Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

June 27, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert takes his second Belgian national title; Andre Greipel claims his third German national title; Adam Blythe wins British nationals road race; Giacomo Nizzolo crowned Italian champion; Vichot wins the French national road race championships; Jose Joaquin Rojas crowned Spanish champion for the second time; Groenwegen wins the Dutch national road title; More from a big weekend of national championships; Lotto Soudal reveals that Stig Broeckx has severe brain damage; French army thermal camera to be used to detect motors at the Tour de France; Nacer Bouhanni injures hand in late-night hotel altercation; What it feels like to ride 7,000km in three weeks; Behind the scenes at the ZLM Tour with Adam Phelan.

Jose Joaquin Rojas crowned Spanish champion for the second time

by Matt de Neef

It was a second Spanish national title for Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) over the weekend and the seventh straight year a Movistar rider has taken the title.

Rojas added to his 2011 victory by jumping clear from the lead group with 5km to go and holding on to win solo, seven seconds ahead of Angel Viciso (Katusha) and Jordi Simon (Verva-ActiveJet).

“Should today’s race situation have happened years before today, I’d have probably saved all my energies for the sprint, because I often came out as the fastest at them,” Rojas said. “However, things have changed for me: I just couldn’t wait, because I had the legs to win solo, and I couldn’t reach the finish with Vicioso, either. Despite Ángel getting a bit old, he’s always a very dangerous rider, who can play his cards well. I tried to make things hard into my group, create splits and attack as much as I could.

“I also tried to make my teammates ride calm behind and avoid any potentially dangerous contenders bridge across. I attacked lots of times into the final lap: I couldn’t make a gap on the first one, then Vicioso was the only one to keep my wheel on the second, and with 5-6 kilometrs to go, I could leave him behind and go for the win.”