Final KM: Dauphine St 8, OVO Women’s Tour St 5, Tour de Suisse St 2

We had DRAMA at a Dauphine finale where every single second counted. A fiercely contested criterium on the last stage of the Women’s Tour. While over in Switzerland things got messy on a gruelling day of circuits.

Dauphine Stage 8: Albertville  to Plateau de Solaison, 115km

The shortest stage served up the most dramatic day of racing. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang attacked on the final brute of a climb and soloed to stage win number two and race victory by 10secs.  His one-time break partner Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) held on to take second with UAE’s Louis Mentjes riding to third. BMC race leader Richie Porte was isolated early and slipped to second on GC despite an incredible ride. Martin’s ride and 6sec time bonus was enough for him to snatch third place from Chris Froome by 1sec. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) claimed the points jersey, Jumbo Bee Koen Bouwman packed the polka dots and Emmanuel Buchmann (BORA-Hansgrohe) was the best young rider. Ag2r La Mondiale will have been thrilled with to take home the best team prize at their home race

 

All the jerseys

Full report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter #Dauphine

OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 5: London circuit, 88.2km

Wiggle High5’s Jolien D’Hoore outsprinted Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) in a hotly contested bunch gallop along Regent Street. Barnes’ second place was enough to catapult her to third on GC, but no one could catch WM3 Energie’s Kasia Niewiadoma. The Polish champion led the race from stage 1 and claimed top step of the podium with Majerus at +1:18 and Barnes at +1:30.  D’Hoore’s stage win rounded out a great race for the Wigglettes who also take the Mountains Jersey with Audrey Cordon. Majerus finished in the points jersey and Sunweb were the best team.

and the Barnes sisters duel for Best British Rider? Went to big sis’ Hannah

Full report at Race website

Race Website  Race Twitter #OVOWT

Tour de Suisse Stage 2: Cham to Cham, 172.7km

A nasty rolling circuit for the Suisse peloton ended with a messy bunch sprint and a win for Quickstepper Philippe Gilbert. The Belgian out-kicked  Cannondale-Drapac’s Patrick Bevan with Anthony Roux (FDJ) snatching third. Race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC) was caught up in a crash and finished nearly 10mins down. The jersey switches to teammate Stefan Kung by just one second from who holds 1sec from the Sunweb duo of Michael Matthews and Tom Dumoulin

and after…

from the race straight in the water! Thanks @quickstep_team for the support!

A post shared by Philippe Gilbert (@philippe_gilbert_) on

Full report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter #TourdeSuisse

Header image: OVO Women’s Tour podium (Christine Majerus, Kasia Niewiadoma, Hannah Barnes)  © Race Facebook site

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