Giro 2017 Stage 2: Greipel powers into pink

It was Stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia and it was supposed to be a day where someone from the break won. But we should know by now that Giro stages have a way of confounding the collective wisdom of the pundits. In an inordinately slooooooow stage, it came down to a Lotto Soudal leadout for their man Andre Greipel to power his way into pink from a bunch sprint. Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) – yes, you heard that right – came in second, followed by Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven. It was jerseys-go-round at the end of the day.
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Giro 2017 Stage 1: Audacious Postlberger in the pink

Lukas Postlberger pulled off the surprise of the year and pulled on the first maglia rosa of this historic centennial Giro. The Austrian got a gap after a crash with three kilometres to go, and as the chase behind foundered in a chaos of corners he kept going to foil the sprint teams rose-tinted dreams. Caleb Ewan won the bunch sprint for second with Andre Greipel rounding out the podium.

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VeloVoices Podcast 102: ‘Let’s mess with the head of GVA’

In our PACKED episode 102, Midge and Kathi discuss why Peter Sagan might not be ready to win Roubiax, why we love Tom Boonen, why you should never let PhilGil in a break,  how to review Fleche Wallonne in 30 seconds and we wonder why we just don’t care about the Ardennes. Plus a (very loose) preview of the Giro, and a look back at the career of Michele Scarponi.
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