It was supposed to be an innocuous transition stage at the Giro d’Italia. With not a classified climb in sight on the short 147km trip across Veneto, it looked like it would have no bearing on the general classification whatsoever. How wrong we were. A crash near the finish of the stage caught a significant chunk of the peloton out, allowing Sacha Modolo to take the stage win and, more importantly, Fabio Aru to overtake Alberto Contador and seize the maglia rosa. Continue reading
Capitalising on a revised second day parcours to take victory, Philippe Gilbert clung on to Dan Martin‘s wheel on the queen stage to secure the overall in the final edition of the Tour of Beijing, consigning the Irishman to the runner-up spot for the second year running.
Rui Costa slipped out of the chasing pack to form a decisive three-man break on the penultimate climb of the final stage, eventually distancing the other contenders and race leader Tony Martin to seize top spot and take both his first victory in the world champion’s jersey and his third overall win at the Tour de Suisse. Continue reading