Ineos Grenadiers have had to adjust their sights at this year's Giro d'Italia after Geraint Thomas left the race yesterday - and today, Filippo Ganna, winner of the opening time trial on Saturday, added a stage win on the road after getting in the break then launching a solo attack.
“There were strong riders in the breakaway, even riders who aren't far down on GC. Our initial plan was not for me to go away today but I went with Salvatore Puccio and we managed to reach the escape," he said afterwards.
"He has advised me all day. He doesn't win races himself but he's a real leader of the team. He's like a brother for me.
"Yesterday I received a message from Geraint Thomas who told me to break away. With the advantage I had at the top of the climb, I tried to not take too many risks but in some curves in the downhill, I've seen the wall from too close.”
The last time Ganna won a race that wasn't a time trial? Paris-Roubaix U23 in 2016.
The trainspotters amongst you ... well, those specialising in the London Underground, and the District Line specifically ... will no doubt recognise the pattern in this jersey being officially launched from Milltag later this week.
Been working on a little something PT II⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Full announcement on Friday 17:00⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the meantime, can you name that line?
— Milltag (@Milltag) October 7, 2020
Matching caps, socks, scarves, bags and ... it's 2020 after all ... face masks ... can be found on the TfL Museum website.
— TRINITY Racing (@TrinityRacing_) October 7, 2020
It was a muddy one it seems and it's going to take a world champion effort to get that skinsuit clean again.
— simon wilkinson (@swpixtweets) October 7, 2020
This is incredibly irresponsible journalism... https://t.co/a2EfOv6MxE
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) October 7, 2020
The BBC report spoke to a delivery driver that is "unable to deliver his parcels" due to some roads being closed as part of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods that are aimed at preventing side streets from becoming rat runs for commuters.
While the report then spoke to residents that were very happy to have quiet residential roads, the overwhelming focus seemed to be negative.
The report also failed to note that the thing causing the congestion were the cars themselves. It seems that Boardman has a very valid point.
Now, us laughing at a typo is the definition of "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" but we did have a chuckle at this one.
The question of how to stop water bottles from jettisoning themselves out of cages might seem like a simple one. Just use metal cages.
James Huang has also asked in an article for CyclingTips why there is no safety standard for something that has the potential to and often does, cause crashes like the one that forced Geraint Thomas to abandon the Giro d'Italia.
Camel-back systems you say? Looking forward to seeing your proposals for a mid-air refuelling system to re-fill mid-stage. Or we could have one domestique with a huge camel-back and six hoses. Like a cow's udder.
— Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) October 7, 2020
But this is cycling, and no pro cyclist worth their salt would have metal on their lightweight race bike. Heavens no! Michael Hutchinson posed the question regarding an alternative and as you can expect, the answers have been brilliant.
Why stop with a team car? We could use an actual tanker aircraft.
— Michael Hutchinson (@Doctor_Hutch) October 7, 2020
Our vote goes to the hydration car. Sounds perfectly safe to us.
A positive case that CCC-Liv believes was contracted while its team was inside the supposedly secure race bubble has forced the withdrawal of the whole team. That includes one of the pre-race favourites Marianne Vos.
Team doctor Tessa Backhuijs said that “all riders and staff members in the team bubble were double tested prior to the Brabantse Pijl. The results from both tests were all negative. We shared this information with the UCI in good time as prescribed by the UCI. In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, however, when the riders and staff were already in the team bubble which was intended to be safe, we were alerted by a test lab that one of the test results turned out to be positive after all. We then took our responsibility on Wednesday morning and decided to keep the entire team out of the race.”
The veteran commentator has certainly seen a lot of great racing, called some of the sports most dramatic wins and given us some of cycling's most memorable commentary.
Who can forget Liggett's reaction to Stephen Roach appearing unexpectedly from a sea of race vehicles atop La Plagne in 1987? Liggett has also had some more controversial moments, especially his praise and defence of Lance Armstrong but the film looks at more than just Liggett's commentary, exploring how an amateur racer became one of cycling's greatest commentators.
“The film explores in detail, the life story of a very complex individual,” says co-creator Eleanor Sharpe.
“Apart from the fame and adulation of his many followers, this is a humble, dedicated man, passionate about so many issues. He is a great raconteur, with a dry wit. Phil gives of his time unstintingly and his interests range far more widely than the cycling enthusiast might know.”
Liggett says that he feels "incredibly lucky and grateful, that I turned my hobby into a way of life. It wasn’t until we started scanning the archives that I was really aware of how full my life has been and how privileged I have been to be a part of this wonderful sport and pastime of cycling. I knew that both Nick and Eleanor could be trusted to handle my story and share it with the world.”
The film has its world premiere at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival with the major release set for February 2021.
After yesterday's Giro stage was narrowly won, the cameras cut back to somewhere inside the final kilometre. Two Vini Zabu - KTM riders were lying in the road, one tangled in an advertising banner and barriers surrounding them.
Initially, we thought that this could have been a similar incident to the horrific Tour of Poland crash where the force of riders hitting the barriers sent other barriers flying into other riders.
But a short time later it became apparent that a race helicopter had been flying too low over the course and the downdraft created by the rotor blades had pushed the barriers into the road.
While one of the riders eventually finished the stage, Luca Wackermann (pictured) suffered a concussion, broken nose, cuts to his face, cuts to his dental arch, deep cuts to his left knee, heavy bruising and a suspected back fracture.
Did anyone catch the crash that happened in our groupetto with 800 meters to go @giroditalia when the helicopter sent the unsecured barriers flying into riders just inches away from me? One of them on a stretcher to the hospital. @cpacycling @UCI_cycling @DLappartient @ANAPRC_
— Brent Bookwalter (@brentbookwalter) October 6, 2020
As you can imagine, the riders that saw the incident weren't best pleased.
Anyone fancy riding 225km with a 23.4km category 1 climb that tops out just 11.6km from the finish? No, us neither. But we certainly fancy watching it.
After stage 4 was won by millimetres in a sprint finish, the general classification riders will be out to play again today, but we don't expect them to contest for the stage win.
The lumpy profile lends itself to a day for the breakaway and enough teams get a representative up the road in the day's early move, it will be one that goes to the finish line. In the early stages look for some of the pure climbers infiltrating the break. They will be looking to ride the wheels until that big final climb where they can then attack.
— Orla Chennaoui (@SportsOrla) October 7, 2020
In the general classification, British hopes now rest on Simon Yates, Tao Geogheaen Hart and James Knox. Yates' DS has said that today is one that Yates had marked so we'll be looking for him to make a move.
We'll also be looking for EF Pro Cycling's stage 3 winner Jonathan Caicedo to steal the two seconds that would put him into the Maglia Rosa.
Today will be anything but dull.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.