It’s part 2 of our A-Z of the 2017 men’s season, giving some love to Tom Boonen, Quick-Step, Manuel Quinziato and doing a little seasonal crafting and baking with Peter Sagan … plus whole lot more! (If you missed Part 1, it is here) Continue reading
Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour de France threw up – and threw down – some surprises, the biggest surprise being local hero and world time trial champion Tony Martin (Katusha) could not best Sky’s Geraint Thomas in the 14km individual time trial and missed the opportunity to wear the first yellow jersey in Dusseldorf. He finished fourth, with Stefan Küng (BMC) and Vasili Kiryienka (Sky) taking second and third respectively. But that probably wasn’t the only surprise …
On a day tinged with grief, Alejandro Valverde engaged full stealth mode to claim his fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege title to add to the fifth Fleche Wallonne he claimed five days ago. With calculated coolness, the Spaniard timed his attack on the stinger of an uphill finish into Ans to perfection (again). Stalking down a mighty attack by Dan Martin who must be wondering when his time will EVER come again, Michal Kwiatkowski rounded out the podium. History was made as Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen claimed the first-ever LBL women’s race and made a clean sweep of this year’s Ardennes classics.