Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 29, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cort wins uphill sprint in Tour of Denmark, stage 2; Mestre wins sprint on stage 1 of Vuelta a Portugal; Mareczko adds second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; Rio Olympics: UCI pursuing 3 possible Russian doping cases but will allow 11 others to compete; Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more; Reengineering the Tour de France; Pro cyclist group pushes back against WorldTour reforms; Questions raised over Wiggins’ charity; Sources: Roche to BMC; Rio athletes could face troubles with unofficial sponsors; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 9 highlights; Best of on-board cameras with Team Sky; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 5

Mareczko adds second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake

by Aaron S. Lee

Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Southeast) added another stage win with a sprint victory aon stage 13 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake. Mareczko, who also claimed stage wins at the Tour de San Luis and Le Tour de Langkawi earlier this year, overcame tired legs from the previous week to out-sprint Meron Teshome (Stradalli-Bike Aid) and previous back-to-back stage winner Marko Kump (Lampre-Merida) in the final of the 122km Yinchuan city circuit.

“The past few days have been very hard for me,” Mareczko admitted after the race. “Yesterday was very long and the altitude, it was 2200m with an average speed of 45km/h. Today there was a breakaway in the front, but my team did an amazing job to close in the final kilometres and put me in front for the sprint and the win.”

Weighing a full kilogram lighter than this time last year, when he had to abandon the race following due to the effects of a stage 2 crash, Mareczko was well prepared for the hardships of Qinghai Lake in order to finish the 13-stage, 1,916km race – something he was unable to do at the Giro d’Italia (2.UWT) in May after he was forced to withdraw during stage 5.

“This race is so very important for my career,” explained Mareczko. “I’ve never completed a race at this distance and altitude before and I hope this experience will benefit me in the future.”

Vitaliy Buts (Kolss-BDC) has maintained his stranglehold on the yellow leaders jersey since stage 3, the stage 4 winner relinquished his green points jersey to Italian Daniele Colli (Nippo-Vini Fantini), who has been ‘Mr. Consistent’ during the race with six top-five finishes, including two second places.

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