He's certainly showing his form early with that win,not easy breathing never mind racing at that altitude.Stage 5 of the Tour Colombia today was just great - rollicking action all the last 30km - and Alaphilippe was a monster. He's really becoming an amazing rider. If Sky does end up becoming a Colombian team then this race won't be 'minor' any more...
Just watched that,think it was more down to his timing/tactics.He wasn't far off.I guess second isn't that bad at the start of the year.Great win for Pascal Ackerman of Bored Hands grower at Classica Almeria.
Ominous for Kittel and I'm not sure which way: when Mezgec when right of Trentin and Ackerman went left, Marcel chose the correct wheel but didn't quite have enough road left to pass him. It depends where he is in his training cycle, I think... but the cycling podcast reports that Cat usher Alp e sin will be deciding who goes to which races based on performance so he may be trying to score early wins to "qualify" for his team's Tour team, which would make losing to Ackerman worrying.
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