Stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana was a feisty affair with a break that wouldn’t lie down and the ending in doubt until the winner crossed the line. In the end, Michael Woods of EF was the strongest (or smartest) of those that bought their ticket for the front group. The Canadian took his second career Vuelta stage win after attacking just before the flamme rouge. Omar Fraile of Astana and Alejandro Valverde of Movistar rounded out the podium. Behind all the breakaway action, there was little change in the GC top ten.
Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) powered up the punchy finish on Stage 5 of La Vuelta to take his maiden Vuelta victory and the King of the Mountains jersey. The Belgian timed his effort to perfection, leaving breakaway companions Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and new Sunweb kid-on-the-block Thymen Arensman resigned to second and third place respectively. Top ten on GC remain the same with Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic in red, despite a full gas start and a tangled crash in sight of the finish line.
Stage 4 of the 2020 Tour de France saw the peloton tackle the first summit finish and gave the pundits their first chance to assess the form of the climbers on a fast finish. Hot tip number one: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) made certain of victory after a truly impressive show of strength by his team on the final climb. Hot tip number 2: Julian Alaphilipppe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) finished fifth to retain the maillot jaune, but his rivals are massing behind him. The only rider able to attack in the final was Guillaume Martin from Cofidis, he finished third behind Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates)