After a season of spats and squabbles, and recalled to the Cofidis Grand Tour squad, the reappearance of Bouhanni somewhere near the spotlight demanded that the fighting analogies were dusted off and wheeled out for a proper airing in the Andalusian sun.
Stage 17 didn’t so much follow a script, as follow several scrips, each one torn up and cast to the winds to be replaced by a new act. Attack followed attack, and break followed break, until the closing stages when everyone decided to settle in for a sprint finish.
Elia Viviani, Italy’s top sprinter, suffers from a common affliction in pro cycling.
It is thought that as many as 99.94% of all pro cyclists, in fact, are affected. An otherwise unhumanly fit and healthy man, Viviani has contracted a chronic case of not being Cavendish, Kittel or Greipel.