Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2017: Valverde smashes it

Nail-biting tension was maintained until the end of the final stage individual time trial in this year’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Race leader Alejandro Valverde crossed the line after a typically ballsy effort to finish second on the stage to Primoz Roglic and, more importantly, increased his cushion over runner-up Alberto Contador to take his first Pais Vasco title. Local rider Ion Izagirre (and his bonny baby) rounded out the podium to the delight of Basque fans.

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Volta a Catalunya 2017: Valverde crushes competition

There was a mouthwatering array of talent, both established stars and up-and-comers, to contest the 97th edition of the Volta a Catalunya, which featured some fine racing along with time-penalties, trolling, a snow-shortened stage, echelons, Merckx-like time gaps and over 40 riders outside the time limit. Despite this, Alejandro Valverde sensationally soloed to victory in Friday’s queen stage for the overall lead and won the final stage to take his second title, ahead of this and last year’s runner-up, Alberto Contador, and his third-placed Movistar teammate Marc Soler.

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Tweets of the Week: Guts and heart and riding into legend

Holy plushie cows! What kind of racing did we get this weekend, eh? Balls. To. The. Wall. Racing. That’s what! And that always means a fine crop of Tweets to harvest … My John Deere combine-harvester has picked up Julian Alaphilippe spreadin’ the love, Alberto Contador and Sergio Henao battling to the final seconds and Peter Sagan putting everyone to shame in Tirreno-Adriatico – and making a little espresso for himself …
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