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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Gallopin solos to win at Grand Prix de Wallonie; Nizzolo wins sprint at Coppa Bernocchi; Italians Visconti, Gasparotto discuss signing with Bahrain-Merida; In the autumn of his racing career, Jeremy Powers still looking for World Cup podium; 2017 Giro to start in Sardinia; Reports link Kenny Elissonde to Team Sky; Howson extends for two years with ORICA-BikeExchange; Lefevere and Sergeant unhappy with European championship disruption; Dan Martin already looking ahead to 2017 Tour de France; Teams announced for Japan Cup; Sarah Storey wins Paralympic time trial gold; Nys encourages everyone to be a smart phone-free driver; You have no excuse not to bike to work.

Gallopin solos to win at Grand Prix de Wallonie

by Mark Zalewski

With the Grand Tours done and dusted, racing action returned to the one-day variety at the Grand Prix de Wallonie. Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) rode a tactically perfect final kilometre to take the win atop the Citadelle de Namur just ahead of Petr Vakoc (Etixx-QuickStep). Jerome Baugnies (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) came in for third.

With the main break of the day caught early, a counterattack formed into a significant breakaway around 20km to go with many big names. In addition to Gallopin were AG2R La Mondiale’s Dominic Pozzovivo and Jan Bakelants, Sebastian Reichenbach (FDJ), Vakoc, Duyn (Roompot Oranje Peloton) and Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise). At 15km to go the gap was increasing, due in large part to the teams with the firepower to chase all had riders in the break. Wanty-Groupe Gobert missed out and put most of its riders on the front, but it only held the gap at 15 seconds rather than bringing it down.

Heading to the final climb, the cobbled Citadelle de Namur, the gap was back up to 20 seconds. But as they approached the ramps the break started looking around at each other and that brought the group back together.

Onto the climb at 2.8km the peloton was whittled down to around 30 riders from the chasing effort and Roompot-Oranje Peloton led the charge, working for Pieter Weening. The first attack came at 2.1km from Fortuneo-Vital Concept, stringing out the peloton into a single file line as the climb snaked around itself. Pozzovivo found himself on the front with three others approaching the flamme rouge. Gallopin made his attack just before the road flattened out inside 1km to go. Two 90-degree turns helped him get out of sight and into the final turn at 500m he held a gap of seven seconds with Vakoc the only one to challenge. In the closing metres Vakoc closed the gap but the line came too soon, and the bike throw on the line was not enough to catch Gallopin.

1. fr
Lotto Soudal
2. cz
Etixx - Quick Step
3. be
Wanty - Groupe Gobert

Today’s feature image shows former teammates, now competitors Eli Yserbyt (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and Quinten Hermans (Telenet-Fidea) shaking hands after finishing the U23 race at Brico-cross Geraardsbergen.

  • velocite

    Wonderful video of the 90 year old cycling. The future is a bigger space than I thought.

    • That story reminded me of a recent trip where I visited my distant european cousins, and I was told they used to ride 20kms to get fresh cow’s milk in the morning when they were 10yos!

  • Crompensation

    Howson the next cadel

    • claude cat

      He’s an adequate climber, but would need to take that to the next level I think to be in with a shout.
      I suspect Power will overtake him in the near future if he remains fit.

      • Crompensation

        Howson had the strava kom on a local adelaide climb since 2012. Until the tdu climbed it this year.

        • claude cat

          That’s a long way from doing your 3rd cat 1 or hors catégorie hill in one stage, in your 3rd day at the alps!
          He’s tall (186cm) which works against him, although the last listed weight I can find is 68kg, so he’s light enough.
          I guess needs to improve endurance and recovery in his climbing to be considered a GC rider.

          • Crompensation

            Froome is 186cm. I hear he can climb

            • claude cat

              You’re not seriously comparing the two?

              • Crompensation

                Height is not the issue.

          • Crompensation

            that stage at the giro when he hammered it on the front and dropped everyone was impressive

  • cooken

    Big medal haul for the Australian Paralympic cycling team in Rio this morning… any coverage coming?

    • sps12321

      and Canadians too


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