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by Matt de Neef
August 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.
Yves Lampaert (QuickStep Floors) has moved into the red jersey of Vuelta a España leader after winning stage 2 of the Spanish Grand Tour with a late solo move.
No breakaway was allowed to go clear on the flat stage from Nîmes and Gruissan, with all teams staying alert to the possibility of crosswinds. Sure enough, with a little less than 2km to go, QuickStep Floors increased the pace and split the field, before Lampaert punched off the front solo. The Belgian was able to hold off the chase behind to win the stage, while his teammate Matteo Trentin was second and Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) third.
“Our ideal scenario was to create an echelon long before the finish, but in case this didn’t happen, then we had a back-up plan: to try again in the last kilometers,” Lampaert said. “We wanted to deliver Matteo in a perfect position to sprint for the win, but once we splintered the peloton and opened a gap in the final kilometer, we improvised a bit, as he told me to go, and that’s what I did.”
Lampaert’s win sees the 26-year-old take the overall lead from Australia’s Rohan Dennis (BMC). Dennis was a key member of the BMC squad that won the opening-stage teams time trial and by crossing the line first, the Australian time trial champ became the first leader of the race.
The Vuelta continues today with a tough, mountainous stage 3 through Andorra.