Racing icon Andre Greipel has secured a win in the Tirreni race, while Peter Sagan’s surprise win at the Vuelta a España also secured him a stage victory.
After three years without a major win, Greipel finally secured a second win in Tirrenis race, following his victory at the Tour de France in 2013.
He was the second rider to win the race this season, with Sagan finishing the stage in fourth place.
The 34-year-old, who has been training at the start of the year, is now second overall in the Tour standings.
Greipel said he was very pleased to win.
“It’s a big moment for me, it’s a huge feeling,” he said.
“The fact I am here with the team is really special.
This is a very special moment for us, but it’s also something that we all dream of.”
I was always a rider who worked very hard to win races and the result was very special.
It’s a very good feeling, especially after my first race.
“We are very proud of our team.
The team is doing very well, I’ve had a great ride.”
This is my second win at Tirrenos, I was a bit nervous at first but I really felt good after the first week.
I’m very happy with it.
“Team leader Fabio Aru (Astana) was also in the win column, taking second overall after his second place at the Giro d’Italia.
The Italian was in contention to claim the overall win but the team decided to give him the win.
Aru’s victory will give him two victories in the Vueltas final two weeks.
Sagan has been in form since the Tour’s inception and is now on track to claim his fourth victory at Tirani, following wins at the Olympics and the Glamorgan Classic.
He will start the race on the flat and then ride through the Col du Montsorbois, where he will then turn for the climb of the Armee du Gour.
The climb will be the first time Sagan has ridden solo since the Gisbert-Monsieur stage in 2015.
The race will finish in Paris with a final sprint finish at the end of the race.
The Tirrenio-Admirador dell’Aosta won’t be the only Italian winner on the podium, with Fabio De Marchi and Matteo Trentin also making it to the podium.
The Astana rider will look to continue his dominance at Tirano-Adria with a second consecutive win.
The 25-year old will look for his first podium finish in Tirano.
After missing out on the Vuetes podium, Astana will be looking to take a step towards its second Tour title in three years with victory at this year’s race.
The race will be a big test for the team and the Italian’s confidence.
Sven Potholz will be hoping to pick up his second stage win of the season after taking out the Gijon-Tirreno race in the opening stage.
The Norwegian rider, who won the race in 2016, will look a good bet to take the stage victory from the breakaway.
Potholks team has been working hard to develop his performance and he should look to take an early lead on the day.
A team effort will be needed to make it to Tirrenia.
The first two days of the Grand Tour are dominated by the climbs, and the first climb of Tirrenes race will not be easy for the Astana riders.
The road will be relatively flat and the race will likely go to the line in the top 3 or 4 percent.
Tirani, the birthplace of the Gaglione dynasty, is an important part of the Vuenze, and a stage win here will be crucial for the future of the team.