Movistar’s Jon Izagirre took the biggest stage race victory of his career at the Tour of Poland, with the Basque rider delivering an excellent final time trial to gain a decisive chunk of time on the overnight leader, Sky’s Sergio Henao.
Alberto Contador sounded a warning to his GC rivals with a stunning long-range attack which propelled him to overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico. In winning the race’s two major climbing stages, he displayed the kind of form we haven’t seen since his 2007 and 2009 Tour de France victories. Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali et al: watch out!
Funnily enough, despite what many of you believe, it’s not all about the cobbles. Racing continues apace further south of Belgium for those riders for whom the pavé, the beer and those oh so fattening frites with mayo find no resonance. In fact, we’re somewhat spoilt for choice with three races taking place today (Sunday). In southern Spain there’s the Clasica de Almeria, in southern France it’s time for Les Boucles du Sud Ardeche – Souvenir Francis Delpech, while over in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland there’s the GP di Lugano, making this a weekend with truly something for everyone. Continue reading