Fernando in the lead
The Quick-Step Floors pro was the fastest in the third stage of the Giro d‘Italia full of heavy crosswinds. It was the debut Grand Tour victory for the Colombian and earned him the pink jersey for the overall race leader.
“It’s an enormous joy because of the work of the team. We wanted a win before the rest day, so we can enjoy the rest day tomorrow. All the teams knew there would be crosswinds. We were spot on at the front. My team mates’ legs were very strong. They opened the gas. It’s a beautiful victory. I was feeling sorry for my team mates because my legs weren’t responding in the first two stage finishes. Now we have the win the team deserves.”
That means that the short reign of André Greipel is over, but he did atleast fullfil one of his dreams.
“It’s a childhood dream to wear a jersey like this. We tried last year but it didn’t work out, so this year was another chance. We tired yesterday but it didn’t work and it paid off today. I’m happy to have reached our goal, and we’ll enjoy tomorrow’s stage with the jersey,” Greipel said after the second stage.
Now that's what you call a good team mate,one that gives you a backy home after 200k in the saddle when you've had a crash @letouryorkshire pic.twitter.com/PM3rUYSzkT
— Ian Bibby (@IanBibby86) May 4, 2017
Dennis is out
The 26-year-old Australian admitted his overall classification hopes are over after a crash in stage three and five-minute loss to Gaviria.
“I’ll continue as normal on stage four, but obviously I’m five or six minutes down and that’s a big margin after three days. Anything can happen. I’m not going to thrown in the towel and say ‘stuff it’ but I have to be realistic and say GC is done. I’ll keep doing what I was planning, riding as if it isn’t done and still getting that experience and still look after myself for three weeks.”
Gunners really want that message out there
Arsenal fan spotted in Halifax☺️ @cycling_podcast @friebos pic.twitter.com/GKjve5XtkC
— Matthew (@mattbabs2) April 30, 2017
Gloves are off
The Belgians won‘t like this one bit.
Oh and another thing, Yorkshire has harder cobbled climbs than Belgium. Fact !
— Luke Rowe (@LukeRowe1990) April 30, 2017