Yates in control; Winder victorious at L’Ardèche: Daily News Digest

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Though one climbing stage remains, the 2018 Vuelta a Espana feels all but over. Simon Yates looked cool, calm, and collected on Friday’s summit finish, as his competitors faltered. Over the border in France, an American was victorious for the second day in a row, as Ruth Winder, a friend of the CyclingTips Podcast from her daily diary entries during the Giro Rosa, took the stage.

Story of the day: Yates looks set to win Vuelta

Simon Yates is untouchable at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana. The Mitchelton-Scott rider extended his advantage to over 90 seconds on stage 19’s summit finish in Andorra and when he attacked none of the favourites close to him in the general classification responded.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) took the stage just ahead of Yates and afterwards the Briton thanked Pinot for assisting him in stretching their advantage when Pinot could have easily sat on and drafted the final kilometres. Yates has a 1:38 advantage over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with Steven Kruijswick (LottoNL-Jumbo) nearly two minutes down.

Valverde’s legs have finally collapsed from under him at this year’s La Vuelta. The ever-young 38-year-old had looked to be the only one capable of putting Yates under pressure, but a second La Vuelta title for the Spaniard looks unlikely this year. Valverde suffered on the final climb and lost over a minute to the Briton.

Race Radio

Winder wins at L’Ardèche, as climbers stretch their legs

American Ruth Winder (Sunweb), who won a stage at the Giro Rosa in July, captured the first climbing test at the week-long Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche. Winder, racing in the U.S. National Team colours, beat Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) and Margarita Garcia (Spain) to the line. Winder took the lead in the general classification.

Ruth Winder sent the CyclingTips team this selfie of her wearing the overall leader’s jersey.

Winder is showing great form ahead of the world championships in Innsbruck, Austria. The climber-friendly course suits her and, considering her form, it will be interesting who will lead Team USA with climbers Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) on the Worlds team as well.

Also, yesterday was a double-day in France. We reported Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) won the opening stage in the Daily News Digest, but stage 2 ended too late for yesterday’s edition. Arlenis Sierra (Astana) won the second stage bunch sprint ahead of Ryan. She had finished second to the American in the opening morning stage.

Vittoria Bussi claims new UCI Hour Record

Italian Vittoria Bussi set a new UCI Hour Record Thursday at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Bussi, 31, beat the previous record set by American Evelyn Stevens in February 2016 by just 27 metres (88 feet) to cover 48.007 kilometres in 60 minutes.


Worlds team announcements

Colombia will be heavy favourites in Austria with the world road championship course tailor-made for the pure climbers of the sport. The men’s Colombian contingent is headlined by Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First-Drapac) and Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team). The trio are currently all competing at the Vuelta a Espana and sitting in the top-10 overall with one GC stage still to go. Young sensation Iván Ramiro Sosa (Androni Sidermec) will lead the under-23 men’s Colombian team.

Elite men’s road race: Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), Rigoberto Urán (EF Drapac), Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team), Sergio Luis Henao (Team Sky), Daniel Martínez (EF Drapac), Sebastián Henao (Team Sky), Winner Anacona (Movistar Team), and Rodrigo Contreras (EPM Scott).

Meanwhile, the French squad will be headlined by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who won stage 19 of the Vuelta a Espana. They will be joined on the squad by Ag2r-La Mondiale duo Tony Gallopin and Romain Bardet, Pinot’s trade-team teammates Anthony Roux and Rudy Molard, and Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac).

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is coming into form as La Vuelta comes to a conclusion. He has two stage wins in the span of less than week. Photo: Cor Vos

Tech News

Assos announce next generation of “stabilised” bibs, the S9

Launching at Interbike, Assos has a new range of performance bibs. The S9 series, consisting of the Equipe RS and Equipe RSR bibs, offers a new bracing system that’s said to help stabilise the shorts and secure the chamois in place. These shorts use just two panels, with each panel fully wrapping legs and then meeting in the rear.

The RS model features a “rollBar” (we can’t make this stuff up!) that is designed to keep the insert in place as a rider’s weight transfers from left to right in pedalling. For the weight conscious, the RSR forgoes the rollBar and relies on compressive materials for chamois stability. In both cases, a new A-frame-shaped bib strap design is used, said to stay flat and dry on the front, while the rear aids in stability. Learn more at Assos.com.

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Vuelta a Espana stage 19 highlights

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