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Marczynski, Van Vleuten win, Froome crashes, bus destroyed: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 1, 2017

Marczynski wins stage 12 of the Vuelta a España, Froome crashes; Van Vleuten extends Boels Ladies Tour lead with ITT win; Katusha rider Maxim Belkov attacked by fan at Vuelta; Aqua Blue Sport team bus destroyed at Vuelta a España; Froome crashes twice on stage 12, loses time; Deignan sidelined following appendix removal; Gaviria and Martin headline QuickStep Floors squad for Tour of Britain; Nibali confirms for Taiwan KOM Challenge; Medical study shows that anti-inflammatories can inhibit muscle growth; Video: Spectator close to disaster at Vuelta a España; Video: No rest for the wicked – behind the scenes at La Vuelta rest day; Video: Bike Racing in Iceland

Marczynski wins stage 12 of the Vuelta a España, Froome crashes

by Shane Stokes

One week after he won stage 6, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) was at it again at the Vuelta a España. The Polish rider was part of the day’s break, went clear on the final climb and reached the line in Antequera 52 seconds ahead of four chasers led in by Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) and Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Movistar Team).

“It felt even better than the first one. I could enjoy more in the final as I was alone,” he said. “After my first victory, I still had good legs. I wanted to try again today. I was a little bit afraid because at the beginning I spent a lot of energy. I tried like 100 times just to get in the breakaway. Once I was there, I thought today could be my day again. I felt good. I stayed calm until the last climb. Then I wanted to see how the other riders were doing and I went alone.”

Behind, some very aggressive racing was happening. Smarting perhaps after losing time on Wednesday, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) attacked on the category two Puerto del Torcal. He initially went clear with Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) and then pushed ahead alone, bridging up to his teammate Edward Theuns.

The gap was 45 seconds and dropped to 15, then Froome crashed. He required a bike change, received a new machine and fell again on a curving right-hand bend. He was over a minute behind Contador on the road and also well behind the other GC riders, but the latter group didn’t work as they could have and he was able to limit the damage with the help of teammates Wout Poels and Mikel Nieve.

He ultimately finished 42 seconds behind Contador and 20 off the GC group. As a result his lead drops to 59 seconds over Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and two minutes 13 over Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott). Contador stays ninth, three minutes 13 adrift.

Stage 12: Motril > Antequera Los Dólmenes - Stage Result

Thursday 31st August 2017

1. pl
MARCZYNSKI Tomasz
Lotto Soudal
03:56:45
2. es
FRAILE MATARRANZ Omar
Dimension Data
0:52
3. es
ROJAS José Joaquín
Movistar Team
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