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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 1, 2016


In your Thursday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome takes Vuelta stage win ahead of Quintana; Dideriksen wins first stage of Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Howard wins rainy Tour des Fjords opener; Colombian cyclist dies in Vuelta de la Juventud; Contador vows to keep fighting, critical of sprint finishes; Airline refuses to pay for damage to para-cyclist’s bike; Charlie Webster Flown From Rio To UK; Power meter debate continues; Thomas De Gendt’s polka-dot Tour de France bike stolen at Eurobike; International Mountain Bike Association head steps-down; Ban extended for rider racing during suspension; CyclingTips Eurobike live coverage; Vuelta a España, stage 10 recap; Throwback Thursday and the roots of the mountain bike

Froome takes Vuelta stage win ahead of Quintana

by Mark Zalewski

The Vuelta a España threw another tough uphill finish at the peloton, the fourth in a row, and again it made for exciting racing action. Chris Froome (Sky) and race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went head-to-head atop the Peña Cabarga, with the pair trading blows until Froome threw the final punch on the steep kick to the finish line to take the stage win, and a few bonus seconds to chip away the near minute gap to the red jersey.

“I want as much time as possible and he wants as much time, it’s what makes the race exciting,” said Froome after the stage. “He is definitely strong at the moment and he has the leader’s jersey, so I am trying to do as much as I can, day by day.” Froome won on this climb back in 2011 so knew where to put in the attacks. “Of course I have some special memories from 2011 here and to add to that today is an incredible feeling.”

Tinkoff single-handedly brought the large break back by riding on the front for the better part of 45km, and when the break was within 30 seconds and 8km from the finish, the other teams began to jockey for position heading into the final climb. The break barely survived at the start of the climb at 6km to go and completely exploded on the steeper inclines, with the most of it caught only 200m in.

The best-paced rider in the break, Ben Hermans (BMC), pushed on with Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale) joining. Behind the pair, Movistar took over pacemaking duties as more small attacks tried to go. But Movistar was more worried about GC riders making a move on their leader Quintana. Hermans eventually dropped Bakelants and crossed the 4km banner solo with 12 seconds on the peloton, but he succumbed only a kilometre later.

After a small detente and taking of stock amongst the leaders, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) fired the first shot at 1.8km to go, attacking on a steep hairpin turn. Second place overall Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took up the chase with his leader Quintana on the wheel, followed closely by Froome. Chaves quickly built a gap nearing 20 seconds with 1km to go. Team Sky eventually put Leopold König to work with Movistar. Inside the final kilometre, Quintana made his move on Froome, attacking at 700m to go and then attacking a second time, but with Froome responding to both. The pair caught Chaves and the two favourites rode on alone. At 500m, Froome put in his own attack until the road flattened out. With a short moment of rest the two rode slowly side-by-side, but in the final 150m the road pitched up and Froome attacked again to take the win and bonus seconds.

Stage 11: Colunga. Museo Jurásico > Pena Cabarga - Stage Result

Wednesday 31st August 2016

1. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
2. co
Movistar Team
3. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team

Today’s feature image comes from stage 11 of the Vuelta a España.

  • Stian Pollestad

    A “mishap” in Tour des Fjords? The chasing peloton was sent the wrong way for crying out loud. That’s not a mishap, it’s a gigantic BLUNDER!

    • Dave

      And that’s why you have a test event a year out from hosting a big race.

  • Tom Mann

    I think Froome’s measured power-meter approach on Monday actually made the stage more exciting. “Has he got this right?” “Can he actually come back!?”. Better for me than everyone together until someone attacks with 1km to go.

    • Mark Blackwell

      Exactly. The mix of different approaches makes it more interesting rather than less: Froome’s measured and scientific approach vs a more impulsive Contador.

    • Bex

      have to disagree, without power meters guys would be more likely to attack from further out because the chasers would find it harder to gauge their effort and stay within threshold or whatever the red line is. Power meter for training, not for racing, i’d like to see a few races adopt that approach and see what happens.

      • Nitro

        Problem is that its hard to “un-invent” technology

        Ban power meters, and I suggest you’d immediately find guys in the back of each team car, TV feed running, laptop with rider weights, climb grade and an Excel spreadsheet working out the numbers of who’s pushing how many watts – passing the info to riders through radios.

        Ban radios and you’ll see everyone getting text messages on their Garmin Head Units

        Ban Garmin Head Units and everyone will start wearing “Google Glass” style sunglasses that can receive messages / data…

        Cat’s out of the bag on this one….

        • Bex

          It’s not un-inventing technology (you could use that argument for PEDs), if you’ve got guys in the back of the car with spreadsheets etc, then cool, it’s part of the team effort, chance of human error is greatly increased and riders are less likely to trust the information unless they’ve proven the advice over time. it’s also less instantaneous, it takes time to work those things out, plus it’s not just the GC rider that benefits from PMs, the whole team would then be riding on ‘feel’ which could impact sky having 5 guys rolling up the climbs in the way they do now.

          • Dave

            If two-way radio was also banned (keep rider-to-team radio for service requests like cyclocross will be doing in the upcoming season) then taking tactical directions from the team car would require going back to the team car.

            That gives the rider an interesting choice – take the risk of the race situation evolving while you’re off the back at the team car getting tactical directions, or back yourself to know your body and read the race.

        • Dave

          Other sports don’t seem to have any trouble regulating the use of technological aids.

          It’s only the UCI that is too weak to do their job of governing the sport. If they licensed out the commercial management of the sport they might be able to focus a bit harder on governing the sport.

      • anyoldbike

        the old story of the Pantani (I think) attack on Armstrong – team car calls ‘the Dr’ for calculation of likely power/endurance of attack. Information comes back to Armstrong and he rides accordingly. Removing power meters won’t change teams calculating what needs to be done (granted it is a more efficient process if the rider is doing it directly from the meter) and providing the information to a rider.

  • Gavin Adkins

    Great to see Howard get a win. Hopefully it will assist with finding a contract for 2017. Also, yet another reason to not fly with United Airlines.

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  • Nitro

    The story on United airlines – Follow-up on this (infamous) story? https://youtu.be/5YGc4zOqozo

  • Andy B

    What exactly does one man do with 500kg of salmon! is that figure correct??

  • James_Casper

    Not stirring the pot, but I’m amazed at how well the TdF GC riders are doing thus far at the Vuelta.

    Still early days, and they might tire in 3rd week etc.

    But you would think someone who didn’t ride the TdF and was fresher (e.g. Chaves) would be doing better.

    Be interesting to see the reactions of fans / journos / social media “experts” if the final podium is made up of Froome, Nairo and Valv.piti.

    Not sure if that’s a sign that the peloton is actually cleaner or not …


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