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.
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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.
— TourdeWallonie (@TourdeWallonie) September 14, 2016
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.
Etixx - Quick Step
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.