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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
AbhishekLFC
@Ripley: Thanks Ripley Smile. Hopefully, the new riders will gel well in the team. The little Dutch flag is something I'm getting used to as well!

@dominox: Thanks and nice to hear from you Smile. Just wanted to change the calendar up a bit. Also, the Vuelta has very less TT km, which might be a disadvantage.
 
AbhishekLFC
February

I didn't start a race in January for the first time since my debut season. This was a calculated decision, to stay fresher by the time the GTs came around. Just one race in February.

Tour of Oman

After doing domestique duties for Barguil in this race last year, I was back as the leader of the team. I was one of the favourites for the win.

Stage 1 was in the flats and I stayed safely in the pack. The sprinters enjoyed the day.

Stage 2 saw some climbing. The early break of three had a six minute lead at its peak. I attacked 1 km from the top of the second climb. Seven riders were able to follow and make up the gap to me. Two of the break were caught but one survived to win the stage. More riders caught up to us. I finished 10th with Bosvelt 9th on the stage.

Stage 3 was another mild climbing stage. The pack split on the only climb of the day but got back together on the flat following it. Riders kept getting dropped in the high crosswinds. The break was caught with just over 10 km to go. The peloton was down to around sixty riders at this point. I rode away from the further reduced peloton with 5 km to go. Three riders caught up to me and left me behind before the finish. I finished 5th on the stage, caught by the next group on the road approaching the line. Ania finished 10th. I moved up to 7th in the GC.

Stage 4

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I was among the favourites to win this stage. The early part of the stage was uneventful. After the break was caught, me and four more riders - Ania, Bardet, Beltran and Turano - attacked out of the pack. With 1.5 km to go, Beltran and I were able to launch another acceleration and distance the rest, who were caught before the line by the peloton. The two of us were so tired from the effort that neither could get up and sprint for the win. I just missed out in the end, finishing 2nd, but grabbing the leader's jersey! Ania finished 3rd.

Stage 5

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The peloton split up in the first intermediate sprint and I found myself on the wrong side of it. I managed to chase back. Meintjes was a big name caught in the second group. Both me and Ania had left the peloton behind on top of the climb. With 14 km to go, a selct group of GC candidates caught the last of the break. McCarthy attacked with 10 km to go and puleld out a minute's lead. It was Me, de Plus and Gallopin in the second group, chasing down the Aussie, while GC 2nd placed Sagan was a further 30 seconds behind. We managed to cut the gap to McCarthy but couldn't catch him. I finished 4th on the stage, with de Plus 5th and Ania 10th. I held on to my GC lead.

Stage 6

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My birthday! The early 7 man break was allowed to get a huge lead, which meant the pack spent most of the second half of the stage chasing. With 11 km left, Sagan launched an attack, which I could not counter. Despite my best efforts to chase, through the last 10 km, he surfed the wheels of the breakaway riders, set the pace when they dropped off and managed to hold on to a big enough gap to leapfrog me into first place in the GC!

General Classification

1Peter SaganSwissair20h48'18
2Abhishek SinhaDuvel+ 39
3Jay McCarthyHuawei+ 2'03
4Tony GallopinHuawei+ 2'40
5Anastasio AniaDuvel+ 4'52
6Eduard BeltranOrica-GreenEDGE+ 6'43
7Laurens De PlusDuvel+ 7'06
8Daniel MartinDe Koninck+ 7'13
9Louis MeintjesSwissair+ 7'28
10Romain BardetHuawei+ 7'32

Spoiler
11Gracjan GregorekMTN-Qhubeka+ 7'58
12Andrew TalanskyHuawei+ 8'09
13Grégory AmbroiseTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 8'18
14Lachlan MortonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 9'17
15RafaƂ MajkaMTN-Qhubeka+ 9'53
16Sam OomenSwissair+ 10'46
17Heiner ParraBasler Zeitung+ 11'30
18Clement PenvenHuawei+ 11'38
19Lilian CalmejaneMTN-Qhubeka+ 11'48
20Mads PedersenMTN-Qhubeka+ 12'14
21Mathieu van der PoelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 12'24
22Caleb EwanSwissair+ 13'09
23Matej MohoricHuawei+ 13'17
24Anthony MaldonadoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 13'21
25Óscar PeláezTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 13'22
26Gini TuranoColombia+ 13'44
27Kristijan DurasekBasler Zeitung+ 14'06
28Stefano NardelliGerolsteiner+ 14'24
29Andrea ManfrediDuvel+ 14'53
30Jack HaigOrica-GreenEDGE+ 15'12
31Philip O'DonnellSwissair+ 15'26
32Avelino BraguĂȘsSmartstop+ 15'53
33Alexandre GeniezSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
34Romain Le RouxLapierre+ 15'57
35Jens KeukeleireDe Koninck+ 15'58
36Edward TheunsDe Koninck+ 16'11
37Tommy McCooshColombia+ 16'12
38Lawson CraddockDuvel+ 16'15
39Luka PibernikSwissair+ 16'23
40Michael MatthewsOrica-GreenEDGE+ 16'34
41Paul BosveltDuvel+ 16'56
42Rayane BouhanniLapierre+ 17'01
43Christophe LaporteSwissair+ 17'04
44Giacomo NizzoloHuawei+ 17'10
45Geoffrey DuteilDuvel+ 17'14
46Gustav HoogMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'45
47Bakhtiyar KozhatayevBasler Zeitung+ 18'12
48Edward DiazColombia+ 18'20
49Konstantinos GianopulosSuperior+ 18'43
50Tosh Van der SandeDe Koninck+ 18'53
51Karel HnĂ­kSuperior+ 19'51
52Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 19'53
53Alexis DulinSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 20'27
54Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 20'36
55Carter JonesSmartstop+ 21'21
56Carlos RibeiroMTN-Qhubeka+ 21'41
57Leonardo PajueloBasler Zeitung+ 21'45
58Sjoerd BaxSuperior+ 22'00
59Patrick KonradColombia+ 22'01
60Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 22'11
61John BakerUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 22'15
62Sep VanmarckeDuvel+ 22'22
63Enzo WoutersDe Koninck+ 22'48
64Bert-Jan LindemanTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
65Daniel OssHuawei+ 23'03
66Franco LeonColombia+ 23'08
67Abel KenyeresSmartstop+ 23'27
68Kamil GradekSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 24'02
69Jonas KochGerolsteiners.t.
70Donny SchrijversTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 24'12
71Florian SenechalOrica-GreenEDGE+ 24'27
72Marcel HuberColombia+ 24'36
73Daniele RattoGerolsteiner+ 24'55
74Jan-Harm van den BrakenMTN-Qhubeka+ 25'49
75Moreno De PauwDe Konincks.t.
76Yannick MartinezOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
77Pedro MarĂ­nOrica-GreenEDGE+ 26'11
78Jenthe BiermansDe Koninck+ 26'38
79Stan GodrieTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 26'50
80Fabien GrellierLapierre+ 27'01
81Shiki KuroedaBasler Zeitung+ 27'08
82Eugert ZhupaOld Spice+ 27'15
83Richard HandleyOld Spice+ 27'17
84Sebastian TrilliniOld Spices.t.
85Roland ThalmannSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 27'24
86Kilian FrankinySuperior+ 27'31
87Etienne TortelierLapierre+ 27'36
88Jonas RappGerolsteiner+ 28'02
89Fabio SilvestreSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 28'04
90Kenneth Van RooyUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
91Stefan KrederTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
92Lukas JuanBasler Zeitungs.t.
93Jens WallaysUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 28'47
94Juan Sebastian MolanoBasler Zeitung+ 29'11
95Ramon SinkeldamTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
96Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
97Max WalscheidGerolsteiner+ 29'20
98Afram IwuOld Spice+ 29'32
99Bryan NauleauLapierre+ 29'39
100Stig BroeckxDe Koninck+ 29'51
101Thomas VaubourzeixLapierres.t.
102Maximilian WerdaGerolsteiner+ 30'47
103Revy AmhaouchSwissairs.t.
104Martijn BuddingTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
105Jasper FrahmGerolsteiners.t.
106Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'58
107Jeffrey RomeroUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
108Arvid De KleijnUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
109Sjoerd KouwenhovenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 31'01
110Arman KamyshevUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 31'44
111Adrian SmithAer Lingus+ 32'06
112Sjoerd Van GinnekenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 32'24
113Timo RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 32'26
114Joshua HuppertzGerolsteiner+ 32'34
115Manuel TodaroSuperior+ 32'48
116Maxime RenaultLapierre+ 33'21
117Pyotr ChereshSuperior+ 33'35
118Jan KovarUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 33'55
119Bruno ArmirailMTN-Qhubeka+ 34'50
120Lee RichmondSuperior+ 34'51
121Louis VerhelstSmartstop+ 34'54
122Nino HonighBasler Zeitung+ 34'57
123Alexandre DarvilleOld Spices.t.
124Franco VelĂĄsquezOld Spices.t.
125Kizito van DamUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
126Jani MusicSmartstop+ 36'29
127Aaron BuggleAer Lingus+ 36'40
128Jocelyn BellangerSmartstop+ 36'52
129Jarno GmelichSuperior+ 37'00
130RĂŒdiger SeligSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 37'34
131Klaas LodewyckLapierre+ 38'39
132Ramunas NavardauskasColombia+ 38'55
133Stephen ClancyAer Lingus+ 39'45
134Ludwig BengtssonSmartstop+ 39'54
135Thomas De TrochAer Linguss.t.
136Mannase MillerOld Spice+ 39'57
137Titte van LaerAer Lingus+ 40'20
138Alistair MurdockAer Lingus+ 41'22
139Evghenii ButelschiiSmartstop+ 42'41
140Tom MaginnessAer Lingus+ 42'46
141Ernesto RengifoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 42'50
142Kenny BakerOld Spice+ 44'49
143Akili ZitouniAer Lingus+ 46'21
144Julio ÁlvarezColombia+ 1h23'34


Points Classification

1Peter SaganSwissair125
2Romain Le RouxLapierre59
3Mads PedersenMTN-Qhubeka59
4Abhishek SinhaDuvel54
5Giacomo NizzoloHuawei49


Mountain Classification

1Romain Le RouxLapierre24
2Óscar PeláezTeam LottoNL - Jumbo22
3Eduard BeltranOrica-GreenEDGE16
4Abhishek SinhaDuvel14
5Louis MeintjesSwissair10


Team Classification

1Huawei62h34'13
2Duvel+ 2'03
3Swissair+ 6'39
4Orica-GreenEDGE+ 18'13
5MTN-Qhubeka+ 18'49


Spoiler
U25 classifications won't be published any more, because I've outgrown it Pfft


So close to starting another season with a win! The wily old head in the peloton got the better of me here. Sagan timed his attack to perfection, taking advantage of my tiring legs, after the effort I put in on the climbs. Oh well, not a bad start to the year even with 2nd place.
 
AbhishekLFC
March

Having just missed out on the win in Oman, I approached the next race on my calendar with even more determination to do well. The season really kicks off in March with most of the big names coming out to play. My only race this month was no different.

Tirreno - Adriatico

Boasting a much stronger startlist, this race would give an indication of how the leading riders have fared in the off-season. We went into this race with a strong team. Barguil, Dumoulina and Ulissi joined me on the startlist.

Stage 1

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Mayhem on the slopes! The early MTT ripped apart the time-sheets. I had a very poor day, finishing more than three minutes in arrears, in 19th place. Dumoulin had a bad day too, losing more than two minutes. Clearly, I wasn't prepared for this!

Stage 1 Result

1Bob JungelsRusal43'06
2Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 31
3Gregorio IbañezTEAM Kodak+ 42
4Louis MeintjesSwissair+ 1'18
5Davide FormoloRusal+ 2'04
6Tony GallopinHuawei+ 2'05
7Alexis VuillermozRusal+ 2'08
8Tom DumoulinDuvel+ 2'12
9Tanel KangertTeam Europcar+ 2'19
10Simon YatesSwissair+ 2'20
11Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'21
12Sebastian HenaoCommonwealth Bank+ 2'48
13Daniel Felipe MartinezTEAM Cepsa+ 2'56
14MichaƂ KwiatkowskiOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3'00
15Yohann OliveAg2r La Mondiale+ 3'05
16Clément ChevrierAg2r La Mondiale+ 3'06
17Matvei MamykinRusal+ 3'10
18Edmeo MenghiniAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 3'12
19Abhishek SinhaDuvel+ 3'19
20Alexis GuerinCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 3'22


Stage 2 was flat. The early break were caught just before the finish and the sprinters claimed their win.

I was classified as one the favourites for Stage 3. The three man early break was joined by another on the first climb. They were all caught with 40 km to go, at the base of the tallest climg of the day. Unfortunately for us, this climb also saw Bosvelt retiring, illness getting the better of him. I attacked on the last climb of the day, winning the KOM and building up a 20 second lead to the peloton. I was caught on the descent but held on at the front to finish 4th. Dumoulin was 3rd.

Stage 4 was the queen stage and probably my last shot at gaining some time and places. Ulissi joined the day's break with the hope of helping me in the latter part of the stage. The nine man break was down to seven on the fourth climb. Nairo Quintana, Jungels and two others attacked on the same climb. They joined up with the remaining break 5 km from the top. At that point, they had a two minute to the peloton. However, they were slowly pulled back in and finally caught by the ninety man peloton on the descent. On the last intermediate climb, the peloton was reduced to just 20 riders. I had Barguil and Ulissi left in support, with Dumoulin dropped. As sson as the 13 km long MTF started, Sagan and Vuillermoz were dropped. With 9 km to go, Sebastien henao attacked. The next group on the road had 13 riders. Nibali and Kelderman were the next to be dropped, followed by me! I started pacing myself and caught and overtook a few riders going backwards. I ended up 8th on the stage with Barguil 10th.

The early part of Stage 5 saw the peloton chasing the break. I attacked with 4 km to go, only followed by Kwiatkowski initially. We caught the rbeak with 2.5 km to go but then I was dropped. Three further riders went past, as I couldn't hang on to their slipstream. I finished 5th on the stage.

Stage 6 was a rolling stage which saw the early break cruise to victory as the peloton refused to chase.

The Stage 7 ITT was too short to have any major impact on the final standings. I was 1st through the first intermediate but lost some time in the second half to end up 5th. Dumoulin claimed 2nd place on the stage.

General Classification

1Bob JungelsRusal23h30'55
2Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 19
3Louis MeintjesSwissair+ 58
4Gregorio IbañezTEAM Kodak+ 2'56
5Simon YatesSwissair+ 3'08
6Davide FormoloRusal+ 4'16
7Sebastian HenaoCommonwealth Bank+ 5'03
8Tony GallopinHuawei+ 5'04
9Abhishek SinhaDuvel+ 5'26
10Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 5'59

Spoiler
11Clément ChevrierAg2r La Mondiale+ 6'26
12Jay McCarthyHuawei+ 7'36
13MichaƂ KwiatkowskiOrica-GreenEDGE+ 7'40
14Warren BarguilDuvel+ 7'47
15Lawson CraddockDuvel+ 8'47
16Edward RavasiAg2r La Mondiale+ 9'06
17Matvei MamykinRusal+ 9'17
18Gini TuranoColombia+ 10'09
19Tiesj BenootRusal+ 10'16
20Alexis VuillermozRusal+ 10'58
21Peter SaganSwissair+ 12'42
22Massimo MogniRusal+ 13'05
23Daniel Felipe MartinezTEAM Cepsa+ 13'17
24Finn E. RosenkildeColombia+ 13'32
25Alexis GuerinCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 13'52
26Lachlan MortonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 13'53
27Edmeo MenghiniAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 14'50
28Anatoliy BudyakCommonwealth Bank+ 15'03
29Moreno MoserTEAM Cepsa+ 15'20
30Daniel MartinDe Koninck+ 15'33
31Juan ChamorroColombia+ 16'46
32Joseph DombrowskiHuawei+ 16'51
33Simone AndreettaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 17'23
34Franco LeonColombia+ 17'25
35Tom DumoulinDuvel+ 17'34
36Geraint ThomasVĂ©randas Willems+ 18'01
37Rohan DennisHuawei+ 18'31
38Jasper OckeloenContinental+ 19'05
39Sidio MezziniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 19'33
40Edoardo ZardiniTEAM Kodak+ 19'46
41Alberto GallegoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 20'07
42Gianfranco ZilioliTEAM Kodak+ 20'50
43Andrea FediAg2r La Mondiale+ 21'12
44Goredema DabengwaMTN-Qhubeka+ 21'21
45Tanel KangertTeam Europcar+ 21'25
46Donato De IesoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 21'33
47Yuber ConterasAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 22'43
48Anthony TurgisCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 23'37
49Romeo PisciottaTEAM Cepsa+ 24'04
50Davide VillellaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 24'07
51Diego UlissiDuvel+ 24'37
52Antonio NibaliTEAM Cepsa+ 24'47
53Roman KreuzigerSwissair+ 24'49
54Tim BanksCommonwealth Bank+ 25'19
55Yohann OliveAg2r La Mondiale+ 25'45
56Mads PedersenMTN-Qhubeka+ 26'05
57Dominik NerzSwissair+ 26'06
58Patrick MĂŒllerCommonwealth Bank+ 26'27
59Caleb EwanSwissair+ 26'33
60Lilian CalmejaneMTN-Qhubeka+ 26'51
61JoaquĂ­n CachoCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 27'02
62Taylor PhinneyTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 27'12
63Awazbek GeorgievVĂ©randas Willems+ 27'17
64Fernando GaviriaTEAM Cepsa+ 27'54
65Dylan van BaarleSwissair+ 28'32
66Davide PacchiardoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 28'39
67Philip O'DonnellSwissair+ 28'42
68Samir JabrayilovMTN-Qhubeka+ 28'47
69Bryan CoquardTeam Europcar+ 28'51
70Dario CataldoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 28'57
71Vincenzo NibaliTeam Europcar+ 29'05
72Christian LivieriTEAM Kodak+ 29'16
73Alessio TalianiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 30'34
74Sonny ColbrelliHuawei+ 30'47
75Giovanni CarboniTEAM Kodak+ 31'14
76Meron TeshomeAdidass.t.
77Jack HaigOrica-GreenEDGE+ 31'20
78Rostyslav ZhukovskyyTeam Europcar+ 31'27
79Elia FavilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 31'52
80Julien RouxLapierre+ 33'26
81Andrea ZordanTEAM Kodak+ 33'37
82Samuel SpokesOrica-GreenEDGE+ 33'38
83Maxime CamLapierre+ 33'41
84David BoilyTeam Europcar+ 33'47
85Flavio SoteraTeam Europcar+ 33'54
86Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 34'19
87Arnaud DemareLapierre+ 34'25
88Anthony MaldonadoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
89Carlos RibeiroMTN-Qhubeka+ 34'48
90Emilien ViennetAg2r La Mondiale+ 34'49
91Miguel Angel BenitoCommonwealth Bank+ 35'15
92Matej MohoricHuawei+ 35'39
93Nicola BoemAdidas+ 35'48
94Eugenio AlafaciVĂ©randas Willems+ 35'54
95Dejan KokotTeam Europcar+ 36'42
96Pierre NaudinLapierre+ 36'52
97Rubén ZepuntkeContinental+ 37'46
98Jordi van DingenenDe Koninck+ 38'01
99Miles ScotsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 38'31
100Marko DĂ­azCommonwealth Bank+ 38'32
101Magnus Bak KlarisRusal+ 38'38
102Derk Abel BeckeringhTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 38'39
103Ennio FornelloAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 39'18
104Cameron MeyerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 39'20
105Gurhan VolkanContinental+ 39'25
106William BartaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 39'39
107Fabrizio GadauTEAM Kodak+ 39'49
108Silvan DillierAdidas+ 40'08
109Ricardo van DongenContinental+ 40'14
110Iliya KlepikovAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 40'28
111Davide MartinelliAg2r La Mondiale+ 40'29
112Jasper StuyvenDe Koninck+ 40'47
113Ian StannardHuawei+ 41'07
114Niccolo BonifazioRusal+ 41'23
115Marco HallerContinental+ 43'00
116Federico ZurloTEAM Kodak+ 43'35
117Olivier NaesenDuvel+ 44'06
118Edward HeinenAg2r La Mondiale+ 44'27
119Lorenzo TrabuccoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 44'43
120PaweƂ BernasCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 45'48
121Kristian SbaragliCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 46'07
122Kristian HaugaardSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 46'18
123Daniel OssHuawei+ 46'20
124Trevor PraticĂČColombia+ 46'22
125Ahmet ÖrkenDe Koninck+ 47'53
126Alex ClementsOrica-GreenEDGE+ 47'55
127Joris BlokkerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 48'17
128Sjoerd KouwenhovenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 48'50
129Omar BertazzoTEAM Cepsa+ 49'18
130Daniel HoelgaardMTN-Qhubeka+ 49'51
131Eryk LatoƄCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 50'02
132Frederik PlesnerLapierre+ 50'13
133Pim LigthartMTN-Qhubeka+ 50'27
134Onesto De GoriAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 50'31
135Mattia FrapportiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 50'39
136Ximo ElaTeam Europcar+ 50'45
137Andrea GuardiniTEAM Cepsa+ 51'13
138Rick ZabelContinental+ 51'43
139Sacha ModoloMTN-Qhubeka+ 52'11
140Richard WeinzheimerSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 52'52
141Rodolfo CalderĂłnVĂ©randas Willems+ 52'54
142Alexander KriegerContinental+ 52'57
143Arthur VichotAg2r La Mondiale+ 54'09
144RĂŒdiger SeligSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 54'23
145Nicolas MariniSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 54'37
146Lucas LissTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 55'00
147Jenthe BiermansDe Koninck+ 55'12
148Jens DebusschereDe Koninck+ 56'20
149Sjoerd Van GinnekenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 56'56
150Volodimir FredyukCommonwealth Bank+ 57'22
151Thomas Van OpstalAdidas+ 57'39
152Enrique SanzCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 58'25
153Jovan HamidovicColombia+ 58'39
154Etienne TortelierLapierre+ 59'15
155Roy JansLapierre+ 59'16
156Mathieu van der PoelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h00'13
157Simon SellierCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 1h01'29
158Bjorn SelanderAdidass.t.
159Travis MccabeAdidas+ 1h03'23
160Alo JakinVĂ©randas Willems+ 1h04'18
161Gamal JespersenCommonwealth Bank+ 1h06'30
162Edward TheunsDe Koninck+ 1h06'57
163Yasuo YamashitaColombia+ 1h07'22
164Jori van SteenberghenAdidas+ 1h08'27
165Edwin ÁvilaVérandas Willems+ 1h12'43
166Guillaume Van KeirsbulckDuvel+ 1h14'40
167JoaquĂ­m DurantLapierre+ 1h16'25
168Taco Van Der HoornContinental+ 1h16'43
169Alexandr PopkovVĂ©randas Willems+ 1h19'23
170Tommy McCooshColombia+ 1h23'06
171Elgun AlizadaVĂ©randas Willems+ 1h39'25


Points Classification

1MichaƂ KwiatkowskiOrica-GreenEDGE32
2Louis MeintjesSwissair28
3Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck26
4Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo26
5Andrea FediAg2r La Mondiale24


Mountain Classification

1Andrea FediAg2r La Mondiale51
2Sjoerd Van GinnekenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo32
3Jack HaigOrica-GreenEDGE31
4Alessio TalianiTeam Cannondale - Garmin22
5Julien RouxLapierre17


Team Classification

1Rusal70h44'42
2Swissair+ 5'05
3Duvel+ 6'24
4Ag2r La Mondiale+ 13'57
5Huawei+ 16'43


Not a good start in a stacked field. I have some work to do if I have to repeat last season's performances. Looks like my rivals have been busy in the off-season with their preparation. I hope I have done enough.
 
Aquarius97
Clearly not your best race, but the bad day in the initial ITT has cost you a lot. At least you were the best of your team :lol:
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@Aquarius: Best in the team is pretty much a given now Wink. The ITT screwed everything up for sure.

@Croatia: That's the plan. And the hope!

@dominox: I'm not sure about amazing but I should've been fighting for the podium I guess. Oman was great Grin. Thanks!
 
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April

As we get closer to the first GT of the year, my preparation keeps getting more focused. In April, I go to my major preparation race for the Giro.

Tour de Romandie

I changed up my schedule a bit from last year, dropping Pais Vasco from the calendar to ride here. The Romandie is closer to the Giro and helps me plan my peak better. Another strong field has shown up as a lot of riders use it as the warm-up even to the Giro. I had Mollema and Craddock as domestiques, a pre-cursor to our climbing train in the Giro.

Stage 1

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This stage was similar to the MTT in Tirreno - Adriatico, just shorter. I was determined to do much better here. I started off a bit slow, 50 seconds off the pace at the first intermediate. I improved to be in 6th place, 37 seconds off the top when I finished. I ended up 9th, losing 38 seconds on the day. A much improved outing indeed.

Stage 2 saw an early pack split on the first hill, behind the day's break. I was caught in the wrong side of it and very soon found myself four minutes down! The break was caught in the flats and my group eventually found its way back to the peloton before the second climb. Another break of four riders went away from the peloton on the second climb. As the peloton tried to close down the gap, I attacked on the next climb to get 30 seconds to the pack. I was caught at the bottom of the descent and the break soon followed. The pack split again before the finish, but no GC contender was caught out this time. I moved up a place in the GC.

Stage 3 had me joint favourite for the stage win with Nairo Quintana. The early break didn't last long, but was replaced by a two man break before the first climb. The pelotonw as down sixty riders on the first climb. The break was cuaght before the second climb. I attacked on that climb and got nearly a minute's lead on the pack before the top. I had more than a minute following the descent with 10 km to go at that time. The peloton was down to about 30 riders at the time, and they were chasing me down. I was caught with just 2 km left by a group of 15 odd riders. No win, but some of the competition were dropped at the end.

Stage 4 really took off after the break was caught with 30 km to go. Aru, Kelderman, Nairo, Formolo and Meintjes got a gap to the peloton. Mollema and de Bie did most of the chasing in the pack, which had reduced to about 40 odd. With 3 km to go, It was Kelderman alone out in front with a 30 second lead over Aru. The rest of the attackers were already caught. Kelderman took the win as Aru was caught on the line. The Dutchman took the lead in the GC. I moved up another spot.

Stage 5

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The early break of four sell to six and then to eight riders. The number was down again to four at the of the first climb and to three by the third climb. Quintana attacked at the bottom of that climb. The break was caught before the peak. Kelderman was dropped, opening up the GC completely. At the top of the last climb, Nairo and Formolo were leading my group of six riders by 50 seconds. Formolo won the stage and took the lead in the GC. I finished 8th, moving up to 5th in the GC.

Stage 6

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I was one of the favourites in the IIT. I crossed the line 52 seconds off the best time, ending up 11th after all riders had completed. Despite the time loss, my rivals had fared even worse and I moved up to 3rd place in the GC!

General Classification

1Davide FormoloRusal18h03'39
2Eduardo SepulvedaTEAM Kodak+ 50
3Abhishek SinhaDuvel+ 1'28
4Romain BardetHuawei+ 1'35
5Louis MeintjesSwissair+ 1'51
6Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 2'12
7Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'56
8Fabio AruRusal+ 2'59
9Bob JungelsRusal+ 3'42
10Gregorio IbañezTEAM Kodak+ 4'10

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11Thibaut PinotRusal+ 5'15
12Grégory AmbroiseTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 5'59
13Tao Geoghegan HartHuawei+ 6'33
14Andrew TalanskyHuawei+ 7'51
15Carlos BetancurSwissair+ 8'06
16Clement PenvenHuawei+ 8'59
17Rohan DennisHuawei+ 9'43
18Julian ArredondoTeam Europcar+ 9'44
19Graham TrainoRusal+ 10'35
20Tilegen MaidosTEAM Kodak+ 12'34
21Simon RaffinAg2r La Mondiale+ 13'39
22Rigoberto UrĂĄnTeam Europcar+ 13'45
23SĂ©rgio HenaoTeam Europcar+ 15'13
24Sebastian HenaoCommonwealth Bank+ 15'17
25Peter KennaughHuawei+ 16'15
26Matvei MamykinRusal+ 16'19
27Andy AtkinsonCommonwealth Bank+ 17'38
28Alvaro CuadrosTEAM Kodak+ 18'36
29Bauke MollemaDuvel+ 23'41
30Michael MatthewsOrica-GreenEDGE+ 25'55
31Dominik NerzSwissair+ 26'28
32Alexander FoliforovTEAM Kodak+ 26'40
33Lawson CraddockDuvel+ 27'49
34Dzidoslaw GrodeckiRusal+ 28'50
35Koen BouwmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 30'41
36Lure PodgaetschiiOrica-GreenEDGE+ 31'35
37Hyeoung Min ChoeCommonwealth Bank+ 31'37
38Danny Van PoppelContinental+ 32'48
39Lukas LöerSwissair+ 34'16
40Arvydas KartchemarskasDe Koninck+ 34'27
41Conrado MoscosoHuawei+ 34'44
42Fernando GaviriaTEAM Cepsa+ 34'56
43Kahled ZitouniSwissair+ 35'09
44Antonio NibaliTEAM Cepsa+ 35'20
45George PymSwissair+ 35'38
46Jonathan KleverColombia+ 36'14
47Alex CarmichaelAdidas+ 36'17
48Sondre Holst EngerCommonwealth Bank+ 36'20
49Rubén ZepuntkeContinental+ 36'38
50Nelson OliveiraDuvel+ 36'48
51Thomas BoudatCommonwealth Bank+ 37'05
52Théry SchirRusal+ 37'18
53Santos BarberoTEAM Cepsa+ 37'34
54Quentin JaureguiContinental+ 37'47
55Andrew FennHuawei+ 37'49
56Adel TrabelsiColombias.t.
57Jonas BokelohSwissair+ 37'59
58Julien RouxLapierre+ 38'28
59Sean De BieDuvel+ 38'40
60Florian MaĂźtreTeam Europcar+ 38'47
61Adriano MaloriTEAM Kodak+ 39'26
62Brian BulgacContinental+ 40'31
63Vladislav GorbunovTEAM Kodaks.t.
64Anthony DillonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 40'52
65Dries Van GestelDe Konincks.t.
66Davide MalacarneTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 41'11
67Pello BilbaoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
68Toine KolijnContinental+ 41'12
69Sidio MezziniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 41'37
70Rudi MilicOrica-GreenEDGE+ 41'52
71Stefan KĂŒngMTN-Qhubeka+ 41'57
72Lucas DestangAg2r La Mondiale+ 42'56
73Steven LammertinkTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 43'05
74Meik HermanskiDuvel+ 43'08
75Nick Van Der LijkeTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 43'09
76Edward DiazColombia+ 43'21
77Jarl SalomeinDe Koninck+ 44'26
78Adrien PetitAg2r La Mondiale+ 45'38
79Phil BauhausMTN-Qhubeka+ 45'54
80Moreno De PauwDe Koninck+ 46'03
81Alessandro TonelliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 46'16
82LĂ©onard QuentinMTN-Qhubeka+ 46'21
83Jon RuminkiewiczTEAM Cepsa+ 46'23
84Jasper De BuystDe Koninck+ 46'32
85Wouter WippertTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 46'45
86Patrick MĂŒllerCommonwealth Bank+ 47'05
87Juan Manuel PuntasTEAM Cepsa+ 47'23
88Kamil GradekSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 47'48
89Fabien GrellierLapierre+ 47'57
90Barry MarkusContinental+ 48'12
91Luca SterbiniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
92Silvan DillierAdidas+ 48'25
93David MenutAg2r La Mondiale+ 48'54
94Tosh Van der SandeDe Koninck+ 49'15
95Nils PolittCommonwealth Bank+ 49'23
96Pavel JankuSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 49'28
97Victor CampenaertsDuvel+ 50'02
98Julien MoriceTeam Europcar+ 50'17
99FlĂĄvio CiprianoColombia+ 50'21
100Leigh HowardOrica-GreenEDGE+ 51'29
101Fabio SilvestreSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 51'32
102Alexey KurbatovTeam Europcar+ 53'46
103Roger HoustonTEAM Cepsa+ 53'57
104Bruno ArmirailMTN-Qhubeka+ 54'31
105Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGE+ 54'49
106Stig BroeckxDe Koninck+ 54'50
107Jan TratnikSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 55'15
108Romain CardisSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 55'21
109Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 55'25
110Antonio MolinaTEAM Cepsa+ 55'39
111Daniel HoelgaardMTN-Qhubeka+ 56'30
112Sander HelvenAdidas+ 56'51
113Raymond KrederContinental+ 56'57
114Vinnie BraetAdidass.t.
115Jonathan DibbenMTN-Qhubeka+ 57'31
116Joris BlokkerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 57'40
117Lucas LissTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 58'11
118Jovan HamidovicColombia+ 58'22
119Peter ErdinMTN-Qhubeka+ 59'31
120Julio ÁlvarezColombia+ 59'33
121Nicola RuffoniTEAM Kodak+ 59'35
122Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 59'52
123Stefan KrederTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 59'55
124Chande DangerTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h00'24
125Maximilian SchachmannOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h00'30
126Jan MaasContinental+ 1h01'16
127Tim KerkhofTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h01'31
128David DesmechtAdidas+ 1h02'54
129Benjamin JasserandLapierre+ 1h03'35
130Marcus BohlaDuvel+ 1h03'53
131Marlon GaillardAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h04'40
132Simon PellaudAdidas+ 1h04'53
133Thomas UmhallerAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h05'21
134Travis MccabeAdidas+ 1h05'51
135Inaxio ArcegaTEAM Cepsa+ 1h06'05
136Alpha van de BergTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h06'26
137Etienne FabreLapierre+ 1h07'46
138Roy JansLapierre+ 1h08'24
139Stef KrulTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h08'37
140Roland ThalmannSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h08'44
141Joachim VanreytenLapierre+ 1h09'29
142Bryan NauleauLapierre+ 1h10'12
143Anders EgsvangSwissair+ 1h10'20
144Pim LigthartMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h10'22
145Samuel HarrisonCommonwealth Bank+ 1h10'28
146Mattia FrapportiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h10'30
147Piotr HavikTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h12'49
148Gerald CiolekColombia+ 1h13'56
149Andrija JanecekSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h14'04
150Dylan Van ZijlTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h15'59
151Michael VingerlingTeam Europcar+ 1h18'21
152Mohamed Kok KeongColombia+ 1h19'14
153Maxime Le LavandierTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h20'57
154Misha Van De MijeTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h22'20
155Senne LeysenAdidas+ 1h22'29
156Claude ThevenonAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h23'28
157Jérémy MaisonLapierre+ 1h25'30
158Benoit JarrierAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h28'56


Points Classification

1Wilco KeldermanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo75
2Davide FormoloRusal54
3Louis MeintjesSwissair41
4Fabio AruRusal38
5Eduardo SepulvedaTEAM Kodak35


Mountain Classification

1Gregorio IbañezTEAM Kodak30
2Davide FormoloRusal25
3Stefan KĂŒngMTN-Qhubeka23
4Alessandro TonelliTeam Cannondale - Garmin21
5Andy AtkinsonCommonwealth Bank20


Team Classification

1Rusal54h14'43
2Huawei+ 8'13
3TEAM Kodak+ 10'56
4Swissair+ 29'13
5Team Europcar+ 34'05


A much improved performance in the time trials leads to a higher finish. I did well on Stage 5 to keep myself in contention. Not the perfect preparation for the Giro but it's looking better now than it was a month ago. Fingers crossed...
 
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May

The first GT of the year and with the first high expectations. Also, now that I represented Netherlands, there was a different kind of expectation and pressure. I could see a lot of Dutch supporters had made the trip, and had heard that there would be many more on the roads as we rode by. I hoped I could put on a show for them!

Giro d'Italia

After an improved performance in Romandie, I was quietly confident about a good result here, and generally a lot calmer than I was following the Tirreno-Adriatico. I had pretty much the same support staff as in Romandie, Mollema and Craddock were going to be my chief domestiques on the slopes. Only time would tell if I could improve on my previous best 7th place in this race.

Stages 1 - 7


The TTT on Stage 1 suited us quite well. We were favourites for the win along with Huawei. Surprisingly, it was Kodak who took the win. We took 2nd place, losing 6 seconds on the day but gained a second to Huawei and their leader Bardet. Adam Yates (Swissair) was 14 seconds behind me, Aru (Rusal) had lost 53 seconds to me and Landa (Cepsa) was down 25 seconds. Nairo Quintana was the big loser as de Koninck finished 1'23" slower than us.

Stage 2 was for the sprinters but with two small climbs thrown in. The pack split up on the second climb but none of the GC favourites were affected. The break was caught with 7 km to go. Wout Van Aert took the stage win for us!

Stage 3

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The six man early break pulled out to a eight minute lead. Nairo, Aru and Yates pulled away from the pack on the first climb, but were caught on the descent after furios chasing from our guys and Cepsa. With 35 km to go, the peloton was down to less than a hundred riders while the break still a lead of more than 90 seconds. Dunbar attacked 20 km from the finish but there was no counter from the pack. Nairo and Aru attacked again with 8 km to go. Landa followed but the trio was caught. I joined Nairo and Aru in the next attack 2 km from the top of the climb. We got a lead of 30 seconds but were caught on the descent. Bardet launched a late late attack to distance the peloton and take the win. He wasn't awarded any time gap. I moved up to 4th in the GC.

Stage 4

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The early break wasn't allowed to get away very far this time. They were caught on the second decent. Two riders formed a new break but they too were caught, on the third climb. Sepulveda attacked next and there was no counter. On the final descent, I was in the second group on the road with 18 others, including the race favourites while Sepulveda had more than minute's lead. He would go on to win the stage and I finished 5th. I was the new leader of the GC!

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Stage 5 was flat and I enjoyed an easy day's ride in Pink. The sprinters had their fun.

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(Wearing the Pink Jersey!)


Stage 6 was similar to 5. Riders kept attacking throughout and ha to be reeled in one by one. Eventually, the sprinters would have their way. Van Aert finished 3rd with Ulissi 9th for us. There was a lot of tired bodies at the end, on a stage which everyone expected to be 'simple'.

Stage 7

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The dreaded cobbles towards the end. All GC riders had expressed their concerns about the possibility of the race being ripped apart here. As it would turn out, everyone took it easy through that section. I saw a chance and hung on to the wheels of four cobbles specialists as they launched a late attack. I finished 4th out of the five attackers but gained 22 seconds on the peloton.

GC after Stage 7

1Abhishek SinhaDuvel28h19'25
2Adam YatesSwissair+ 32
3Romain BardetHuawei+ 1'13
4Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 1'22
5Mikel LandaTEAM Cepsa+ 1'29
6Fabio AruRusal+ 1'40
7Merhawi KudusTEAM Kodak+ 1'48
8Eddie DunbarTEAM Kodak+ 2'00
9Tao Geoghegan HartHuawei+ 2'06
10Eduardo SepulvedaTEAM Kodak+ 2'17

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dominox
Great 3rd place in Romandie. Also, what a start in Italy Banana

But what a "specialist" put that cobbles on 7th stage? Pfft
 
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Hopefully this lead will last longer than in Vuelta Wink
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@dominox: Thanks Smile. Personally I loved the cobbled stage, but you are right, it was probably a bit too rough for a GT!

@Aquarius: It is already close to beating that Pfft
 
Raziz
What a dream start!
 
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Abhishek Nibali taking his opportunities Pfft Amazing start to the Giro, let's go and keep that jersey!
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Glad I finally found some time to catch up. The prep races were OK really, apart from a few stages off. No doubt the shape's good if you perform so well on mountain stages coming so early in the race, they're always a step into the unknown.

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@Raziz: Absolutely!

@Jandal: Time to emulate the Shark of Messina maybe? Wink

@Kiserlovski: Prep races were decent, I agree. Hopefully I can deliver in the real thing. Good start definitely!
 
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Giro d'Italia


Stages 8 - 12


Stage 8

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The four man early break became five after the first climb. The pace was steady till six riders attacked, none a threat, attacked on the very small incline just before the MTF. Nairo and Yates made their move on the starting slopes of the MTF. Soon Aru followed. Yates was first dropped by Nairo and then by Aru. With 5 km to go, the break still survived as the elad group on the road. The group of six attackers were next, followed by Nairo. Aru was half a minute behind him with Yates another 40 seconds down. Me and Landa were 10 seconds down on Yates. I finally attacked to drop Landa, catch and drop Yates and catch up to Aru. One rider from the break survived to take the win. I finished 4th, together with Aru and lost some time to Nairo.

I knew the early flat ITT on Stage 9 was a huge chance to pull away from my rivals. I started off a little slow, around 20 seconds down at the first intermediate. I kept pulling time back on each intermediate and was 12 seconds off the pace in the third one. I pulled back further time and beat everyone at the finish! My second ever Grand Tour stage win!

Stage 10

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The innocuous looking finish proved to be a real difference maker as both Yates and Nairo were dropped by the lead group. I did not have any such trouble, finishing 4th again and gaining some valuable seconds.

Stage 11

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This was similar to the last stage but it had a longer climb at the finish. This climb favoured me more than the pure climbers and I hoped to take advantage of that. Nairo and Aru went away on the second intermediate climb. At the top of the climb, a single rider fromt he day's break was in front followed by Nairo and Aru, who were 30 seconds ahead of my group which also had Yates and Landa. I lost some ground just as the climb to the finish started. At this point, Yates had caught up to Aru and Nairo with me and Landa chasing. We kept pulling the gap down and finally caught up with 7 km to go. I attacked with 4 km to go and Nairo was the only one who kept up. I accelerated away from the Colombian with 1.5 km to go and held on to win the stage! We were given the same time but gained time on everyone else. This was my first road stage win in a Grand Tour!

Stage 12

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Now this was a stage which did not suit we that well! A 13 man break was allowed to form and get a whopping 17 minutes on the pack. On the seconds climb, one from the break was caught but their lead was up to 21 minutes! Dunbar attacked 10 km from the top of the third climb. Yates, Bardet and Nairo followed and eventually dropped Dunbar. I attacked in unison with Aru and Landa 2 km from the top. We caught Dunbar and then I dropped them all. I caught up to the initial attacking trio. All this happened in the space of a kilometer! Nairo attacked again before the summit and was not caught again. The break won by over 15 minutes and I lost 20 seconds to Nairo. Yates finished with the same time as me.

GC after Stage 12

1Abhishek SinhaDuvel47h59'14
2Nairo QuintanaDe Koninck+ 3'42
3Fabio AruRusal+ 5'12
4Adam YatesSwissair+ 6'35
5Mikel LandaTEAM Cepsa+ 7'55
6Merhawi KudusTEAM Kodak+ 9'34
7Romain BardetHuawei+ 14'58
8Eddie DunbarTEAM Kodak+ 15'06
9Tao Geoghegan HartHuawei+ 16'09

 
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Wow, unbelievable 2nd week there.
 
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And here I was complaining about the TT performances... great stuff, the Sinha we've been waiting for. A comfortable GC position, losing a bit of time on the remaining mountain stages to Quintana is to be expected, but won't hurt. No crashes, please.
 
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