It’s a wrap for Paris-Nice, a moving day at Tirreno-Adriatico and a hard fought 2nd race in Women’s WorldTour schedule. Oh, and rain – lots of it.
It’s been another rip-roaring edition of Paris-Nice. Marc Soler took his maiden WorldTour victory after a final day three-man, long-range Spanish smash-and-grab stage. Soler finished third on the day but with enough time on the chasing pack, which included the yellow jersey, plus bonus seconds, to catapult the Movistar rider from sixth to the top step. Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates stepped down to second place (by just 4sec) with Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) rounding out the podium.
Alexey Lutsenko powered up the first summit finish of La Vuelta 2017 to take his maiden Grand Tour victory. The Kazakh rider attacked from the gun and dominated the 17-man break for a scintillating solo win ahead of Merhawi Kudus and Marc Soler. Behind, race leader Chris Froome attacked the group of favourites to retain the red jersey and further distance himself from his rivals. He now leads Tejay van Garderen by 10 seconds, with Esteban Chaves in third, 11 seconds back.