Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 8, 2016

In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.

Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory

by Matt de Neef

Dutchwoman Amy Pieters (Wiggle High5) has taken opening-day honours at the eight-stage Route de France, winning the prologue individual time trial and claiming the first leader’s jersey.

Pieters completed the 3.2km course in 4:18 (44.7km/h), 10 seconds faster than second-placed Australian Sarah Roy (Orica-AIS) and third-placed Dutchwoman Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur).

Pieters won the prologue of last year’s edition as well and was able to maintain her lead for three days.

The Route de France is a race that tends to favour the sprinters, with the majority of the race comprised of flat stages with fast finishes. The race continues today with the 135.6km stage 1 from Saint Quentin to Pontoise.

Prologue: Saint Quentin > Saint Quentin - Stage Result

Sunday 7th August 2016

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Wiggle High5
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ROY Sarah
Orica - AIS
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MACKAIJ Floortje
Team Liv-Plantur