Final KM: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco St4, Circuit Cycliste Sarthe St3

Hey! How was the racing yesterday Midge? Well, here’s some clues: leg breaking Wall of Aia, winning golden shoes, and a Katusha double up. Interested? Then read on…

Pais Vasco Stage 4, Lesaka to Orio, 165km

Samuel Sanchez (BMC) rolled back the years to take his first victory since 2013. The man with the golden shoes escaped on the last climb of day, soaring under the flamme rouge to hold off fast finishing Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and Giant-Alpecin’s Warren Barguil. Overnight leader Mikel Landa (Sky) finished outside of the lead group and drops to 3rd overall (+7secs). The leader’s jersey  is now on the shoulders of young Jumbo Bee Wilco Kelderman, with Sky’s Sergio Henao in second place at +4secs.

Everyone loves a Samu win, here’s Purito at the finish ….

Pain on the Wall of Aia  #OUCH…

Stage win highlights…

Circuit Sarthe Stage 3, Angers to Pré-en-Pail, 190.3km

Just a day after claiming the time trial stage, Katusha’s Anton Vorobyez powered clear of his break companions to take a superb solo win. Patrick Gretsch (Ag2r-La Mondiale) took second nearly a minute after the winner, with Cofidis’ Romain Hardy rounding out the podium. Marc Fournier and his FDJ team rode extremely well in defense of the Maillot Jaune, and he holds a comfortable 1:57mins on IAM’s Jerome Coppel going into the last stage.

Happy Katusha…

Podium kisses and the Fair Play award for birthday boy Patrick Gretsch…

Highlights (In French)…

Links: 

Official site for Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Twitter #itzulia

Official site for Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Twitter #CircuitSarthe

Featured Image: Stage winning Samual Sanchez

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