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Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 12, 2016


In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana wins the 2016 Vuelta a Espana; Greg Van Avermaet wins GP de Montreal; Steve Cummings takes overall win at the Tour of Britain, Caleb Ewan clinches the final stage; Jolien d’Hoore wins a fast and furious Women’s WorldTour finale in Madrid; Katrin Garfoot victorious in the Chrono Champenois; Rebecca Wiasak wins Amy’s Otway Tour; Sarah Hammond wins the inaugural Race to the Rock; Richie Porte ends his season early following Rio injuries; Giro start a possibility for Froome in 2017?; Eight teams to race men’s TTT at Qatar Worlds?; Spectator causes Vuelta crash; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass from the Vuelta.

Nairo Quintana wins the 2016 Vuelta a Espana

by CyclingTips

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has added a second Grand Tour victory to his palmares, winning the 2016 Vuelta a Espana. Quintana took the lead with a victory back on stage 10, and was able to extend and then defend his lead in the 11 days that followed.

Going into the stage 19 time trial, Quintana lead Chris Froome (Sky) by 3:37. The Briton managed to win the stage, putting more than two minutes into Quintana and moving to within 1:21 of the lead. But on stage 20, the race’s final stage in the mountains, Quintana was able to keep Froome at bay to ensure he would go into the final processional stage with a virtually unbeatable lead.

Stage 20 was won by Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale) who got himself in the breakaway and managed to survive to the end with Darwin Atapuma (BMC) whom he was able to beat.

As predicted, the final stage came down to a bunch sprint and it was Magnus Cort Nielsen that took his second win of the Vuelta and the fourth stage win for his Orica-BikeExchange team.

But in the end, the 2016 Vuelta a Espana belonged to Nairo Quintana.

“This Vuelta win means a whole lot to me,” Quintana said. “At the Tour, I reached the podium more out of class rather than legs. I didn’t feel well in France, yet I found my best condition here. Also, it was a race with almost all all big GC names in the peloton present: a huge Chris Froome; Alberto Contador, who is one you must always keep an eye on; Chaves and Orica… Winning the race this way, and against them, makes it even more valuable.”

  • jules

    Steve Cummings keeps getting better at 35 yrs old. The British national squad are trying to avoid selecting him, despite huge form. damn you pro cycling for making me a cynic

  • Daniel

    Unbeleivable weekend for Orica, they are like the GWS Giants of pro cycling teams, the talent on the squad under 25 is incredible. Stage 20 of the Vuelta was once again another display in how to pull out the tactics to get a result and having the guys to get it done. Hoping theres a Jack Haig diary coming up, first GT and he’s in the end of the third week, on the front driving the pace uphill and splitting the bunch apart and then Howson’s effort was pefectly summed up by Chavito “Epic bro, Epic”. Topped off with Caleb’s sprint, close to his best one since turning pro.

    • jules

      Howson is showing himself to be a real talent

      • Andy B

        Yep He is awesome! great to watch, love how deep he buried himself

        • Andy Logan

          Reminded me of when FC was on the front uphill for Trek-Leopard and pretty much ended himself, he pulled off the front and came to a complete standstill, much like Howson.

    • claude cat

      And with Cort stepping up might mean the loss of Matthews isn’t going to hurt as much as expected.

    • claude cat

      Interesting that Neil Stephens is discussing tactics with Keukeleire and not Gerro in that last back stage pass video. Wasn’t Gerro meant to be the road captain?

  • Nick Clark

    Love the OBE Backstage Pass, fascinating to see how much is involved behind the scenes on a stage like that. Interesting to hear what was going on with Yates on the last climb, nothing to do with chasing 5th overall… Perfect team effort :)

    And Howson burying himself, awesome!

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  • James_Casper

    I reckon the way things are going Cummings will do a “Horner” and win a GT in his Indian Summer.

    Anyone want to give me odds on him winning the 2023 Giro??

  • Legstrong

    After watching GP de Montreal and Quebec, I wondered why they attract more pro teams and racers compared to US based races, like Tour of California. Logistically, it should be about the same. Same continent. Maybe timing?

    • Richard Bruton

      They are world tour races, so the teams HAVE to go, tour of california is world tour next year so expect bigger teams at it too

      • Common Wombat

        As World Tour events, the World Tour teams have to attend.

        Tour of California could have had World Tour status at any time they asked; why they haven’t up until now is because they’ve preferred to “feather-bed” a bunch of US Continental teams who’ve been too cheap to “pony-up” for Pro-Conti status (which WOULD make them eligible for WT invites) or to accede to the bio-passport for their riders.

        As a new WT event for next year, like Cuddles Race, there will be a minimum of 10 WT teams at Cali but not the full quota.


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