Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), 2016 Dwars door Vlaanderen. Photo: Gruber Images.

Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 25, 2016

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In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: De Gendt wins stage four of the Volta a Catalunya; Belletti and Gazprom-RusVelo win stages in Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali; Quintana: this is my reward for hard work; Porte and van Garderen hail successful collaboration; Contador: ‘It was impossible to catch Quintana’; Martin slips to fourth but vows to fight on; Boels-Dolmans secures sponsorship for another two years; E3 Harelbeke to proceed with security measures in place; Campagnolo unlocks EPS with new My Campy app; Stages Cycling partners with USA Cycling for power meter support; Paris-Roubaix, since 1896; Peaks Challenge Series; Truck driver’s blind-spot and cycling; Bike vs Car in LA

Volta a Catalunya 2016 - stage 4

De Gendt wins stage four of the Volta ao Catalunya

by Shane Stokes

Thomas De Gendt ended a long wait for a victory when he raced to solo triumph on stage four of the Volta a Catalunya on Thursday. The Lotto Soudal rider was one of ten who broke clear early on and while Pieter Weening (Roompot) soled clear on the final climb, De Gendt was able to catch and pass him before the summit of Port Ainé.

He was the only one of the breakaway riders to remain clear. Behind, the main contenders battled it out and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) raced in to net second, one minute and eight seconds back. Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) took third and fourth, a further 15 seconds in arrears.

“It’s three years since my last victory,” said De Gendt. “This is very emotional. I am really glad that Lotto Soudal gave me a chance last year and that I can give this victory to the team. I am very proud.” He said that he didn’t panic when Weening attacked, but continued along at his own pace and eventually got back to him.

Stage three winner Dan Martin was unable to stick with Quintana and the other big guns and conceded the race leader’s jersey. He finished tenth, one minute 45 seconds back, and dropped to fourth.

Quintana is now in the driving seat, opening an eight second lead over Contador. He is 17 seconds up on Porte and 24 ahead of Martin. He and his team must defend for the remaining three stages, starting with a lumpy 187.2 kilometre race to Valls.

Stage 4: Bagà > Port Ainé - Stage Result

Thursday 24th March 2016

1. be
DE GENDT Thomas
Lotto Soudal
04:52:04
2. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
1:08
3. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
1:23
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Today’s feature image shows Greg Van Avermaet in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, and was taken by Jered and Ashley Gruber

  • Bex

    Thanks for the update this morning, wasn’t expecting a daily digest on good friday. great to see how the vuelta ao catalunya is progressing. always interesting to see how some climbers do better on different types of climbs.

  • WarwickBoy

    Love the update today! That Roubaix clip was fantastic!

    ps. That’s not Van Avermaet in the feature image. GVA wears Rocket 7 shoes and not Giros.

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