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Dream start to Vuelta a España for Movistar Team

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Team Movistar / (c)

Movistar Team set the opening Team Time Trial of the 2014 Vuelta a España alight on Saturday evening to take a resounding victory and get their race off to the perfect start.

The squad were the last of 22 teams to take to the start ramp as the setting sun cast a glowing light across the southern Spanish city of Jerez. With nine Speedmax CFs primed to take on the short, yet highly technical 12.6 km test, the team set off to once again show themselves at the very top level in this discipline.

At the halfway split the Blues were a handful of seconds off the time set by early pace-setters, Cannondale. Nevertheless, the team rose to the challenge over the second half of the course. Riding together as a perfect unit, Movistar Team proved that the TTT is all about working strongly together rather than having a handful of strong individuals. Each member took their turn to keep the pace high as they committed to their lines through every corner, whilst not dropping any of their nine riders.

TT specialist, Jonathan Castroviejo, was the first to cross the line and take the race lead as the team stopped the clock at 14.13, six seconds quicker than Cannondale.

Team Movistar / (c)

Movistar Team in control for first week

Perhaps even more crucial than the stage victory is the advantage Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde now hold going into the rest of the race: Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo currently lies 19 seconds back, while Chris Froome of Team Sky is already 25 seconds off the race lead.

Alejandro Valverde / (c)

The race leader’s Red Jersey transferred onto the shoulders of Valverde yesterday from Castroviejo following the team captain’s higher placing in the sprint finish to stage two. With the first major summit rendezvous not set until this Sunday, there’s a high probability the team will hold onto the jersey through the sprint stages and short uphill finishes on the cards for the rest of the week.

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Purito and Quintana Aim High at 2014 Vuelta a España

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Team Katusha and Movistar Team / (c)
Katusha and Movistar Team line up with their strongest squads for the 69th Vuelta a España, which gets underway this weekend. With Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodríguez and Dani Moreno all present, Canyon riders will be right in the mix for the overall title.

Although names like Alto Cumbres Verdes, Aramon Valdelinares and Alto Monte Castrove may not be as well known to cycling fans as Alpes d’Huez or Mont Ventoux, the summits encountered in this year’s race pose just as tough a challenge.

This year’s Vuelta has a packed line-up as riders who suffered misfortune earlier in the season look to make amends. Established Grand Tour performers like Froome, Contador, Uran, Evans and van den Broeck will fight it out against a young guard of riders including Fabio Aru, Andrew Talansky, Thibaut Pinot, Dan Martin, Warren Barguil and Esteban Chaves. It’s guaranteed to be an action-packed race.

Nairo Quintana / (c)

Two-pronged attack for Movistar Team

As ever, when the peloton hits the high mountains our riders will be right at the front. Movistar Team bring Giro d’Italia winner, Nairo Quintana, and current UCI WorldTour number one, Alejandro Valverde, two of the strongest stage racers in the world.

Team boss Eusebio Unzué is adamant that the leader will not be decided until the race is underway and it becomes apparent who has the best legs. At 34 years-old, Valverde has the experience as well as a Vuelta win already under his belt from 2009. On the other hand, Quintana is widely regarded as the most exciting stage racing prospect around having won the Giro this year at just 23. He has consistently proven himself as one of the only riders in the world able to ride away from the whole peloton when the road heads skywards.

Historic Victory for Quintana and Canyon at the Giro d‘Italia

Joaquim Rodriguez / (c)

Purito and Moreno head Team Katusha

Two of the most explosive climbers in the peloton will lead Katusha with Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez und Dani Moreno. Both have been no stranger to success in the race with several stage wins between them and Rodíguez finishing as runner-up in 2012.

After a bad run of luck at the start of the season, Purito made a comeback at the Tour de France and was at the forefront during many of the big mountain stages. Moreno is also on form having just recently finished 2nd at the Vuelta a Burgos to Nairo Quintana.

Vuelta a Espana 2014 / (c)

Challenging course with 8 summit finishes

South to north – it’s uphill all the way. This year’s race starts at the bottom of Spain in Jerez de la Frontera and then works its way over three weeks to the very north-western tip of the country for a finish outside the famous cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Three time trials feature along the way, the first on the opening stage with a short TTT to lay down a marker. This is followed by a 36 km ITT mid-race and a 10 km blitz to decide the title on the final stage – perfect parameters for the Speedmax CF.

A balanced mix a pure sprint stages, punchy uphill finishes and full-on summit showdowns where the GC will be decided characterise the rest of the race. The Ultimate CF SLX and new Aeroad CF SLX will be right in their element for the final Grand Tour of 2014.

Team Katusha Line-up: Joaquim Rodríguez, Daniel Moreno, Alberto Losada, Giampaolo Caruso, Alexander Kolobnev, Juri Trofimov, Sergei Chernetckii, Eduard Vorganov, Dmitriy Kozonchuk

Movistar Team Line-up: Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Adriano Malori, Javi Moreno, Jonathan Castroviejo, Andrey Amador, José Herrada, Imanol Erviti, Gorka Izagirre

Canyon Riders Dominate Podium at Clásica San Sebastián

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Alejandro Valverde winning Clasica San Sebastian / (c)
Alejandro Valverde of Movistar Team took the win aboard his Ultimate CF SLX at the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday with Joaquim Rodríguez of Katusha coming in 3rd after a dominant performance from Canyon riders. Just one week after the Tour de France, the Clásica San Sebastián in the mountainous Basque region of northern Spain marked a return to WorldTour racing for the pro peloton.

With 219 km on the cards and a number of tough categorised climbs, attacks came and went throughout the day before the race was blown to pieces the final ascent within 10 km from the line. Rodríguez jumped away in his inimitable racing style to lead over the summit before the breakneck descent into the centre of San Sebastián.

Joaquim Rodriguez attacking / (c)

The Katusha captain held a handful of seconds over a group of four pursuers, including Valverde. During the high speed drop down to the coast, the riders’ mettle and descending skills were put to the test and Rodríguez was caught by the chasers.

Alejandro Valverde and Purito riding their Canyon Bikes / (c)

A crash from Adam Yates disrupted the flow in the group, allowing Valverde the chance to slip away and press home his advantage, riding right on the limit during the technical run to the finish. Valverde raised his arms to cross the line first and take his tenth victory of the season, while behind him Rodríguez contested the sprint for the podium to finish third.

Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez on the podium / (c)

Heading into the final part of the season, Valverde now leads the individual WorldTour rider rankings and was pleased to be back on the top step of the podium: “San Sebastián is a race I really like, even more with this route. It’s my second victory here, plus two other podiums. Ten wins already this season, now on top of the WorldTour… I can only be happy.”

Movistar Team lead the WorldTour team classification, having taken 27 wins so far this season. With the Vuelta a España looming at the end of the month where the squad will back Giro winner, Nairo Quintana, for overall victory, the prospects look good for maintaining top spot in the rankings.

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2014 Tour de France a Success for Canyon Riders

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Alexander Kristoff / (c)
The 101st edition of the Tour de France came to an end yesterday with the customary sprinting showdown on the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées in the heart of Paris.

From the lanes of Yorkshire to the grand boulevards of the French capital, the 21 stages and 3664 km in-between were gruelling and certainly not without incident. While Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali asserted his dominance on the race to take yellow, Katusha and Movistar Team had a number of reasons to celebrate as the year’s biggest race drew to a conclusion.

Kristoff shows his class

Katusha’s Norwegian sprinting star was one of the standout riders in this year’s Tour. Having never previously won a stage in the race, Alexander Kristoff proved he was in the hunt in 2014 by consistently finishing in the top three before taking two impressive wins on stage 12 and stage 15 aboard the brand new Aeroad CF SLX.

Alexander Kristoff / (c)

Both of Kristoff’s wins were made possible thanks to the strong work put in by his teammates. The Katusha rider was the only one strong enough to challenge the dominance of Germany’s Marcel Kittel on the final stage into Paris yesterday, coming up just half a bike length short having fought back from an untimely puncture in the finale.

Alexander Kristoff / (c)

Two stage wins made this year’s edition of the Tour one of the most successful ever for Team Katusha, following Joaquim Rodríguez’s third place ride last year, an achievement Team Manager Viacheslav Ekimov was keen to praise: “I think it was the best Tour de France for Team Katusha, but we will use this experience for our future development. I would like to thank the whole team for their work, for the strong fight and for the successes.”

Katusha Team / (c)

Valverde just misses out on the podium

Coming into the penultimate stage on Saturday, a brutal 54 km Individual Time Trial, Movistar Team Captain Alejandro Valverde lay just two seconds off the podium. Having been one of the most consistent riders throughout and occupying second place overall for much of the race, the Spaniard began to lose time on his rivals during the final challenging Pyrenean stages and was unable to regain his losses in the time trial.

Alejandro Valverde / (c)

Nevertheless, fourth overall marks Valverde’s best ever performance in seven appearances at the Tour de France and he was still pleased with his showing in the race: “This is sport: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We fought for the podium until the very last day, which means that we rode super well and did everything we could. […]This result is not a failure for me, at all.”

Canyon congratulates all the riders from Katusha and Movistar Team for animating the 2014 Tour de France and making it a race to remember.

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Kristoff Strikes Again for Second Tour Stage Win

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Alexander Kristoff / (c)
Just three days after his first-ever Tour stage win, Norwegian sprinting sensation Alexander Kristoff again showed his class by chasing down breakaway in the final metres to take his second victory in this year’s edition of the Tour de France. His powerful kick in the final 150 metres proved not only Kristoff’s talent, but the value of his stiff, agile, and aerodynamic Aeroad CF SLX.

The outcome of the stage to Nimes was determined only when Jack Bauer and Martin Elimiger, who had led the race for nearly 200km, were caught in the closing meters. ‘That was close, really close,’ said Kristoff at the finish. ‘The breakaway was strong, but thanks to teammates Spilak, Smukulis, and Paolini, we caught them just before the finish, and I was able to take take the win for the day.’
Pro Bike Check – Kristoff’s brand new Aeroad CF SLX

Alexander Kristoff / (c)

Kristoff fresher than Kittel and Greipel

Although Kristoff himself didn’t feel too good during the day’s stage after the gruelling mountains of the prior two stages, he was able to find his feet again in the finalé which included such sprinting elites as Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel.

Kristoff admits that, ‘Compared to them, I’m not a super-fast sprinter, and during the stage they made no impression of being tired, but my victory at the end suggests that maybe they were exhausted after the Alps.’

Joaquim Rodriguez / (c)

Purito King of the Mountains lead again

Additional good news for Katusha and Canyon is that Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodríguez remains in the polka-dot jersey as best overall climber. On the stage to Nimes there were no designated climbs, nevertheless, it was a tough day for the Spaniard. ‘That was really not a stage for me: flat, windy, wet…the stage nearly ended it all for me, because there was a crash and I was involved in it. I am glad this stage is over. On the rest day we will relax a bit before we head Tuesday to attack in the Pyrenees.’

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MADE FOR WINNERS: Kristoff Sprints to Tour de France Stage Win

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Alexander Kristoff / (c)
Team Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff has taken his maiden Tour de France stage win aboard the brand new Aeroad CF SLX . The Norwegian sprint sensation proved the strongest in the bunch gallop to the line on stage 12 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne to notch up Katusha’s first victory in this year’s race.

Vineyards and melting tarmac

A hilly parcours under the July sun made for a challenging day as the riders raced their way through the Beaujolais wine region. With a reduced peloton of around 60 riders making up the front group in Saint-Etienne, Kristoff launched his sprint early from behind the wheel of OPQS rider Matteo Trentin.

Alexander Kristoff / (c)

Unleashing enough power to hold off green jersey wearer Peter Sagan by a bike length at the line, Kristoff took the first professional victory for the brand new, cutting-edge Aeroad CF SLX.

Alexander Kristoff / (c) Canyon

A childhood dream come true

Having already placed second on two stages so far in this year’s race, the 2014 Milan-Sanremo once again confirmed that he is one of the most versatile sprinters in the pro peloton by being able to stay with the front-runners on challenging roads.

Kristoff was ecstatic with his breakthrough performance: “This is a great feeling. I have been dreaming about this since I was a child.”

Sports Director Torsten Schmidt was also content that the team’s approach had paid off: “We believed in him and gave him our full support, everything went 100% according to plan.”

The high mountains loom

Having already hit the hills of the Vosges and the Jura, today the race heads into the high mountains with a HC summit finish at Chamrousse. Team captain,Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez, will be looking to extend his lead in the King of the Mountains competition over the coming days. With the likes of Simon Špilak and Yuri Trofimov riding well, everything is still to play for as Katusha looks to add to its stage haul.

Joaquim Rodriguez / (c)

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Mountain Man Purito Rides into Polka Dots

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Joaquim Rodriguez / (c)
With seven categorised climbs on the cards crammed into 160 km of racing, the profile to Stage 10 from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles looked more like a saw blade than a race route. Exactly the conditions required then for Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez to launch his assault on the King of the Mountains competition.

As soon as the flag dropped, the Katusha captain was in the breakaway aboard his new Aeroad CF SLX and went on to collect 40 points over the course of the day.

Joaquim Rodriguez / (c)

The stage victory may have just passed him by, but Purito was still pleased to pull on the polka dots on the podium:

“My main objective for today was to take the mountain jersey, which is why I went in the breakaway. Today would have been nice to win a stage too, but it was a really hard day and I saw that the yellow jersey group never let us have enough time.”
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Alejandro Valverde / (c)

Valverde on Track

Movistar Team worked tirelessly to set up leader Alejandro Valverde for the tough final climb and were rewarded as the Spaniard crossed the line in third, boosting him to third overall in the process.

Crashes have taken their toll on the peloton so far in the race and with big favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador now out of the race, Valverde’s chances of standing on the podium in Paris are now even greater.

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Canyon at the Tour de France

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Alejandro Valverde / (c)
The second week of the Tour de France is already underway as the race heads for the Alps. As the big favourites begin to show their cards, Canyon will be bringing you exclusive news updates, photos and all the latest information from the race.

Our Social Media Guru Robert will be following the action giving you a closer look into the inner workings of Katusha and Movistar Team. Can Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez hold on to the Polka-dot jersey? Will Alejandro Valverde continue his march up the General Classification? What’s the latest on the brand new Aeroad? Follow us on social media to get the full lowdown:


Joaquim Rodríguez / (c)

We’ve also got a whole load of gifts for Canyon fans spectating at the side of the road. Look out for the black Canyon Skoda if you want to get your hands on Canyon bottles, wristbands, musettes, stickers and special offer fliers.

So hit the road and support Katusha and Movistar Team at the Tour de France with us!

Joaquim Rodríguez / (c)

Hunting for Yellow: Katusha and Movistar Team ready for the Tour de France

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Arc de Triomphe / (c)
July is upon us and that can only mean one thing – It’s time for the Tour de France. “Le Tour” transcends cycling like no other race on the calendar, anyone who doesn’t know about cycling knows about the Tour de France. Images of the Yellow Jersey rolling through bright fields of sunflowers and battling up mountain passes are iconic and what many people associate with our sport.

For the riders themselves, this is the biggest race of the year – every pro wants to complete the Tour at least once in their career. As such, this three week-long Grand Tour is one of the toughest sporting events in the world. No one arrives at the start line to use this as a preparation race, every rider shows up in the form of their life. It’s a stress-fest. The battle for road position is intense, the average speeds considerably higher, and the risks of losing it all with one false move are far bigger than any other race on the calendar.

Three weeks. 21 stages. 3,664 gruelling kilometres. 198 of the world’s best bike riders. The 101st Tour de France is guaranteed to be a race to remember.

Seeing Yellow, Green and Polka Dot

Expect to see Canyon riders in the thick of the action throughout July as Katusha and Movistar Team field the strongest riders available to them. The Spanish squad have come away from victory at the Giro d’Italia on a high and will be looking to do the double with Alejandro Valverde, who will target the Yellow Jersey. Supporting Valverde will be an array of climbing talent to wreak havoc upon the rest of the field when the race hits the high mountains. This is seventh time the Spaniard has taken on le Tour and he has multiple stage wins to his name. Judging by his list of successes so far in 2014, Valverde is no doubt one of the favourites for the podium in Paris.

Alejandro Valverde / (c)

A different approach will be taken by Katusha, who will be backing Alexander Kristoff to take the sprinters’ Green Jersey. The Norwegian has had a breakthrough season this year, taking his biggest career win at Milan-Sanremo back in March. Kristoff has the power and versatility to mix it up at the front on a variety of stages beyond the pan-flat drag races for pure sprinters. What’s more, he is one of the peloton’s most consistent performers, an essential trait for success in this competition.

Alexander Kristoff / (c)

Katusha captain, Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez will be making his comeback at le Tour after crashing out of the Giro d’Italia. Following a monumental ride in 2013 to finish on the podium, the Catalan will be targeting stage wins this year and could be an outsider for the Polka Dot Jersey in the mountains classification. After a successful start to 2014, including victory in his home race, the Volta a Catalunya, bad luck struck Purito with a series of crashes in the Spring Classics and then at the Giro putting him out of action. Expect to see him at the front of the peloton whenever the road heads skywards as he looks to turn his season around.

Joaquim Rodríguez / (c)

The Challenge Ahead

A drastic change of scene for the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and what many people are predicting to be the toughest start for decades. Yorkshire. North England. God’s Own Country. No opening prologue time trial this year, instead the action kicks off with a tough 190 km road stage through the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tension will be high and crashes are all but guaranteed as the sprinter’s teams battle to bring their fast men to the finish line in Harrogate in the best position possible for the rare chance to pull on the Yellow Jersey.

While the opening stage is destined for the sprinters, Stage 2 is perfect for hilly classics specialists and could well see the GC favourites already showing their cards. Up hill and down dale for 200 km, the stage to Sheffield has no metre of flat and the narrow, twisting, heavy Yorkshire roads could well catch many teams out.

The race returns to the continent on stage 4 and poses another major challenge on stage 5 with 9 bone-rattling cobble sectors for the peloton to tackle. While many riders are used to taking on the Pavé, the GC favourites will be pinning all their hopes on coming through this stage without any major mishaps. The riders will hit the first real mountains the following weekend in the Vosges, with fireworks expected on Bastille Day including the steep summit finish to La Planche des Belles Filles prior to the first rest day. Then it’s into the Alps for stages 13 and 14, and two consecutive high-summit finishes to Chamrousse and Risoul.

After the Alps, there’s just one flat stage and one rest day to get some energy back into the legs before hitting the Pyrenees hard for the climax of this year’s race. The trend for shorter, more action-packed mountain stages continues with 125 km to Pla d’Adet and 145 km to Hautacam on stages 17 and 18 respectively, at which point we should have a real idea of who will win the Tour. There will be one final twist, however, with the only time trial in the race coming on the penultimate stage – a 54 km test to provide the last shake up in the GC. The following and final day, the peloton will roll into Paris at sunset for a Sprint Royale on the Champs-Élysées to crown the 2014 Tour de France champion.

Team Katusha line-up: Yuri Trofimov, Joaquim Rodríguez, Egor Silin, Simon Spilak, Alexander Kristoff, Aleksandr Porsev, Luca Paolini, Gatis Smukulis, Vladimir Isaychev

Movistar Team line-up: Alejandro Valverde, Imanol Erviti, John Gadret, Jesus Herrada, Benat Intxausti, Ion Izagirre, Ruben Plaza, Jose Joaquin Rojas, Giovanni Visconti

We wish both teams the best of luck for the Tour de France!

Movistar Team and Katusha at the Tour de France 2014 / (c)

Giro d’Italia 2014: Katusha and Movistar Team Fight for Pink!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Purito in la Maglia Rosa 2012 / (c) ROTH

The 2014 Giro d’Italia is just around the corner and both Canyon ProTeams are set to be right in the hunt for the coveted “Maglia Rosa”. With 21 stages, two time trials, one team time trial and a whole host of big mountain stages, this year’s edition promises to be a close-fought classic.

Quintana at Tirreno Adriatico / (c) Graham Watson

In a race that will favour the featherweight climbers of the peloton, Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodríguez line up at the start as marked men for the title. As two of the best climbers in the world, both have a proven track record over this kind of terrain.

Blues vs. Reds.

Canyon vs. Canyon.

Get ready for some epic racing as the 2014 Grand Tours get underway…

Rodríguez: “It’s time I netted a Grand Tour”

Purito is without doubt one of the most consistent Grand Tour riders in the world with a number of podium performances to his name, most recently 3rd place at the 2013 Tour de France. However, he has yet to stand on the top step at the end of a three week race. In the 2012 Giro d’Italia he came agonisingly close, taking two stage wins aboard his Aeroad CF and wearing the Maglia Rosa for much of the race before losing his lead in the final time trial by just 16 seconds.

Puito wins in Catalunya / (c)

This year could be very different. Purito has targeted the Giro as his main objective for 2014: “It’s a route which suits me. It’s got a lot of long, hard stages.” Despite a disappointing showing in the recent Ardennes classics where he suffered injury from crashing, Rodríguez wrapped up the Volta a Catalunya in style earlier this year against an incredibly strong field and rightly goes into the race as one of the main favourites.

Luca Paolini in pink in 2013 / (c)  ROTH

The 2013 Giro was a huge success for Katusha with stage wins from both Maxim Belkov and Luca Paolini and multiple days in pink. The Katusha squad will be focussed on shepherding Purito through the mountains where the race will be decided: “The team is a very strong one, well-focused, and that’s always important.”

Quintana steps up to leadership

One of the performances that got people talking most in 2013 was Nairo Quintana’s debut Tour de France. After taking 2nd place overall, the best young rider’s jersey, the polka-dot jersey, not to mention a stage win, it was certain to all that it’s only a matter of time before the Columbian climber bags a Grand Tour. With a course so packed full of climbing, that win could come even sooner than many expected as Quintana takes to the start in Belfast as the man to beat.

Quintana wins in Argentina / (c) Graham Watson

With a stage race win and a number of consistent performances coming early in 2014, Quintana clearly has the form, and as last year’s Tour de France showed, the stamina to last three weeks. Movistar Team have a number of mountain domestiques to aid Quintana in his bid for overall glory but can also look elsewhere for success. Adriano Malori is racing his home Grand Tour and will have his eye on the stage 12 time trial, with two TT wins already under his belt this season it would be hard to bet against him.

The Contenders

Quintana and Rodríguez will have their work cut out if they want to arrive in Trieste wearing pink. This year a number of strong contenders will line up at the start to ensure an incredibly open race for 2014. Those to watch out for include BMC veteran Cadel Evans and OPQS’s Rigoberto Uran, both of whom finished on the podium last year. Past winners of the race riding this year include Ivan Basso of Cannondale, Michele Scarponi of Astana, and most recently, 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin -Sharp.

2014 Giro d'Italia / (c) RCS Sport

The Route

As is increasingly the trend with the Grand Tours, this year’s Giro d’Italia will get underway on foreign soil, this time in Belfast, Northern Island. Two sprint stages on the Emerald Isle follow the opening 21 km team time trial around Belfast on Friday, which will determine who gets to be the first rider to pull on the pink jersey.

After its brief stint abroad and a rest day after the weekend, the race returns home to the heel of Italy on Tuesday 13th May. The first real test for the GC contenders comes the following Saturday with the first category summit finish to Montecopiolo in the Apennines mountains. With gradients creeping up to 13%, stage 8 will provide the first proper climbing showdown.

Stage 8 / (c) RCS Sport

The next big test in the second week comes in the form of a 42 km individual time trial over the rolling Barolo vineyards. This stage is bound to have a big impact on the general classification and will likely define the rest of the race. Both our teams will deploy the Speedmax CF for absolute efficiency on the climbs and maximum speed on the flats and descents.

Stage 12 / (c) RCS Sport

Two first category summit finishes lie in store over the following Saturday and Sunday providing no let-up for the riders before the Giro heads into its brutal final week. When names like the Stelvio, Monte Grappa and Monte Zoncolon appear the end of a 3 week stage race, you know it’s going to hurt… Stage 16 will be explosive as the riders tackle three big summits in just 139 km of racing.

Stage 16 / (c) RCS Sport

Then on Friday there will be no place for the riders to hide as they face an excruciating 26 km mountain time trial.

Stage 19 / Photo: RCS Sport

Saturday brings the dreaded Zoncolon for the final GC battle. The Zoncolon has achieved legendary status in the Giro with its unfathomably steep 20% pitches and uneven gradients. It’s more like climbing a wall than a road. Massive crowds will line the mountain on this day as the final places in the GC are settled.

Stage 20 / (c) RCS Sport

The following day marks the final stage of the 2014 Giro d’Italia with a procession into the city of Trieste before a fast sprint finish.

Check back here for more content throughout the race and look forward to an action-packed 2014 Giro d’Italia!

Team Katusha Line-up: Joaquím Rodríguez (Spa), Maxim Belkov (Rus), Giampaolo Caruso (Ita), Vladimir Gusev (Rus), Alberto Losada (Spa), Daniel Moreno (Spa), Luca Paolini (Ita), Angel Vicioso (Spa), Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

Movistar Team Line-up: Nairo Quintana (Col), Andrey Amador (Crc), Igor Anton (Spa), Eros Capecchi (Ita), Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa), José Herrada (Spa), Gorka Izagirre (Spa), Francisco Ventoso (Spa), Adriano Malori (Ita)

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