Tour de France 2017 : Stage 1 – Sky quickest off the mark

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 …
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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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