Kasper Asgreen (Elegant QuickStep) played it cool as a cucumber to take victory at the Tour of Flanders in a tense two-up sprint with defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix). The pair flew clear with 17km to go and did not give an inch until the Dutchman dropped his head in the last 30m, just as Asgreen drew level in the sprint. Golden Greg van Avermaet (AG2R Citroen) pipped Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven for the third step on the podium.
Bike changes, a wall of a finish and a switcheroo at the top of the leader board! Stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana had it all. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) time trialled to victory (his fourth stage win!) and back into red, breaking the hearts of American race fans by finishing one solitary second in front of CCC’s Will Barta. Nelson Oliviera (Movistar) rounded out the podium. Roglic holds 39secs over Richard Carapaz (INEOS-Grenadiers), with EF Pro-Cycling’s Hugh Carthy increasing his grip on podium with a grimace-laden, stormer of a ride.
If you like your mountain top finishes served with balls-to-the-wall attacking by the GC contenders, then Stage 8 of this spicy La Vuelta is right up your street! With riders all over the slope, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) made his final attack stick and rode away from Richard Carapaz (INEOS-Grenadiers) to take the stage and enough seconds to leap back to second place on GC. Dan Martin (Israel Start Up) rounded out the podium.