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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 30, 2016

In your Tuesday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Quintana takes control of Vuelta a España; Costa and Ulissi ink two-year deals with new Chinese WorldTour project; China set to enter the WorldTour, but what’s the plan?; ‘Scared’ riders are creating successful escapes in ‘insanely hard’ Vuelta; Portsmouth bid for road world championships could affect Tour de France start bid; World champion triathlete killed while cycling; World and Olympic champs to race Québec WorldTour races; Van Avermaet sports new gold bike in return to racing; New British 10-mile TT records set; More teams confirmed for Revolution Series; Mountain biker kills attackers in robbery attempt; Deer collides with cyclist in triathlon; Cycling’s version of tough mudder; Vuelta a España, stage 10 recap; Vuelta a España, stage 9 on-board highlights; Peter Sagan VIP charity ride

Quintana takes control of Vuelta a España

by Mark Zalewski

Many looked ahead to the Lagos de Covadonga stage as a sign of who might eventually win the overall this year. That prediction could be the case as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put the peloton on notice with a dominant stage win to take over the race lead heading into the first rest day.

There was a large breakaway on the stage, which was not surprising since breaks have been so successful thus far and every team now wants a rider present. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) took the maximum points on the penultimate KOM, the Alto del Mirador del Fito. The KOM points on offer increased the gap to the peloton that had been slowly shrinking. On the bottom of the descent the unhappiness with the large size of the break showed as splits formed and groups reshuffled, trying to find a better size and makeup, while Movistar assumed control of the chasing peloton.

As the road began to pitch-up to yet another finish climb in this year’s Vuelta, Louis Vervaeke (Lotto Soudal) was the first to put in an attack. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale – Drapac) gave chase and the two crossed the 10km to go marker together, with the break splitting and the peloton now only two minutes behind. At 9km-to-go Rolland tried to go alone, further stretching out the group, taking along Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) close behind. Gesink eventually dropped the other two to go for the win alone.

In the reduced peloton, some of the GC favourites finally began to test each other with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) pushing the pace, looking at how Chris Froome (Sky) would respond. Quintana put in a big dig with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) going with the Colombian, leaving Froome behind while Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) simply sat on Froome’s wheel. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michele Scarponi (Astana) also chased. But Froome did not panic as he had enough kilometres left to recover, and he eventually dropped Chaves in pursuit of the Quintana group.

Up front Quintana eventually dropped everyone and went for the win. Behind Froome eventually caught and passed the chasers with Gesink finding enough energy to go with him to take second on the stage, 24 seconds behind the new race leader. Quintana now leads his teammate Valverde and Froome by nearly a minute.

Stage 10: Lugones > Lagos de Covadonga - Stage Result

Monday 29th August 2016

1. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
04:50:31
2. nl
GESINK Robert
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
0:24
3. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
0:25

Today’s feature image comes from the Schaal Sels race.

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