Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Carpenter rides break to Utah win

by CyclingTips

Robin Carpenter (Holowesko-Citadel) is known for riding in breakaways, and on stage 2 of the Tour of Utah, after jumping into every one, it paid off. Carpenter and Cuban Ruben Companioni (Team Jamis) were given too much time by the peloton and stayed away, with Carpenter taking the win and the overall lead. His teammate Travis McCabe took the field sprint for third, more than two minutes later.

The Larry H.Miller Tour of Utah 2016 stage-2

“The cliche word of ‘happy’ does not even do it. I would have been okay just winning the stage. Taking the overall lead can’t really be described. It was combination of a lot of hard work and a lot of determination,” said Carpenter.

“Cycling is a funny sport. I was thinking maybe something could go wrong and I did not deserve the win. That is just my own personal insecurities coming out. Coming into the finish line after riding hard all day, I was so excited.”

Two categorised climbs made for 9,435 feet (2,875m) of elevation gain on the day. Carpenter and Companioni were given a maximum of seven minutes, but held onto four of those as they entered the two 17km-long finish circuits. The Silber team with race leader Kris Dahl rode the front but did not seem keen on keeping the overall, and no one team wanted to help the team of defending champion Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) chase either.

With the two minute lead Carpenter is now in the driver seat for the overall. “I am climbing really well this year. We’ll make the call to see what will make sense tomorrow. We are just proud that we took the jersey in a decisive fashion.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ8OnfZOjP4

Stage 2: Escalante > Torrey - Stage Result

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

1. us
CARPENTER Robin
Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team
03:56:48
2. cu
COMPANIONI Ruben
Team Jamis
0:06
3. us
MCCABE Travis
Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team
2:07
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