TdF stage 2: Bakelants scorns script

Stage 2: Bastia to Ajaccio, 156km

Jan Bakelants bagged his first professional victory in his rookie Tour after making the decisive six-man break which formed with less than 7km remaining. After riding away solo, he clung on by his fingernails to take the stage and the maillot jaune by a single second. Continue reading

Giro stage 2: Puccio pretty in pink

Stage 2: Ischia to Forio, 17.4km team time trial

Sky produced a master-class in team time-trialling to take the second stage and put 23-year-old Salvatore Puccio – the team’s best-placed finisher on stage one – into pink in his maiden Giro. Puccio, a former winner of the under-23 Tour of Flanders, was on cloud nine – a pink cloud nine. Continue reading