Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead; Spratt wins penultimate stage of Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake; Jelle Wallays wins Grand Prix Cerami; Sagan signs €6 million contract with Bora-hansgrohe; Cavendish leaves Tour de France on second rest day to prepare for Olympics; Your guide to La Course by le TDF; First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa; Henao on riding against former flatmate; New professiona; Cyclist hit by vehicle on first ride with camera; Sagan: Life is like a movie (part 2)

GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake

by Aaron S. Lee

Ukrainian Vitaliy Buts (Kolss-BDC) outsprinted Slovenian Matej Mugerli (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) to claim the 147km namesake stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake.

Admittedly exhausted after racing across the second hors catégorie climb in as many days, with this one 31km in length and reaching a slightly lower elevation (3,766m) than the day before (3,782m), Buts told media after the race he was inspired to fight on when his teammate and countryman Mykhaylo Kononenko, who finished third, joined him in the final.

“At the end, I was a tired, but I had Kononenko with me it made me want to win stage,” said Buts, who finished second in the Ukrainian national road race last month.

With more stages at altitude remaining in the 13-stage, 1,916-kilometre unofficial ‘fourth grand tour’ of cycling, Buts insists he is not done fighting.

“There are still some more mountain stages,” he said. “But we will try with team tactics to go with the team to the finish.”

Stage 4: Guide > Qinghai Lake - Stage Result

Wednesday 20th July 2016

1. ua
BUTS Vitaliy
Kolss BDC Team
04:01:51
2. si
MUGERLI Matej
Synergy Baku Cycling Project
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3. ua
KONONENKO Mykhaylo
Kolss BDC Team
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