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November 5, 2019

(beeping) – Coming up today on the
GCN Racing News Show, Demoulin abandons, Yates hemorrhages time, and is it going to be the Roglic
show from start to finish? We look at the five things we’ve learned so far from the Giro. We’ve also got the men’s and
women’s Tours of California, some very bad and very good
news for women’s cycling, the Four Days of Dunkirk, and the latest round of the
UCI Para Cycling World Cup. First up though, five things
that we’ve learned so far at the Giro. Number one on our list
is that Primoz Roglic used to be a ski jumper. Who’d have thought it? A jest, of course, but what
we have learned this week is that he looks unstoppable. We haven’t had a single
mountain yet in nine days but despite that, Roglic is
already in a commanding position and one that’ll be hard
to topple him from. Time trials have bookended
the first nine days and in both, he’s blitzed it. Yesterday, he put at least a minute into all of his GC rivals, leaving the overall standings
from this year’s contenders looking like this. His closest genuine rival for
the overall, Vincenzo Nibali, is close to two minutes down already. Now, if Roglic was purely
a time trial specialist that tries to hang on as
best he can in the mountains, this could lead to an incredibly exciting second half of the race but he’s not. He doesn’t really have
a chink in his armor. He can also win mountaintop finishes, he can descend with the best, and he hasn’t really had
a bad day all season. It’s left us, and presumably his rivals, scratching our heads and wondering what on Earth
anybody is going to do to be able to claw some time back. The only thing we can say is that anything can happen
at the Giro d’Italia, last year being a prime example. This tweet from Cillian
Kelly sums things up well. “‘The Giro is over.’ “People who have never
watched the Giro before “or who have had the last three years “removed from their memories.” Safe to say there’s an awful
lot of racing still to be done. This race is far from
over, fingers crossed. Let us know your thoughts
in the comments below. Do you think the Giro is over before it’s even really started? We’ve also learned practicing bike changes will be at the top of
Lotto-Soudal’s list of priorities after yesterday. Victor Campenaerts dropped his
chain on his time trial bike with 1,500 meters to go and it was panic stations all around. The mechanic tried to push
him before he was on his bike, Campenaerts tried to do a
cyclocross-style remount, and then he found that he couldn’t clip in and he was in 53-11. What could wrong did go wrong and undoubtedly cost him the stage win, since Roglic would
eventually beat the Belgian by just 11 seconds. Lessons to be learned all around here but please spare a
thought for the mechanic. Yes, he made mistakes but
so did Campenaerts as well. He’ll feel as bad, if
not worse, than anyone and will have been
heartbroken at what happened. We’ve also learned that
there’s no dominant sprinter at the race. Ackermann leads the points classification and has had two stage wins but he’s not had it all his own way. Caleb Ewan paid back his
team for their efforts with a well deserved win on stage eight. Viviani took a win on stage three only to be disqualified for the jury, having deviated from his line. That win was given to Gaviria, who has since abandoned with a sore knee. With two sprint stages expected
over the next two days, it’ll be interesting to
see if one rider emerges as the dominant sprinter. My bet is that Viviani
will win at least one. I can’t imagine him
going home empty handed. One of the big talking
points from the first week is the crash and subsequent
abandon of Tom Demoulin, winner here two years ago
and runner-up last year. The Dutchman had obviously
come into the race as one of the top favorites, however a nasty crash on stage four saw him hit the deck, sustain a deep cut and bruising to his left knee, and ultimately headed home early. It’s a big disappointment for him, his team, the race, and
us as fans of the sport, however it could well be to
the benefit of Tour de France. You’d imagine that once he’s recovered and is back to full health, he’ll be targeting the Tour 100%. And given how well he did last year having already ridden the Giro, you wonder if he might go
even better this time around. One thing is for sure, we could do with a few more
thorns in the side of Team Ineos and Demoulin could well be the man we need to loosen their stranglehold on the race. And finally, we’ve learned,
or at least had it confirmed, that the Giro is the
toughest of all grand tours. Yes, the Tour may be harder to win but the Giro can just grind you down. A part of that is down to the weather. Some usually get sun from start to finish but other’s, like this year,
you get rain almost every day. The riders have faced at
least some rain on every stage so far, except ironically day one, where the forecasted storms had led to the GC
favorites starting early. But it’s not just the
weather, it’s also the stages. Contrary to the Tour and Vuelta, who have been shortening
their stages over the years, the Giro stages remain long. Five of the first seven road stages have been over 200 kilometers long with three of them close to 240. That, combined with the weather and the nature of the roads in Italy, which never seem as
smooth or straightforward as France or Spain, will
take its toll on the riders as the race progresses. And that’s one of the reasons
why we’re confident in saying that anything can still
happen in the final week. Moving on, the men’s and
women’s Tours of California also took place last week. Deceuninck-Quick-Step were
back to their winning ways, taking three stages in a row
with three different riders. Tour of Flanders revelation Kasper Asgreen took a surprise stage on the
climb to Lake Tahoe on day two. Rémi Cavagna won the biggest
margin I can remember for some time on the following day, coming home over seven
minutes clear of Ben King, whilst Fabio Jakobsen won
the bunch sprint on day four, on tubeless tires, too. More of that in the GCN
Tech Show this week. The race had kicked off in Sacramento with a return to form for Peter Sagan, who continued his run
of success at this race, but the GC all came down to Mount Baldy. Going into it in yellow,
somewhat controversially, is Tejay van Garderen. The American had been given
the same time as the winner the previous day, despite
having been delayed by a crash and then going off-course. There was then a mass pileup just outside three kilometers to go, where ultimately as a rider, if it’s inside three kilometers to go, you’re given the same time as the winner. It’s your safety zone. Van Garderen was delayed further here but at the finish, the jersey was given to Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Kasper Asgreen but then they changed
their mind multiple times before finally awarding
the jersey to Van Garderen. The controversy, however,
and the jury’s decision is of course not Van Garderen’s fault. Our question though is was if you’re also rounding the decision to award the American the
jersey, ultimately his undoing? We saw all come unraveled for him when he was dropped on Mount Baldy but had he been chasing the jersey, rather than defending it, would that have ignited
the fire in his belly? We’ll never know. We saw a welcome return to form for Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte, who unfortunately suffered a
mechanical towards the summit but there was then a thrilling battle between EF-Education First’s
new Colombian signing, Sergio Higuita, and UAE’s Tadej Pogačar led to a stage win and a yellow jersey for another rising star from Slovenia. On the final stage into Pasadena, Cees Bol of Team Sunweb
continued a great season with a sprint stage victory, while Pogačar finished safely in the bunch to become the youngest ever winner of a World Tour stage
race at 20 years old. Having been giving a free rein to mix road and mountain
bike races so far in 2019, Anna van der Breggen sullied
to a great stage victory on stage one, attacking on the final climb and coming in 18 seconds ahead
of Elisa Balsamo of Valcar, who won the bunch kick. Defending champion and
Boels-Dolmans teammate Katie Hall then took a mountaintop
finish victory on Mount Baldy, which left them first
and second in the GC, with Ashleigh Moolman
their closest challenger but over a minute down. Van der Breggen had to deal
with a frantic stage three to secure her second
career California title, losing three of her teammates
due to the ferocity of racing. It was a stage for in
form Italian Balsamo, who edged out Arlenis Sierra of Astana and Leigh Ann Ganzar of
Hagens-Supermint for the stage win. In the six-day Four Days of Dunkirk, we had two relegations in
two days for Venturini, who was then foiled for the
stage win on the penultimate day by race leader Mike Teunissen. Now, a lot has been said
over the past month or so about the lack of TV coverage in this year’s women’s Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège races. It’s a requirement for
all World Tour races to provide at least 45
minutes of live TV coverage, quite rightly you’d say, but
ASO have responded to that by saying they’ll pull
these two prestigious races from the World Tour. Don’t get me wrong, live TV’s
expensive, very expensive, if you’re starting from scratch, that is. So it’s difficult to fathom that when you already
have everything in place for the men’s race, why can you not then divert the resources to provide live coverage
of the women’s races? Perhaps more of a political
issue than a sporting one. On a more positive note giving a welcome boost to
the women’s pro peloton, it was announced last week that
Denmark, Norway, and Sweden will play host to the new Battle
of the North race in 2021. The new race will cover
10 stages in 11 days and is a project born out
of the Tour of Norway, the World Tour race in Vårgårda in Sweden, and the Danish Cycling Federation. Over the past few decades, Scandinavian riders and their races have enjoyed a strong support
in their home countries so this project, tipped as
the women’s Tour de France, should, we expect, hit the ground running. With live TV cited as a
major part of the race, the teams will know the organization well, which should give them the confidence in the quality of the event. In recent years, the women’s Tour and the Tour of Yorkshire in the UK have both shown how new
events can gauge huge traction both along the route and on TV. We caught up with Great
Britain’s Lucy Garner, well known for her back-to-back
Junior World Road titles and how now rides for the
Norwegian Hitec Products pro team, just to get Lucy’s thoughts. – I’m really excited and my Norwegian team are really excited and I think it’s just a positive step that needed to happen, especially over the past few days, where we’ve had the ASO
kind of moving further away from women’s cycling. This is something to
really look forward to. Each stage is going to
be broadcasted live, which is great news and I’m really excited to check out the routes
and see how it develops. – Not content with a dominant
winter in cyclocross, Mathieu van der Poel
then went on to ignite a spring classics with a
campaign that ultimately ended with one of the most thrilling
finishes perhaps ever at Amstel Gold. This road success, however, didn’t divert him from his chosen path and he moved onto his third
discipline of the year by jumping on board of his mountain bike to try and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic mountain bike race. After taking the short track
out of that in Germany, the first round of the UCI
Mountain Bike World Cup, he then finished a runner-up
in the cross country to in form Mathias Flückiger and then take the lead in the World Cup and ultimately qualify for
the Tokyo games already. Mathieu has already muted
that he’ll have a crack at a grand tour post-Tokyo. Now I’m sure that’s something
you can’t wait to see as much as us. The Para Cycling Road World Cup moved from Italy to Ostend
in Belgium for round two, with the third and final round
not until August in Canada. All of the competitors were looking for a much
welcome boost in confidence going into the break, with time trials and
road races taking place over the course of the event. There was some standout performances from the likes of Storey Racing’s multiple world champion, Katie Toft, who doubled up in the C1
time trial and road race. The USA’s Ryan Boyle also did the double in the men’s T2 trike, while teammate and world
champion Shawn Morelli continued her dominance in the WC4 class, taking the road race
ahead of former swimmer Hannah Macdougall of Australia and Katell Alençon of France. There was a strong display of team tactics in the men’s C3 road race, where Ben Watson, ably
backed up by Fin Graham, Simon Price, and Matt Robertson, took a solo win ahead of fellow
countryman Jaco van Gass, with Kris Bosman of Belgium
preventing a GB white wash of the podium, edging out Fin
Graham, who finished fourth. Irish world champion Katie-George Dunlevy with her pilot Eve McCrystal were again on great form, taking the time trial and road
race in the tandem events. The progress of the Irish
teams since the Rio Paralympics has been phenomenal both on
the road and on the track so watch out for the emerald green in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. In the handbike relay,
Paralympic champions Italy somewhat surprisingly decided
not to take to the start line, while the USA came through to take gold ahead of Germany and Belgium. All in all, the riders
came away from Belgium singing the praises of
the positive atmosphere and the quality of the organization, leading to the hope that the
Para Cycling World Cup series can expand to other
regions in future years. Don’t forget, it’s
Italy month here on GCN. If you would like to get your hands on some Italy-inspired merchandise, you can go to If you also want to see what
happens behind the scenes at a Giro d’Italia time
trial, check out this video where we follow Vincenzo
Nibali of Bahrain-Merida on the opening day. Have a great week. More from the GCN Racing News Show. For me, Marty MacDonald, bye for now.

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  1. Theres a shark in the race and he likes the high Mountains. The Giro is far from over. Its a two horse race sadly. Roglic could have a mechanical or a crash.

  2. Loving the Giro – my favorite race of the year – but where are the stars??? Sky/Ineos? Nairo? what is going on??? Only focusing on TDF?

  3. well for example was over for Bernal before the start, but Giro is unpredictable as allways. never say is set and done, remember all said yates have it in the bag and in the last week show a big flop a big come back and all sort of things in the middle.

  4. Dan was great on Eurosport. He was an injection of enthusiasm and humor that they didn't seem ready for. He turned a boring program into something watchable.

  5. Although women cycling must be promoted you can also look at the demand for women cycling races because if people wanted to see the womens race there would be no question it would provided by the broadcaster even when it's not legislated

  6. Far from being over. Once you get closer to the last week, your team's capacity starts to weigh more, especially on high mountain stages. In my opinion Astana and Movistar have the most promising teams here. Let's see what they do with it.

  7. Giro = best race of the year, and this one is far from over; I give Astana a chance, Bahrain Merida (most experienced team), and possibly Movistar…

  8. Please explain how in 2019 pro riders are still dropping chains on $15K bikes maintained and set up by pro mechanics? I use a $12 chain catcher. Works like a charm. And no the Giro is not over by any means.

  9. Question for GCN: Are aero wheels such as the ZIPP 303 firecrest overkill or perfectly fine for use on a road bike for casual solo and group outings progressing into century and/or London to Paris rides?

  10. Notice how Campagnolo isn't mentioned in the bike failure. Sram invented a chain catcher years ago. I use one and guess what, no dropped chains! Can't push a rider if he won't sit on the bike!

  11. Funny I thought you just said Porte had a return to form at ATOC? Perhaps you were watching a rerun of a previous year? Because the 2019 version that I watched saw him barely able to keep up all week and nearly going backwards when he developed a mechanical excuse!
    But otherwise you're doing a great job with the race news bruh! 😎

  12. Yeah, so, the bike wasn't in 53-11. Closer to a 53-19. Eurosport's own photos prove that much. This is Campenaert's fault for his cyclocross remount (I'm glad you mentioned this). Leave the poor mechanic alone and stop jumping on the media bandwagon. Roglic looks supreme at the moment but No Laurens De Plus, the shark will loves the mountains and has done this all before. Roglic to crack with 4/5 days to go. If Yates/Chaves can go for solos and regain time before then the last couple of days will be as delicious as a slice of Tiramisu. Nibali to win, Yates, Roglic, Carapaz or Lopez to round out the top 3.

  13. I've tried listening to Martin, but I can't do it anymore- he is just too up and down. I feel seasick.

  14. We miss Emma! Dudes, get a woman as smart and tough as Emma on your show! Too much testosterone; not enough estrogen!

  15. Ok so where is Dan ? has he left the show too? I’m sorry this fellow just doesn’t have the charisma as Dan.

  16. I really enjoyed the Tour of California this year, especially with the young age of 1st and 2nd place and Asgreen's breakout as well. I wish they went further north than I-80, maybe a Mt. Shasta resort finish? Mt. Baldy especially was my favorite stage to watch in a long time. Also since I live in Oregon, it's pretty local. If you haven't watched the highlight reels watch them.

    And on the controversy. I think they should've given Tejay 15 seconds behind the pack as he was almost caught up but not yet. Everyone else in the crash should've gotten the same time. I also think the rule should be 3k on all stages and out to about 5k on a case by case basis. Thoughts?

  17. Lets see how lotto control the attacks when they start climbing, I expect the south americans will go well Friday with the high altitude its going to be awesome, cmon yates, cmon carthy

  18. The bike wasn't in the 53-11. There's pics out there that prove that and the mechanic didn't push him before he was on the bike. Victor ran off as the mechanic was about push him then Victor realised he couldn't clip in and push that gear on the that gradient. Not the mechanics fault at all. So many mistakes on gcn recently it's gone downhill.

  19. is it just me or is Roglic's meteoric rise suspect? in cycling crazy performance boosts should always be setting off alarm bells

  20. @GCN: That men's handbike podium looked very much like 1) Germany, 2) USA and 3) Austria! Unless everyone switched their jerseys and a Belgian randomly decided to go get on the podium in an Austrian one for fun?

  21. Not over but if it is over, it is nice to see a new name at the top of a Grand Tour. I'm all for whomever wins fair and square, but I always like seeing someone take the checkers for the first time, no matter the event, big or small or just unique like these new gravel races.

  22. All to play for in the Giro.. Primoz is doing a spectacular job in the TTs while the sprints are being dominated by the decision of the teams to ride easy till the last 20k.. not seen so many consecutive stages with crashes that dictate the GC. Hopefully we will get full high mountain stages, though I heard in the commentary that it's only 60% likely due to the bad weather.. be great to see the race determined by finishes not crashes..

  23. IMhO. I believe the Vuelta a much harder race. TJ best day behind him. Even the odd decision to award/keep the leaders jersey couldn’t hide this fact as on subsequent days he couldn’t keep up was dropped and embarrassingly ended 9th.

  24. Of course, it's not over! The only thing that's changed since the beginning is that Roglic is now the favourite, but he hasn't one yet.

  25. Great race coverage, again. It's so fresh and interesting to see paracycling and its great athletes. Cheers,

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