It was wet and wild in Paris-Nice; bright and dry in Tirreno-Adriatico. Spills in both of them and two solo winners in Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) in PN and Sky’s Wout Poels in Tirreno.
The stage was on a knife-edge for much of the last 50km in Paris-Nice, with yellow jersey wearer Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx) going on the attack on a long, cold and wet descent and putting his closest rivals, Sky’s Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas, under pressure. Once they made up the gap and went out ahead, distancing Kwiatkowski, Porte hit the deck in a fluke spill, as did Thomas just a few minutes later, losing any advantage. And all three could not chase down Tony Gallopin, who took the stage and the overall lead with a marvelous ride. Here are the last 10km.
Sky may have lost the chance at yellow in PN, but the team picked up the leader’s jersey in Tirreno with a superb solo ride from new signing Wout Poels. The Dutch rider went solo with 6km to the finish to win the stage and go top of the overall all in one fell swoop. The GC was in fact well and truly shook up, with Rigoberto Uran (Etixx) now in second (+17secs) and Steven Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) in third (+26secs). Here are the last few kilometres.