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May 27

Tom Dumoulin faces ultimate trial as Giro d’Italia heads for thrilling finale

• Thibaut Pinot of France wins penultimate stage of three-week race
• Quintana leads but Dumoulin, Pinot and Nibali all within a minute

With six riders grouped inside 90 seconds at the top of the standings going into Sunday’s final time trial, the 100th Giro d’Italia is set to provide what could be the tightest ever finish to one of cycling’s three great Tours. The Colombian Nairo Quintana wears the pink leader’s jersey after the last mountain stage, but breathing down his neck are three men: the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, France’s Thibaut Pinot and the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin.

Related: Nairo Quintana takes pink jersey off Tom Dumoulin after dramatic stage 19

Related: Nairo Quintana takes pink jersey off Tom Dumoulin after dramatic stage 19

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/27/tom-dumoulin-thibaut-pinot-giro-ditalia

May 27

Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana leads but Tom Dumoulin favourite to win

Tom Dumoulin is expected to overhaul Nairo Quintana and win the 100th Giro d’Italia when it concludes with Sunday’s time trial.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40070432

May 26

Giro d’Italia: Nairo Quintana takes lead from Tom Dumoulin at 19th stage

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana takes the lead from Tom Dumoulin at stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40063374

May 26

Nairo Quintana takes pink jersey off Tom Dumoulin after dramatic stage 19

• Team Sky’s Mikel Landa claims 191km stage to Piancavallo
• Dumoulin 38 seconds behind but has time trial to come

Nairo Quintana won back the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin, beating the Dutch rider by more than a minute in the Dolomites to ensure they carried their rivalry into the final two stages of the Giro d’Italia. Nearly 10 minutes up the road Mikel Landa, Team Sky’s Spanish climber, stormed away from his fellow breakaway riders on the final ascent to win an absorbing 191km stage at Piancavallo.

Related: Giro d’Italia: emotional Tejay van Garderen claims stage 18 in sprint finish

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/26/giro-ditalia-nairo-quintana-tom-dumoulin-mikel-landa-stage-19-cycling

May 25

Dumoulin ‘a little too cocky’, says Nibali after Van Garderen stage win

Tom Dumoulin retains a 31-second lead in the Giro d’Italia, but defending champion Vicenzo Nibali dubs him “cocky”.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40051074

May 25

Giro d’Italia: emotional Tejay van Garderen claims stage 18 in sprint finish

• American BMC rider wins 137km stage from Moena to Ortisei
• Tom Dumoulin keeps 31sec lead to close in on GC victory

After plenty of close calls, Tejay van Garderen finally won his first grand tour stage in a sprint finish on the streets of Ortisei in the Dolomites.

The 28-year-old American was visibly emotional after holding off Team Sky’s Mikel Landa in a charge to the line following a breakaway to claim the Giro d’Italia’s stage 18 for BMC. “It’s my first Grand Tour stage win and it feels incredible,” Van Garderen said afterwards.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/25/stage-18-giro-ditalia-tejay-van-garderen-cycling

May 24

Geraint Thomas eyes Tour de France gain after Giro d’Italia pain

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas aims to recover from the pain of his Giro d’Italia crash by impressing at the Tour de France.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/40029721

May 24

Rolland wins as Dumoulin retains Giro lead

Pierre Rolland wins stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia, with Tom Dumoulin retaining a 31-second overall lead.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40034415

May 24

Giro d’Italia: Pierre Rolland escapes breakaway to triumph on stage 17

• French rider ends Grand Tour drought after springing clear
• Tom Dumoulin retains lead on calmer day for main contenders

Pierre Rolland launched a late solo attack to win the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday, but Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead remained unchanged.

Rolland, a Frenchman who rides for the Cannondale-Drapac team, accelerated away from a large group of breakaway riders with 5km to go in the 219km stage from Tirano to Canazei, which featured three categorised climbs. He had been part of the breakaway from the start of the stage, which included climbs over the Aprica and Tonale passes. His decisive move came in the Val di Fassa. “At the end it was a question of courage,” said Rolland. “I caught the right moment. It’s a huge relief.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/24/giro-ditalia-pierre-rolland-breakaway-wins-stage-17-cycling

May 24

Martyn Irvine will be out for about six weeks after fracturing hip in Belgium crash

Martyn Irvine will be out of action for around five or six weeks after suffering a hip fracture in a crash in Belgium.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40032851

May 24

What do the Tour de France and fossils have in common? | Susannah Lydon

Sport and palaeontology rarely overlap, but a new study shows ancient arthropods may have used the same slipstreaming techniques as elite cyclists

Trilobites are common fossils. Resembling nothing so much as a glorified woodlouse, these animals teemed in our oceans for millions of years. The first fossils are around 520 million years old, while the final demise of one last group of survivors took place 250 million years ago, in the Earth’s biggest known mass extinction event. In size, they varied from tiny planktonic forms a millimetre long to the mighty Isotelus rex, more than 70 cm long. Some swam and ate plankton, others were scavengers or predators which roamed the sea-floor.

There are thousands of species of this group of extinct arthropods (invertebrates with an exoskeleton and jointed limbs), but they all conform to a strict body plan. From front to back, they have a head (cephalon), a body (thorax) made up of segments, and a tail (pygidium). The three longitudinal lobes along their body, one down the middle and one on each side, are what give them their name. When exceptionally-preserved specimens are found, the details of their limbs, underneath their body, are revealed: they have a pair of antennae, followed by many two-branched limbs down the rest of their body. If your love of palaeontology stems, in part, from the alien aesthetic qualities of life from the deep past, then trilobites have all the wonderfully Giger-esque features you could hope for. In fact, one of the xenomorphs in Prometheus is known as the Trilobite, despite ending up looking much more like a cephalopod.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/24/what-do-the-tour-de-france-and-fossils-have-in-common

May 23

Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin’s lead cut after toilet stop on stage 16

Tom Dumoulin’s Giro d’Italia lead is cut to 31 seconds after the Dutchman stops for a toilet break on a controversial stage 16.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/40020548

May 23

Tom Dumoulin retains Giro d’Italia lead amid controversy on stage 16

• Movistar riders opt to join attack as pink jersey holder takes comfort break
• Sunweb rider’s lead over Nairo Quintana down to 31sec amid gruelling climbs

Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin has retained the pink jersey, albeit with a significantly reduced advantage, after an extraordinary and controversial stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, eventually won by home rider Vincenzo Nibali.

Dutchman Dumoulin was left by the Movistar team after their riders joined in an attack while the pink jersey holder briefly left the course and made for a roadside ditch for a comfort break. The incident left observers debating whether riders failed to observe the sport’s “unwritten rules”, as competitors would traditionally not attack the overall leader in such circumstances.

When you’ve gotta go… you’ve gotta go… Natural break woe for Tom Dumoulin in stage 16 of the #Giro100 pic.twitter.com/IPP7AJQP15

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/23/tom-dumoulin-retains-giro-ditalia-lead-movistar-push-comfort-break-stage-16

May 21

Bob Jungels beats Nairo Quintana in sprint to win 15th stage of Giro d’Italia

• Quintana cuts Tom Dumoulin’s overall lead by six seconds
• Britain’s Adam Yates moves up to 11th in standings

Bob Jungels came out on top in a sprint finish to win his first stage in a Grand Tour as Tom Dumoulin retained the leader’s pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia.

Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) became just the second rider from Luxembourg to win a stage in the Giro after claiming victory in the 199-kilometre 15th stage from Valdengo to Bergamo.

Related: Tom Dumoulin’s climb to win Stage 14 evokes memories of Giro’s tragic heroes

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/21/giro-d-italia-bob-jungels-stage-15

May 21

Giro d’Italia 2017: Bob Jungels wins stage 15 as Nairo Quintana takes back six seconds

Bob Jungels wins his first Grand Tour stage in a sprint between the overall classification contenders on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39992771

May 20

Giro d’Italia: Tom Dumoulin wins stage 14 to extend overall lead

Tom Dumoulin claims a stunning victory on stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia to extend his overall lead over Nairo Quintana.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39987564

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