VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
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.
QuickStep Floors recruit Elia Viviani has become the first Italian to win the Dubai Tour, the 29-year-old winning two stages en route to a 12-second overall victory. The win gives QuickSteps Floors four consecutive overall victories at the Middle Eastern race and takes Viviani up four wins for the year already.
Astana recruit Magnus Cort Nielsen was second overall after two second places and finishing top 10 on all five stages. Stage 4 winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) was third.
Viviani had come into the final stage with a two-second lead over Cort. A breakaway got up to 4:30 clear but were eventually reeled in with 10km to go, setting up another bunch sprint. A crash occurred on the final right-hand corner of the stage and while Viviani wasn’t caught up, he did have to put in a big effort with lead-out man Fabio Sabatini to move back to the front.
“This morning I tried to stay relaxed, but now I must admit that I was very nervous, because my margin in the general classification was a slender one,” Viviani said after winning the sprint. “In the final kilometer, Saba did an outstanding job, avoiding the crash, then closing the gap and leading me out. All I had to do was patiently wait, because we had a headwind, and it was important to leave it as late as possible.”