Tour de France 2017 : Stage 3 – Sagan clips in for the win

Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de France was another long one: 212.5km crossing three countries (Belgium, Luxembourg and finally France), via the Ardennes and F1’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The rather hilly profile with a final 1.6km climb was perfect for the sprinters with a penchant for short inclines. Peter Sagan stormed to an unbelievable finish, sprinting to victory after unwittingly unclipping and re-clipping mid-sprint. Nathan Brown grabs enough points for the polka dots. Marcel Kittel keeps green, the maillot jaune still graces the shoulders of Geraint Thomas but Pierre Latour dethrones Stefan Küng in the best young rider competition.
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Giro 2017 Stage 17: Rolland ends Cannondale dry spell

Pierre Rolland finally gifts Cannondale-Drapac with a long-awaited stage win in a Grand Tour by taking Stage 17 of #Giro100, while GC contenders took a quiet approach before the looming hard stages ahead. Young Jan Polanc cut his deficit both in GC and the young riders’ classification with the help of his Slovenian compatriot Matej Mohoric. And no change overall, apart from Adam Yates leaving the top 10 – Tom Dumoulin is still in pink.
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Giro 2017 Stage 13: Gaviria goes great guns AGAIN!

It was an eventful day in the Giro100, even if the stage only caught fire at the end. Geraint Thomas says arrivederci to the Giro, stating: ‘It would be a case of trying to survive each day rather than racing‘. Bardiani sacks two riders, after the positive B samples confirmed the doping of Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola RuffoniFernando Gaviria completes a poker of aces and is the first Colombian to win four stages in his first Giro. Although Alfredo Binda‘s 1927 feat of 12 stage wins is unassailable, the young Colombian sprinter secures his own place in cycling history at the tender age of 22! No change in the overall standings – Tom Dumoulin is still in pink.  Continue reading