Tweets of the Week: Guts and heart and riding into legend

Holy plushie cows! What kind of racing did we get this weekend, eh? Balls. To. The. Wall. Racing. That’s what! And that always means a fine crop of Tweets to harvest … My John Deere combine-harvester has picked up Julian Alaphilippe spreadin’ the love, Alberto Contador and Sergio Henao battling to the final seconds and Peter Sagan putting everyone to shame in Tirreno-Adriatico – and making a little espresso for himself …
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Paris-Nice 2017: Henao holds off Contador onslaught

It’s been a rip-roaring edition of Paris-Nice! Sergio Henao took his first overall WorldTour victory and continued Team Sky’s domination in this race (five wins in last six editions). Taking a 30-second lead with a fourth place in Saturday’s penultimate stage, today he rode a gutsy race to save his lead by a two-second margin – the smallest ever – over Alberto Contador, who went hell for leather in the last part of the stage to try to dislodge Henao and he very nearly did it. Dan Martin rounded out the podium.

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Vuelta al Pais Vasco review: Baby Blackbird wins brutal Basque race

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) rode a controlled race and kept his powder dry for the final showdown, an individual time-trial which he won by a fistful of seconds over Nairo Quintana (Movistar). More importantly, Alberto finished 18 seconds ahead of Sergio Henao (Sky) – more than enough to take his fourth title at this race (2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016). Henao, who took the points jersey, dropped to second, while Quintana nudged Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) off the podium to take third.

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