In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village
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The revived Dwars door het Hageland, run for three years between 2010 and 2012, gave fans of one-day Classic-style racing a good show for the late summer as Nikki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) took an impressive win over Wout van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice) and Florian Sénéchal (Cofidis).
— HLN Sport (@hlnsport) August 5, 2016
The parcours for the race has a bit of everything — from sunken roads, forest trails and gravel roads to cobbled climbs, including the final kilometre. This resulted in a selection-by-attrition.
Late in the race Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) attacked out of the reduced front group and held a small advantage for quite a long time, looking as if he were going to hold it to the line. In the group behind, world cyclo-cross champion van Aert attacked over a climb with less than 5km to go while Wallays held a gap of 20 seconds over the group of six.
With 2km to go the gap was under 10 seconds but holding. After the red kite the run-in became increasingly technical, favouring the solo rider over the chasers.
The final cobbled climb burned the legs with a tough 90-degree turn at 750m causing difficulty, including a crash at the back of the chase group. Terpstra attacked out of the group with less than 200m, catching and passing Wallays with Van Aert struggling to close the gap to Terpstra and settling for second. Wallays was left just off the podium in fourth.
Etixx - Quick Step
VAN AERT Wout
Crelan - Vastgoedservice
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Today’s feature image comes from stage four of the Tour of Utah.