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Brussels Cycling Classic 2016

Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 8, 2016


In your Thursday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mathias Frank wins Vuelta stage 17; Groenewegen sprints to Tour of Britain stage win; Brand wins Lotto Belgium Tour, stage 1; Joaquim Rodriguez postpones retirement, will return to racing; Hidden motors: Kaptheijns officially named European champion in place of Van Driessche; Team Jamis-Sutter Home ending program; Tejay van Garderen abandons Vuelta; Christian Meier announces retirement; Young Aussie talent Stevenson forced to retire; Plumelec ready for 2016 European Road Championships; Stannard posts Tour of Britain winning ride on Strava; Running race invites Chris Froome to participate; Vuelta a Espana, stage 17 recap; Vuelta a Espana, stage 16 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, Vuelta stage 16; Tour of Britain with Team Wiggins

Llucena. Camins del Penyagolosa - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -     Mathias Frank (Suisse / IAM Cycling) pictured during stage 17 from  Castellon to Llucena. Camins del Penyagolosa - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2016

Mathias Frank wins Vuelta stage 17

by Mark Zalewski

Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) won stage 17 of the Vuelta a España, in another tough finish climb in this brutal Grand Tour. Frank won out of a breakaway after dropping his attacking partner Dario Cataldo (Astana). Leopold König (Team Sky) and Robert Gesink (Lotto NL Jumbo) rounded out the podium after catching Cataldo in the closing metres.

“I am super happy, it was my big goal — I really wanted to win this stage,” said Frank. “I was close a couple of times but now I am happy. I have had a rough season; not much was working as I wanted. I had to abandon the Tour de Suisse and Tour de France, so I came here telling myself to have fun.”

The steep final Alto Mas de la Costa made for a tough finish, even for Frank. “It could have only been 1km and it would have been enough! It was a super hard climb, people were walking faster than me.”

At 30km to go Cataldo and Frank broke away from the larger group to up their odds. Behind in the chase group, two from Sky did the majority of work to try to bring them back. In the peloton it was ORICA-BikeExchange putting the pressure on to get Esteban Chaves in the best position to move up the GC. The leading pair started the final climb together, but with only 20 seconds on the chasing group. At 2km to go Frank made his move and rode away from Cataldo for the win.

In the GC group, Alberto Contador was the first to fire a shot. Initially nobody reacted but eventually race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Chaves joined him, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) coming soon after to cross the line as a group.

Stage 17: Castellón > Llucena. Camins del Penygolosa - Stage Result

Wednesday 7th September 2016

1. ch
FRANK Mathias
IAM Cycling
2. cz
KöNIG Leopold
Team Sky
3. nl
Team LottoNL - Jumbo

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  • James_Casper

    Wow … Was skimming through the digest on the iPhone when came across this and feared the absolute worse:

    “The bad news is that we lost Tejay van Garderen today,”

    Relieved to learn Valerio Piva was only just a little melodramatic.

    Sadder news about Oscar Stevenson and his ailments.

    Wonder if he’s spoken to Pete Evans? Sure he’d have a suggestion or 2 to combat his Osteoporosis. E.g., cut out dairy.

  • neg

    Sad to hear about Oscar, know he has been through a lot and gone down every avenue. Know he would appreciate the coverage on here. Just a heads up on an edit you might want to make, he rode for AWS in 2015 at the beginning of the season for 2 months before being part of the AIS-World Tour Academy program for the rest of the year, he then joine Avanti this year.

    • Thanks neg, quite right. I’ve fixed that up.

    • TheTallCyclist

      It is sad to see how many talents are forced to retire due to more or less the same issues – or your basic overtraining allowed to go too far. The training mentality of “do more harder/no pain, no gain” must change or this would become even more prevalent (aka fit but unhealthy). Healthy young men should not have anything even close to osteoporosis/low testosterone…

      • neg

        I agree it is very sad, but knowing Oscar and what has happened with his situation this is most definitely not your standard overtrained young bloke, he has had a really unfortunate sequence of medical problems that led to this and honestly just a incredibly big dose of sh*t luck. But I do agree that in general the attitude needs to change and people need to be healthy not just fit

  • donncha

    Good to see TJ appreciating the domestique role. Probably his future.

    • Sean


    • Andy B

      I think he just has to come terms with not being a grand tour rider..
      Might work in his favour and give him a chance at some decent results


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