Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead

by Mark Zalewski

Joni Brandão (Efapel) nearly rode to an impressive solo victory at the Volta a Portugal’s sixth stage, but was caught a few kilometres from the line by the yellow jersey group of race leader Rui Vinhas and his W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal teammates. Out of that group Gustavo Veloso attacked on the steep final metres to take the win ahead of Daniel Silva (Rádio Popular Boavista) and Raul Alarcon ( W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal).

The W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal team put in a huge effort to chase the solo rider that had been out for nearly 90km. At 4km to go there was still a 15 second gap between him and the chase group down to nine, that continued to shed riders in the effort to bring him back.

The category 3 climb to the finish line proved to be too much for Brandão to handle after so many solo kilometres and at 2km to go the catch was finally made. W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal kept the pace high up to the finish with Veloso attacking in the final 300m on a steep final kick for the stage win.

Teammate and race leader Rui Vinhas finished 10 seconds behind and retained his overall lead with 2’25” over Veloso.

Stage 6: Belmonte > Guarda - Stage Result

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

1. es
VELOSO Gustavo Cesar
W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal
2. pt
SILVA Daniel
Rádio Popular Boavista
3. es
W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal

Today’s feature image comes from stage 2 of the Tour of Utah.