Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 2, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Quintana wins the Tour de Romandie, Albasini takes the final stage; Jose Concalves wins the Tour of Turkey, another stage win for Jakub Mareczko; Thomas Voeckler wins the Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Alexander Kristoff takes out the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt; Kasia Niewiadoma solos to overall victory at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Kirsten Wild wins the women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Kate Perry wins the Mersey Valley Tour; Simon Yates avoids provisional ban after anti-doping positive; John Degenkolb returns to racing in Germany; Cycle speedway racing – roller derby on bikes?; Carnage at the Red Hook Crit.

Quintana wins the Tour de Romandie, Albasini takes the final stage

by Matt de Neef

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has won the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland over the weekend, holding on to the overall lead he took when he won the stage 2 uphill finish late last week.

Quintana went into Saturday’s penultimate stage with a 23-second lead over time trial winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) before finishing fifth to stay at the top of the leaderboard. The stage was won by Sky’s Chris Froome who had got in a move with Tejay van Garderen (BMC) in the final 50km before attacking solo with a little more than 7km to go on the stage-ending climb. A group containing Quintana finished just four seconds behind.

And on stage 5, the final day of racing, Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) continued his impressive run at his home race, winning the day from a breakaway. The Swiss veteran got in an early 10-man move — which also included previous stage winner Chris Froome — before joining Carlos Verona (Etixx-QuickStep) and Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) in a three-rider escape with less than 20km to go.

The bunch was just a few seconds behind in the final kilometre when a crash at the front of the field stalled its progress. Albasini’s sprint was enough to hold off a late surge to win the stage while Quintana finished in the peloton to secure his overall victory.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 1st May 2016

1. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
16:20:20
2. fr
PINOT Thibaut
FDJ
0:19
3. es
IZAGIRRE Ion
Movistar Team
0:23

Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows John Degenkolb at the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt, the German’s first race in 2016. Notice the splint on his left index finger, a finger he nearly lost in a training crash earlier this year.

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