Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.

Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1

by CyclingTips

Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira) won the opening stage of the Volta ao Alentejo, beating Eduard Prades (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) and Carlos Barbero (Movistar) to the line in an uphill sprint.

Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally Cycling) and Sean Mckenna (An Post-Chain Reaction) attacked early and had a maximum lead of more than 10 minutes. But with only two able to share the work they were brought back rather early, with nearly 60km left to race.

Later, Aldemar Reyes (Manzana Postobon) and Edward Dunbar (Axeon Hagens Berman) attacked on the penultimate climb, but the pair were also caught soon after cresting the top.

Nocentini was dropped on the final climb but made it back into the group in time for the finish. The 39-year-old stepped down to the ProContinental team after 17 years on the WorldTour, most recently with the AG2R La Mondiale team.

Stage 1: Portalegre > Castelo de Vide - Stage Result

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

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Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
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Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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Movistar Team