Ben O’Connor achieved the biggest result of his career in Meran as he soloed to an emphatic win in stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps. Here’s all the action!.
One of the steepest finished in cycling, Flèche Wallonne’s Mur de Huy, once again played host to a thrilling classic in the Ardennes that saw Julian Alaphillipe (Quickstep-Floors) break Alejandro Valverde’s grip on the event by taking the victory. The Movistar rider, who has won the race five times, finished second with Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Soudal) third over the 198.5km course from Seraing to Huy. For our team, hopes lay with Tom-Jelte Slagter, who has previously finished twice in the top-10, and Serge Pauwels. Both were in the mix right up until the end as the group, led for a period by Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, reeled.
Ben O’Connor achieved the biggest result of his career in Meran as he soloed to an emphatic win in stage 3 of the Tour of the Alps. With most of the sport’s big names all in the race, including our own Louis Meintjes, with the Giro d’Italia just weeks away; O’Connor, who had already ridden to an impressive 8th in stage two, certainly made his mark. After being in a break of five and then four riders, the racing really intensified with under 30km to go. Contact was gradually made but the larger group with the break on the long descent from around 20kms to.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is pleased to confirm that Mark Cavendish will make his return to racing at the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire (3-6 May). While it was also announced that Serge Pauwels will return to defend the title that he won in 2017. Cavendish has not raced since a major crash in the final stages of Milan-Sanremo in March, the results of which saw him break a rib and sustain an ankle injury. That incident saw the Manxman miss, among other races, the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. “I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently from my injuries at Milan-Sanremo.