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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
Great Giro for his first GT.
Raziz wrote:
Great Giro for his first GT.

Thanks Smile
What a gap between the top two riders and the rest. Landa was too tough an opponent for the KOM jersey, sometimes it can be (too) easy to win the jersey, but sometimes you're up against strong competition, even more so at the Giro than the Tour, in my experience. Certainly a good chance of winning it in Spain if you go for it.
Landa had lost a lot of time in the first week and half so he was allowed to be in all those breaks. He ended up winning three stages in the last week from the break and finished 11th in the GC!
The KOM in the Vuelta will definitely be a target. It depends finally on what role the team give me.
Ian Butler
A successful first GT I reckon, though I haven't caught up with it entirely (going anti-chronological, though). Second in KoM is great, but the gap was big enough.
GC-wise, a strong showing from Meintjes. But two guys way better than the rest, obviously Smile
I got to wear the KOM leader's jersey, which was brilliant Grin. Unfortunately, it was Landa who I was up agianst! (Silly AI wouldn't allow me to get into the breaks on stages 19 and 20)

Meintjes might have challenged for a podium had he not lost so much time in the first week. Jungels took it by virtue of his superior time-trialling, while Aru was the more consistent climber. Uran got to wear the Maglia Rosa for a couple of stages in the first week too.

After the excitement of the Giro, I was off to Switzerland for my first outing in the Tour de Suisse.

Tour de Suisse

Meintjes was the designated leader again here. I was given a free role and I was eager to test my legs once more.

Stage 1 was the prologue where I was the best of Lotto, finishing 26 seconds behind stage winner Tony Martin.

Gilbert joined the break for us on Stage 2, so I decided to hang back in the pack. The gap to the break was controlled by the peloton who reeled them in on the flat before the last climb. I attacked on that same climb, pulling away from the pack. There was a counter and soon there were six of us out in front. Eventually, Rui Costa and Peter Sagan distanced the rest of us and the former claimed the stage. I finished 6th while Meintjes took 10th, part of the next group on the road. I was up to 5th in the GC and 1st in the U25s! Gilbert was leading the KOM standings.

Stage 3


I started (and ended) this stage wearing the White jersey. I was being protected on this stage, being the highest placed in our team! Gilbert was once again in the break, which, once again, was caught some way before the finish. The finish was uphill and I found myself in an excellent position in the final straight. I went for the win but was outsprinted to the line by Sagan.


(Me in the White Jersey)


(So close at the finish)

Stage 4 was flat. Beukens joined the break but it did not succeed. Gilbert sprinted to 10th place.

Stage 5 was similar to the last one. van Hoecke joined the break but they were pulled back. I was dropped with 10 km to go, losing nearly 7 minutes and falling to 9th in the GC. Meintjes finished 2nd on the stage and moved up to 2nd in the GC behind Pinot.

Stages 6, 7 and 8 were majorly flat and mostly uneventful for us. I stayed in the pack and out of trouble throughout.

Stage 9 was the 38km ITT which would decide the GC. I put in a decent time, finishing 15th on the day, but fell a place in the GC to 10th. Meintjes had a poor day, losing 4 minutes to stage winner Tony Martin, 2 minutes to Pinot and 90 seconds to eventual 2nd place Tony Gallopin. Our team leader would settle for 3rd in the GC. I won the U25 classification.

General Classification

1Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale30h57'31
2Tony GallopinStella Artois+ 1'36
3Louis MeintjesLotto Soudal+ 2'49
4Simon YatesAstana Pro Team+ 3'23
5Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'25
6Ilnur ZakarinTinkoff-Saxo+ 4'20
7Rui CostaIAM Cycling+ 4'34
8Michal KwiatkowskiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 5'24
9Geraint ThomasAstana Pro Team+ 5'39
10Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 6'10

11Tony MartinStella Artois+ 6'39
12Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 6'56
13Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGE+ 7'53
14Lilian CalmejaneTeam Europcar+ 8'23
15Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale+ 8'45
16Mikel LandaTeam Katusha+ 8'49
17Alberto ContadorAstana Pro Team+ 10'02
18Wout PoelsAstana Pro Team+ 10'14
19Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois+ 11'44
20Michael MatthewsTinkoff-Saxo+ 12'36
21Peter VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 14'24
22Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 14'39
23Chris FroomeTeam Sky+ 14'46
24Warren BarguilStella Artois+ 14'54
25Tim WellensESPN+ 16'03
26Davide FormoloTinkoff-Saxo+ 17'53
27Quentin JaureguiTeam Europcar+ 18'12
28Scott AmbroseIAM Cycling+ 18'36
29Jacques Janse Van RensburgDrapac Professional Cycling+ 18'47
30Lars BoomTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 19'24
31Diego OchoaColombia+ 21'02
32Anastasio AniaTinkoff-Saxo+ 21'29
33Jérémy MaisonAg2r La Mondiale+ 22'05
34Ramunas NavardauskasAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 22'12
35Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 22'26
36Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 23'51
37Jordi SimónTeam Katusha+ 24'30
38Jonathan CastroviejoTEAM Cepsa+ 24'58
39Serghei TvetcovTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 25'09
40Carlos BarberoTEAM Cepsa+ 25'12
41Yves LampaertTeam Sky+ 26'02
42Zdenek StybarIAM Cycling+ 27'24
43Matteo TrentinTeam Sky+ 28'28
44Enrico BattaglinIAM Cycling+ 28'50
45Joaquín CachoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
46Sonny ColbrelliTeam Katusha+ 29'26
47Ben HermansStella Artois+ 30'14
48Ian StannardTeam Sky+ 30'20
49Patrick MüllerIAM Cycling+ 30'39
50Danny Van PoppelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 30'48
51Luka MezgecMTN-Qhubeka+ 30'51
52Alexander KristoffMTN-Qhubeka+ 31'27
53Joaquím RodríguezTinkoff-Saxo+ 32'17
54Michael WoodsAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 33'33
55Kevin LedanoisAg2r La Mondiale+ 34'03
56Michael GoglAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 34'50
57Sebastian LangeveldTeam Katusha+ 35'21
58Bryan CoquardTinkoff-Saxo+ 35'35
59Fabrice JeandesbozAg2r La Mondiale+ 35'40
60Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 35'44
61Laurens De VreeseTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 36'09
62Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirelli+ 36'15
63Fabio DuarteColombia+ 36'50
64Jürgen RoelandtsLotto Soudal+ 37'12
65Luke RoweAstana Pro Team+ 37'22
66Angelo TulikAg2r La Mondiale+ 37'24
67Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 37'40
68Jasper StuyvenStella Artois+ 37'45
69Zamrat BachurinOrica-GreenEDGE+ 38'35
70Alessandro TonelliTEAM Pirelli+ 38'56
71Marc SarreauTeam Europcar+ 39'22
72Mateusz NowakColombia+ 39'28
73Juan José LobatoTEAM Cepsa+ 39'34
74Joey RosskopfESPN+ 40'59
75Edoardo ZardiniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 41'35
76Niki TerpstraTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 41'45
77Gijs Van HoeckeLotto Soudals.t.
78Ben DyballDrapac Professional Cycling+ 42'22
79Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 43'05
80Marco HallerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 43'06
81Fabian CancellaraTeam Sky+ 43'24
82Reinardt Janse Van RensburgMTN-Qhubeka+ 43'50
83Edward TheunsLotto Soudal+ 44'02
84Mikhail IgnatievTeam Katusha+ 44'55
85Damien HowsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 46'16
86Paul VossTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 46'20
87Allessio BotturaTEAM Pirelli+ 46'47
88Wouter WippertIAM Cycling+ 47'44
89Maximilian SchachmannTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 48'09
90Adrien PetitTeam Europcar+ 48'27
91Philippe GilbertLotto Soudal+ 48'32
92André LooijTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 48'43
93Luis Ángel MatéAstana Pro Team+ 49'21
94Romain CombaudTeam Europcar+ 49'32
95Igor AntónTEAM Cepsa+ 49'58
96Davide MartinelliESPN+ 50'17
97Fabio SabatiniTEAM Pirelli+ 50'24
98Marco ColedanAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 50'55
99Davide PlebaniTEAM Pirelli+ 51'03
100Lucas DestangAg2r La Mondiale+ 52'11
101Jack BobridgeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 52'38
102Victor CampenaertsStella Artois+ 52'50
103Francisco José VentosoTeam Katusha+ 53'30
104Antonio MolinaDrapac Professional Cycling+ 53'58
105Rüdiger SeligMTN-Qhubeka+ 54'10
106Adam PhelanOrica-GreenEDGE+ 54'33
107Leonardo PajueloIAM Cycling+ 54'44
108Simone StortoniTEAM Pirelli+ 54'46
109Lukas SpenglerESPN+ 54'49
110Gaël MalacarneAg2r La Mondiale+ 54'52
111Campbell ZoricichDrapac Professional Cycling+ 54'58
112Juan Sebastian MolanoColombia+ 56'28
113Gianfranco ZilioliTEAM Pirelli+ 56'40
114Hugo HouleTEAM Cepsa+ 56'49
115Federico PozzettoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 57'27
116Sébastien TurgotTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 58'05
117William BartaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 58'11
118Alexey VermeulenESPN+ 58'16
119Calvin WatsonDrapac Professional Cycling+ 58'26
120Andrea GuardiniAstana Pro Team+ 58'50
121Hayato YoshidaColombias.t.
122Olaf BuekensLotto Soudal+ 58'52
123Elia VivianiTeam Sky+ 1h00'08
124Nikolay MihaylovTEAM Pirelli+ 1h00'21
125Patrick GretschTEAM Cepsa+ 1h00'25
126Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h01'06
127Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h01'07
128Gregorio IbañezStella Artois+ 1h01'34
129Tom BohliESPN+ 1h03'17
130Sieben WoutersTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h03'47
131Romain BaconTeam Europcar+ 1h03'49
132Timo RoosenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h04'10
133Jefferson ReáteguiColombia+ 1h04'40
134Tom Van AsbroeckLotto Soudal+ 1h05'02
135Mark Sehested PedersenDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h06'10
136Gert JoeaarIAM Cycling+ 1h06'38
137Jasper De BuystDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h07'23
138Mamyr StashTeam Katusha+ 1h11'22
139Joseph LewisDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h12'28
140Damien GaudinTeam Sky+ 1h13'53
141Christopher SuttonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h17'07
142Marco TizzaColombia+ 1h17'59
143Justin OienMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h18'37
144Jay ThomsonMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h21'08
145Marco ZanottiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h23'02
146Alexandre PichotTeam Europcar+ 1h28'29
147Milán BiróTEAM Cepsa+ 1h28'51
148Alexey LutsenkoTeam Katusha+ 1h30'02
149Bryan AlaphilippeColombia+ 1h30'17
150Michael FreibergOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h30'32
151Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h30'35
152Sebastian MascaroTEAM Cepsa+ 1h32'08
153Charles HerbertTeam Europcar+ 1h33'53
154Fariji TaharMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h35'36
155Idalécio Ferreira SousaAstana Pro Team+ 1h42'09
156Kevyn IstaESPN+ 1h47'23
157Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h48'52
158Carl JermailAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 2h05'12
159Riccardo TitoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 2h09'42
160Mateo PopovicESPN+ 2h16'13

Points Classification

1Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo44
2Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbo29
3Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin27
4Tony MartinStella Artois20
5Danny Van PoppelOrica-GreenEDGE20

Mountain Classification

1Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale032
2Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbo029
3Laurens De VreeseTeam LottoNL - Jumbo026
4Philippe GilbertLotto Soudal026
5Marco HallerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo023

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal31h03'41
2Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois+ 5'34
3Quentin JaureguiTeam Europcar+ 12'02
4Scott AmbroseIAM Cycling+ 12'26
5Diego OchoaColombia+ 14'52


Team Classification

2Astana Pro Team+ 7'13
3Stella Artois+ 7'27
4Ag2r La Mondiale+ 21'27
5Team Cannondale - Garmin+ 29'48

A good race for me picking up the U25s classification win and a top 10 in the GC. An even better race for Meintjes to build on a good Giro. Gilbert impressed too with his attacks into and from the break. The ITTs were a bit of a disappointment. That's something I'll need to work on in the days ahead. Signing off. We'll meet again in Austria...
That is a solid result!
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Raziz wrote:
That is a solid result!

Thanks Smile

Half the year's over! Wow, how time flies!

July will see me head off to Austria and then back to Spain for one stage race and a classic. First up, it was the Int. Osterreich Rundfahrt.

Internationale Osterreich Rundfahrt

I was chosen as the leader of the team for this race. With the field not as strong here, I sensed this could be a big opportunity for a high finish.

Stage 1


The first of two consecutive MTFs right off the blocks. I was being touted as one of the favourites for this stage! I stayed in the pack, keeping a close eye on stage and GC favourite Dan Martin throughout. When we reached the climb to the finish, the break had already been caught, I had one helper in Vliegen while Martin had two. The size of the group kept reducing till there were only 13 riders left with 4 km to go. At 2 km to go, I attacked out of the group along with six others but could not keep pace till the end. I ended up 6th, while Riccardo Zoidl won the stage. Martin had a bad day and lost more than two minutes.

Another MTF awaited us at the end of Stage 2. The story of the first part of the stage was similar to stage 1. Martin attacked at the base of the climb while Zoidl was dropped in the early kilometres. Martin was never sighted again till the finish. I was able to get away from the pack with Berhane and Mamykin in tow. We dropped Mamykin and then Berhane dropped me. I finished 3rd on the stage and moved up to 2nd in the GC!

Stage 2 Result

1Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo3h58'03
2Natnael BerhaneCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1'55
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 2'03
4Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'01
5Bart De ClercqStella Artois+ 3'13

Stage 2 Profile and GC


Stage 3 was a reprieve from the climbing being mostly flat. Jesse Kerrison took 2nd place for us.

Stage 4 saw me lose time to the GC contenders as I was dropped on the final climb by the Martin group. Berhane overtook me in the GC, while Zoidl was back within touching distance.

Stage 5 was flat to begin with but my legs were bad by the time the climb to the finish came around. Both me and Berhane lost time as Zoidl moved up to 2nd, while I dropped to 3rd in the GC.

Stage 6 was one for the sprinters again. This time there would be no major result for us.

Stage 7 was the ITT which would decide the final standings. Martin had a substantial lead and despite losing more than 2 minutes to stage winner Zoidl, still maganed to keep the lead by over a minute. I finished 12th, lost a minute to Zoidl, but hung on to 3rd place in the GC.

Stage 8 was flat again and without incident. There was no change in the GC.

General Classification

1Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo28h17'25
2Riccardo ZoidlA1 Telekom+ 1'03
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 5'09
4Lachlan MortonTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 5'31
5Natnael BerhaneCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 7'31
6Brian BulgacIAM Cycling+ 7'51
7Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 9'36
8Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 9'38
9Aidan van NiekerkTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 11'11
10Bart De ClercqStella Artois+ 11'26

11Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirelli+ 12'09
12Patrick KonradBora - Argon 18+ 13'03
13Gianni MeersmanTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 17'09
14Pierre-Roger LatourESPN+ 18'13
15Sindre LunkeBora - Argon 18+ 19'35
16Isaac BolívarTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 19'45
17Björn ThurauTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 21'09
18Alexey VermeulenESPN+ 23'08
19Andrea ManfrediAstana Pro Team+ 23'43
20George PreidlerIAM Cycling+ 24'31
21Jesper HansenTinkoff-Saxo+ 24'59
22Luis Ángel MatéAstana Pro Team+ 25'37
23Lorenzo RotaAstana Pro Team+ 27'23
24Manuel SenniAstana Pro Team+ 28'17
25Jack BobridgeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 29'35
26Martin SchöffmannTeam Felbermayr Simplon Welss.t.
27Michael SchärIAM Cycling+ 30'28
28Bastian BürgelTeam Vorarlberg+ 31'52
29Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 32'22
30Simon GeschkeBora - Argon 18+ 32'29
31Ramunas NavardauskasAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 32'50
32Serge PauwelsStella Artois+ 33'33
33Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 33'42
34Gregor MühlbergerBora - Argon 18+ 34'20
35Loïc VliegenLotto Soudal+ 34'57
36Lennard KämnaOrica-GreenEDGE+ 35'58
37Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirelli+ 36'05
38James OramTeam Vorarlberg+ 37'01
39Samir JabrayilovCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 37'07
40Kristof VandewalleStella Artois+ 37'55
41Stanislau BazhkouTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 38'28
42Ivan BalykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 40'23
43Davide MartinelliESPN+ 40'29
44Rayane BouhanniStella Artois+ 41'28
45Michael GoglAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 41'53
46Samuel SpokesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 42'55
47Daryl ImpeyTinkoff-Saxo+ 43'08
48Antonino ParrinelloTEAM Pirelli+ 43'27
49Andrea PasqualonTEAM Pirelli+ 44'31
50Timo RoosenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 44'46
51Marlon GaillardAlcatel+ 45'08
52Artem NychTinkoff-Saxo+ 45'22
53Maximilian SchachmannTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 45'43
54Michael WoodsAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 45'50
55Andrei KrasilnikauCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 46'12
56Pim LigthartOrica-GreenEDGE+ 46'18
57Shan ShuangTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 46'52
58Luca CappelliA1 Telekom+ 47'33
59Jonas BokelohTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 48'10
60Logan OwenESPN+ 49'07
61Mauro FinettoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 49'14
62Mieszko BulikRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 49'32
63Julien VermoteStella Artois+ 50'26
64Zamrat BachurinOrica-GreenEDGE+ 50'42
65Vyacheslav KuznetsovTinkoff-Saxo+ 50'43
66Jonas KochBora - Argon 18+ 52'21
67Gert JoeaarIAM Cyclings.t.
68Magnus Bak KlarisTinkoff-Saxo+ 53'08
69Johannes WindischbauerCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 53'12
70Yoeri HavikTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 53'30
71Davide PlebaniTEAM Pirelli+ 54'19
72Ignatas KonovalovasAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 54'43
73Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 54'57
74Marco CanolaAstana Pro Team+ 55'07
75Tesfom OkbamariamA1 Telekom+ 55'15
76Giovanni CarboniAstana Pro Team+ 55'19
77Damien HowsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 55'59
78Jelle MannaertsRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 56'00
79Maurits LammertinkTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 56'20
80Nils PolittTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 56'52
81William BartaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 57'42
82Albert TimmerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 57'58
83Nico DenzA1 Telekom+ 58'02
84Niki TerpstraTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 58'12
85Jesse KerrisonLotto Soudal+ 58'19
86Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGE+ 58'53
87Jasha SütterlinStella Artois+ 59'05
88Matthias KrizekA1 Telekom+ 59'07
89Til SchusterBora - Argon 18+ 59'08
90Max WalscheidBora - Argon 18+ 59'40
91James ShawTEAM Pirelli+ 59'49
92Dmitriy GruzdevAstana Pro Team+ 1h00'39
93Emil WangAlcatel+ 1h00'49
94Frederik DombrowskiA1 Telekom+ 1h01'48
95Nicolas MariniAlcatel+ 1h01'56
96Emiel PlanckaertTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h02'15
97Tony HurelIAM Cycling+ 1h02'54
98Manuel PorznerBora - Argon 18+ 1h03'14
99Danilo WyssIAM Cycling+ 1h03'30
100Peter KoningTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
101Jimmy RaibaudAlcatel+ 1h03'38
102Patrick MüllerIAM Cycling+ 1h03'51
103Mitchell DockerTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h03'57
104Sébastien TurgotTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h04'08
105Olivier NaesenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h04'42
106Simone ConsonniTEAM Pirelli+ 1h05'22
107Lucas GadayTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h05'29
108Simone AndreettaRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h05'50
109Andreas WalzelTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h06'04
110Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h06'05
111Sieben WoutersTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h06'30
112Gamal JespersenCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1h06'52
113Magnus FaglumAstana Pro Team+ 1h07'04
114Maarten WynantsESPN+ 1h07'19
115Tom DevriendtTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h07'48
116Felix GroßschartnerTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h07'50
117Flávio CiprianoIAM Cycling+ 1h07'52
118Kevin PauwelsTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h08'07
119Kristian HaugaardTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h08'15
120Jérôme CousinRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h08'19
121Simone StortoniTEAM Pirelli+ 1h08'26
122Andreas HyldgaardCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1h09'08
123Jakub MareczkoCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1h09'47
124Tom BoonenLotto Soudal+ 1h10'19
125Michel KochTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 1h10'23
126Clemens FankhauserTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 1h10'33
127Carl SoballaTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h10'47
128Federico PozzettoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1h10'57
129Andreas SchillingerTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h11'05
130Bert De BackerStella Artois+ 1h11'41
131Feritcam SamliAlcatel+ 1h12'00
132Gijs Van HoeckeLotto Soudal+ 1h12'05
133Julien El FaresAlcatel+ 1h12'14
134Mario StockTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h12'22
135Joaquím DurantAlcatel+ 1h13'23
136Jordan LevasseurRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h14'06
137Aimé MoroRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h14'12
138Fabien SchmidtAlcatel+ 1h15'20
139Marco ZanottiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h15'57
140Maxime VantommeTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 1h16'40
141Roy JansStella Artois+ 1h19'48
142Jan GhyselinckESPN+ 1h20'06
143Thomas MosesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h21'03
144Koen De KortTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h21'25
145Roland ThalmannRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h23'16
146Marcel HuberTeam Vorarlberg+ 1h23'42
147Gianni MosconTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h25'00
148Kobus HereijgersTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 1h25'20
149Dennis VanendertESPN+ 1h28'18
150Louis ConvensESPN+ 1h28'53
151Johannes SchinnagelTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels+ 1h30'00
152Steven TronetRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h31'04
153Olaf BuekensLotto Soudal+ 1h31'41
154Michael CarbelCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1h33'15
155Kenny DehaesLotto Soudal+ 1h35'30
156Joaquín CachoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1h35'33
157Kevin PeetersLotto Soudal+ 1h36'35
158Riccardo ChiariniAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1h42'19

Points Classification

1Riccardo ZoidlA1 Telekom56
2Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo44
3Gianni MeersmanTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise31
4Lachlan MortonTeam Cannondale - Garmin29
5Stanislau BazhkouTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels26

Mountain Classification

1Aidan van NiekerkTeam Giant-Alpecin35
2Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo32
3Riccardo ZoidlA1 Telekom27
4Stanislau BazhkouTeam Felbermayr Simplon Wels22
5Lachlan MortonTeam Cannondale - Garmin17

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal28h22'34
2Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 4'29
3Aidan van NiekerkTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 6'02
4Benjamin BrkicTEAM Pirelli+ 7'00
5Pierre-Roger LatourESPN+ 13'04


Team Classification

2Team Giant-Alpecin+ 26'00
3Bora - Argon 18+ 29'28
4IAM Cycling+ 29'31
5Astana Pro Team+ 36'19

A very good race for me personally, getting onto the GC podium for only the second time this season. I won the U25s competition again, which has become a happy habit off late. The team struggled with just one 2nd place to show for on stage 3. But they did a fine job protecting me in the mountains, so I can't complain at all.

Preuba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika


A have a bad history with this race, with the injury here two years ago. Yet, the profile suits me and I can't seem to stay away. How would it play out this time?

I was chosen as the leader for Lotto and was one the bookies' favourite for the overall win. I stayed int he pack till the break got caught and launched an attack on the last climb with Intxausti and Pello Bilbao, with 10 km to ride. We were caught with 6 km to go. I wasn't dropped in the run-in and I did have the legs to sprint at the end. But it wouldn't be enough. Incredibly, Bilbao, despite his previous effort rode off the front in the uphill finish and took the victory. Simon Clarke finished 6th for Lotto while I finished 9th.

1Pello BilbaoTinkoff-Saxo4h00'38
2Lachlan MortonTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
3Rubén FernándezTinkoff-Saxos.t.
4Fabio DuarteColombias.t.
5Romain HardyCyanides.t.
6Simon ClarkeLotto Soudals.t.
7Beñat IntxaustiTEAM Cepsas.t.
8Julien SimonCyanides.t.
9Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudals.t.
10Haritz OrbeIberdrolas.t.

11Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
12Hector SaezIberdrolas.t.
13Peter StetinaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
14Marcos GarcíaTEAM Cepsas.t.
15Håvard BlikraKaikus.t.
16Sander ArmeeTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
17José GonçalvesLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
18Daniel JaramilloColombias.t.
19José RamellaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
20Alexandre GeniezESPNs.t.
21Jesús Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
22Lars Van Der HaarTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
23Marko DíazColombias.t.
24Alexander KriegerTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
25David De la CruzTinkoff-Saxos.t.
26Rafael VallsTEAM Cepsas.t.
27Jesús EzquerraBurgos - BHs.t.
28Marco ZanottiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
29Daryl ImpeyTinkoff-Saxos.t.
30Pierre-Luc PérichonCyanides.t.
31Christopher Juul-JensenKaikus.t.
32Jan PolancLotto Soudals.t.
33Juan Ignacio PerezLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
34Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsas.t.
35José Vicente ToribioTEAM Cepsas.t.
36Carlos RibeiroTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
37Joey RosskopfESPNs.t.
38José MendesIberdrolas.t.
39Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
40Daniel EatonTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
41Sebastian SchönbergerCyanides.t.
42Alexandre PliuschinKaikus.t.
43Eugenio Moreno RosilloIberdrolas.t.
44Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxos.t.
45Diego RubioIberdrolas.t.
46Cristiano SalernoTEAM Cepsas.t.
47Sérgio PardillaTinkoff-Saxos.t.
48Jesper HansenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
49Arnaud GérardESPN+ 1'25
50Víctor de la ParteTEAM Cepsas.t.
51Dennis VanendertESPN+ 2'27
52Louis ConvensESPNs.t.
53Kenny DehaesLotto Soudals.t.
54Cheng JiKaikus.t.
55Sylvain ChavanelCyanides.t.
56Pierre MoncorgeCyanides.t.
57Peter LenderinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
58Lukas SpenglerESPNs.t.
59Logan OwenESPNs.t.
60Frederico FigueiredoIberdrolas.t.
61Salvador MorenoColombias.t.
62Carlos QuinteroColombias.t.
63Jelle WallaysLotto Soudals.t.
64David BeldaTEAM Cepsas.t.
65Charly PetelinColombias.t.
66Alberto GallegoIberdrolas.t.
67Jimmi BriceñoBurgos - BHs.t.
68Ricardo PichettaLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
69Rafael InfantinoColombias.t.
70Unai IntziarteKaikus.t.
71David RodriguesLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
72Anthony VandrepotteCyanide+ 4'22
73Manuel SolaBurgos - BHs.t.
74Jefferson ReáteguiColombias.t.
75Alexander GeuensLotto Soudals.t.
76Francisco Manuel AntónBurgos - BHs.t.
77Juan Pablo SuarezLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
78Christos DimitriadisLA Aluminios - Antartes.t.
79Aitor GurruchagaKaiku+ 5'36
80Jesse KerrisonLotto Soudals.t.
81Jasper LindenberghTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 6'37
82Gert-Jan BosmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
83Jurgen Van den BroeckLotto Soudals.t.
84Juan José IturraspeBurgos - BHs.t.
85Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
86Hugo PigeonCyanide+ 7'07
87Mario GonzálezBurgos - BH+ 8'13
88Imanol ErvitiTinkoff-Saxos.t.
89Delio FernándezBurgos - BHs.t.
90Anxo GibanelKaiku+ 10'35
91Ibai GorostidiKaiku+ 11'56
92Alexey VermeulenESPN+ 12'38
93Gorka CeballosIberdrolas.t.
94Denis VasilievBurgos - BH+ 15'25

Another fine result for me and a better showing for the team with two top 10s. July has been a month to remember but not going to the Tour still is an irritation. Hopefully, next year this time, I'll be on the roads of France, leaving people in the dust in my first TDF outing.
More excellent results. What was Lotto thinking not taking you to the TdF? Though being the leader in the Austria Tour is not too shabby and the podium finish looks good on the palmares. I wonder if they showed some highlights on Indian television, tough to compete with cricket! Smile
Great racing in Austria
@Ripley: Yup I agree. Riding the Tour would've been great. But I can't complain right now with the support the team has provided. Well the TDF is the only race shown live back home. I made the sports pages though. A miniscule article in the corner but atleast it's a start Wink

@Tamijo: Thanks and I hope I can keep this up Smile
Baby Steps to the Top

"Do you believe you can become the GC leader for Lotto in GTs?"

I was caught off-guard by the sudden question. I had just finished writing my latest entry into my journal. I turned around to see the team manager sitting in the next seat. We were on the plane to Poland. The Tour de Pologne would be starting in three days.

"Pardon me", I said. I wanted to make sure I had heard him correctly.

"How soon can you become GC leader for Lotto in GTs?"

I contemplated an answer as I thought of the right thing to say. If I jumped at the chance, maybe he would tell me that I was being greedy and needed to be better prepared than I was currently. If I said that it would be ready in the future, he might think I was backing away from the challenge.

The team manager seemed to realize my conundrum.

"The team management believes that we've seen enough good things from your riding to back you as our GT leader in the not too distant future. However, there are some things we'd like you to work on."

"I understand...", is all I could reply.

"We'll be changing your training methods following our visit to Poland. We want you to start concentrating on skills needed to excel in three week races. We are satisfied with the progress we've seen so far and believe that Abhishek Sinha and Lotto Soudal are a perfect fit to mount a GC challenge in GTs."

"I'll do my best", I said. "I won't let the team down."

"I'm glad. Now show us that we've made a correct decision with you. We'd like a little taste of the future in Poland." He smiled warmly and left to go back to his seat. I was literally beaming.

It was decided then, Lotto were going to push me as their GT leader in the not too distant future (hopefully). It was a wonderful feeling to know that the team had so much confidence in me and investing heavily towards my progression.

When I started the race in Poland, I felt like I had wings!
Nice to see that the management have this much confidence, time to "claim" Poland Smile

A big month for me, probably the biggest for me since joining Lotto. The race in Poland is followed by the Vuelta later on in the month. Two huge chances for me to repay the faith shown in me by the team management.

Tour de Pologne

I would lead Lotto in the GC here. The team wasn't very strong and I knew I would been my own mostly on the climbs.

Stage 1 was flat and for the sprinters. Geuens finished 10th for us.

Stage 2 was more of the same. A better result for Lotto with Stallaert finishing 6th and Geuens in 7th.

Stage 3 was a flat one too but there was disaster waiting for some riders. A huge crash half a dozen kilometres before the finish meant that half the field lost nearly two minutes to stage winner Gaviria. I stayed out of trouble while all favourites except Simon Yates and Leopold Konig lost time. Geuens finished 6th.

Stage 4 and the early break nearly caught out the peloton. We had to dig really deep and fly down the road to catch the break with just 2.5 km to go. The pack seemed to slow down for a few moments. I took my chance and attacked out of the peloton. With less than 2 km to go, I put everything into it and it paid off! My first win in a World Tour race!! I was up to 3rd in the GC.


The bookies put me down as one of the favourites for Stage 5. Buekens joined the break for us. This time the break was caught a long way from the finish. I followed the attacks of the other GC contenders but lost some time in the end. I finished 9th on the stage and moved down to 9th in the GC.

Stage 6 was another flat one with an undulating finish. The peloton were not able to catch the break, who won comfortably. The GC leaders finished in the main group and no there was no change.

Stage 7 was flatter still and the break won again.

General Classification

1Gorka IzagirreIAM Cycling28h47'48
2Simon YatesAstana Pro Team+ 17
3Rigoberto UránTEAM Cepsa+ 36
4Leopold KönigAstana Pro Team+ 40
5Kristijan DurasekIAM Cyclings.t.
6Tanel KangertESPNs.t.
7Adam YatesTeam Skys.t.
8Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois+ 54
9Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 1'14
10Jonathan CastroviejoTEAM Cepsa+ 1'42

11Natnael BerhaneCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 1'50
12Jan BartaESPN+ 2'20
13Pello BilbaoTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'28
14Karel HníkMTN-Qhubekas.t.
15Michał PalutaCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 3'04
16Vincenzo NibaliTeam Sky+ 3'38
17Lawson CraddockESPN+ 4'03
18Ramunas NavardauskasAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 4'08
19Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katushas.t.
20Bauke MollemaOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
21Rafał MajkaTeam Skys.t.
22Eduardo SepulvedaTeam Skys.t.
23Carlos RibeiroTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 4'42
24Jérémy CornuAg2r La Mondiale+ 4'48
25Jesús HerradaTEAM Cepsas.t.
26Thomas MosesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 4'55
27Marcos GarcíaTEAM Cepsas.t.
28Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
29Maxim BelkovTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'06
30José Joaquín RojasTeam Katusha+ 5'40
31Fernando GaviriaMTN-Qhubeka+ 5'51
32Kenneth VanbilsenESPN+ 6'29
33Adrien PetitTeam Europcar+ 6'39
34Rudy KowalskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 6'51
35Victor LafayAg2r La Mondiale+ 6'52
36Julien RouxAlcatel+ 6'53
37Elia FavilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 7'20
38Bjørn Tore Nielsen HoemCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 9'08
39Artem NychTinkoff-Saxo+ 9'23
40Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka+ 9'25
41Kamil MałeckiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 9'41
42Jonas GregaardTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 9'54
43Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 10'15
44Romain GuyotTeam Europcar+ 10'53
45Anthony TurgisIAM Cycling+ 11'03
46Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 11'11
47Gustav HoogDrapac Professional Cycling+ 11'22
48Ivan BalykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'24
49Victor CampenaertsStella Artois+ 11'29
50Alexey LutsenkoTeam Katusha+ 11'33
51Rafael VallsTEAM Cepsas.t.
52Manuel SenniAstana Pro Team+ 11'46
53Jan KovarTEAM Pirelli+ 12'11
54Samuel SpokesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 12'15
55Patrick GretschTEAM Cepsas.t.
56Arnaud GérardESPN+ 12'22
57Mohammed Mat SenanTEAM Pirelli+ 13'01
58Nicolas MariniAlcatel+ 13'02
59Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'10
60Maciej PaterskiMTN-Qhubeka+ 13'13
61Troels Ronning VintherCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 13'44
62Flávio CiprianoIAM Cycling+ 13'47
63Sebastian LanderDrapac Professional Cycling+ 14'12
64Christopher SuttonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 14'21
65Brenton JonesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 14'25
66Francisco José VentosoTeam Katusha+ 14'54
67Stefano AgostiniTEAM Pirelli+ 15'00
68Romain CombaudTeam Europcar+ 15'46
69Youcef ReguiguiAlcatel+ 15'52
70Raymond KrederMTN-Qhubeka+ 15'55
71Matthias PlarreTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 16'00
72Federico ZurloTeam Katusha+ 16'16
73Lucas DestangAg2r La Mondiales.t.
74Federico PozzettoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 16'46
75Jonas BokelohTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 16'54
76Antonino ParrinelloTEAM Pirelli+ 16'57
77Elia VivianiTeam Sky+ 17'12
78Zakkari DempsterDrapac Professional Cycling+ 17'56
79Magnus Bak KlarisTinkoff-Saxo+ 18'18
80Alexander GeuensLotto Soudal+ 18'24
81Giovanni CarboniAstana Pro Team+ 18'59
82Mads Würtz SchmidtTinkoff-Saxo+ 19'18
83Christophe LaporteTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 19'25
84Jonas AhlstrandAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
85Antoine DuchesneTeam Europcar+ 20'11
86Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 20'25
87Jasha SütterlinStella Artois+ 20'27
88Ryan MullenStella Artois+ 21'13
89Stig BroeckxLotto Soudal+ 21'34
90Joeri StallaertLotto Soudal+ 21'54
91Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 22'01
92Olaf BuekensLotto Soudal+ 22'29
93Adrian Aas StienAg2r La Mondiale+ 23'20
94Tony MartinStella Artois+ 25'05
95Andrei KrasilnikauCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 25'09
96Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 25'18
97Mikhail IgnatievTeam Katusha+ 25'22
98Maciej BodnarCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 25'31
99Jesse KerrisonLotto Soudal+ 26'50
100Davide PlebaniTEAM Pirelli+ 28'47
101Matteo CollodelAstana Pro Team+ 29'05
102Christian LivieriTEAM Pirelli+ 29'32
103Boris ValléeStella Artois+ 30'14
104Albert TimmerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'17
105Matthew GossIAM Cycling+ 30'55
106Stéphane PoulhièsAlcatel+ 31'17
107Marco ZanottiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 32'39
108Jean-Lou PaianiTeam Europcar+ 33'19
109Cameron WurfAg2r La Mondiale+ 35'22
110Rasmus QuaadeAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 37'06
111Davide MartinelliESPN+ 37'45
112Jack AndersonDrapac Professional Cycling+ 38'08
113Oczan HenrichsTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 39'41
114Fariji TaharMTN-Qhubeka+ 39'49
115Mitchell DockerTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 41'22
116Jonas Van GenechtenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 42'23
117Jakub KaczmarekCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 42'35
118Andrea PiecheleAg2r La Mondiale+ 43'48
119Carl JermailAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 45'45
120Lorenzo RotaAstana Pro Team+ 46'29
121Iltjan NikaDrapac Professional Cycling+ 48'04
122Michael CarbelCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 52'06
123Emil WangAlcatel+ 58'21
124Marco ColedanAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1h13'55
125Roger KlugeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h14'59
126Martin VelitsTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h19'22
127Cyril LemoineAlcatel+ 1h31'13
128Damien MonierTeam Europcar+ 1h31'57

Points Classification

1Gustav HoogDrapac Professional Cycling81
2Fernando GaviriaMTN-Qhubeka74
3Elia VivianiTeam Sky72
4Kenneth VanbilsenESPN66
5Simon YatesAstana Pro Team61

Mountain Classification

1Julien RouxAlcatel90
2Kamil MałeckiCCC Sprandi Polkowice74
3Romain GuyotTeam Europcar68
4Yelko GomezMTN-Qhubeka58
5Victor CampenaertsStella Artois48

Young Riders Classification

1Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois28h48'42
2Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 20
3Michał PalutaCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 2'10
4Fernando GaviriaMTN-Qhubeka+ 4'57
5Victor LafayAg2r La Mondiale+ 5'58

Team Classification

1TEAM Cepsa86h28'54
2Team Sky+ 1'16
3ESPN+ 1'33
4Astana Pro Team+ 4'18
5IAM Cycling+ 4'42

Another high finish in the GC but no white jersey this time, Lopez pipping me to it by a mere 20 seconds. A huge first for me with my first win in a World Tour. A huge boost of confidence as I head on to the Vuelta. I hope I can do even better there.
Tamijo wrote:
Nice to see that the management have this much confidence, time to "claim" Poland Smile

I couldn't 'claim' the entire race, but at least I claimed a stage win Wink
Congrats on that first WT win. Looking forward to the Vuelta, I epect a podium finish at least. Smile
first World Tour win ! Im sure not the last :lol:
@Ripley: Thanks and I hope I can live up to expectations in the Vuelta. The field is medium strength with a lot of riders having targeted the Giro and the Tour.

@Tamijo: That's exactly what I hope too Grin
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