Adam Hansen gave the sprinters the slip on stage 19 of the Vuelta and hung on to cap his tenth consecutive grand tour with a stage win. The Australian capitalised on a chaotic finish at Cangas do Morrazo to take victory, with a couple of late climbs proving sufficient to derail the sprinters’ trains.
You know the ‘season of mist and mellow fruitfulness’ is well and truly upon us when a large contingent of WorldTour riders pack their suitcases and fly north for a weekend of racing in Canada. This duo of races starts out with a tough race around Québec City on Friday, before the riders take a 250km journey south-west for Sunday’s challenging route around Montréal.
The calm before the storm of tomorrow’s high mountain stage? Perhaps. But the GC contenders have to stay alert, stay safe and stay together as the difference between second and fourth place is still super slim.