It was one of those Vuelta flat stages that took in four categorised climbs and finished on the uphill. I suspect the organisers were using the term ‘flat’ in the loosest possible way. The climbs might have been a Cat 2 and three Cat 3s but it did the damage. Alejandro Valverde outsprinted Michal Kwiatkowski and Laurens De Plus for the stage win, but the Sky rider took the red from Rohan Dennis, who came in more than 13min down and tumbles to 139th.
The second week of the Tour de France has come and gone, but the tweets live on forever. We have Julian Alapolkadot, whale-watching in the peloton, Cav‘s cutest fan, Fabs eating a giant cookie and Moms who love the Tour – and people who love France. Plus so so much more!
Tirreno-Adriatico was sometimes chaotic, sometimes cathartic but always competitive. Sunweb’s GC ambitions were wiped out in crashes, Marcel Kittel got his first win for Katusha and tributes were paid to Michele Scarponi. Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski won, almost by stealth, Damiano Caruso of BMC was second, also almost by stealth, and Geraint Thomas of Sky came third, despite suffering his typical Italy-induced bad luck.