Final KM: Paris-Nice Stage 5, Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2

A wily breakaway victory and the return of a sprint king. The Race to the Sun and the Race between the Seas served up two very different finales.

Paris-Nice Stage 5: Salon de Provence to Sisteron, 163.5km

It looked like a stage for the breakaway and so it turned out, but only just. Jerome Cousin made it stage win number two for Direct Energie. With the sprint teams bearing down, the Frenchman rode glued to the wheel of break-of-the-day companion Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) right up until he popped off in the last 200m to grab victory. Andre Grepiel (Lotto Soudal) took the bunch sprint for third. The GC remains unchanged with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) still in yellow by 15secs.


First WorldTour stage win and the polka dots, it was a very successful breakaway day for Monsieur Cousin

It’s fair to say opinions on Cousin’s behaviour on the run to the line were split between cries of wheelsucking and applause for  his guile and craftiness…


Jerome’s post race interviews revealed a little more…

Here’s the story from Nils…

A little too cosy chez the #PinkArgyle squad

Full race report at Cycling News

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Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2: Camaiore to Follonica, 167km

Ladies and gentlemen I have huge news  – Marcel Kittel has taken his first victory for 2018, his first for Katusha-Alpecin and his first ever in Italy.  It was a chaotic finale made more so by a huge crash at 7km to go which split the field. Kittel wasn’t quite hitched smoothly to the strong Katusha train but Rick Zabel did an outstanding job to get him in position and once he turned on the afterburners no one  was going to catch him. Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) rounded out the podium.  BMC’s Patrick Bevin finished fifth on the day and the maglia azzurra passes to his shoulders.


Bonus happy Marcel video from Katusha-Alpecin Facebook

The King of the Mountain’s jersey was up for grabs today.  Much to the delight of his team Nippo Vini-Fantini Europa-Ovina Nicolo Bagioli made the break of the day and took maximum points at the only climb (team report here)

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That Boy Phinney…

Full race report at Cycling News

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Header image: Marcel Kittel  Tim de Waele/Getty Images

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