While Strade Bianche gave the riders a good dusting on Saturday, Paris-Nice‘s peloton is getting battered by the high winds. This week’s Tweets has given us a musketeer with a swashbuckling way of getting the cork out of the champagne bottle, flying cows, a leek in the maillot jaune, and much much more …
The unofficial sixth Monument, one of the most beautiful and elegant races in the cycling calendar – and my second favourite race of the year. Yes, it was Strade Bianche, and edition 13 went mano a mano … a mano with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) going under the flamme rouge together on that magnificent final climb into Siena’s main square. While the men had to duke it out on the final kilometre, Annamiek Van Vleuten (Michelton Scott) time trialled her way to a solo victory in the women’s edition of the race. A fantastic achievement considering that she is coming off a broken kneecap from last year!
It was an eventful fortnight of racing – from the mud bath of Strade Blanche to the majestic queen stages of Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice. Midge, Euan and Kathi relive the thrills of great racing and do the usual jinxing of riders they love by naming them as their Classics pics. And the shocked gasps at Euan’s take on some aspect of cycling is becoming a tradition