Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 26, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21

Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca

by CyclingTips

ORICA-Bike Exchange’s Simon Yates took his first professional win, soloing to victory at the Spanish one-day Prueba Villafranca-Ordiziako Klasika race. The win comes a day after his twin brother claimed the best young rider win at the Tour de France, as well as after he recently served a three-month ban for an anti-doping violation.

“I am really happy with this win,” said Yates. “It’s actually my first victory as a full professional and of course it is very special, especially in such a tough race.”

Yates put in a strong attack on the final climb to ride away from the group to win by more than 30 seconds ahead of Ángel Madraco (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) and Alexander Vdovin (Lokosphinx).

“The team were fantastic today, we had to be really switched on from the first kilometre and tactically we got it spot on. I hope that I can carry this form into the upcoming races, but for sure I am going to enjoy this moment.”

“We were very conscious of starting on the back foot today,” said sport director Neil Stephens. “We knew that we were quite heavily outnumbered by most of the other teams, therefore it was imperative that we stayed focused throughout the race. It was an intense race from the off and we remained very alert. We knew that Simon has the ability to win here and the way we have achieved that is very satisfying.”

1. gb
YATES Simon
ORICA-BikeExchange
03:49:50
2. es
MADRAZO RUIZ Ángel
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:34
3. ru
VDOVIN Alexander
Lokosphinx
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