Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 16, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin crushes Tour de France stage 13 TT, Froome extends GC lead; Gaviria gets hat trick in Poland; Prudhomme: It’s a day of mourning for France and for the Tour de France; After Nice attack, the Tour de France goes on with heavy hearts; Mont Ventoux madness: A first-hand perspective from the Tour; Porte, on chaotic Ventoux mishap: ‘If you can’t control the crowds, then what can you control?’; Maddeningly hypnotic: The Tour de France is an absurd, beautiful circus; Simon Gerrans out of the Tour de France with collarbone fracture; Thibaut Pinot out of Tour de France; Theuns crashes out of Tour de France in time trial crash; Shane Sutton: British Cycling review will exonerate me; Is EPO’s performance enhacing effect all in the mind?; Tour de France, stage 12 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 12; A journey to the top: Peter Sagan

Gaviria gets hat trick in Poland

by Mark Zalewski

Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) made it a hat trick at the Tour of Poland, winning the stage 4 field sprint ahead of Luka Mezgec (ORICA-BikeExchange) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky). After yesterday’s mistake that saw his lead-out deliver him short of the line, his train timed the final kilometre perfectly.

A main break of seven included Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Adam Stachowiak (VERVA-Active Jet), Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Jens Keukeleire (OBE), Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC), Szymon Rekita (POL) and Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF). The gap grew to more than seven minutes on the rolling parcours.

Etixx-QuickStep rode the front for race leader Gaviria while other teams with field sprint aspirations were close behind. At 45km to go, with the gap falling, De Marchi, Keukeleire and Tonelli attacked the break. At under 30km to go the break disintegrated with De Marchi going alone off the front, but 10km later it was all together.

Entering the finish circuits Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) launched a solo move, trying to take advantage of the 180-degree turns that make up many of the Tour of Poland finishes. But at 10km to go the peloton was back together.

More solo attacks tried to get away to thwart the dominating sprint teams from the first three stages. But at 1km to go it was Etixx-QuickStep taking over, trying to launch their sprinter and race leader to the line at a better time than the previous stage — and they did just that.

Stage 4: Nowy Sacz > Rzeszów - Stage Result

Friday 15th July 2016

1. co
GAVIRIA Fernando
Etixx - Quick Step
05:12:56
2. si
MEZGEC Luka
ORICA-BikeExchange
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3. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Team Sky
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