It’s the week of hype before the biggest bike race in the world. Let’s get right to it.
The Twitterstream is teeming – TEEMING, I say – with controversy, laughs, gifs of distinction, and good-natured teasing. Why? Because the 2021 cycling season is ON! And kickin’ up the dust.
On what had been an otherwise excruciatingly uneventful Stage 8 turned chaotic and controversial nearly 30 minutes after riders crossed the finish line as the race jury awarded Bora’s Pascal Ackermann the stage victory. On the road, Sam Bennett had claimed his 50th career victory and Deceuninck-Quickstep’s 100th grand tour stage, outfoxing the likes of Ackermann and Gerben Thijssen (Lotto Soudal). Upon discussion, the race jury relegated Bennett for argy-bargy behaviour towards a Trek-Segafredo rider inside the final kilometre. The top ten on general classification remained unchanged.