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by Matt de Neef
February 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Egan Bernal wins the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz with last-stage attack; Caleb Ewan takes first European win of the season at Clasica de Almeria; Elia Viviani takes out the Dubai Tour; Daryl Impey wins his first national road race title; Moreno Moser wins the Trofeo Laigueglia; Alexandre Geniez victorious at Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Tomasz Marczynski to miss the Ruta del Sol after colliding with a car; Brodie Chapman signs with Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank; Cyclist killed as car drives into Californian gran fondo field; Donna Rae-Szalinski fired as Wiggle High5 director; Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen to lead BMC at the Volta ao Algarve; Disc rotor leads to gashed knee for Katie Compton; Contribute to research on sodium intake for athletes.
Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen will both begin their European season at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal on Wednesday. Porte won the five-stage race back in 2012 and is hoping for a repeat performance on his way to racing Tirreno-Adriatico.
Porte at the 2015 Volta ao Algarve.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to racing and lining up with the team in Portugal,” Porte said. “It’s still really early in the season and as this is my first race in Europe this year — I’m not going in with any huge expectations. My main goal is to get some good race days in my legs and having come from a very hot Australian summer, adjust to racing in the cooler weather again.
“We have a strong team and different cards to play on the various stages.”
Van Garderen will begin his season at the Portuguese race.
“This winter has been really great preparation wise,” said the American. “I feel like all the boxes have been ticked, and I’m super motivated to start the season strong. Richie will be the leader going into the race, but if we are on good form it’ll be a lot of fun playing off one another. I’ve raced this race five times in the past, finishing on the podium once in 2011, so I know what to expect.”