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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 25, 2017

Photography by Cor Vos

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017

Betancur out of Vuelta a España

by Shane Stokes

Brought down when Tejay van Garderen crashed directly in front of him, Carlos Betancur (Movistar) limped on to the finish but is now out of the race. The Colombian rider suffered facial injuries, crossing the line bloodied and with bandages over his mouth.

However another injury has put him out of the event. “A fracture to external malleolus in right ankle forces Colombian from Movistar Team to end his participation in the Spanish race,” said his team in a press statement. “[He] crashed just after showing impressive form against GC contenders on day six.”

He had been sitting 16th overall and put in his best performance thus far in the race, up until the point where he crashed. He was part of the seven-man GC group which remained together after a series of searing attacks by Alberto Contador.

“In a show of pure courage, Betancur managed to complete the stage,” said the team, “crossing the line 12 minutes after the winner, before being transferred to the University Hospital of Sagunto. The Colombian underwent there a CT scan and radiological checks to his pelvis, which ruled out any damage to his head and hip.

“However, X-ray tests on his right ankle revealed a fracture to the external malleolus, which required a plaster cast that will prevent Betancur from continuing in the 2017 Vuelta. The Movistar Team has later been moved to the La Fe hospital in Valencia, in order to have surgery to his face to heal the wounds produced by the crash.” He had been the team’s main GC hope after Dani Moreno’s crash on stage four.

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