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by Matt de Neef
February 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Egan Bernal wins the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz with last-stage attack; Caleb Ewan takes first European win of the season at Clasica de Almeria; Elia Viviani takes out the Dubai Tour; Daryl Impey wins his first national road race title; Moreno Moser wins the Trofeo Laigueglia; Alexandre Geniez victorious at Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Tomasz Marczynski to miss the Ruta del Sol after colliding with a car; Brodie Chapman signs with Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank; Cyclist killed as car drives into Californian gran fondo field; Donna Rae-Szalinski fired as Wiggle High5 director; Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen to lead BMC at the Volta ao Algarve; Disc rotor leads to gashed knee for Katie Compton; Contribute to research on sodium intake for athletes.
Colombian prodigy Egan Bernal (Sky) has upstaged his bigger-name rivals to win the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz with a last-ditch attack.
Bernal made his move three kilometres from the finish of the final stage and was able to hold off the favourites on the stage-ending climb. Dayer Quintana (Movistar) was first across the line, 10 seconds ahead of Bernal, while the group of favourites finished a further 11 seconds behind Bernal. The young Colombian had started the day four seconds off the overall lead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), meaning he had done enough to win overall in just his second stage race as a WorldTour rider.
“I felt very good all day long and I kept telling the guys: ‘I feel good, I feel good!’ but I had to keep calm and wait for the tougher last kilometres,” Bernal said. “The last three or four kilometres were tougher and I decided to attack. I was fourth on GC so I didn’t have a lot to lose but I had everything to gain.
“I tried, I gave everything and finally I got a little advantage. I had two teammates in the break and they did an amazing job! I was telling Tao [Geoghegan Hart]: ‘Tao, Tao, it’s so hard, you have to slow down!’ He helped me almost until the last metres.”
Nairo Quintana was second overall, at nine seconds, while Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) was third at 11 seconds. A day earlier Uran beat Nairo Quintana, Bernal and Sergio Henao (Sky) to win on the uphill finish to stage 5 — his team’s first win of the season.
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