Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.

Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3

by Mark Zalewski

Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana Postobon) won the third stage of the ahead of Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Carlos Barbero (Movistar).

The stage featured a breakaway group consisting of Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy), Anton Vorobyev (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling), Domingos Gonçalve (Radio Popular Boavista), Diego Rubio (Caja Rural-RGA) and Sean McKenna (An Post-Chain Reaction).

The group had a maximum of three minutes with the sprinter’s teams keeping them close. The catch was made with 16km to go.

“I went with about 300 meters to go to try to catch people off guard,” runner-up Christopher Lawless said. “I don’t know whether the winner managed to get on my wheel straight away or whether he came from behind. I only knew he was there with 50 meters to go. The finish was a bit twisty, so I was trying to straight-line the corners. But he managed to get past me with about 50 meters to go.”

The win was the first of the season for the Manzana Postobon team. With his third podium in as many stages Barbero retains the overall lead.

Stage 3: Mourão > Mértola - Stage Result

Friday 24th February 2017

1. co
MOLANO BENAVIDES Juan Sebastian
Manzana Postobon
04:29:16
2. gb
LAWLESS Christopher
Axeon Hagens Berman
-
3. es
BARBERO CUESTA Carlos
Movistar Team
0:02
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