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by Neal Rogers
February 10, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai Tour, Viviani retains GC lead; Alalphilippe wins uphill sprint at Colombia Oro y Paz, takes race lead; Life after Sky: With move to Quick-Step, Viviani is quickly building momentum; Oh-so-close for Rally’s Brandon McNulty at Dubai Tour; Gaviria’s hat trick: Three for three in Colombia Oro y Paz sprints; Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California; Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet; Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) finished ahead of 10 Colombian riders to win Stage 4 at Colombia Oro y Paz Friday on Mirador Tambo, a 4.7km-long climb averaging 5.6%. It was the fourth stage win in four stages for the Quick-Step team, with an equal number of leader’s jerseys as Alaphilippe took the GC lead from teammate Fernando Gaviria. It was also the first time a Frenchman won a Colombian road race since Bernard Hinault, in 1986.
Alaphilippe won ahead of a group of heavy hitters, including Sergio Henao (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac). Both Henao and Quintana surged off the front, but Alaphilippe comfortably responded before blasting past them inside the final 300 meters. The top three on the stage now make up the top three on the general classification with two hilly stages remaining.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am with this win,” Alaphilippe said. “When I arrived here last week, I didn’t expect to take a stage victory, so having won one gives me big satisfaction, especially as it came against some of the best climbers in the world. This makes the victory even sweeter. It wouldn’t have been possible without this great team and the help of our sports director Davide Bramati, who told me before the start to anticipate on a short downhill section right before the final bend, which I did.”