Tirreno-Adriatico was sometimes chaotic, sometimes cathartic but always competitive. Sunweb’s GC ambitions were wiped out in crashes, Marcel Kittel got his first win for Katusha and tributes were paid to Michele Scarponi. Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski won, almost by stealth, Damiano Caruso of BMC was second, also almost by stealth, and Geraint Thomas of Sky came third, despite suffering his typical Italy-induced bad luck.
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
How the hell … ? is Journal Velo‘s regular column, giving readers food for thought and topics for discussion. This week, it’s time to get timely. Why are two big races happening at the same time right now?