Valverde leads Catalunya; De Vos on top in Langkawi: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

March 21, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde wins Stage 2 sprint at Catalunya, moves into GC lead; Canadian Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) solos to Stage 3 win, GC lead at Tour de Langkawi; Cape Epic: Cannondale men, Specialized women win again on Stage 2; Autonomous Uber car kills cyclist walking bike across road in Arizona; Stage 3 summit finish at Volta a Catalunya is cancelled; 2018 Colorado Classic announces route details in Vail; Shimano patents disc rotor cover; Steele von Hoff back racing four weeks after breaking his backl Santa Cruz bring back Blur and revamp HighBall cross-country bikes; RockyMounts issues voluntary recall of SplitRail and MonoRail hitch racks; Video: World champ Jolanda Neff’s impressive wheelie; Video: 1928 Penny Farthing Race in London.

Canadian Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) solos to Stage 3 win, GC lead at Tour de Langkawi

by CyclingTips

Canadian Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) soloed to the Stage 3 win, taking the GC lead as well, Tuesday at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia. De Vos won from the daylong breakaway. It was his first UCI .HC stage win, the first win for the Rally Cycling men in 2018, and the team’s first yellow jersey as a Pro Continental team.

While still suffering the effects of a hard crash on Stage 1, de Vos found his way into a breakaway 6km into the 166 km race with eight other riders. With a long day of crosswinds along the northern coast, he and his companions built a significant lead over their pursuers. Coming into the line, the young Canadian rouleur attacked solo with 2km remaining to claim victory. He now has a 14-second advantage over second place rider Nik Mohd Hazwan Zulkiflie (Forca Amskins Racing) going into Stage 4.

“The team’s plan was to cover any big groups going up the road to avoid having to chase all day,” said de Vos in a team press release. “We got away early and built up a lead of over seven minutes by the halfway point. When I saw we still had five minutes with 30 kilometers remaining, I knew we stood a good chance to survive. As we approached the finish, I knew I didn’t want to sprint against the Korean KSPO rider so I attacked during a lull with two kilometers to go and rode away.”

It had been 14 years since a Canadian last won at the Tour of Langkawi. Rally team director Eric Wohlberg won the Stage 5 individual time trial in the 2004 edition of the race.

“I have come close to a big victory like this before but have never quite pulled it off,” de Vos said. “To earn the yellow jersey on top of it, I’m ecstatic. My ribs are still pretty banged up and I have a lot of road rash from Stage 1, but our doctor Mark Greve has taken good care of me.”