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.
Another day, another victory from a break, another maiden WorldTour victory this time for Sander Armee who clinically despatched his break-mates to solo across the finish line atop Alto de Santo – chapeau! Meanwhile, 10 minutes down the road, numerous outbreaks of attackiness only resulted in race leader Chris Froome further consolidating his advantage.
Alexey Lutsenko powered up the first summit finish of La Vuelta 2017 to take his maiden Grand Tour victory. The Kazakh rider attacked from the gun and dominated the 17-man break for a scintillating solo win ahead of Merhawi Kudus and Marc Soler. Behind, race leader Chris Froome attacked the group of favourites to retain the red jersey and further distance himself from his rivals. He now leads Tejay van Garderen by 10 seconds, with Esteban Chaves in third, 11 seconds back.