Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Poppel wins stage five of the Tour of Poland, Sagan keeps yellow; Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos; Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles; Tour de France King of the Mountains Barguil and Moinard join Fortuneo-Oscaro squad; Gallopin and Ag2r La Mondiale commit for two years; Alaphilippe extends contract with QuickStep Floors team; UAE Team Emirates announces pending two-year deal with Alexander Kristoff; Shimano sneaks in new 105 front derailleur featuring trickle-down tech; Transcontinental update: Lenhard’s lead slims as race favourite stalks; Armstrong’s ‘Stages’ podcast to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama MusicFestival; Video: CrossFit Games Cyclocross Course; Video: The inside story of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France

Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos

by VeloClub

Celebrating his 28th birthday in style, Matteo Trentin clocked up victory on day two of the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain. The QuickStep Floors rider outsprinted Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport), Tim Ariesen (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) and the rest of the bunch into Belorado, notching up his team’s 41st win of the season.

The race was marked by a seven man breakaway which worked hard to open up a gap of four minutes. Those involved were Ben King (Dimension Data), Ibai Salas (Burgos-BH), Sjoerd van Ginneken (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij), Alexandre Pichot (Direct Energie), Luis Más (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Juan Feliple Osorio (Manzana-Postobon) and Dani Diaz (Delko-Marseille Provence).

However Trentin’s team plus the Cofidis squad dragged the bunch along and prevented the break from getting any further ahead, eventually hauling it back. Más was the last to hold on, but he was back in the fold with about nine kilometres left.

“The guys did a really good job, helping me stay in position and be in front of the bunch with three kilometers to go,” said Trentin. “Having only two stages for the sprinters meant everybody wanted to be up there and that led to some crazy speeds in the closing meters. I went with 300 meters to go, because in this kind of sprints it’s always better to start earlier and I knew I could keep the speed up all the way to the line.”

Tuesday’s stage winner Mikel Landa (Team Sky) holds on at the top of the general classification. He is two seconds ahead of Sergei Chernetski (Astana Pro Team), while Trentin’s teammate Julian Alaphilippe is a further second back in third.

Stage 2: Oña > Belorado - Stage Result

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

1. it
Quick-Step Floors
2. gb
Aqua Blue Sport
3. nl
Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij