Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 6, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village

Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage

by Mark Zalewski

Jesus Ezquerra (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Tavira) won the eighth stage of the Volta a Portugal, a strange stage that saw the race neutralised and then stopped as the peloton took the wrong exit in a roundabout and found itself off course.

With 15km remaining and a break of six going the correct route with 6’40” on the peloton, the commissaries made the decision to neutralise both the break and the peloton, and reestablish the time gap of 6’40” once the peloton was back on course.

The six-rider break consisted of Ricardo Vilela (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal), Nathan Earle (Drapac), David Belda (Team Roth), Davide Vigano (Sidermec) and Jesus Ezquerra (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Tavira).

Ezquerra attacked the break inside the final kilometres and held a sizeable gap into the winding, uphill finish for the win. Behind him Caldeira took the sprint for second followed by Earle. Davide Vigano had a mechanical in the final few hundred metres and was forced to walk his bike across the line to continue the odd happenings of the stage.

The peloton with race leader Rui Vinhas (W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal) came in 4’44” later.

Stage 8: Nazaré > Arruda dos Vinhos - Stage Result

Friday 5th August 2016

1. es
Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
2. pt
W52-FC Porto-Porto Canal
3. au
EARLE Nathan
Drapac Professional Cycling