Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!

Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake

by Aaron S. Lee

Yevgeniy Gidich (Vino 4ever SKO) backed up Tuesday’s stage 3 win in Guide with a bunch sprint win over Italians Daniele Colli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Alberto Cecchin (Team Roth). Vitaliy Buts (Kolss BDC Team) remains in the overall lead.

Shortly after Colli, who would earn the most aggressive rider award on the day, claimed the first intermediate sprint at the 66km mark, a lead group of five riders were joined by a chase group of 18 with a little less than 100km to go. Kolss-BDC had a numbers advantage with five riders, including current general classification leader and stage 4 winner Vitaliy Buts (UKR), while both Parkhotel-Valkenburg and Vino 4ever SKO each had three.

After enduring what Dutchman Bram Nolten (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) referred to as maximum overload in the final push of the 185km mostly flat stage plagued by gusting crosswinds, the lead group drove feverishly to the finish.

“Well the race was so tough with the constant echelons trying to combat the crosswinds, which became brutal just after the first intermediate sprint,” said Nolten. “We had barely any time to save some energy, and this altitude only makes matters worse. I was crying tears of pain. In the final we decided to co-op with Kolss to keep the group together until the final kilometre and we were working to keep the group turning so no escapes would come in last 10k.”

“Our team is very young,” said Vino sports director Sergey Danniker. “They gained a lot of confidence from Tour de Korea, and afterwards raced the national championships in Kazakhstan in preparation for the altitude here at Qinghai Lake. They are gaining confidence after every stage and every race.”

Stage 5: Qinghai Lake > Gangcha - Stage Result

Thursday 21st July 2016

1. kz
GIDICH Yevgeniy
Vino 4ever SKO
2. it
COLLI Daniele
Nippo - Vini Fantini
3. it
Team Roth