Marcel Kittel (DEU/Etixx-Quickstep) congratulates teammate Tom Boonen (BEL/Etixx-Quickstep) with his win

Brussels Cycling Classic 2016

Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 5, 2016

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In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana extends his lead at the Vuelta as Gianluca Brambilla wins a dramatic stage 15; Andre Greipel sprints to stage 1 victory at the Tour of Britain; Chantal Blaak nets overall victory at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Alexander Kristoff dominates the Tour des Fjords; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after stage 3 victory; Marcel Kittel victorious at GP de Fourmies; Tom Boonen wins the Brussels Cycling Classic; Joe Cooper wins the Tour of Gippsland; Peter Sagan to race the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under; Michael Woods reflects on his step up to the WorldTour; Rider’s father fined and arrested after deliberately causing race crash; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass – Vuelta stage 14; On-board highlights from stage 15 of the Vuelta; Race to the Rock – day 2 highlights.

Sallent de Gallego. Aramon Formigal - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Gianluca Brambilla (Italie / Team Etixx - Quick Step)  pictured during stage 15 from  Sabinanigo to Sallent de Gallego. Aramon Formigal - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2016

Nairo Quintana extends his lead at the Vuelta as Gianluca Brambilla wins a dramatic stage 15

by CyclingTips

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is firmly in control at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana, sitting more than three-and-a-half minutes clear of his nearest rival, Chris Froome (Sky), with just six stages to go.

Quintana put more than two-and-a-half minutes into Froome on Sunday’s stage 15 after forcing his way into a thrilling move that got clear in the opening minutes of the stage and that also featured Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). That group would stay away until the stage-ending climb to Aramon Formigal where Quintana attacked his breakaway companions, dropping all but Etixx-QuickStep’s Gianluca Brambilla.

Brambilla was able to respond to Quintana’s accelerations, before punching away with 200m to go to win the stage. Quintana was second, three seconds behind, Contador was sixth (and now moves into fourth overall), while Froome eventually crossed the line in 18th, 2:37 behind Quintana.

“It was the hardest but also the most beautiful stage of the race,” Brambilla said. “I’ve never been in a breakaway with the GC leader in a Grand Tour, so it was fun from this point of view. I was one of the guys to attack from afar and rode full gas together with David [de la Cruz], as there was no time for respite until the finish.”

Earlier in the weekend Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) wound back the clock to win stage 14, the Vuelta’s queen stage, after riding away from the rest of the day-long breakaway on the Col d’Aubisque in France. Today’s stage 16 is the final stage before the second rest day, and features a long, slow uphill drag for the first half of the stage before a downhill and flat run into the finish.

Stage 15: Sabiñánigo > Sallent de Gállego. Aramon Formigal - Stage Result

Sunday 4th September 2016

1. it
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
Etixx - Quick Step
02:54:30
2. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
0:03
3. it
FELLINE Fabio
Trek - Segafredo
0:25

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Tom Boonen and Marcel Kittel enjoying a moment after Boonen won the Brussels Cycling Classic on Saturday.

  • Tim Ashton

    Couple of excellent days racing at the Vuelta over the weekend.

    • Matt DeMaere

      Agree. Turning a very interesting GT.

      • Sean

        The tour de spain isn’t as good as le tour de france though. Watch it an pay attention, one is made for TV the other made for true fans

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      • Sean

        The tour de spain isn’t as good as le tour de france though. Watch it an pay attention, one is made for TV the other made for true fans

  • James_Casper

    Here’s where the real debate is … (Not Power Meters):

    Short mountainous GT stages always seem to produce less predictable racing. Riders are willing to attack from the flag drop.

    Stages don’t even need to have multiple epic climbs on them. Look at thus latest Vuelta stage profile.

    Exciting racing follows. Was the same in 2011 TdF. Just 2 of many examples.

    Rather than give us 200+ km stages with multiple HC climbs resulting in all riders keeping their powder dry to the end, race organisers should do more stages like this – especially in second half of a Tour where riders are likely to be more audacious in their quest for GC honours.

    • Andy B

      Way more exciting TV too, watching endless kilometres of a peloton riding along vs a stage like last nights.. no challenge
      awesome to watch

    • Steel

      My memory of GT riding only goes back to the Lance/Jan days, but I’m fairly certain the tactics were exactly the same back then on the big multi-HC days. Usually it was a couple of team trains going over the mountains with the leaders battling it on the final climb.

      That was pre-power meter racing and it was largely the same as what we see now.

      I think you’ve nailed it – it is the terrain which encourages attacking riding.

      Having said all that – I still bloody love a big day in the mountains (watching that is). I really enjoyed this year’s TDF too, so I just don’t really buy in to the entire argument that Sky and modern GT’s are boring.

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  • Andy B

    Nice sprint by ewan given his position, did well to get second

    • MattHurst

      He did a lot of work and dive bombed that last corner, it would have been good to see him have the sit and then go!

  • Steel

    Sagan at the tdu – delicious

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  • James_Casper

    Okay … Serious question.

    Would his victory be tainted if Froome ends up winning the Vuelta – especially if he receives great assistance from his team mates in a GC deciding stage?

    A follow up from Sunday’s stage:

    90 riders crossed the line more than 22 minutes outside of the time cut, including most of Froome’s teammates and the whole Direct Energie squad.

    22 minutes outside the limit.

    Pathetic.

    Have to agree with this:

    Yesterday, Jan Bakelants expressed some strong opinions regarding the decision not to throw a large group of riders out of the race for missing the time cut. The Belgian said on Twitter that it felt like ‘fraud’. He reiterated his stance to Eurosport television, saying that all the riders should be expelled from the race. Had they made an effort and only missed it by five minutes then he would have been happier with their inclusion in the race.

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