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Your Thursday Daily News Digest
Joni Brandão (Efapel) nearly rode to an impressive solo victory at the Volta a Portugal’s sixth stage, but was caught a few kilometres from the line by the yellow jersey group of race leader Rui Vinhas and his W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal teammates. Out of that group Gustavo Veloso attacked on the steep final metres to take the win ahead of Daniel Silva (Rádio Popular Boavista) and Raul Alarcon ( W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal).
— Road&Mud (@_RoadAndMud) August 3, 2016
The W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal team put in a huge effort to chase the solo rider that had been out for nearly 90km. At 4km to go there was still a 15 second gap between him and the chase group down to nine, that continued to shed riders in the effort to bring him back.
The category 3 climb to the finish line proved to be too much for Brandão to handle after so many solo kilometres and at 2km to go the catch was finally made. W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal kept the pace high up to the finish with Veloso attacking in the final 300m on a steep final kick for the stage win.
Teammate and race leader Rui Vinhas finished 10 seconds behind and retained his overall lead with 2’25” over Veloso.
Today’s feature image comes from stage 2 of the Tour of Utah.