Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 4, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland

Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead

by VeloClub

Just as he did on day one, Mikel Landa (Team Sky) was the stage winner at the Vuelta a Burgos. The Spaniard continued his strong form of recent weeks, finishing nine seconds clear of closest rival David de la Cruz (QuickStep Floors) at the summit finish of Picón Blanco.

De La Cruz’s teammate Enric Mas was third, 41 seconds back. With Jaime Ronson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) a further six seconds back, Spanish riders took the first four places on the stage.

“It was a hard finish,” said Landa, who admitted being worried about de la Cruz. “We almost reached the top together. He is a tough rival – I know him well and I have a lot of respect for him. I thought he was going to win! It was a very hard finish, but a beautiful one. I discovered it today and I liked it a lot.”

The stage featured a ten man breakaway, from which Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) pushed ahead alone on the third-category Alto de Ailanes, the day’s third ascent. He had a four minute advantage, but chasing from those behind quickly reduced his lead and caused him to be recaptured on the final climb.

Landa’s teammates David Lopez, Kenny Elissonde and Gianni Moscon helped set him up for his move. Following his win, Landa has extended his overall lead to 27 seconds, with de la Cruz now second and Mas moving a place up to third. “The time advantage is always something good to have,” he said. “It will be a great feeling if I win in Neila [on Sunday’s final stage].”

Stage 3: Oja Guareña > Picón Blanco - Stage Result

Thursday 3rd August 2017

1. es
LANDA Mikel
Team Sky
04:36:40
2. es
DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David
Quick-Step Floors
0:09
3. es
MAS NICOLAU Enric
Quick-Step Floors
0:41
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