Itzulia Basque Country 2018: Roglic reigns supreme

Primoz Roglic made his maiden WorldTour stage race GC victory a fine one, with the top step of the 2018  Itzulia Basque Country. After an opening two-stage mano a mano tussle with double-stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step), the Slovenian former ski-jumper launched his bid for the overall with three second places and victory in Thursday’s shortish, flatish ITT. He wrapped up victory in today’s queen stage after coming back from a crash and resisting a last-gasp, smash and grab from Movistar, whose Mikel Landa finished runner-up. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) rounded out the podium (again).

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Volta a Catalunya 2018: Something old … something new

The Volta a Catalunya sometimes had more snow that it had show – and while the veteran Alejandro Valverde won overall, some young Colombians kept things interesting. It was a week-long stage race with no time trials (!) and none of the A-list sprinters in attendance (!!). I tell you, you will dream about weeks like this come the annual lap around France this summer… mark my words.

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Tirreno-Adriatico 2018: Kwiat Calmly Conquers

Tirreno-Adriatico was sometimes chaotic, sometimes cathartic but always competitive. Sunweb’s GC ambitions were wiped out in crashes, Marcel Kittel got his first win for Katusha and tributes were paid to Michele Scarponi. Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski won, almost by stealth, Damiano Caruso of BMC was second, also almost by stealth, and Geraint Thomas of Sky came third, despite suffering his typical Italy-induced bad luck.

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