Oh my goodness, but it has been a week of racing. And that means it was quite a week swimming in the Twitterstream. We have the fascination which was the Ronde, the Giro that finally caught fire and a lot of fun in the gruppetto. Jump in!
After last week’s Gent Wevelgem, it was a question as to whether (bitter) rivals Mathieu Van der Poel and Wout van Aert would cancel each other out in the run to the finish of the Tour of Flanders. It took the magic of the rainbow stripes to get them in the same break, but the magic wasn’t on Julian Alaphilippe‘s side as he hit a moto and left the race with some broken bones. But the rivals worked together, even if they rarely looked at each other, and went on the sprint for the line. MvdP took it by a whisker. I’ve not even attempted to write a coherent race review – it’s all about the reactions!
It was quite a day of racing – Paris-Tours (won by Casper Pedersen for Sunweb), Women’s Gent-Wevelgem (won by Jolien D’hoore from Boels Dolmans), Men’s Gent-Wevelgem won by Mads Pedersen for Trek Segafredo – but more on him in a bit (and surprisingly, possibly Mark Cavendish‘s final race?), and a Portuguese win in Stage 9 in the Giro d’Italia. EF’s Ruben Guerreiro from a duo duel with Ineos’s Jonathan Castrovieja over the last two climbs. If you can call attacking on a steep incline a sprint, then so be it, but Guerreiro picked his moment to attack his Spanish companion to be able to celebrate the victory solo. The cold, rainy day didn’t topped Joao Almeida (DQS) but it did cause an ever-so-slight rearrangement of the GC.