In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen has won a dramatic, crash-marred women’s road race at the Rio Olympics after outsprinting silver medalist Emma Johansson (Sweden) and bronze medalist Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) at Fort Copacabana on Sunday.
The USA’s Mara Abbott was an agonising fourth after her late solo dash for the line was thwarted by the three medalists, just 300 metres before the finish.
Abbott had forced a selection on the first part of the day’s final climb, with only Van der Breggen, Johansson, Longo Borghini and Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) able to follow. Van Vleuten attacked on the second half of the last climb, with only Abbott coming across, but when the Dutchwoman crashed on the descent that followed, Abbott was left alone at the front of the race with roughly 10km to go.
The American gave it her all but was reeled in tantalisingly close to the line.
“I purposely restrained myself in the last two kilometres because Emma Johansson is very quick. I gambled. When I saw the 150 metres sign I knew I had to go because my sprint isn’t fast enough to wait any longer,” said Van der Breggen.
VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
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