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by Matt de Neef
August 28, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory; Lizzie Deignan victorious in GP de Plouay; Egan Bernal takes comfortable victory at the Tour de l’Avenir; Elia Viviani sprints to Bretagne Classic victory; Joe Cooper and Macey Stewart win the Tour of the King Valley; An international battle at the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross; Cannondale-Drapac turns to crowdfunding after sponsor troubles; Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal signs with Team Sky; Warren Barguil sent home from the Vuelta; Five Brisbane cyclists injured after being struck by a car; Party tricks at the Vuelta; 1,000 rockets attached to a bike.
He might have won two stages, the KOM jersey and finished 10th at the recent Tour de France, but those efforts didn’t save Warren Barguil (Sunweb) from being sent home from the Vuelta by his own team.
Barguil admitted to ignoring team orders by going on the attack in the mountains.
“Working according to a team plan with clear goals is deeply anchored in the team’s way of working,” a team Sunweb press release said. “Since 2008 this has been the basis of the gradual growth and success of Team Sunweb, therefore is a value that cannot be varied. The team appreciates Barguil’s openness about his motives at the Vuelta.”
Barguil himself said: “I have to leave the Vuelta by the decision of the team. I feel very well and have good legs. I see myself in different a role and am eager to attack in the mountains, as I did in the Tour. The Vuelta is a great race and it is disappointing to leave but this is a decision from the team that I need to accept.”
Barguil will leave Sunweb at the end of the year to begin a three-year contract with Fortuneo-Oscara.