Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 6, 2016

NEWS AND RACING BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHAPTER2 BIKES

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Landa wins the second stage of Tour of the Basque Country; One of Paris-Roubaix’s cobbled sectors may be removed due to mud; Bertine hospitalised after crash in Mexico race; Sagan, Armitstead lead UCI World Tour rankings; The Oppy — slaying sleep monsters to chase an Australian women’s 24 hour record; Promo video for the Tour of Japan; Behind the scenes with Wiggle High5 at the Women’s Tour of Flanders; Paris-Roubaix official teaser video.

Landa wins the second stage of Tour of the Basque Country

by CyclingTips

Sky’s Mikel Landa was the strongest climber on the second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country, a stage which featured an excruciating finish climb with many pitches above 20%.

The doomed main breakaway duo was caught by the peloton expertly on schedule at ten kilometres to go. Multiple teams then organised on the front, trying to set-up their general classification riders for the final category two climb to the finish. Orica-GreenEdge, Cannondale, Lotto Soudal, Sky and Tinkoff were among the teams pushing the pace. With the speeds so high no escapes were permitted.

The final climb of 2.5 kilometres kicked up to double-digit grades early and often. Ag2r La Mondiale’s Pierre Latour was the first rider to give a go but that move was covered by Sky’s Mikal Landa.

Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) joined Landa on the front and the pair managed a separation from the rapidly shrinking peloton. At the red kite Rui Costa (Lampre) was the first to mount a chase effort, but it was left too late. Landa led out the last kilometre as Kelderman looked to only be able to keep pace.

In the final 100 metres Landa looked back and saw his moment, standing up and sprinting to the line for the win. His Sky teammate Sergio Henao took the final podium spot, while pre-race favourites Samuel Sanchez (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) rounded out the top five on the day as well as the new top-five overall.

Stage 2: Markina-Xemein > Amurrio-Baranbio - Stage Result

Tuesday 5th April 2016

1. es
LANDA Mikel
Team Sky
04:43:17
2. nl
KELDERMAN Wilco
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
0:01
3. co
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
Team Sky
0:05
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Today’s feature image is from Kristof Ramon and shows Andre Greipel on the charge at the Tour of Flanders.

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