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by Matt de Neef
November 7, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko wins Tour of Taihu Lake’s opening road stage; Miguel Angel Lopez fractures tibia in training crash; Cameron Meyer posts impressive track return at Glasgow World Cup; The rise of autonomous vehicles and their effect on cycling; Copenhagen achieves more bikes than cars in city centre; Highlights from the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; 80 and still cycling.
Italian sprinter Jakub Mareczko dominated last year’s Tour of Taihu Lake, winning seven of the nine stages and the race overall. The 22-year-old has started the 2016 edition in impressive fashion as well, winning the opening road stage ahead of compatriots Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel Valkenburg).
Stage 1 of the eight-stage Chinese race featured no real breakaway to speak of, apart from a late move just 30km from the finish line. The race all came back together in time for the bunch sprint, however, with Mareczko taking a comfortable victory.
“It was a good sprint for me”, Mareczko said later. “I got a perfect position with two kilometres to go. Earlier on, I tried to go for the intermediate sprints to chase points and time bonuses ahead of the coming stages. I’d like to get the leader’s jersey for at least one day. The team prepared very well for the sprint with Rafael Andriato leading me out until 200 metres to go. This win means we can aim for more.”
Earlier in the weekend the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Golovash (Minsk Cycling Club) won the 5.9km prologue individual time trial, putting himself into the overall lead. He continues to lead after stage 1 having finished on bunch time.
Today’s stage 2 of the Tour of Taihu Lake will likely end in another bunch sprint.
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