Busy with attacks and busy with podiums, Volta a Catalunya and Gent-Wevelgem left us breathless.
Volta a Catalunya Stage 7: Barcelona to Barcelona, 138.7km
Highlights we pick it up with 4km to go…
Men’s Gent-Wevelgem: Deinze to Wevelgem, 249km
Greg Van Avermaet emerged victorious from a nerve-jangling chase in the final kilometres. The Olympic champion took a two up sprint against Orica-Scott’s Jens Keukeleire with a disgruntled Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) just pipping the rampaging peloton to third.
Winner! and how brilliant to hear from Michael Schaar, a trusted lieutenant out with injury
What a race today. Second place comes with mixed feelings, but overall I am happy to finish on the podium behind an impressive @gregvanavermaet. Really enjoyed taking the little one up on the podium. First time for him, hopefully not the last! Thanks @oricascott for the support and belief. @scottbenelux @bikeonscott @loukeukeleire @gentwevelgemofficial
A miffed Peter with a short bob and a Cantona-esque interview…
Women’s Gent-Wevelgem: Ieper to Wevelgem, 146km
Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo-Bigla) backed up her win at Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday by taking taking the top step of the podium here. The Finnish champion was swiftest in the sprint, outkicking Wiggle High5’s Jolien D’Hoore and Coryn Rivera (Sunweb).
Highlights (here if the video below is problematic)…
The day in pictures…
Full report at Cycling News.
Gent-Wevelgem – 7 races in one day
It’s not just the elite men and women who race through Flanders fields. The race organisers hold seven races in total and one of the nicest touches is that all the winners are brought together for one final podium at the end.
And your winners are…
Eline van Rooijen -The Netherlands (U17 women)
Haven’t found out this lad’s name… I will keep trying (U17 men)
Georgi Pfeiffer – Great Britain (U19 women)
Ludvig Wacker – Denmark (U19 men)
Jacob Hennessy – Great Britain (U23 men)
Lotta Lepisto – Finland (elite women)
Greg Van Avermaet – Belgium (elite men)
Header image: Lotta Lepisto © YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images