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Art of the breakaway: The breakaway nearly survived at the Tour de France on Tuesday, forcing the teams of the sprinters to dig deep to bring the leading quartet back. However, American Ruth Winder, a friend of the CyclingTips podcast, forced a winning breakaway at the Giro Rosa. A long-range breakaway is usually given a small chance of surviving, but on occasion, it does make it all the way to the line.
Story of the day: Ruth Winder captures the biggest win of her career at Giro Rosa
American Ruth Winder (Sunweb) sprinted to victory out of a three-rider breakaway to capture the fourth stage of the 2018 Giro Rosa on Tuesday, the biggest win of her career. Winder, who celebrated her 25th birthday the day before, also donned the maglia rosa after the stage.
The win has qualified Winder for the U.S. national team at the bronze level. As part of the National Team, Winder is entitled to a multitude of services including access to the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Many of the resources that come with the National Team are available remotely.
— UCI_WWT (@UCI_WWT) July 10, 2018
After having a stellar 2017 season, a season in which she stood atop the podium on seven occasions, Winder made the move to the European-based Sunweb squad. While her Giro Rosa win is the first individual success she has had this year, she has been a strong domestique in many of the team’s victories. She was vitally important to helping Coryn Rivera capture the U.S. national road race championship, marking a move from last year’s winner Amber Neben in the final kilometres.
On Tuesday, Winder used her quick finishing sprint to beat her other two breakaway companions, Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) and Alice Arzuffi (Bizkaia Durango-Euskadi). Winder and Wiles know each other well, as they were teammates on UnitedHealthcare last year.
In the general classification, Winder has a 1:18 lead over her teammate and former maglia rosa wearer Leah Kirchmann. With the race heading into the hills tomorrow, she will have to dig deep to defend the jersey, but her breakaway win has given her a considerable lead over all the other GC contenders. Notably, Mitchelton-Scott’s Amanda Spratt is 1:29 behind and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) is at 2:01. Former winner Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) is 2:36 behind.
Dispatches from the Tour de France
Gaviria notches up second Tour de France stage victory on day four
Victorious on stage one, dropped in the team time trial on Monday, Fernando Gaviria was back on top at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. The Quick-Step Floors rider timed his sprint perfectly, beating world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) into Sarzeau.
“It was really difficult in the sprint with the [head]wind,” Gaviria said. “We are a strong team, we worked all day for the victory and I am really happy with the job from the guys and really happy with my legs in the final.
“Andre and Peter were really strong, but I went faster and took the victory. Some days you win, some days no. This is cycling. We will see on the other flat stages, but for sure we will try again.”
Click through to read our full stage report from stage 4 of the 2018 Tour de France.
Tomorrow’s Tour stage
The final 100 kilometres of stage five have the feel of an Ardennes classic with the peloton tackling five categorized climbs. The roads are narrow, so it will be important for the GC contenders to stay at the front of the bunch, as splits could occur close to the finish. The stage finishes the punchy climb of the Côte de Stang Bihan (1km at 4,8%). The finish seems well suited to the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors).
Hour Record is back
Three riders will attempt to beat the UCI Hour Record this summer at the Velódromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico, situated 1,800 metres above sea level
Martin Toft Madsen (33), the Danish national time trial champion, will make his attempt on July 26. Dion Beukeboom (29), fourth at the 2018 Dutch national TT championship, will make his attempt on August 22. Vittoria Bussi (31), bronze medallist at the 2014 Italian national TT championship, will make her attempt on September 12 or 13. In an October 2017 UCI Hour Record attempt, Bussi clocked up 47.576 kilometres, just 400 metres fewer than world record holder Evelyn Stevens — and further than any female Italian rider.
The current men’s UCI Hour Record of 54.526 kilometres was set by Bradley Wiggins in June 2015 in London, while the women’s record belongs to Evelyn Stevens, who covered a distance of 47.980 kilometres in February 2016 in Colorado Springs.
Giro Rosa stage 5 highlights
Mark Cavendish goes for a short run
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) went chasing after his race radio on stage five after it dropped out of his jersey while a team mechanic was working on it.
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 10, 2018
Tour de France stage 4 highlights
Happy Birthday to …
Davis Phinney (59), the American cycling legend was part of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team in the 1980s and early 1990s, and is considered to be the winningest American cyclist of all-time. At the 1986 Tour de France, Phinney became the second American to win a stage of the Tour de France. Other career highlights include a U.S. national road race championship in 1991 and the overall title of the 1988 Coors Classic. He also captured the bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in the Men’s 100 km Team Time Trial alongside Ron Kiefel, Roy Knickman, and Andrew Weaver.
Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 20 years ago and in 2004 he established the non-profit Davis Phinney Foundation. The foundation focuses on helping people to improve their quality of life while living with Parkinson’s.
He is married to 1984 Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter and is the father to EF Education First-Drapac rider Talor Phinney.
Also to, Wilfried Peeters (54). Peeters won Gent-Wevelgem in 1994 and finished twice on the podium at Paris-Roubaix (2nd ’98, 3rd ’99). Now, he is a director sportif for Quick-Step Floors.