Rohan Dennis more than made up for his disappointment on stage one with a masterful display to take his first Giro victory and move to sixth overall. Fastest at every intermediate time check, BMC’s captain powered around the course 14 secs faster than long-time leader Tony Martin. However, all eyes were on the duel between the maglia rosa Simon Yates and a be-rainbowed Tom Dumoulin. The World champion finished 3rd on the day – one minute and 15secs faster than Mitchelton-Scott’s captain, but not fast enough to take the lead. Yates rode a blinder and goes into the mountains with nearly a minute in hand.
Oh, it was *quite* a week at the Giro d’Italia. We had a pink-clad race leader who didn’t believe in racing the status quo, a returning champion who pitched a hissy on the chase, a dinosaur punch-up – it was all happening on the roads of Italy. Except when it was happening on the highways of California … Oh, what the hell – let’s face it – it’s always happening here in Tweets of the Week.