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by Mark Zalewski
July 20, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vos doubles wins at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; Gidich wins third stage of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Four talking points from the 2016 Giro Rosa; Anatomy of a bike throw: Sagan’s stage-winning lunge for the line; Battle with the broom wagon: Suffering to stay in the Tour; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 10-16; Rohan Dennis leaving Tour de France; A mid-season chat: Joe Dombrowski talks beer, cars, and renewed contract with Cannondale-Drapac; Cummings replaces Kennaugh for Olympic road race; AG2R LA MONDIALE extends sponsorship through 2020; Turkish Olympian motivated to perform at Qinghai Lake following failed coup attempt in Ankara; Team Sky on Pinarello through 2020; List of Tour de France team budgets; Sagan at the Tour de France, by the numbers; Tour de France, stage 16 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 16; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 2 highlights
Kazakhstan’s Yevgeniy Gidich (Vino 4ever SKO) has been enjoying a bit of a hot streak of late. The 20-year-old is fresh off a top 10 finish at Tour de Korea in June, which also included seven top 10 finishes out of eight stages. Two weeks earlier he claimed his first pro stage win at the Tour of Iran (2.1). On Tuesday, Gidich recorded his second win when he crossed the stage 3 finish first in a bunch sprint to close a tough 133km day from Duoba to Guide at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
Gidich overcame the first mountain stage of the 13-stage, 1,916km UCI Asia Tour road race, to take the victory over Ukrainian Mykhaylo Kononenko (Kolss-BDC) and Italian Alberto Cecchin (Team Roth), as well as slip into the blue jersey for the best Asian rider.
The race was very active at the start and did not see a legitimate break until after stage 1 winner and former race leader Miguel Rubiano (China Continental Team of Gansu Bank) claim the first intermediate sprint points at the 22.3km mark. Alexandr Shushemoin (Vino 4ever SKO) was the first to launch (39km) and was later joined by six other riders but they failed to make the break stick.
Iranian Moazami Arvin (Pishgaman Cycling Team) claimed the second intermediate sprint just before a failed attempt at a break dissolved at 52km into the race, which signalled the start of the hors catégorie climb and the race’s first KOM (3,782m in elevation). Colombian Mauricio Ortega (RTS-Santic), who opened stage 1 with a near perfect 90km solo break to the finish before being swallowed by the peloton in the final 3km, claimed the first KOM and the polka dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification.
Overall, Vitaliy Buts (Kolss-BDC) remains in the yellow leaders jersey for the second straight stage since lifting it from Rubiano, who trails on general classification (GC) by only one second, while Gidich moves into third just four seconds back.