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by Mark Zalewski
July 30, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valgren wins stage and takes over lead at Tour of Denmark; Gavazzi wins stage 2 in Portugal; Vasylyuk wins Qinghai Lake time trial; New gene doping test to be retroactively applied to Rio Olympic samples; UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed; Contador already back in action on Saturday; UCI President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions; Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics; Can success be bought in pro cycling? A look at team budgets and the value equation; Sagan signing to launch BORA team to WorldTour; The cost of being an Olympian; Racers finish Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Focus on La Course by Le Tour de France; BORA-Argon18’s 10th rider
The second edition of the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme, the world’s longest ultra stage bicycle road race, finished in Vladivostok on Thursday. Following the Trans-Siberian Railway, the 9,117 kilometre race consisted of 14 stages ranging from 314 to 1,372 km, from Moscow to the Pacific coast. Six solo riders and two duo teams competed – and the race was so grueling none of the solo riders actually managed to cover the total racing distance.
(L-R) Marcelo Florentino Soares from Brasil, Mikhail Manyakhin from Russia, Aleksej Shchebelin from Russia, Pwinn Rujikietkhomjron from Thailand, Pascal Pich from France, Eduard Fuchs from Austria and Martin Temmen from Germany race during the 14th stage Khabarovsk-Vladivostok at the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race in Russia on July 27th, 2016. // Denis Klero/Red Bull
They were six solo riders at the start in Moscow on July 5: Alexei Shchebelin (Russia), Andreas Fuchs and Eduard Fuchs (Austria), Pascal Pich (France), Marcelo Florentino Soares (Brazil) and Pwinn Rujikietkhomjron (Thailand). The three remaining cyclists, Shchebelin, Eduard Fuchs and Florentino Soares, all withdrew from the 12th stage because of the adverse weather conditions. Unlike last year, when two riders managed to complete the whole race, there was no outright winner this time out. But Shchebelin did finish first in the time sheets.
“I went all out. Today when I saw the Vladivostok sign, I understood that we finally made it but I still can’t believe it”, said the 35-year old Shchebelin.
In the duo category, both teams completed the whole race with Germany’s Martin Temmen and Matthias Fischer outpacing Russian rivals Mikhail Manyakhin and Roman Markaryan.
”I don’t really understand it’s over, I’m still not here. I know it took us three weeks, but I don’t know the time or the date anymore… I’m just tired, tired but happy”, said Fischer.