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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) took the win in the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, beating Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) and Gianni Meersman (Etixx – Quick Step).
The 158km stage had only one climb and the day’s seven-man break was comfortably reeled in as the peloton upped the pace for the sprint.
A disorganised peloton entered the final flat kilometre with a curving finish adding to the disarray. Etixx-QuickStep had one rider on the front working for Meersman, but it was not nearly enough with 300 metres still to go. Drucker was forced to start his sprint early with Van Poppel timing it just right and taking the win with a small gap to Meersman.
Van Poppel’s win is even more impressive given he crashed earlier in the stage.
Racers faced very warm conditions with temperatures above 30 degrees.