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.
It was a packed packed schedule over the weekend and we have all the goings-on from the Dauphine – Pinot plus Musketeers, and Baby Daisy Sepp Kuss, a second Monument for one of Midge’s favourite Danes, hailstorms and the Summer of George. Let’s get to it!
We’re looking back on the second week of racing in the Vuelta 2019 with a quick trawl through the Twitterstream. We have Philippe Gilbert‘s Flanders-style win, Jakob Fuglsang‘s first GT victory, young’uns Tadej Pogacar and Sepp Kuss, ideas for our new mystery series starring Tosh Van Der Sande (PI), and baby animals hitching a ride with Thibaut Pinot.