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91th Schaal Sels 2016

Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 29, 2016


In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: David de la Cruz takes Vuelta a Espana lead with stage 9 solo win; Oliver Naesen claims victory in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France; Eugenia Bujak takes a surprise win in the GP de Plouay-Bretagne; David Gaudu wins the Tour de l’Avenir, strong ride from Australians and Americans; Wout van Aert wins at Schaal Sels; Kruijswijk and LottoNL-Jumbo seeking compensation after Vuelta crash; Chilean cyclist banned for four years after testing positive for ‘oxygen in a pill’; Cyclist killed in Japan by driver playing Pokemon Go; German cyclist completes around-the-world ride on a single-speed; Onboard vision from stage 9 of the Vuelta.

Oviedo. Alto del Naranco - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spain / Team Etixx - Quick Step)   pictured during stage 9 from Cistierna - Oviedo. Alto del Naranco - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2016

David de la Cruz takes Vuelta a Espana lead with stage 9 solo win

by CyclingTips

Spaniard David de la Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) has moved into the lead of his home Grand Tour with an impressive solo victory on stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Just three days after inking a contract renewal with his Belgian team, de la Cruz got into the the day’s 11-man escape group which built a lead of five minutes over the peloton. On the final descent, and with the 6km stage-ending climb looming, de la Cruz escaped from the break with Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling).

The two built a strong lead in the closing kilometres before de la Cruz attacked inside the final kilometre to take his maiden victory as a professional.

“After being injured and sidelined due to health problems many times in the past two years, this victory repays me for all the hard work and the team for the confidence showed,” de la Cruz said. “The key moment was when I was with Devenyns and found out that we have a consistent gap on the guys chasing us. Then I knew I can do it. It’s incredible to ride in a race against the best in the world – riders like Froome, Contador, Valverde or Quintana – and take this beautiful win.”

With erstwhile leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and the rest of the peloton finishing nearly three minutes down, de la Cruz slipped into the overall lead by 22 seconds. Today’s 10th stage, which features a 12km stage-ending ascent to Lagos de Covadonga, is the final stage before the first rest day.

Stage 9: Cistierna > Oviedo. Alto del Naranco - Stage Result

Sunday 28th August 2016

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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was shot at the Schaal Sels race over the weekend. Stay posted for more photos from this race in the coming days.

  • Hugh Davis

    “There are all kinds of incidents on the road all the time and there are never lawsuits that follow.”

    …… Pretty much the best way to guarantee a lawsuit.

  • Philip John Stevens

    They should 100% sue. It was fully preventable, and it will be one way to guarantee that organisers become responsible quickly for removing dangers from a course. Otherwise it will just continue. one injured cyclist after another for no reason other than laziness and poor organisation.

    • Bex

      exactly what i was thinking. his response shows why it’s necessary, they don’t think it matters to them. It’s that sort of reply that makes me angry and think he should resign.

      • Aaron McNany

        Exactly. Javier Guillen’s response is shameful.

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    • Dave

      It would be interesting to find out if it’s a realistic possibility or they are just flying a kite.

      Compensation and insurance work quite differently in most EU countries compared to the contexts we know in English-speaking countries with legal systems based on Common Law.

      • Tobi

        I am no lawyer but speaking from a German point of view, it essentially boils down to one point.
        Presuming the race organiser is indeed responsible for ensuring a safe race the main question in Germany would be: did the organiser take all reasonable steps to prevent this incident (emphasis being on reasonable…very important word in Germany). If yes (i.e. all roads closed etc, idiot breaks through nonetheless) sueing would most likely be futile, if no (i.e. one road closure wasn’t in place or whatever and grandma pulls onto the race course) the organiser would culpable. Judging by the photos I might consider a lawsuit if I were the Team. Again, I am no lawer and my experience is based on Germany only.


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