Contre-le-montre, cronometro a squadre, whatever the language it was all about riding against the clock at both Paris-Nice and Tirreno Adriatico.
Paris-Nice Stage 4: La Fouillouse to Saint-Étienne, ITT, 18.4km
Wout Poels (Sky) took stage victory and moved to second overall on a course he declared himself very much suited to. Movistar’s Marc Soler was swift and smooth to finish second at +8secs with Julian Alaphilippe‘s (Quick-Step Floors) feisty third (+16secs) enabling a hop onto the GC podium. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) did enough to retain the yellow jersey by 15secs.
Rides of the day: 4th place for BORA-hansgrohe’s Felix Grossschartner and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) who made the top 10 despite his worried face on the bus.
Bahrain Merida’s brothers in arms. The Izaguirre brothers finished in exactly the same time and are both in the top 10.
This tickled me…
Full race report at Cycling New-
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 1: Lido di Camaiore to Lido di Camaiore, TTT, 18.4km
The traditional Lido di Camaiore seaside route produced the traditional result with BMC on the top step of the podium for the third year in a row. Mitchelton-Scott cruised to second place (+0:04secs) with Team Sky third at +10secs. Damiano Caruso was the first rider over the line for BMC and will wear the maglia azzurra.
Poor Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) cannot catch a break this year. He was involved in a crash on his return to racing. We wish him a speedy recovery.
The contenders and the Trident
It’s like Baby Blackbird never left. Alberto Contador makes his Eurosport commentating debut at this race.
Full race report at Cycling News
Header image: Triumphant BMC at Tirreno Adriatico – Tim de Waele/Getty Images