Despite a heart-stopping forced bike change in the crucial last stage time trial, Ilnur Zakarin held his nerve to claim the top step of the podium. His Katusha teammate Simon Spilak leapfrogged into second place, with Sky’s Chris Froome making the podium for the third time in three years.
Ilnur Zakarin, currently lying sixth overall in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, has caused many to scratch their heads – who is he? Only the most successful Russian in last year’s UCI Europe Tour, who joined Katusha at the start of this season. Continue reading