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by Matt de Neef
August 8, 2016
In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.
Earlier in the weekend, Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet took gold in the men’s Olympic road race in very similar style to that of Anna van der Breggen.
Van Avermaet won a three-up sprint against Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) and Rafal Majka (Poland) after he and Fuglsang caught Majka with 1.4km remaining. Majka had been part of a leading trio with Sergio Henao (Colombia) and Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) but when his companions crashed on the final descent before the finish, Majka was left to time-trial to the finish on his own as Fugslang and Van Avermaet bore down.
“I was a little confused how many were left on the front,” Van Avermaet said. “Me and Fuglsang went for it and tried to catch [Majka]. For me the last five to six kilometres everything went perfect.
“It was a pretty crazy race, a hard one; and the descent was pretty technical. All the guys took risks. I was in good position and never really went over my limit. On the descent I saw a lot of guys lying on the ground. I was counting them.”
The win is the biggest in Van Avermaet’s career and adds to Tour de France stage victories claimed this year and in last year’s edition of the race.
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