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by Mark Zalewski
January 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boonen wins with disc in San Juan; Name, dates, and host cities announced for inaugural Colorado Classic UCI stage race; Atapuma crashes hard in San Juan, loses consciousness; Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel; Stephen Hyde calls for new US pro CX series; Possible British cyclocross World Cup event in the works; New Irish pro track team forming; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?; London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels; Research study on ‘race weight’ seeking participants; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 2 – highlights; Documentary: Length of Sweden.
Tom Boonen (Quick Step Floors) made it two-for-two with team wins at the Vuelta a San Juan, taking the second stage field sprint ahead of Elia Viviani (Italy) and Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec). The win is the first of the season for Boonen, in his final season, as well as a first for a disc brake equipped bicycle.
“Right from the start of the day, the plan was to do the sprint for me, after going with Fernando on stage one,” said Boonen. “In the final kilometre, both Max and Fernando did an awesome job and I got the better of Elia. I want to thank them for their help, because in the end, this is a team win. I’ve always had a good experience in Argentina and this victory shows that I’m on the right track for the upcoming races.
“It’s just the start of the season, but the level in San Juan is a good one. I’m happy to win in Argentina, in front of these unbelievable fans. It’s incredible how many people came at the start and at the finish, you can really feel how much they love cycling and how passionate they are about it.”
With his second second-place, Viviani takes over the leader’s jersey from stage one winner Fernando Gaviria.
The extreme heat is a factor in the race. Organisers have scheduled late afternoon start times in an attempt to lessen the effects, but temperatures were still in the upper 30s. Trek-Segafredo’s Boy van Poppel did not start the second stage due to illness that doctors felt would be exacerbated by the heat.