Lots of great racing so far this weekend – we had quite unexpected wins from non-sprinters (both from QuickStep, doncha know …), an unbelievably spectacular and emotional Women’s CX World Championship race, and a Movistar Mallorcan win
It was a short stage (less than 100km); it was a tough stage (5 categorised climbs … no flat ground from start to finish); it was stormy day (torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightening greeted the riders as they came into the final 10km); yet it was a fairytale ending for the Slovenian rider, Tadej Pogacar, who took his first ever grand tour stage in his first ever grand tour. And as has been the norm for this Giro, the red jersey changed shoulders again, this time from Miguel Angel Lopez to Nairo Quintana in a tussle to the top of Cortals d’Encamp.
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.