Dumoulin wins 9th Vuelta stage, takes overall lead

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EL POBLE NOU DE BENITATXELL, Spain (AP) Tom Dumoulin passed Tour de France winner Chris Froome with about 50 meters (yards) left in a steep climb to win the ninth stage and take the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday.

Froome jumped ahead with less than 200 meters to go but couldn’t hold off the Dutchman’s late charge for his first stage victory in this year’s Vuelta.

Dumoulin crossed the line in 4 hours, 9 minutes, 55 seconds. Froome had his best stage so far and finished only 2 seconds behind, but the British rider remains more than a minute back in the overall standings.

Former leader Esteban Chaves of Colombia struggled at the end of the climb and finished nearly a minute behind Dumoulin, losing the leader’s red jersey and dropping to third overall. Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain was in the mix near the end Sunday and finished third, moving to second place overall, 57 seconds behind Dumoulin.

Dumoulin and Chaves were involved in an early pileup nearly an hour into the 168.3-kilometer (104.5-mile) ride from Torrevieja to the Cumbre del Sol, or “Summit of the Sun” peak. Alejandro Valverde also got caught up in the early accident and briefly needed medical assistance before recovering to finish seventh. Nario Quintana of Colombia was sixth.

Jasper Stuyven of Belgium did not race because of an injury sustained Saturday in a stage he went on to win. Peter Sagan, who was accidentally taken out by a motorbike near the end of Saturday’s stage, also had to withdraw.

Several other riders were injured in that eighth stage, none more seriously than Kris Boeckmans of Belgium, who suffered a concussion, facial trauma and an injured lung. Before Sunday’s stage, Vuelta organizers said Boeckmans underwent surgery overnight and was in a stable condition. Doctors said that on Monday they would consider waking Boeckmans from an induced coma.

Chaves also was involved in a pileup before recovering to retain the lead on Saturday.

The 10th stage of the three-week Vuelta, a 146.6-kilometer (91.1-mile) leg from Valencia to Castellon, has a climb less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the finish but should end with a sprint.

Giro d’Italia to start on former railway line in Abruzzo

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L’AQUILA, Italy — The 2023 edition of the Giro d’Italia will start with an individual time trial on a coastal cycle path that has been recreated from a former railway line in the region of Abruzzo.

At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital of L’Aquila, race organizers announced that the Grand Tour will run from May 6-28 and begin with an 18.4-kilometer (11.4-mile) time trial on the Adriatic coast.

Almost the entire time trial will be on the spectacular Costa dei Trabocchi cycle path that hugs the coast line before a short climb to the finish in Ortona.

“I am excited at the idea of the Grande Partenza (Big Start) of the Giro in Abruzzo . It is a dream come true, especially with regard to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocchi,” said Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo, who is from the region.

“I well remember that when the cycle path project was born and I saw the first tracks, I imagined the beauty of a Giro d’Italia passing along the route. It looked perfect.”

Stage 2 is a 204-kilometer (127-mile) leg from Teramo to San Salvo that is hilly in the first part but expected to end in a bunch sprint.

Stage 3 will also start in the Abruzzo region, in Vasto, but it will then head south and will be detailed when the full route is revealed on Oct. 17 in Milan.

The Giro will also return to the region for Stage 7, a daunting climb on the Gran Sasso d’Italia to Campo Imperatore. The high mountain stage, on May 12, will be the edition’s first finish above 2,000 meters.

Australian Jai Hindley won this year’s Giro.

Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles

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WOLLONGONG, Australia – Soren Waerenskjold repeated Norway’s gold medal success at the world road cycling championships a day after Tobias Foss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Waerenskjold won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championships with a dominant performance. He clocked 34 minutes, 13.40 seconds over the 28.8-kilometer course to beat Belgian Alec Segaert by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, the younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds off the pace for the bronze medal.

Foss beat a strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals, while Dutch ace Ellen van Dijk beat Australian Grace Brown to take out the women’ elite time trial.

The mixed relay time trial is set for Wednesday. The championships conclude on the weekend with the women’s road race on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.