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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 27, 2016


In your Saturday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Genechten wins in another dramatic Vuelta stage finish; Chavanel wins record fourth GC title at Tour du Poitou Charentes; Contador describes his Vuelta prospects as ‘complicated’ after stage eight crash; ‘My bike was in six pieces:’ Taaramae out of Vuelta after being hit by a team car; First Chinese WorldTour team the aim as company buys Lampre-Merida’s licence owner; Sagan returns to road racing at Bretagne-Classic; Wiggins, Cavendish to ride Ghent Six-Day; Sky ending sponsorship of Team Wiggins; Frank Schleck wins judgment for 2 million euro; Brändle to Trek-Segafredo; Etixx-QuickStep extends with De La Cruz, adds Capecchi; An inside look at the Olympics with Toms Skujinš; Richard Branson in cycling accident: “I thought I was going to die”; Vuelta a España, stage 7 recap; On-board highlights – Vuelta a España, stage 6; Hansen taking domestique duties to extra level

Van Genechten wins in another dramatic Vuelta stage finish

by Mark Zalewski

Jonas Van Genechten (IAM Cycling) took the biggest win of his career as the Vuelta gave yet another nail-biting stage finish. The Belgian sprinted out of a group that caught the late break duo of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) only 150 metres from the finish line.

“The chances for a victory here are small, so we have to fight on every stage,” said Van Genechten. “I tried on the first [stage] and was on the limit, and on the second one I was suffering too much, but this stage was always one of my goals. It’s the biggest win, for sure.”

The main break consisted of Victor Campenaerts (Lotto NL – Jumbo), Johan Le Bon (FDJ), Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal), Davide Villella (Cannondale – Drapac), Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) and Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis). At 50km to go, Astana took up the pace-making, clearly not content with the slow speed of the peloton. This increase, combined with the heat, not only closed the gap to the break but also put many into difficulty, with riders spit out of the back of peloton.

With 30km to go the road pitched up and Astana’s blistering pace sent event more riders out of the back as well as launching Dario Cataldo off the front, in a tactical move to get his teammate Luis Leon Sanchez in a late break. Three others joined the pair — Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis).

As the kilometres ticked down the break withered and under 10km to go only two remained just ahead of the peloton, Clarke and Leon Sanchez, with the sprinters’ teams taking up the chase and the GC riders happy to let them do the work. Still, the pair held around 15-20 seconds for a few more of the last kilometres with the peloton thinking the uphill kick at the finish would do them in. Indeed, at 500m the pair had only a handful of seconds as the road turned sharply and went uphill, but a crash in the peloton almost aided their cause. However the chase, led by Tinkoff, was too much and they were caught inside 150m from the line. Coming into the final bend was Van Genechten from the outside, passing Leon Sanchez and taking the biggest win of his career. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) came in with third to take a few bonus seconds, while GC contender Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) was on the ground in the crash.

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Today’s feature image shows Yukiya Arashiro (Lampre – Merida) and his dog before the start of stage 6 of the Vuelta a España.

  • Allez Rouleur

    I hope Branson had a good headlight. Money shouldn’t be an issue. To be honest, I hoped he’d been hit by a car and that it occurred in the U.S. He’s someone with enough power and money to actually speak out about the reckless driving of most motorists here.

    Glad he’s okay though, bike crashes are not fun. I live right near a very wealthy uni and they’ve let the hi viz paint on most of their speed humps disintegrate. I’ve had them sneak up on me too, big scare.

    • James_Casper

      To be honest, I hoped he’d been hit by a car and that it occurred in the U.S.

      No offence, but I think it’s terrible to wish ill health upon anyone.

      I’m also pretty sure that Branson is powerful enough, and also has enough money to speak out on behalf of cyclists without needing to do it from a hospital bed.

  • James_Casper

    Well done Frankie. 2 million dollars will buy you a lot of “training plans” from that infamous gynaecologist.

    • Samaway

      In spite of the odd circumstances, it’s definitely good that CAS is enforcing contract obligations given the many cases of missed wages we hear about every year

      • Dave

        It will be interesting to hear if Leopard actually pay up. If they don’t, he’ll need to take the dispute to a real court.

  • Anon N + 1

    “from the base of the Matterhorn in Austria to the summit of Mt Etna in Sicily.” Did that earthquake in Italy last week move the Matterhorn a couple of hundred kilometres to the NE? Last time I looked, the Matterhorn straddled the border between Switzerland and Italy.

    • James_Casper

      What’s wrong with that line??

      See http://bigchange.strivechallenge.com


      Starting from where we finished in 2014, the challenge sees participants hiking into Northern Italy from the base of the Matterhorn, cycling the entire length of the country, swimming from Italy to Sicily, mountain biking to the foothills of Mt Etna and trail-running to the summit of the active volcano.

      We hope to raise over £1.5m for Big Change, a social impact accelerator that helps young people thrive in life, not just exams.

      • Anon N + 1

        Look at that line in the article again. Is any portion of the Matterhorn in Austria? Unless the recent earthquake in Italy has caused massive continental movement since Google Maps were last updated, the north face of the Matterhorn is in Switzerland, the south face is in Italy and the east and west ridges are the boarder.

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