Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 27, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4; Kump gets first win of season on stage 9 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; IOC: ‘No presumption of innocence for Russian athletes’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 2; Tinkoff team budget analysis; Wiggins picks Froome to win Rio time trial; Dumoulin back on the bike, hopeful for Rio; Froome to race Vuelta after Olympics; Cavendish on Rio: ‘This is about making every single pedal rev count’; Final Tour de France prize money list; Nairo Quintana time lapse video; Mini-team Sky celebrates

Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4

by Mark Zalewski

Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) went from lead-out man to stage winner on the fourth stage of the Tour de Wallonie, as his speed to launch race leader and teammate Gianni Meersman to the line was too much for any other rider, including Meersman.

“My shape is really good,” said Trentin. “I was really focused on winning yesterday — today the goal was Gianni. But at 150m to go I just kept going.”

A small peloton, reduced by three finishing circuits up difficult climbs, came into the finale. The best young rider leader Antoine Warnier (Wallonia Brussels – Protect Group) attacked just outside the 1km marker, forcing the other riders to abandon any sprint train plans. “I was riding hard all day and a little bit tired but thought I would try an attack in a moment of hesitation,” said Warnier. “I live nearby and know the roads really well. I tried an attack for my girlfriend! If the line was a little closer I would have won.”

But Etixx-QuickStep would not be denied as it continued to dominate the stage and the race, going first and third, with the yellow jersey just beat by Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale). “The first 50kms were very difficult,” said Meersman. “I took the sprint bonus with a couple of seconds. I am very happy for Matteo and happy for the team.”

Meersman’s bonus gives him a six second lead over Dimitri Claeys (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).


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Today’s feature image comes from stage 21 of the Tour de France taken by BrakeThrough Media.