is in China to end 2018.
A reset is needed. Afterward, Aru wants consistency and a chance at victory in 2019 for himself and UAE Team Emirates.
“I can’t wait to make a reset, but it’s a reset that is made with the desire to restart strongly not because you are completely dead, also in the head. Physically, I wasn’t bad, but my mind wasn’t gone,” he continued.
“I’ll rest, but the first training camp will be soon with the team, we are going to plan out the year so that I don’t make any errors like maybe that were made. It’s bad, but you have to learn from your mistakes to not repeat them and go well.”
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BENTONVILLE, Arkansas (VN) — Luke Vrouwenvelder lacked the various accouterments of the other top riders at last weekend’s Oz Trails Off-Road in Bentonville, Arkansas. There was no tent to shield him from the rain, no team mechanic to wrench on his bicycle. Instead, Vrouwenvelder traveled to the race with his mom, Angie Shatas, from his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He left the weekend with a second-place medal and a check for $5,000 in prize money.
This is how Vrouwenvelder has operated his racing program all season. At 23, he is one of the country’s top up-and-coming off-road racers, with a resume of impressive results on the U.S. Cup series. Fifteen years ago, those results could have earned Vrouwenvelder a paying job on one of North America’s factory cross-country teams. But mountain biking’s heyday is long in the rearview mirror, and today, top talent like Vrouwenvelder often operate privateer programs.
That means scraping together what little support Vrouwenvelder can find. He has Trek as a bike sponsor, along with seven other companies providing a range of products — Bontrager, Oakley, Clif Bar, Vittoria, Cutaway, Fox, and Violich Farms, a California orchard that grows almonds and walnuts. He also races under the team name of his personal coaching business, LukeVCoaching, and uses his presence at the races to find new clients.
“I get to meet clients that I coach. I get to see them, put a face to a name, I get to race alongside them,” Vrouwenvelder told VeloNews in Bentonville. “It can be a bit much at times but as long as my time management’s there, it’s doable. It’s the only reason I’m here, otherwise I wouldn’t have the money.”
No, it’s not the easiest or most obvious way to take on the best American mountain bikers in his debut season in the pro ranks. So far, it’s working for Vrouwenvelder.
He started in April with the Fontana and Bonelli US Cup races, where he was seventh and 10th, respectively. The next month he was fifth in the short-track and sixth in the cross-country at Soldier Hollow. Then, he was hit by a car in early June while riding, suffering a severe bone bruise on his tibia. He was off the bike for about a month and had to cancel a trip to Europe for World Cups in Italy and Andorra.
“The injury is sort of like what could have been,” Vrouwenvelder said. “At the same time, it’s easy to focus on the negative at the time, in the moment. But a forced break like that, mentally it’s really motivating.”
Vrouwenvelder came back stronger. He was second in the elite cross-country and third in the short track at USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships, beating rivals with factory sponsorships like Christopher Blevins (Specialized) and Keegan Swenson (Pivot-Stan’s No Tubes).
Vrouwenvelder is hardly a novice. He won three national championships in collegiate cycling at the University of North Carolina. After graduating in 2017, he launched his coaching business. After one year as a coach, Vrouwenvelder counts about 15-20 clients, some of whom were out racing at the Oz Trails Off-Road.
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“For me, it was like, ‘Dude you’re one of the best in the country and you’re buying our product? Let’s work together,’” Avery said. “I liked the fact that he had full freedom to ride whatever because it really underscored that he’s using our stuff because he believes in it.”
Of course, there are disadvantages to the privateer program, Vrouwenvelder said. His race at the Oz Trails Off-Road almost didn’t happen; during Friday’s fat tire crit he broke a chain and didn’t finish.
Vrouwenvelder tried to troubleshoot the problem with Brad Copeland, the mechanic for Howard Grotts and the Specialized team. The two realized that Vrouwenvelder’s cassette was causing a problem, and the Specialized team loaned Vrouwenvelder a new one for Sunday’s backcountry race.
Vrouwenvelder made the most of the good fortune — he out-sprinted Grotts for second place and the $5,000 payday.
“Luckily Howard [Grotts] and Brad [Copeland] from Specialized were nice enough to take a little pity on me,” Vrouwenvelder said. “I feel a little bad — their new cassette is probably what won me the sprint. They didn’t have to do that.”
Vrouwenvelder (right) got the better of Grotts at the end of the Oz Trails Off-Road. Photo: Brenda ErnstThe privateer program may work for now, however it isn’t enough to help Vrouwenvelder meet his ultimate goal. Vrouwenvelder wants to someday compete on the World Cup series. Racing the World Cup, which has races scattered across Europe, requires resources and team support.
“The teams that are offering, they’re not necessarily a better situation than what I’m doing right now,” Vrouwenvelder said. “Because I would obviously lose the ability to put my coaching service on the front of my jersey, which definitely delivers a few clients now and again. I’d have to weigh the pros and the cons.”
Avery believes Vrouwenvelder has the right combination of natural talent and intelligence to someday advance him to the sport’s premier series.
“With Luke, he has the ability and the mindset, and he understands how to do it all because he’s a coach himself. Because of that, he’s got great potential,” Avery said.
“He is the fastest guy you may have never heard of.”
Yet.
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The Sunday cover of L’Equipe said it all about Thibaut Pinot and his tremendous fall campaign: “Pinot Sacré” — Pinot Anointed.
It takes a lot to push Europe’s soccer off the front pages in the throes of the season, but Pinot’s impressive stampede across the Giro di Lombardia was page-one worthy.
The 28-year-old Frenchman not only won France’s first Giro di Lombardia in a generation, but he did it with panache. Cyrille Guimard would be proud.
Pinot attacked relentlessly to drop everyone, including two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali, in a thrilling season-ending duel in Italy’s hardest monument. His winning margin was the largest in 22 years. It’s only fitting that France’s most dogged climber won the climber’s classic.
“Such strong emotion,” Pinot said after crossing the line. “It’s not my nature to be so demonstrative, but I can assure you it means so much.”
This Lombardia victory caps a tremendous run by Pinot and sees a stronger and more adventurous version of the French talent emerging by season’s end. Pinot sunk to the lowest of lows during the Giro d’Italia in May, when he defended a podium position in the battle over the Colle della Finestre only to succumb to pneumonia 36 hours later. A depleted Pinot simply could not finish the final stage.
That illness kept him sidelined for the Tour de France, but he bounced back for the Vuelta a España. Realizing he didn’t quite have the legs to win, he raced tactically and rode away with two stage victories. And while his legs faltered in a bid for the rainbow jersey, he hit his stride just in time for his favorite classic.
“After the Vuelta, he is a different rider,” team doctor Jack Maillot told L’Equipe. “He knew he had good legs. He has such strength of character.”
Pinot’s victory at the Milan-Turin midweek semi-classic only bolstered his confidence and foretold Saturday’s narrative in Italy.
“I’m in the best shape of my career,” Pinot said. “When Vincenzo attacked, I knew it was the move to follow. To beat him in these conditions was a dream. The key was to attack.”
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“This is one race I wanted to tick off,” he said. “If I had gotten to the end of my career without winning it, I’d be disappointed.”
Pinot’s win is the first Lombardia victory for a Frenchman since Laurent Jalabert won in 1997. It hasn’t been for not trying. Pinot has raced seven editions of Lombardia, every year running since 2011 (except in 2016). In fact, it is the only “monument” he’s even raced.
“Since I was a kid, this race has always fascinated me,” Pinot said. “I still have images in my mind of Bettini and Cunego fighting for the win. They transmitted the passion of Lombardia to me as I was growing up.”
Pinot’s journey to the top of the peloton has been beset with false starts, inflated hopes, and dogged determination. Unlike some of his compatriots who flinch at the weight of France’s “next big thing,” Pinot’s grim determination helped push him through.
Third overall at the 2014 Tour de France perhaps inflated his real grand tour potential, at least on home roads. Although he can defend against the clock, he is always going to bleed time against the likes of Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin. Since that Tour breakout, he’s only finished one more Tour — 16th in 2015 — and he DNF’d in 2016 and 2017. He did not start the race this year.
Pinot may never win a Tour, but a Giro could well be in his future. It would only be fitting for the Frenchman who loves Italy.
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Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won with a 1.5-kilometer late move to claim his third stage win of the race. Eduard Prades (Euskadi Murias) took second place on the stage, gaining a vital six-second time bonus that was enough to see him snatch overall victory from Andrey Lutsenko (Astana).
“The whole team came together to put me exactly where I needed to be before I attacked,’ said Bennett. “I can’t thank them enough.
“Attacks were imminent and the legs felt good so I made sure to get the win for the team and to take home the Sprint Jersey too. I’m so happy that this is how I’ve finished my 2018 season.”
The rolling 164-km stage into Istanbul featured only one categorized climb, and a breakaway soon formed. The riders who initially went away were Louis Vervaeke (Team Sunweb), Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing), and Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise). They were later joined by Benat Txoperena (Euskadi-Murias), Nikolay Mihaylov (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Muhammed Atalay (Turkey), Christophe Masson (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic), and Pavel Cieślik (CCC), and after 90km, the eight riders had three minutes.
With 40km to go, the gap had dropped to just over one minute, and the break numbered only six. On a stage set for the sprinters, the gap continued to tumble, and the race all came together with 6km remaining. The pace on the front was driven by Astana and Katusha-Alpecin, fighting for GC men Lutsenko and Nathan Haas respectively.
The narrow, twisting finish disrupted the field and the sprint trains, though Bora-Hansgrohe kept it together for Bennett. However, they hit the front too early, and so Bennett jumped with 1.5km to go and used his power to stay clear, finishing six seconds ahead of the chasing field.
Prades avoided a crash on the final corner to take second place, leaving him equal on overall time with Lutsenko, however, the bonus seconds for the podium place propelled him to GC victory. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) finished the stage third. Lutsenko finished second overall, with Haas in third.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Stage 6 ResultsStage
GC
Points
Mountains
Teams
RankNameTeamTime1BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe3:36:282PRADES EduardEuskadi - Murias 0:063DRUCKER JempyBMC Racing Team,,4TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb ,,5SAJNOK SzymonCCC Sprandi Polkowice ,,6SERRANO GonzaloCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,7BOHLI TomBMC Racing Team,,8ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates,,9GUERREIRO RubenTrek - Segafredo,,10ŠTYBAR ZdeněkQuick-Step Floors,,11HAAS NathanTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,12NOPPE ChristopheSport Vlaanderen - Baloise,,13LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team,,14FERNÁNDEZ DelioDelko Marseille Provence KTM,,15HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,16THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb ,,17FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,18JONES BrentonDelko Marseille Provence KTM,,19PORSEV AlexanderGazprom-RusVelo,,20ROCHE NicolasBMC Racing Team,,21FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo,,22FINETTO MauroDelko Marseille Provence KTM,,23PACIONI LucaWilier Triestina - Selle Italia,,24MORTIER JulienWB Aqua Protect Veranclassic ,,25TRARIEUX JulienDelko Marseille Provence KTM,,26PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe,,27DELTOMBE KevinSport Vlaanderen - Baloise,,28REYES AldemarManzana Postobon,,29SPRENGERS ThomasSport Vlaanderen - Baloise,,30VAN ROOY KennethSport Vlaanderen - Baloise,,31ROVNY IvanGazprom-RusVelo,,32HODEG Álvaro JoséQuick-Step Floors,,33AGUIRRE HernánManzana Postobon,,34PEYSKENS DimitriWB Aqua Protect Veranclassic ,,35DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo,,36FERRARI FabricioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,37BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team,,38HOLLENSTEIN RetoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,39ORJUELA FernandoManzana Postobon,,40FRANKINY KilianBMC Racing Team,,41MENDES JoséBurgos-BH ,,42ÖRKEN AhmetTurkey,,43BOL JetseBurgos-BH ,,44RUBIO DiegoBurgos-BH ,,45LIETAER EliotWB Aqua Protect Veranclassic ,,46MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe,,47FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb ,,48KNOX JamesQuick-Step Floors,,49ANTUNES Amaro CCC Sprandi Polkowice ,,50REIS RafaelCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,51MASSON ChristopheWB Aqua Protect Veranclassic ,,52DUARTE FabioManzana Postobon,,53NAVARDAUSKAS RamūnasBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,54VAN GOMPEL MathiasSport Vlaanderen - Baloise,,55DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Floors,,56CABEDO ÓscarBurgos-BH ,,57BROŻYNA PiotrCCC Sprandi Polkowice ,,58SIERRA YecidManzana Postobon,,59MITRI JamesBurgos-BH ,,60PARDILLA SergioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,61BAKIRCI NazimTurkey,,62CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates,,63VILELA RicardoManzana Postobon,,64SAYAR MustafaTurkey,,65KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo,,66TRUSOV NikolayGazprom-RusVelo,,67KOZONTCHUK DmitryGazprom-RusVelo0:3868SHILOV SergeyGazprom-RusVelo,,69IRISARRI JonCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,70ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 0:5171SESSLER NícolasBurgos-BH ,,72BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team,,73FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team,,74ĐURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates0:5775CUBERO JorgeBurgos-BH ,,76CIEŚLIK PawełCCC Sprandi Polkowice 1:0277BELKOV MaximTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,78ROSA MassimoWilier Triestina - Selle Italia,,79GRADEK KamilCCC Sprandi Polkowice ,,80JULES JustinWB Aqua Protect Veranclassic 0:0681GARCÍA JhojanManzana Postobon1:1182CONSONNI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates0:0683BOEV IgorGazprom-RusVelo1:1984TLEUBAYEV RuslanAstana Pro Team,,85ZABALA JosuCaja Rural - 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Light rain made for a wet and greasy course for the Elite Women’s race, which was dominated by Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing). The course had then dried up for the Elite Men’s, which saw a tactical final lap, with Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) edging the win.
Noble started hard and stayed strong to win
Photo: Peter Pellizzi
Noble dominated the women’s race, who led from the start and went on to win in 46:28. Erica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton p/b TLC) finished in second place, having whittled down a small group of riders later in the race. She crossed the line 1:28 behind Noble. Local favorite from Beverly, Mass., Crystal Anthony (Liv Cycling), fought hard to place third, 27 seconds behind Zaveta.
“Starting the race, it was still really slick,” said Noble. “It got super tacky by the end, but at the beginning, it was really slippery. I wanted to be able to have my choice of lines and be able to dictate the pace, so I started hard. I was able to get a small lead and it felt good to just know that I had some wiggle room. I just wanted to leave it all out there.”
“I just attacked the group and just rode good lines,” said Zaveta. “The key to this was not going too fast on just the fitness parts, so you are focused and smooth through all the technical parts. That’s what helped.”
White takes the win by three seconds
Photo: Peter Pellizzi
Racing was fast in the men’s race thanks to the course drying up, and the field initially stayed in groups. However, White put the pressure on late in the race, with only Jack Kisseberth (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions) initially able to follow. Cooper Willsey (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) and Jamey Driscoll (Pivot-Maxxis p/b Stans-DNA Cycling) made a late effort to bridge to the lead pair, making the final half lap a four-up sprint to the line.
White claimed the win in 57:45, with Kisseberth three seconds behind him. Driscoll, who had worked his way through most of the 52-rider field to the front of the race, edged Willsey at the line for third.
“I wanted to make sure the position was good, to watch the other guys, see where they were strong, where they were weak,” said White about the initial laps.
“With three to go, I hit it over the climb and the pavement,” the winner said. “Jack (Kisseberth) was the only one who could stay with me. Then for the last lap, lap and a half, it was pretty tactical.”
“It was one of the worst first minutes of a race I can remember,” said third-place Driscoll. “Off the line, feeling a little out-gunned on the pavement. It was a hot mess for me out there. And then when I finally settled in through the zig-zags up here, it was single file and I was close to 30th. It was full gas, as hard as I could and trying to (chase) those guys.”
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Mild Boulder weather greeted strong fields of young talent Saturday at Valmont Bike Park. Racing was won by Portland, Oregon’s Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX), and Parker, Colorado’s Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co./ Groove Subaru).
Honsinger wins by 34 seconds
Photo: Col ElmoreSofia Gomez Villafane (Pivot Maxxis pb Stan’s DNA Cycling) set the early pace in the Elite Women’s C2 race on Saturday, with Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru), Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team), Sarah Sturm (Specialized/ Ten Speed Hero), and Honsinger close behind.
Towards the end of the first lap, a large crash in the field took Caroline Mani (Van Dessel Factory Team) out of the race. Up front, Villafane maintained a slim three-second edge over Honsinger, whilst Gilbert had dropped back another 10 seconds, and Clouse held fourth position.
On lap four of seven Honsinger took the lead and slowly started extending the margin, and with one lap remaining was 26 seconds in front. In the end, she finished solo for the win in 46:19.
Villafane battled with Gilbert for the podium, but with two to go she faded to third, and Gilbert moved into second place. Gilbert finished 34 seconds behind the leader, with Villafane finishing in third, a further 12 seconds behind. Clouse followed 13 seconds later for a solid fourth-place finish
“Oh man, it was hot,” said 21-year-old Honsinger. “It’s higher elevation, and at the end of a long block (of racing). Coming from the gun, I was just trying to monitor the effort. But it paid off.”
Hecht dominant from the start
Photo: Col ElmoreIn the men’s race Hecht, Eric Brunner (Full Cycle Cyclocross Team), Lance Haidet (Donnelly Sports) and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized) surged to the front of the 47-rider field soon after the holeshot.
Hecht soon pushed the pace and created a gap to the chasers by lap three of 11, and by lap five, he had taken 13 seconds over Haidet, and a 21 seconds over Brunner.
Hecht held his lead through the race, and the 20-year-old went on to win his first ProCX title of the season in a time of 01:05:07. Behind, Haidet crossed the line 33 seconds after the leader, whilst Brunner came in 20 seconds behind him. Kaiser held on for fourth.
“It was really fun.  I like having some open roads in front of me,” said Hecht. “It was a good day and I’m really happy with it.
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MILAN, Italy (AFP) — France’s Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) dethroned two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) to finish his season on a high in the Tour of Lombardy, the fifth and final ‘Monument’ of the one-day classics season on Saturday.
Pinot soloed over the finish line at Lake Como to win the 241 km-long ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’, which began in Bergamo. Italy’s defending champion Nibali finished second at 32 seconds behind, with Belgian Dylan Teuns (BMC) third at 43 seconds.
“To win here in front of Vincenzo, I couldn’t have dreamed of better!” said the 28-year-old climbing specialist, who also won the Milan-Turin semi-classic in midweek.
He becomes the first French winner of the race since Laurent Jalabert 21 years ago. Pinot finished third in 2015 and fifth in 2017 – the years when Nibali, 33, who has won all the Grand Tours, was victorious in the race through northern Italy.
“Among the monuments, Il Lombardia is the nicest in my mind,” continued Pinot.  “I’ve always wanted to win it. I’m in the form of my life but to win ahead of Nibali is something very special.
“It’s my most beautiful victory. I’m glad he attacked at Sormano. That was the key to success.”
“I always give the maximum but today my legs said no,” said Nibali. “Pinot was in extraordinary form.”
Under the sunshine, the race sprung to life with 50km remaining at the Muro di Sormano, where Nibali and Pinot overtook LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic, who had led going into the very steep climb.
“When I saw Nibali attack on the Sormano, I said to myself ‘bingo, it’s a good move’,” explained Pinot. “Vincenzo is a unique rider. Few would have done like him.”
The pair, joined by Roglic, powered ahead in the descent, along with young Colombian Egan Bernal.
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The French rider broke away from the Italian at the summit to pull 20 seconds ahead, extending his lead over the three-kilometer drop to the finish line at Como.
“After that, it was pedaling, it was a great duel with Vincenzo,” added Pinot.
“I’m not thrilled to finish second but it’s okay,” said Nibali.  “After what happened to me in July (falling at the Tour de France because of a spectator), I can even say I’m happy to be here.”
Teuns was third among a group of riders including Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), with Spaniard Valverde trailing home in 11th.
For Pinot it was a dream finish to a rollercoaster season after being hospitalised the night before the Giro d’Italia finish, when he had been in third place, diagnosed with pneumonia. He missed the Tour de France, but won two stages of the Tour of Spain, now lifting his first ‘Monument’ trophy, by the biggest winning margin in 22 years.
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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) took an impressive victory in the final monument of the year, dropping fellow leader Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) on the penultimate climb before soloing to the win. The Italian held on for second after being caught and then attacking the chasers in the final kilometers, with Dylan Teuns (BMC) taking third.
“It’s huge, it’s the most beautiful race,” Pinot said. “I was on a good day, maybe it was the best shape of my life. The key was to get rid of Valverde and Nibali. The key in fact was to attack.”
Moves went almost immediately in the 241km race, with Israel Academy, Bardiani CSF, and Androni Sidermec being particularly aggressive. Several groups went clear in the early hours of the race, and after 80km, a break of Davide Ballerini (Androni Sidermec), Umberto Orsini and Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF), Florian Sénéchal (Quick-Step Floors), Franck Bonnamour (Fortuneo Samsic), Jonathan Restrepo (Katusha Alpecin), Michael Storer (Sunweb), and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) had gained 5 minutes over the peloton.
The breakaway held a gap of between 4 to 5 minutes as the pace in the peloton remained steady. However, with 70km remaining, the pace noticeably upped in the bunch, driven by Movistar and Bahrain-Merida on behalf of new world champion Alejandro Valverde and Nibali respectively. The lead to the breakaway was soon cut to 2:30 as they took on the race’s iconic climb Madonna del Ghisallo, and the gap continued to tumble.
With 50km to go, the race hit the infamous Colma di Sormano climb, which features prolonged pitches at 25-27%, and all the action came back together. Primož Roglič (LottoNL-Jumbo) launched an attack at the base of the climb, however, he only gained 8 seconds on the group, before Nibali and Pinot caught and dropped him.
Nibali led the Frenchman over the summit and down the descent, with Pinot marking the skilled descender through the technical bends. By the base of the climb, Roglič had bridged to the pair. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) displayed stunning descending skills and strength to chase from the group on the descent, making contact with the lead trio with 33 kilometers remaining.
Behind, Valverde attempted to bridge as he sensed the race getting away from him, with the leaders now 40 seconds in front. Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) joined the Spaniard as he chased, solo.
The remnants of the bunch caught the chasing pair of Urán and Valverde with 30km remaining, with Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) taking a huge 10km turn to drive the pace for his team in a group of around 20 riders containing dangermen Teuns, Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Uran, Valverde, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates), and Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe). However, the gap to the leaders remained steady at 40 seconds, with other teams failing to assist EF’s chase.
As the lead quartet took on the penultimate climb of the Civiglio, Roglič and Bernal ceded ground to Nibali and Pinot. The lead pair soon gained a significant gap on the same slopes as where Nibali had launched his winning attack in 2017. Behind, the chasers were at 35 seconds, with Martin, Woods, Majka, and Teuns looking strong.
As the Civiglio climb started to bite, Pinot repeatedly attacked Nibali, who eventually cracked, with the Frenchman soon taking a gap of several seconds. Behind, Martin’s furious pace took him away from his group as he chased down the leading pair.
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With 3km to go, Pinot continued to stretch his solo lead as Nibali faded, and the chasers re-gained contact with the Italian. However, the 2017 Lombardia winner regained the strength to immediately attack again, holding on for second place by 32 seconds, marking a strong comeback after crashing out of the Tour De France in July.
Behind, the chasers contested third place, with Dylan Teuns leading the sprint for the final podium spot.
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