And the TRIDENT is wielded by…… Nairo Quintana!!
Stage 7: San Benedetto del Tronto to San Benedetto del Tronto, ITT, 10.5km
Rohan Dennis (BMC) finished the race between between seas in the same fashion as he started it – on the top step of the podium. The Aussie champ scorched the course, beating long time leader Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) by 3secs and leapfrogging FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot to claim second on GC. Michael Hepburn gave a sickness hit Orica-Scott something to cheer about with a third place.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) gets to smuggle the TRIDENT on the plane home for the second time in his career. The Colombian beat Dennis by 25secs with Pinot at +36secs. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) keeps the red points jersey – and the prize for avoiding daydreaming dogwalkers (see below). Quickstepper Bob Jungels (we LOVE him) TT’d his way back onto the best young rider podium. Davide Ballerini (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec) is king of the mountains and Movistar are the best team.
Yesterday it was level crossings, today Sagan faced another cycle race hindrance – the dog-on-the-road-incident…
Best team at #Tirreno and THE TRIDENT
“When you get this close to the best, sometimes you wish you were further down”
Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) on his 4th place for the TT…
Bubbles for EVERYONE
Header image:Nairo Quintana © Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images