Giro 2017 Stage 9: Blockhaus lives up to its hype as GC is shaken, not stirred

This was going to be the Giro stage where the GC was going to be shaken up and down and by the end we would see where the chips fell. And certainly that happened – both in good ways and bad. Nairo Quintana used the slopes of Blockhaus to leave the other GC contenders on the rivet, taking the stage and pink in some style. However, a big crash that took out almost all of Sky just as the race was hotting up meant heartbreak and anger for Mikel Landa and Geraint Thomas. Sorting this stage out will be some work …

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Giro 2017 Stage 4: Jan Polanc’s persistence prevails on Etna, Quick-Steppers still in the pink

Would we get sparks or just a spot of smouldering on the slopes of Mount Etna on today’s stage 4 of Giro d’ItaliaJan Polanc was the only one left standing from the day’s four-man break atop Etna at the end of a day which sorted out the contenders. The young Slovenian managed to stay ahead of the fast closing Ilnur Zakarin, while Geraint Thomas was the best of the rest. Bob Jungels seventh place finish, on the same time as Thomas, was enough for him to assume the maglia rosa  (and best young rider jersey) from his team-mate Fernando Gaviria.
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