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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 29, 2016


In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez wins Milano-Torino; Commentary: How the sabotage of the Tour Del Café highlights big problems in Colombian cycling; Americans Gaimon and King, a pair of Cannondale-Drapac riders uncertain for 2017; WADA defends TUE system after leaked data; Vaughters on losing Phinney (to Lance) and getting him back; Greipel leads German road worlds team; Armstrong challenges Kimmage to interview him; Movistar extends with Erviti, Sutherland, Anacona, Rojas; Zaugg set to retire after Il Lombardia; Third U.S. domestic pro team closing in 2016; Abu Dahbi Tour preview; Froome demonstrates proper technique for running with a bike; Wheelie Wednesday with the Bonifazio brothers.

Lopez wins Milano-Torino

by CyclingTips

Miguel López (Astana) and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) went head-to-head in the finale of Milano-Torino, with Woods throwing the first punch on the final climb but López landing a knockout in response to take the solo win. While Woods held on for second his teammate Rigoberto Uran came in solo for third.

The 22-year-old GC winner of the Tour de Suisse earlier this year, López has had a tough run of the Italian races this month, abandoning the four prior to today’s race, including yesterday’s Tre Valli Varesine. The win lifts Astana’s spirits after a mid-race crash that took out team leader Michele Scarponi, and included teammate Diego Rosa and Adriano Malori (Movistar). Malori was transported to hospital by ambulance with a suspected collarbone fracture.

Much of the 186km course was flat until late in the race, with the finale featuring two steep ascents of the 5km climb to the Basilica at Superga, averaging 10 percent with kicks up to nearly 14 percent. The first pass of the Superga made the main selection of the day. Sky’s Peter Kennaugh attacked out of the doomed three-rider breakaway to try it solo, but the chase was on.

After catching Kennaugh the shrunken peloton was dominated by Astana, with defending champion Diego Rosa, Fabio Aru and Lopez, while Cannondale-Drapac had Uran and Woods. But it was Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale) to play the first card, attacking from the group and creating a even smaller group of 11 with teammate Romain Bardet attempted to bridge. As the group approached the Superga for the final time, many in the group were looking around, as many were not the ones from their teams supposed to be on the front. Soon after Woods hit out on his own, and Lopez followed in pursuit a short time later.

Once Lopez eventually caught the Canadian the pair rode together for a short time, with some small accelerations, seeming to test each other. Behind Bardet attacked out of the group and Uran followed. Woods put in his bid for the win at 700 metres to go, but Lopez covered. He came out of the next sharp turn and put in the winning attack, with Woods unable to respond.


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LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
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WOODS Michael
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
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URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

Today’s feature image shows Gianni Vermeersch (Steylaerts–Verona) after the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup “Jingle Cross” in Iowa City.

  • Pete

    Can I interview Lance please? I promise he will walk out after one question.

  • velocite

    That WADA response on the TUE issue is disgraceful, in the sense of being deliberately vacuous. Rhubarb rhubarb. Fails to address the current issue. Who are these characters?

  • velocite

    If they can get Greipel to lead out Kittell you’d think that would be an awesome machine. What chance?


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