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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

March 22, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Movistar wins Stage 2 team time trial at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, but Rojas relegated for pushing; With 2,000km now complete, Kristof Allegaert continues to lead the Indian Pacific Wheel Race ; Oleg Tinkov disparages Alberto Contador in Instagram post; Teams announced for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire; Warbasse on disc brakes in pro peloton: ‘It’s not a fight over a braking system, it’s a fight for power’; Egyptian Eslam Nasser Zaki dies at African Continental Track Cycling Championships; Video: Drone footage of Travis McCabe winning the final stage of the Tucson Bicycle Classic.

Movistar wins Stage 2 team time trial at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya; Rojas relegated from GC lead for pushing

by Neal Rogers

In a victory for the home team, Spanish squad Movistar won the 41km Stage 2 team time trial at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, beating BMC Racing by just two seconds. Team Sky, led by Tour de France champion Chris Froome, finished third, 46 seconds down. Alberto Contador’s Trek-Segafredo team lost 1:15 to Movistar.

Movistar’s J.J. Rojas was initially designated as race leader, but was penalized three minutes for pushing teammate Nelson Oliveira back into the rotation, meaning Alejandro Valverde took the leader’s jersey. Movistar’s Andrey Amador was penalized two minutes, for receiving a push from Rojas, while Oliveira was penalized one minute.

BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen, who is racing at Catalunya, called out the Movistar team on both Twitter and Instagram, pointing out that riders pushing one another is not allowed.

UCI rules stipulate that, in the event of team members pushing one another in a team time trial event, each rider from the team should be penalized one minute, and fined as well. Had this penalty been applied, BMC’s Ben Hermans would, instead, be the race leader.

For his part, Rojas seemed unbothered, writing on Twitter, “Objective achieved — stage victory and the leader’s jersey.”

Not allowed!!!

A post shared by Tejay van Garderen (@tejay_van) on

“It was a very demanding time trial,” Valverde said. “We knew it was going to be tough because we had recognized it in five occasions in recent days. It was a very technical time trial and having done so many times has been key. We were a little afraid that the rain would appear, but in the end there was luck.”

Stage 3 is the race’s first mountain stage, with three Category 1 climbs, ending with a summit finish at La Molina.

“Tomorrow will be a very complicated day and I worry about the weather,” Valverde said. “My sensations in the last days, despite not having competed from Andalusia, have been good and I have confidence to be able to endure, but it is clear that rivals like Contador or Froome will make it very difficult.”

Stage 2 (TTT): Banyoles > Banyoles - Stage Result

Tuesday 21st March 2017

1.
Movistar Team
00:48:55
2.
BMC Racing Team
00:48:57
3.
Team Sky
00:49:41
4.
Trek - Segafredo
00:50:10
5.
ORICA-Scott
00:50:19

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