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Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai; Alaphilippe takes uphill sprint in Colombia: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

February 10, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai Tour, Viviani retains GC lead; Alalphilippe wins uphill sprint at Colombia Oro y Paz, takes race lead; Life after Sky: With move to Quick-Step, Viviani is quickly building momentum; Oh-so-close for Rally’s Brandon McNulty at Dubai Tour; Gaviria’s hat trick: Three for three in Colombia Oro y Paz sprints; Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California; Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet; Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64.

Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California

by CyclingTips

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has partnered with cycling event producer Bike Monkey to create two mass-participation sportives in California in 2018. The first event is slated for May 5 in Truckee, California, on gravel and dirt roads near Lake Tahoe. The second event will be on pavement and take place on November 3. The selection process is still underway for a host city for the fall event, but this second location is expected to be finalized in the coming months.

Sagan will participate in activities taking place on the days before and after each event in the host communities, raising awareness and support for the King Ridge Foundation, the Specialized Foundation, and select local non-profits serving at-risk youth.

“I love California and am never there long enough. My time at the Amgen Tour of California is some of the best of my racing season,” Sagan said. “I try to come here as often as I can. Not only does California provide some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the world, the warmth and friendliness of its people are second to none. I really feel at home whenever I’m there. That’s why, together with Bike Monkey, I wanted to host an on-bike party in one of my favorite parts of the world.”

The first of the two rides will feature a long-course distance of 67.5 miles with shorter options available, ideally suited for wide clearance cyclocross or gravel bikes. Participants should expect traffic-controlled intersections, on-bike marshals, moto officials, and SAG providing rider support. Additional details on the November ride are forthcoming and should be released later this spring.

Bike Monkey is a leader in cycling productions, hosting tens of thousands of riders over the last decade in mountain bike, road, and cyclocross events, most notably at Levi Leipheimer’s annual Gran Fondo. Unique to these rides will be the scale of the post-ride festival associated with both of them. Attendees should expect music, beer, local food, and ancillary events, all intended to be as much of a party for riders as they are for the community around them. The Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID) has committed to hosting this event for two years, recognizing the benefits of embracing large-scale cycling events and what they mean to a healthy, vibrant mountain town. Registration opens on Thursday, February 15, at saganfondo.com.

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