Tour de France 2021: Australian Ben O'Connor wins high-altitude stagenine, Tadej Pogacar retains leader's jersey
UAE Emirates controlled the main contenders and their leader the 22-year-old defending champion Tadej Pogacar again hurt his rivals and strengthened his hold on the Tour lead, while Citroen AG2R man O'Connor hauled himself into second in the overall standings.
Giro d'Italia 2020: Ben O'Connor wins stage 17 as Joao Almeida clings on to overall leader's pink jersey
Portugal's Joao Almeida of Deceuninck Quick-Step maintained his hold on the overall leader's pink jersey going into Thursday's famous 'Stelvio' climb, one of the highest peaks in Europe at an altitude of 2,758km.
Giro d’Italia 2020: Jan Tratnik earns first Grand Tour stage victory as Joao Almeida holds on to pink jersey
Tratnik, a Slovenian rider with the Bahrain–McLaren team, beat Ben O’Connor by seven seconds at the end of the hilly 229-kilometer route from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli.