Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack

by CyclingTips

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) is testing his form as he returns to racing at the Vuelta a Burgos, following his crashes at the Tour de France in July. On the third stage he put in an attack, showing he is progressing well in preparation to contend for the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana.

“I was very well positioned when a rider in front of me attacked. I decided to follow although I wasn’t sure why they attacked,” he said.

“I didn’t expect them to come so fast from behind. I saw Gianluca pass me, so I wanted to collaborate with them to go together but there was no collaboration. There was a lot of people behind, so it was complicated.

“My legs feel good although I could have made a bit more difference. Today was a day of tough work, 200km and I’m satisfied. The first and last climbs were very fast and I feel in very good shape. It was a good day overall for my preparation towards the Vuelta.”

Contador is currently 13 seconds off the GC lead after three stages.

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