Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 9, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Diego Rosa solos to Basque stage five win, GC battle heats up; Allie Dragoo wins Energiewacht stage three; Lobato takes final stage as Fournier wins overall at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Mara Abbott takes Oak Glen summit finish, but uncertain to continue Redlands after mid-race crash; Sepp Kuss wins summit finish at Redlands Classic as Janier Acevedo takes GC lead; Redlands Rider Diary Stage 2: “Going toe to toe with some of the world’s best climbers is the most humbling thing ever”; Shrugging off fear: How Belgium and cycling have responded to the Brussels attacks; Roadtripping Wellington: Exploring the Rimutaka Trail; Preview: What you should know before watching the 2016 Paris-Roubaix; Paris-Roubaix: Moments in History; Icons of cycling: La Trouée d’Arenberg, Paris-Roubaix’s toughest cobbles; Surprise! Phil Gaimon’s racing Paris-Roubaix; The data behind William Clarke’s stage wins at Tour of Taiwan; Britain 200 Years Behind On Cycling.

Diego Rosa solos to Basque stage five win, GC battle heats up

by Mark Zalewski

Diego Rosa (Astana) put in a brave effort on another wet and miserable day, riding alone for an impressive win on stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country — celebrating in dramatic fashion by walking over the line with his bike raised over his head. The fight for the overall continued to develop with Sergio Henao (Sky) taking over the leader’s jersey.


On the penultimate climb it was Diego Rosa still solo off the front. Behind him the chase was chaotic, and that chaos only increased over the top and onto the wet descent.

Finally as the decent turned into rolling hills, the groups sorted themselves out and it was Lotto-Soudal mouting the main chase with the duo of Maxime Monfort and Sander Armee. Much farther back was a group of five that included former race leader Mikel Landa (Sky), his teammate Sergio Henao, and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) with the yellow jersey an additional gap behind.

On the flat with 10km remaining, Rosa was into time trial mode, holding four minutes on the first chasing duo. The leader’s group behind was closing that gap as the general classification implications came into play.

Mikel Landa did yeoman’s work in the chase group, working for his teammate. As Rosa crossed, nay walked, over the line for the win,  the fireworks began in the contenders group with Alberto Contado (Tinkoff) making the first move. Only Henao was able to latch on, thanks to the work by Landa.

The pair came to the line together, with the rest of the group managing to close most of the gap. This gave Henao the overall lead with Contador right on his heels, heading into the final stage time trial.

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Today’s feature images is from Kristof Ramon, showing Alexander Kristoff recon riding the cobbles of sector 18: Trouée d’Arenberg.