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by Mark Zalewski
January 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) won the queen stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, featuring the tough Alto de Colorado summit finish. Thanks to his strong time trial, Trek-Segafredo’s Bauke Mollema moves into the race lead with two stages left.
Costa beat Colombian Rodolfo Torres (Androni Giocattoli) who finished three seconds behind Ricardo Escuela (Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima) beat Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder) for the final podium spot.
The win is the first for the UAE Abu Dhabi team, a new incarnation of the former Lampre-Merida squad.
With the final two stages relatively flat, Mollema is now the favourite to take home the overall win.