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Fuglsang wins stage 16 of the Vuelta a España from the break, Groenewegen out-sprints van der Poel to take stage 3 of the Tour of Britain, Kirchmann and van Dijk recovering from injuries sustained in Boels Ladies Tour crashes. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Fuglsang wins stage 16 of the Vuelta a España
Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang won stage 16 of the Vuelta a España on Monday, climbing to his first ever Grand Tour stage victory out of the day’s breakaway.
The 34-year-old Dane stuck with a rapidly dwindling lead group on the grueling Alto de La Cubilla finishing climb before soloing clear with around four kilometers to go. He held on to take the win 22 seconds ahead of lone chaser Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos), with Astana’s Luis León Sánchez taking third on the day.
“From the morning the plan was to have me and Luis at the front, to go in the hunt for the stage victory. With two guys in the breakaway, we could try to win the stage and if it didn’t work out, we had people up the road to help Miguel [Ángel López] in the final climb,” said Fuglsang, the reigning Liège-Bastogne-Liège champion. “The plan worked out. It’s been my best season ever.”
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) crossed the line in a select GC group to maintain his overall race lead, putting more time into several rivals, including Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana.
The 144.4-kilometer stage from Pravia saw a small escape get clear in the early goings, with Fuglsang and several others bridging to form a larger move on the first of three climbs on the day. Although the break shed riders over the course of the challenging stage, those that hung with the lead group built an advantage of around eight minutes on the run-in to the final climb, enough of a gap to battle for the stage win.
With around eight kilometers to go, Fuglsang, Sánchez, Geoghegan Hart, Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) and James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) left the rest of the escapees behind, and then Brambilla and Fuglsang dropped the other three to push on as a duo.
Around three kilometers later, Fuglsang pulled away from Brambilla, who was quickly caught and passed by a chasing Geoghegan Hart. The Briton, however, could not reel in Fuglsang, who soared to the stage 16 win, his first ever in a Grand Tour, a decade after he made his three-week racing debut at the 2009 Vuelta.
In the GC group behind, a hard pace from Astana dropped Quintana with several kilometers left to go. Then, López and Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) surged clear. They worked together trying to grow a gap, but before long, Roglic rejoined them, with the trio putting time into a chasing Valverde, whose his Movistar teammate Quintana was struggling to limit his losses well behind the red jersey.
Roglic, Pogacar, and López arrived at the finish 23 seconds ahead of Valverde. Quintana crossed the line 2:34 back, dropping from fifth to sixth overall as Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) moved into the top five overall.
Stage 16 results
1 FUGLSANG Jakob (Astana Pro Team) 4:01:22
2 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao (Team INEOS) 0:22
3 SÁNCHEZ Luis León (Astana Pro Team) 0:40
4 KNOX James (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 0:42
5 BRAMBILLA Gianluca (Trek – Segafredo) 1:12
6 DE GENDT Thomas (Lotto Soudal) 2:09
7 BIZKARRA Mikel (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias) 2:15
8 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel (Team Dimension Data) 2:21
9 GILBERT Philippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2:32
10 BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R La Mondiale)
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 62:17:52
2 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar Team) 2:48
3 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:42
4 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 3:59
5 MAJKA Rafal (BORA – hansgrohe) 7:40
6 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar Team) 7:43
7 EDET Nicolas (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 10:27
8 KELDERMAN Wilco (Team Sunweb) 10:34
9 HAGEN Carl Fredrik (Lotto Soudal) 10:40
10 PERNSTEINER Hermann (Bahrain Merida) 12:05
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… and back at the Vuelta, impressive ride by Mikel Bizkarra of Euskadi Murias on Monday. Who needs a saddle?
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) September 9, 2019
Groenewegen wins stage 3 of the Tour of Britain
Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) nabbed his second victory in three days at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Monday. The 26-year-old Dutchman topped Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) and Davide Cimolai (Israel Cycling Academy) in a sprint to win stage 3.
Groenewegen launched early on the slightly uphill finale after 182.3 kilometers of racing from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Van der Poel tried to get on terms in the closing meters but Groenewegen held on to take a clear victory.
Mitchelton-Scott’s Matteo Trentin finished fifth to maintain his overall race lead.
Forster and Ferrand-Prevot win MTB World Cup finale in Snowshoe, Schurter and Courtney take overall titles
The 2019 Mountain Bike World Cup series concluded this weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Switzerland’s Lars Forster won the men’s cross-country race on Sunday ahead of world champion Nino Schurter, with Maxime Marotte rounding out the podium. Schurter took the overall series victory.
Women’s world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot closed out the season with her own World Cup win ahead of Anne Tersptra and Annie Last. Kate Courtney finished fifth – became the first American to win the overall MTB World Cup title in 17 years.
Van Dijk, Kirchmann injured in Boels Ladies Tour crashes
Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann and Ellen van Dijk are both recovering from injuries sustained in separate crashes at the Boels Ladies Tour.
Kirchmann’s 2019 season is over after a stage 1 crash left her with MCL damage in her right knee. Van Dijk crashed hard in the prologue but continued racing only to crash again later in the week, sustaining multiple fractures.
Not so lucky in my second crash of the week. Will stay in hospital for a couple of days where they will do surgery later this week on my humurus. Six weeks no walking because of fractures in pelvis (front and rear) #vallenenopstaan #voorlopigevennietopstaan pic.twitter.com/I7Mkq2x5u7
— Ellen van Dijk (@ellenvdijk) September 8, 2019
Vinokourov and Jalabert win age-group titles at Ironman 70.3 world championships
Alexander Vinokourov and Laurent Jalabert may have officially retired from the pro peloton years ago, but both are apparently still plenty fast. Vinokourov, 45, raced to the 45-49 age group world title at the Ironman 70.3 world championships this weekend with a time of 4:28:57 in Nice, France.
Jalabert, who last raced on the road in 2002, took the 50-54 age group title. The 50-year-old set a mark of 4:34:55.
As far as we know, neither rider has announced a pro road racing comeback … yet.
Coming up at the Vuelta
The Vuelta peloton will get a much deserved breather on Tuesday in the second rest day of this year’s event. Racing resumes on Wednesday.
In case you missed it …
Feature Image: Jakob Fuglsang wins stage 16 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Luis Angel Gomez/Cor Vos © 2019