This classic Tour de France dress rehearsal was a largely sodden, slow burner, only coming alight on the weekend’s short, sharp mountain stages after a mid-way time-trial had exposed the GC contenders. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang seized the leader’s jersey with a late attack on stage 7, which he easily retained on the final stage, despite a handful of riders being within a minute of him. The podium was rounded out by runner-up Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and third-placed Emanuel Buchmann (BORA-hansgrohe) who both survived the weather-related culling of GC contenders.
This year’s edition of Tirreno-Adriatico was a real rip-roarer. Although the GC battle itself never really caught fire, the stage wins were surprising and dramatic. And it even had a final twist in the tale: Primoz Roglic relieved Adam Yates of the leader’s jersey he’d worn almost all week to lift the mighty Trident, winning by just one second. Jakob Fuglsang kept his spring form to take third.