Busy, busy, BUSY!! Three races and four stages – lets get right down to it.
Scheldeprijs, Antwerp to Schoten, 207.8km
Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) took a record breaking fourth victory after his team mates placed him perfectly in the run to the line. Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish ran him close; it took a photograph to separate them. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) rounded out the podium.
Pais Vasco Stage 3, Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lesaka, 193.5km
In a move cooler than a cucumber in Coolsville, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) shot away from the reduced peloton in the final kilometer to take one of his trademark ‘stealth’ victories. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) just edged out Trek-Segafredo’s Fabio Felline for second place. Mikel Landa (Sky) retains the overall by a 1sec from Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and by 5secs from Sky’s Sergio Henao.
Right behind you Steve…
Highlights, we pick it up with 5km to go…
Sarthe Stage 2a &2b
The peloton woke to face two stages: a short 85km route followed by a 6.8km time trial around Angers. Bryan Coquard and his Direct Energie team made no mistake on the morning stage, taking the win in the bunch sprint from IAM’s Matteo Pelucchi and Raymond Kreder (Roompot-Oranje)
Fastest of the fast men #LeCoq….
Katusha’s Alexy Vorobyez whizzed around the time trial course in time of 8mins 11secs, just 1sec faster than IAM duo Jerome Coppel and Mathias Brandle (second and third respectively.) Race leader, Marc Fournier (FDJ), finished just 9secs slower: enough to keep him in the leaders jersey with a 2:24min advantage over Coppel.
Another winning laurel wreath…
Highlights stage 2b Time Trial (In French)
Featured Image: Bryan Coquard at full sprint speed. Image from race website © 2016 Sarthe