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 classic Tour de France dress rehearsal was a slow burner, only coming alight in the mountains after two time-trials and two sprint stages. Sky’s Geraint Thomas won his fifth one-week stage race in Indurain-like fashion, off the back of his performances in the time-trials and his consistency in the mountains. He measured his efforts to resist everything that second-placed Adam Yates – winner of the final stage – and third-placed Romain Bardet could throw at him on the ascents and descents. There was to be no repeat of last year’s ultimate stage denouement.
In our 105th episode, Midge waxes lyrical about the Criterium du Dauphine, Kathi flies through the Tour de Suisse and Chris confesses his wish to be Peter Sagan‘s baby. (Yes, really …) After we get that shocking piece of information out of the way, we turn our attention to the riders and stages we’re looking forward to at this year’s Tour de France. Then while giving well-deserved shout-outs to the new batch of national champions, news of the finish of the US race comes through to whoops and hollers all round! #WEWEREEXCITE!
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