Crikey! Just as I was thinking the most notable feature of La Vuelta’s opening team time trial was the salt-bedecked starting ramp, chaos ensued at the tail end of the stage. On a short and highly technical 13.4km course Astana were slick, swift and decisive, despite unhitching their leader mid-way through, to take stage victory and place Miguel Angel Lopez in the red jersey. Disaster struck Jumbo Visma at the midway point when water on the road caused most of the team to crash into the barriers. They collected themselves well, but red-hot race favourite Primoz Roglic still finds himself 40secs adrift before sight of a mountain. Deceuninck-Quick Step pushed the men in turquoise close, crossing the line only two seconds slower. A time that surely would have been faster if they hadn’t had to dodge around the Jumbo Visma team car parked on the course. You can’t say the Vuelta opening wasn’t spicy.
The best Tour de France in years? You’re darn tooting right it was. Here’s our alphabetical take on all the swashbuckling, sparkle, heartbreak and flair. Allon’s-y!
There’s nothing like a grand tour to bring the tweeters out in force. And the Tour *really* brings them out. So it’s a bumper crop of tweets from the weekend in Brussels! We have Jumbo Bees, LouLou in yellow, Bora livin’ large, Fuglsang medical report, The Curious Case of Mark Cavendish, GVA with the pox, French corner and much much more. It’s a GIGANTIC edition of TOUR TWEETS OF THE WEEEEEEEEEEK