Bernal’s bad crash, Van Aert keeps impressing on the road: Daily News Digest

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Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today …

A big crash at San Sebastian left some big names injured, Giro Rosa winner Annemiek van Vleuten speaks out about her team’s prizemoney at the race they dominated, and Wout van Aert continues to impress on the road. This and plenty more in today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest.

Quote of the weekend

“I’ve watched the video many times and couldn’t sleep thinking of those who were injured.”

– Ben King on Twitter, writing about the Clasica San Sebastian crash he took responsibility for.

Story of the weekend: Egan Bernal’s facial trauma

Sometimes all it takes is a slight deviation. A look behind for a teammate, a minor change of direction, a touch of wheels. In that moment, the fragile stability of the peloton is compromised and riders find themselves at the mercy of the tarmac.

So it was with 19km to go in Saturday’s Clasica San Sebastian, Spain’s only one-day WorldTour race. Near the front of the peloton, Dimension Data’s Ben King looked around to his left for a teammate, drifting slightly to the right in the process. In that same moment a rider moved left across King’s line, bringing down the American and a handful of riders behind him.

Worst off were Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Sky) — both were stretchered into an ambulance. Landa was later diagnosed with a fracture to his lumbar vertebra L1, an injury that will require two to three weeks of rest. Thankfully, it would appear the Basque rider could still line up at the Vuelta a España.

Bernal would seem to be worse off. After such a powerful debut at the Tour de France, Bernal’s season could well have come to a premature end. Team Sky described Bernal’s injury as “a serious facial trauma”. While the exact nature of the damage isn’t clear, we do know the Colombian suffered a “nasal fracture and maxillary injury”. He’s reportedly seeing maxillofacial specialists to determine the next steps from here.

It’s been a tough day or so for the man who caused the crash, Ben King. Despite admitting responsibility on Twitter (see below), he’s been subjected to much vitriol from those angry about Bernal’s injuries.

Jan Ullrich arrested

Jan Ullrich, winner of the 1997 Tour de France, was detained by police in Mallorca on Friday after an altercation with his neighbour, German actor and film director Til Schweiger. Schweiger was reportedly holding a party to celebrate the release of his new film, Honey in the Head. Ullrich, meanwhile, was not invited to the party, and reportedly climbed over the fence to join the gathering. A scuffle then ensued.

Ullrich was released a short time later and ordered to stay away from Schweiger. It’s not the first time Ullrich has had a run-in with the law in his post-cycling days — in 2014 he injured two people in a car crash in Switzerland while over the alcohol limit. He was later handed a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs and given a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Annemiek van Vleuten speaks out on Giro Rosa prize money

There’s no doubt the winner of the Giro Rosa deserves greater financial reward.

As some people have pointed out in the comments, van Vleuten and Mitchelton-Scott actually should receive more, according to the Giro Rosa’s road book. The prize for the overall victory alone is (an admittedly paltry) 1,145 Euros …

Marc Soler re-signs with Movistar

There hasn’t been much in the way of transfer news over the weekend but there was confirmation that one of Spain’s most exciting prospects, Marc Soler, has extended his contract with Movistar. This year’s Paris-Nice winner has added two years to his partnership with the Spanish outfit and will now ride with Movistar until the end of 2021.

Race Radio

Julian Alaphilippe wins Clasica San Sebastian

While it was the crash of Bernal and Landa that attracted most of the headlines from Clasica San Sebastian, it was Julian Alaphillipe (QuickStep Floors) that was crowned the winner of the race.

Alaphilippe came into the race with great form (after two stage wins and the KOM jersey at the Tour de France) and put that to good use. He broke away with 2016 winner Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) on the steep Murgil Tortorra climb in the final 10km, before outsprinting the Dutchman to take his eighth win of the year.

Pascal Ackermann doubles up in Poland

Two stages down at the Tour of Poland, two stage wins for Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe). Both stages came down to a bunch sprint, and on both occasions the 24-year-old German got the better of Alvaro Hodeg (QuickStep Floors).

It’s been a break-out season for the German national champion who now has six wins for the year. Remarkably, he’s won the last four races he’s been part of: the German Nationals road race, Prudential RideLondon and now the first two stages in Poland. Great signs for his future.

Wout van Aert wins the Tour of Denmark

Speaking of compelling future prospects, Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) continues to impress on the road. At just 22, the reigning cyclocross world champion was terrific in the spring (third at Strade Bianche, ninth at Tour of Flanders, 13th at Paris-Roubaix) and now van Aert has his biggest victory on the road so far: the Tour of Denmark.

Van Aert won stage 2 with a late solo move, putting himself into the overall lead. His second place in the stage 4 ITT was enough to ensure that he would go on to win the five-stage race overall — his first professional stage race victory.

Marta Bastianelli crowned European champion

Former world champion Marta Bastianelli (Ale Cipollini/Italy) has denied Marianne Vos (WaowDeals/Netherlands) a second-straight season as European champion, beating Vos in the continental championships road race in Glasgow over the weekend.

There were plenty of attacks throughout the race, including one dangerous move from Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans/Netherlands) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5/Italy) that was only neutralised 1km from the finish. In the end it was a sprint finish that decided the race, with Bastianelli taking victory ahead of Vos and Lisa Brennauer (Wiggle High5/Germany).

Kaden Groves takes breakout win in China

Young Aussie sprinter Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) has taken a breakthrough victory on the final day of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China. In his first race with the Mitchelton-Scott feeder team — after transferring from St George in June — Groves sprinted to victory on stage 13 of the high-altitude 2.HC race.

It’s Groves’ second pro victory — he took a stage win at last year’s Tour of Fuzhou while racing with St. George.

Overall victory at the Tour of Qinghai Lake went to Manzana Postobon’s Hernan Aguirre, ahead of his teammate Hernando Bohorquez.

Moving pictures

Geraint Thomas on winning the Tour de France

Some good insight here from the winner of the 2018 Tour.

Inside Bora-Hansgrohe’s kitchen truck at the Tour

Food, nutrition, the recovery process, behind the scenes access — it’s all here in this video from InCycle.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our behind-the-scenes video from the chefs’ trucks at the Tour.

Happy birthday to…

Stuart O’Grady (45), winner of the 2007 Paris-Roubaix and Eros Poli (55), winner of a legendary stage of the Tour de France.

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