Tour de France 2020: Stage 18 – Kwiatkowski gets his beautiful reward

It’s not often you see two riders embracing as they go over the finish line together, but that was the victory salute of sorts from Richard Carapaz and Michal Kwiatkowski as the Polish rider took his first grand tour stage win ever. The GC battle was a bit scrappy-doo with guys putting in attacks, guys getting unceremoniously dropped off the back, but in the midst Primoz Roglic stayed supremely cool and in control and still in yellow tonight.

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 17 – Superman Lopez Takes Flight; Roglic Extends Lead

Stage 17 of the Tour de France brought with it the final mountain top finish of this year’s race, setting up a devilish finish for the general classification contenders to slug it out. With a breakaway out front and Bahrain McLaren suspiciously policing the peloton for much of the day, the race came to a sizzle on the ghastly Col de la Loze. Miguel Angel Lopez capitalised on the steep gradients – topping out at a terrifying 24 percent! – to catapult himself to his first Tour de France stage win, and third place overall. Behind, Primoz Roglic rolled across the line 15 seconds later to extend his lead (and perhaps end RogPog) over Tadej Pogacar, who ceded an additional 15 seconds.

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Giro Tweets of the Week : Carapaz champ, Haga honours, Chavito love and Hansen treats …

The 2019 Giro d’Italia has now come to a close, so the Twitterstream has been trawled for some pink tweets for the last time this season. We have the new champion and reactions from and about the final podium; we have the feel-good stories of the week with Esteban Chaves and Chad Haga; there’s a possible aftermath of the Lopez Goes Bonkers episode and Adam Hansen shares his vegan treats (not a euphemism). Plus much much more …

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