Final KM: Tour of Oman St2, Vuelta a Andalucia St1, Volta ao Algarve St1.

What are we after three races in one day? Breathless that’s what!

Tour of Oman Stage 2: Nakhal to Al Bustan, 142km

Four climbs and a finish to tempt the GC riders into feistiness. Ben Hermans (BMC) waited for the opportune moment to strike, riding away from an elite group in the final metres to take a stylish win and the overall lead. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was just pipped on the line by Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) for second. Team Dimension Data had a tremendous day, finishing as best team and with Merhawi Kudus in the best young rider jersey.

Highlights…

Full report at Tour of Oman

Race Website  Race Twitter  #TOO2017

Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista del Sol Stage 1: Rincón de la Victoria to Granada, 155km

Holy moly!! What a belter of an opening stage. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in all out attack mode on the climbs, an outbreak of wince-inducing ninja stork tucks on the descents and six riders fighting for victory all the way to the line – and we haven’t even got to the queen stage yet!

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde out cat-and-moused and out sprinted everyone to take a saucy victory. Wout Poels (Sky) placed second with Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ) rounding out the podium. There were no time bonuses on the line so these three plus Contador, Diego Rosa (Sky) and Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida) all hold 5 seconds over their nearest rivals.

Highlights…

Baby Blackbird with new plumage and special bike…

Chapeau Cycling Academy and their Mr Breakaway Daniel Turek

Love this…

Full report at Cycling News.

Race Website  Race Twitter  #63RdS

This race always confuses me with it’s very long name often split into two. Doesn’t matter in the slightest which you prefer – Vuelta Andalucia or Ruta del Sol –  just makes sure you get to watch it!

 Volta ao Algarve Stage 1: Albufeira to Lagos, 182.9km

Quick Step Floor’s Fernando Gaviria surged past Andre Greipel  (Lotto-Soudal) in the final 150m to take the honours on a stage for the fast men. The Colombian tyro took full advantage of a slick Quickstepper performance on a messy run in, bursting through the middle of bunch to get his hands aloft for the 11th team victory of the year. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) placed third.

Highlights (we pick it up with 7km to go)…

BOOM!!! 3rd win of the year and a handful of jerseys (Leader, points and best young rider).

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Word has it a bet with the Quicksteppers DS has sealed his appearance at the Colombian National Championships at the end of the month, the team report has the details.

A day made…

Full report at Cycling News.

Race Website  Race Twitter  #Valgarve2017

Header image: A delighted Alejandro Valverde on the podium: ©PGS/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

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