Giro 2018 Stage 9: Yates takes the stage and grows more majestic in pink

It was the third summit finish in this year’s Giro – and it’s only the end of week one! While I was worried the GC battle would be a damp squib like yesterday, with that infuriating watching-and-waiting tactic that seems to be so popular these days, I needn’t have been. It was a battle royale on the final few kilometres of the stage, one that Simon Yates played to perfection, taking the stage in a gruelling sprint for the line with Thibaut Pinot and Esteban Chaves coming second and third on the stage. While the British rider tightened his grip on pink, the rest of GC were a bit shaken up … ah huh huh …

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Giro 2018 Stage 8: Carapaz sizzles in the rain; Yates stays in pink

It started off very slowly and ended up very wet. Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia provided a good few talking points but it waited until the last ten minutes to serve them up. The remnants of the day’s break tried hard to hold on to their advantage but a huge surge from Movistar’s Richard Carapaz put an end to their hopes. The Ecuadorian took the stage win in style, his country’s first ever Giro victory. Simon Yates came through safely to stay in pink another day but Chris Froome had a bit of a skittish ‘mare.

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Paris-Nice 2018: Soler shines in Race to the Sun

It’s been another rip-roaring edition of Paris-NiceMarc Soler took his maiden WorldTour victory after a final day three-man, long-range Spanish smash-and-grab stage. Soler finished third on the day but with enough time on the chasing pack, which included the yellow jersey, plus bonus seconds, to catapult the Movistar rider from sixth to the top step. Mitchelton-Scott’s Simon Yates stepped down to second place (by just 4sec) with Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) rounding out the podium.

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