In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai Tour, Viviani retains GC lead; Alalphilippe wins uphill sprint at Colombia Oro y Paz, takes race lead; Life after Sky: With move to Quick-Step, Viviani is quickly building momentum; Oh-so-close for Rally’s Brandon McNulty at Dubai Tour; Gaviria’s hat trick: Three for three in Colombia Oro y Paz sprints; Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California; Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet; Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64.
Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai; Alaphilippe takes uphill sprint in Colombia: Daily News Digest
To the delight of the home fans, Quick-Step Floors rider Fernando Gaviria consolidated his overall lead Thursday at the inaugural edition of Colombia Oro y Paz, capping off a flawless first half of the race that saw him sweep up all three flat stages.
After chasing down the five-man break that animated Stage 3 from the outset, the Quick-Step Floors sprint train stormed to the front in the closing three kilometers and stamped its authority on the bunch gallop in Buga, where Gaviria roared across the line victorious in front of an enthusiastic crowd, which celebrated his fourth win since the start of the 2018 season.
“I worked hard during the winter and had a very good preparation, that’s the reason why I’m here today, enjoying all these wins,” Gaviria said. “In San Juan I suffered a setback, but fortunately it wasn’t too serious and I could return here, in front of my family and these unbelievable fans, to whom I want to say a big thank you. Colombia proved that it can organise an international race and I’m proud to have been here for this first edition.
— Quick-Step Cycling (@quickstepteam) February 6, 2018
The young Colombian boasts an outstanding string of results in the last nine bunch sprints he was involved in – at the Tour of Guangxi, Vuelta a San Juan and Colombia Oro y Paz – taking eight victories and a runner-up spot, which confirm his remarkable talent.
“The team was again fantastic, hats off to the way they controlled the stage and helped me claim another beautiful win,” he said. “I get to sport the pink jersey for one more day, but [Friday] it will be all about returning the service to my teammates and helping them on this first mountain stage as much as I can.”