Two days of bicycle racing in Albany, Georgia concluded May 17 and the overall points standings began to take shape for the 2015 Southeast Regional Series presented by BikeReg (SRS). David Goodman (Athens, Ga.) of Team United HealthCare / The 706 Project takes over as the SRS-Hincapie Sportswear Overall Leader for Men Pro 1/2 and Jennifer Wagner (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) of Team Infinity Racing leads the overall competition for Women Pro 1/2/3.
Race Report: Philippe Gilbert gave the BMC team the Giro stage they had been trying for the last few days. The finish was made for the ex-World champion with a short steep rise to the line - A mini Cauberg. Contador was 2nd and now has 17 seconds over Aru in the fight for overall.
Race report: We've had 'shoulder-gate' and 'puncture-gate', so we weren't sure what scandal-based pun awaited us this afternoon on the road from Forlì to the motor-racing circuit finish at Imola. In the end, there was nothing to get the polemicists too fired up, but we did get a new, young winner.
Race Report: Stage 10 was a day for the sprinters – or was it? As expected the early break went up the road and was bound to be caught. It didn’t happen, the peloton got it wrong and Nicola Boem took the biggest win of his career. Richie Porte loses 2:47!
Today Alessandro took the Giro d'Italia route as far south as it goes this year. He passed through many different regions to catch the race, the people, the villages and the atmosphere of the biggest bike race in Italy. But you can't go to the South without trying the pizza!
Race Report: Yet another crazy day in Italy. Paolo Tiralongo went with the early break, chased down escapee Slagter and then launched out on his own for the win. Behind; Contador, Aru and Porte attacked from the peloton to distance Uran. Full gas Giro.
Alessandro has left Lazio and heads south for today's adventure, to the unknown (for him) region of Molise. The San Magno Crypt and truffles are on the menu and of course stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia and the battle goes on for pink.
Race Report: Society has a thing against pickpockets; you don't want some little chancer coming along and dipping your hard-earned dollars when you're distracted. In cycling, you could say it's encouraged. Movistar's Benat Intxausti gave an object lesson today in the art of stealing a win.
Roadside: Richard has finished his stint at the Giro and is on his way home to Canada and so our man in Italy, Alessandro Federico, takes over for the next few days - Roadside. Ale leaves the race course and takes in the church of San Pietro, Tuscania and mozzarella. Ale's 'Roadside' adventure day 1:
Race Report: After his suspension, Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi returned to the winner's circle with a perfectly-executed sprint finish in Fiuggi. It's not a result that will cheer everyone, but that's the way it is. The still-young Italian got a perfect lead-out from Sasha Modolo to score the win.
Race Report: A much more relaxed and predictable day in Italy; a flatish stage with one small climb at half way and a long flat lead up to the finish line. Greipel wins, but Contador crashes, how bad we don’t know.
Race Report: For such a stage to come so early in a Grand Tour... we had just about everything. A breakaway gaining big time, a frenzy of contenders attacking, escapees desperate to hang on. A slow-burning stage which exploded in the last five kilometers.
Race Report: Stage 4 was a difficult day to follow, with many breaks splitting and reforming, but in the end Cannondale-Garmin’s young rider Davide Formolo took his first pro win. The GC men also had a sort-out today. A day of full on excitement and all change.
Race Report: Stage Three and all the world is pink - but especially Australia - as Michael Matthews reprises his last year’s Giro performance of winning with that most beautiful of jerseys on his back. The multi-jersey wearing Australian cooly crossed the line in pink...again.
Race Report: A big sprint was expected in Genova, but who would take the honors? One of the 'old guard' maybe: Greipel or Petacchi. In the end it was a battle between two young guns with Elia Viviani edging out Moreno Hofland. Michael Matthews moved into the overall lead.
Race Report: The Orica-GreenEDGE team kept their Giro team time trial crown by posting the fastest time on the 17.6 kilometer course and put Simon Gerrans in the first Pink Jersey for 2015. Prosecco for the Australians.
Trek Factory Racing’s Calvin Watson calls it “a tight, technical course and a lot could go wrong.” So I saddled up and joined the fray to preview the Giro's Stage 1 Team Time Trial course from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo.
Saturday is the big day in Italy for cycling fans, the Giro d'Italia launches its self down the start ramp in Sanremo for the first Grand Tour of the 2015 season. Ed Hood takes a close look at the most important stages and riders and talks to Giro virgin Calvin Watson. Giro time baby!
When 2015 Giro d'Italia route was announced last October our most experienced Grand Tour reporter, Ed Hood, gave us his first look (full preview next Wednesday). This year's Italian tour is mostly in the north, but in Ed's own words: "There’s something for everyone in the 2015 Giro!"
Race Report: Ed Hood told us last week, even before Flèche Wallonne, that Alejandro Valverde would win 'La Doyenne' on the steep finish to Ans. It was a battle of cat and mouse between Katusha and the man from Murcia, but 'Balaverde' was top man. Here is how Ed saw the race unfold.