Bob Jungels and Anna van der Breggen win at Liege: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 23, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bob Jungels solos to biggest career win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Kanstantsin Siutsou wins the Tour of Croatia; Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Boels-Dolmans thanks Sky for help after mechanic has a heart attack; Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with car; Former junior world champion killed after being hit by a car; Astana’s tribute to Michele Scarponi; Following Sep Vanmarcke at the Tour of Flanders; Alaphilippe congratulates Jungels on Liege success.

Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon

by CyclingTips

Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) has signalled his good form ahead of the Giro d’Italia, winning the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon over the weekend.

Plaza went into the final day of the three-stage Spanish race in 36th place, 19 seconds off the overall lead of stage 1 winner Carlos Barbero (Movistar). But on the hilly final stage, Plaza got in a breakaway with 110km to go, got clear in a small group 10km later, then attacked on his own with 40km to go. He went on to take an impressive solo victory by some 46 seconds.

Eduard Prades (Euskadi – Murias) and Barbero were next across the line, but Plaza had done enough to repeat his overall victory from 2013.

“I had bigger wins but this will always be special because it’s my first with Israel Cycling Academy,” said Plaza, a stage winner at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. “I am very happy to be able to win for my young team. And what make me even more happy is that the whole team feels happy like me. It belongs to all of us.

“I’m ready for the Giro. This victory means that I’m in the correct way to the Giro, doing the correct job in altitude and it’s great to feel it”.