Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-3

Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 24, 2016


In your CyclingTips Wednesday Daily News Digest: Calmejane makes it two French wins in-a-row at Vuelta; Merlier wins GP Stad Zottegem; Bouhanni back to winning at Tour du Poitou Charentes; Costa, Powless go 1-2 in Tour de l’Avenir time trial; Roche resumes training, is awaiting results of test for Legionnaires’ disease; Wiggins set for road racing swansong in Tour of Britain; 2017 U.S. road nationals moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, with date change to late June; After ‘steady diet of hard WorldTour racing,’ Reijnen makes Grand Tour debut at age 30; Sagan’s Olympic MTB dream ends with early puncture, but oh, what might have been; Reconciling the Olympics bubble; Remembering Lucien Blyau, the grupetto’s quiet guardian; Miguel Angel Lopez continues in Vuelta despite three broken teeth; Katusha signs U23 tt world champ Würtz Schmidt and Lammertink; Vuelta a España stage four recap; On-board highlights – Vuelta, stage 3; Inside the team car during a stage win; How your wheels are (probably) made

San Andres de Teixido - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Lilian Calmejane (France / Team Direct Energie)   pictured during stage 4 from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2016

Calmejane makes it two French wins in-a-row at Vuelta

by Mark Zalewski

French cycling has showed up in Spain, with Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) making it two stages wins in-a-row for France at the Vuelta a España. In similar fashion to stage three, the first-year pro attacked out of the main break and rode to a solo win on a tough uphill finish for his first pro win. Darwin Atapuma (BMC) came in second to collect enough bonus seconds to claim the overall race lead.

“It’s a great feeling — I started the Vuelta with a lot of ideas in my head, but to win a stage so early in the race is just awesome,” said Calmejane. “Yesterday I was feeling good and I regretted [not getting in the break.]”

Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) was actively attacking throughout the day. With 20km to go and a lead of 5’30” on the peloton, Ángel Madrazo (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) took his turn attacking, trying a solo move. Under 15km to go and with Madrazo caught, a another attack came from Domont. Setting a strong pace on the front of peloton was Tinkoff, followed by Team Sky, ticking off the seconds to the solo leader and the rest of the main break. With 10km to go Domont had around 4’30”, but another uphill finish loomed in the distance — the Mirador Vixia de Herbeiraan, an 11.2km climb with an average grade of 4.8% and a kick at the finish.

On the climb Domont was caught by the break and another attack immediately countered, with Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) making the move. Tactics were in full play, with the break watching Darwin Atapuma (BMC), the best placed of the group and in line to take over the red jersey. He attacked the withering break with just over 2km left to go, in pursuit of Calmejane.

Inside the final kilometre, Calmejane held an advantage of around 20 seconds with Atapuma joined by Ben King (Cannondale-Drapac) and Andrey Zeits (Astana) in pursuit. But it was too late, and the French rider had enough time to zip-up and celebrate in proper fashion. Behind, Atapuma outsprinted King for the bonus seconds on the line to help him take the overall lead.

Stage 4: Betanzos > San Andrés de Teixido - Stage Result

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

1. fr
Direct Energie
2. co
BMC Racing Team
3. us
KING Benjamin
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

Today’s feature image comes from stage three of the Vuelta a España.

  • velocite

    Thanks for that Caley Fretz excerpt – worth reading the whole thing. He does a great job of contrasting the intense highs of the athletes with the dysfunctional surroundings. Not comfortable – although neither is any of the news coming out of the Middle East..


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