We’re all about stage racing this week baby! We’ve got two from the sunshine in Europe and an extra from the Arabian peninsula because, well, because we couldn’t resist the pictures. Plus a tale of romance from Team Astana.
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol: St 1, Mijas to Granada, 197.6km
Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) put his track skills on show to snatch victory from Sacha Modolo (EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale) on a bike throw. The pink clad Italian looked to have the Cava on dinner table after a determined lead out from his teammates, but as he eased over the line ready to celebrate Boudat drove hard and claimed the stop step and race lead. Clement Venturini (Ag2r La Mondiale) rounded out the podium.
Video. We pick it up with about 2km to go
Have to say, the #PinkArgyle train looked well organised in the final kilometres, I think we’ll see a Modolo win sooner rather than later.
Chris Froome (Sky) made his return to racing with the predictable media scrum.
Full report from Cycling News
Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta: St 1, Albufeira to Lagos, 192.6km
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) continued his Tour of Dubai form with season win #2 in Portugal. The Dutch speedster kept Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) behind him after the last of the break was caught with 4km to go.
Video (no commentary). We pick it up with 2km to go.
Always an exciting moment for any young rider…
Unfortunately Jai was involved in crash but thankfully went on to finish the stage and help teammate Sam Oomen into the best young rider jersey.
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA
We haven’t covered the Tour of Oman this year. But I had to add these wonderful images of Katusha Alpecin’s Nathan Haas emotional victory on stage 2. That scream over the line…
Full wedding dress today…
So pleased for him after a heat stricken Tour Down Under.
I’m going to give the last word to Astana’s PR team for this little Valentines Day video #wellplayed
Header image:Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images