Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Quintana wins Romandie stage, takes lead; Mareczko bests Greipel in Turkey sprint; U23 Costa wins Bretagne stage, takes lead; What does Drapac’s partnership with Cannondale mean for its existing team?; Pooley says British Cycling’s discrimination problem goes beyond Sutton, questions Brailsford; More questions emerge for British Cycling with Sutton departure; Geraint Thomas writes in support of Sutton; An incomplete list of British Cycling’s issues with women riders; Rivera, Powless take over USA Cycling Pro Road Tour lead; Drugs, sex, cycling — Di Luca book tells all; Video: Red Hook: This time, it’s personal; Video: At home with Tom Stewart in Yorkshire

Quintana wins Romandie stage, takes lead

by Mark Zalewski

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the first big mountain stage of the Tour de Romandie, taking the leader’s jersey from his teammate Ion Izagirre, who now is third overall. The win came out of some controversy, with Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin relegated for an irregular sprint after he came around Quintana at the finish. While the two were alone off the front, 20 seconds ahead of the next group, the time bonus on the line made it significant.

“I saw the opportunity to attack and did it,” said Quintana. “I felt well throughout the whole stage and wanted to try something from a long way out.” As for the relegation, Quintana said, “I think he did an illegal move, as far as the judges are concerned.”

While the overall classification came into focus for some, others lost their chances, including Team Sky’s Chris Froome suffering an ill-timed puncture just as the final two major climbs began.

The main move came from Nairo Quintana who attacked on the final climb with 6km to go. While at first a solo move, Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin was able to bridge to him, while the other contenders grouped together behind, riding tempo.

With the top of the climb coming at two kilometres to go and only a 20 second advantage meant that Zakarin and Quintana needed to work together to the finish. With just slight rises inside the finale, Quintana rode the front trying to find an advantage, but Zakarin forced Quintana to lead, waiting and coming around him just after the final turn, with Quintana raising his arm in protest.


Stage 2: Moudon > Morgins - Stage Result

Thursday 28th April 2016

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Movistar Team
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Team Katusha
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Lampre - Merida

Today’s feature image shows the peloton riding the first high mountain stage of the 2016 Tour de Romandie.