Final KM: Tour of the Alps Stage 3 and a tale of two Fleche Wallonnes

Doubles, triples, quads and quins… It was a day for multiples and record breaking all round at the Tour of the Alps and the Mur du Huy.

Tour of the Alps Stage 3: Niederdorf  to Villnöß, 135.6k

Team Sky grabbed control of the race with a fantastic double on another snow shortened stage. Geraint Thomas took the win after bridging across to a strong attack by teammate Mikel Landa and AG2r-La Mondiale’s Domenico Pozzovivo. Those three made the podium, and Thomas rode himself into the leader’s jersey. The Welshman has a 16secs advantage on Pozzovivo and 19secs on former leader Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) with two stages to go.

Highlights…

One and two….

This is just lovely from the Tirol Cycling Team…

More than a little impressed by the men the green …

Full report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter #TotA

La Fleche Wallonne Feminine, Huy to Mur de Huy, 120km

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) made it three in a row on the Mur du Huy. The Olympic Champion surged clear as the murderous climb started to add La Fleche to her Amstel Gold victory on Sunday, and with a record breaking winning margin to boot.  Teammate Lizzie Deignan finished second at +16secs with WM3 Energie’s Polish champ Katarzyna Niewiadoma rounding out the podium. It sounded such an exciting race which, yet again, we were denied from watching live!

Highlights…

Full report at Cycling Tips Ella

La Fleche Wallonne, Binche to Huy, 200.5km

No one rides the Mur du Huy on that lung busting final ascent like Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde. A fact he proved once again as he timed his late attack to perfection to collect his fifth title and his fourth on the bounce. Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) finished with his traditional podium, this time on the second step. While young Dylan Teuns delighted the Belgians and BMC by holding off Sky’s Sergio Henao to take third.

Highlights…

Safe to say he was happy…

Twitter lit up with Mr Jungels audacious breakaway that was only caught on the final ascent…

Quicksteppers – you have to love them…

Disco Dan thinking about how to change up the tunes on the Mur du Huy…

Twitter lit up again when FDJ’s young gun David Gaudu was the only one to attempt the impossible attack at the finish…

“Jussi Veikkanen and Julien Pinot yelled. Marc Madiot, imagine Marc Madiot in his car.”

I so WISH there had been a car cam… Pure Madiot

Full report at Cycling News

Header image: Podium at La Fleche Wallonne Feminin  © Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

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