Sqwauk-a-doodle-doo! It’s been a chaotic and fascinating second week of the 2017 Tour de France – Kittel gets into the record books, Bling hunts for green, WaWa has the Powa and Sky are getting a run for their money by the boys in the brown bibs. Your final KMs are here …
He makes it look easy. Marcel Kittel storms to his 4th win this Tour and breaks Erik Zabel‘s record to become the German rider with the most Tour stage wins with 13.
Another day, another sprint finish. But this one had a bit of a spanner in the works in the form of Maciej Bodnar.
It was the craziest slo-mo finish we might see all year with all the GC hopefuls in on the act, but it’s Bedhead Bardet who takes the victory (not without some controversy) and Fabio Aru goes into yellow.
Bastille Day and France was desperate for a hero. They got it in the slim figure of WaWa Barguil and cycling fans everywhere got the most chaotic, most exhilarating, most unpredictable Tour stage in years that started with an epic break from Alberto Contador and Mikel Landa. 101km of balls to the wall racing.
Bling Matthews made good on his team’s hard work and his recon from two years ago and the green jersey fight is ON. An ever-alert Michal Kwiatkowski and a dozing Fabio Aru meant the yellow jersey unexpectedly changed shoulders on what should have been a calm day for the GC.
Those concerned that we were going to be treated to a Sky procession were on the edge of their seats as Ag2r rode the peloton to bits, distancing an unlucky Chris Froome while Bauke Mollema finally made the break stick and took his first Tour stage win. But for exceptional Sky teamwork, Bedhead’s pesky plan might have worked.
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