Tour de Suisse served up a wet Queen stage, fine attacking racing, a diminutive winner and the best darn trophy we’ve seen so far.
On a day the Vuelta a España rode up to the pristine medieval walls of Ávila, it was the team of race leader Tom Dumoulin bracing themselves for a barrage. However, the attacks from his nearest rival Fabio Aru never materialised and the Dutchman even managed to snatch a few seconds on his rival as Ag2r La Mondiale youngster Alexis Gougeard escaped to take the biggest win of his career.
The first nine days of the Giro have been jam-packed with action – and stories. Last week seems to have been all about paradoxes – the good and the bad, the mouthy and the silent, the boring and the restful – in the form of Contador, Formolo, Flecha, Cipollini, Dowsett and Sagan (among others).