The UCI WorldTour Chronicle
– What happened? –
Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) has claimed his fourth consecutive victory in the Eschborn-Frankfurt Classic in Germany, making him the record holder for triumphs at the 57-year-old event. In a tumultuous bunch sprint, Kristoff fended off Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) for his first win since a stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi in February.
Defending Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the opening time trial of this year’s Italian Grand Tour, which kicked off in Jerusalem, Israel. Dumoulin finished two seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All) on the hilly 9.7km course to take his first win of 2018 and claim the overall lead.
He lost the leader’s jersey the next day when Rohan Dennis proved to be the fastest in an intermediate sprint on stage two, gaining bonus seconds to move ahead overall. Meanwhile Italian sprinter Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took back-to-back stage wins in Israel on day two (from Haifa to Tel Aviv) and day three (from Be’er Sheva to Eilat).
The Giro d’Italia returns to Italy on Tuesday May 8th after a rest day on Monday.
– What's next? –
Giro d’Italia: Friday May 4th - Sunday May 27th
Amgen Tour of California (USA): Sunday May 13th - Saturday May 19th
– Photo of the week –
– Focus on Ryan Gibbons –
Ryan Gibbons got into bike racing thanks to racing mountain bike events with his parents in South Africa.The 23-year-old from Johannesburg has been racing for Team Dimension Data since 2017. Inspired by team-mate Mark Cavendish as a youngster, Gibbons’ biggest victory to date is the Tour of Langkawi last year. Currently racing in the Giro d’Italia for the second time in his career, Gibbons will doubtless be hoping to imitate Cavendish and, like the Briton, take his first ever Grand Tour stage win on Italian soil.