Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen; Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead; Movistar team responds to Catalunya TTT relegation; Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire; Lars Boom ‘In Astana I lacked the necessary support’; Reijnen comes away with a few stitches after crashing into ditch at Dwars door Vlaanderen; British amateur cyclist suspended two years for doping positive; Cylance men’s team to race entirely on disc brakes; Trofeo Alfredo Binda highlights; Kenny Belaey rides the UCI HQ; Video: Flanders Classics 2016 compilation.

Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead

by Mark Zalewski

The climb to La Molina on the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya was won by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), just ahead of Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors). Adam Yates (ORICA-Scott) led the group in three second later for third.

At the start of the final climb a leading trio had 1:10 on the chasers, with 13km to the finish line. Out of the peloton the first to attack was Pieter Weening (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij). However, as he did he overshot a hard turn and had to ease off his attacking pace, allowing the peloton to respond. The gap to the leaders was cut in half in only a couple kilometres as the ramps of the climb increased. Because of this  Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data) was the first to make a move at 12km to go, attacking out of the middle of the three riders.

Team Sky took over the pace-making, putting multiple riders on the front to chase with Chris Froome in tow. The steady tempo brought each of the three leaders back, one by one, with Berhane finally caught at 8km to go. At that point Trek-Segefredo sent riders to the front to up the pace for Alberto Contador, resulting in the peloton shrinking further.

At the flamme rouge the group was still together with most of the contenders present. Small attacks went but seemed to be more testing the others than committed to going for the win. Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates) attacked but then looked around to see the group still together. After a small respite in gradient the angle kicked up at 300m to go and Dan Martin put in a move, as he had in the same place to win last year. But Valverde was wise to the move and went with him, coming past him in the final turn to take the win.

Finishing in the group was Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) who takes over the race lead from his teammate Ben Hermans.

Stage 3: Mataró > La Molina - Stage Result

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

1. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
05:07:12
2. ie
MARTIN Daniel
Quick-Step Floors
-
3. gb
YATES Adam
ORICA-Scott
0:03
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