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Vuelta a España, Tour of Britain, GP Montreal & Quebec | The Cycling Race News Show

Vuelta a España, Tour of Britain, GP Montreal & Quebec | The Cycling Race News Show


Coming up this week on the GCN Racing News
Show – skillz, spills, abandons, and a breakaway extravaganza at the Vuelta a Espana, a wet
and windy finale to the Tour of Britain, a future star shines at the Lotto Belgium Tour,
and it’s double Bling at the Grand Prix’s of Quebec and Montreal. We start today at La Vuelta, which has just
reached the conclusion of the 2nd week. A number of riders have abandoned – Dylan
Van Baarle succumbed to injuries sustained in a bizarre post finish crash on stage 12. A race official timed his sprint past the
photographers all wrong, and with an incredibly narrow finish, there was nowhere for stage
winner Alexandre Geniez to go – the two collided heavily, but it was Van Baarle who would end
up the worse off. Chema Rodriguez, who has had a heavy involvement
in cycling for decades, resigned from his position with immediate effect. Now, whilst there’s no doubt that he was
at fault here, you also have to question whether that was a finish fit for the end of a stage
of a Grand Tour – Marcus Burghardt was amongst the riders who voiced their disapproval, and
you can see why – downhill and extremely narrow, there was very little room for the riders
to get past the scrum of photographers even without the extra obstruction – had it been
a bigger group sprinting for the line, the consequences could have been even worse. Amongst others leaving the race last week
were Pavel Sivakov, suffering after his own crash at the end of the first week, Nacer
Bouhanni, who wasn’t able to finish stage 11, and Dan Martin, off home for the imminent
arrival of twins. Amazingly, still IN the race, is Louis Meintjes
– the South African crashed on a descent on stage 14, falling some way off the side of
the road, and he looked dazed to say the very least as he got back on his bike. He was closely monitored by medical staff
that evening, and was deemed fit enough to start the following day. In terms of the actual racing – the leader’s
jersey was briefly loaned to Jesus Herrada of Cofidis after he formed part of yet another
breakaway that took a serious chunk of time on stage 12, but Yates would take it back
two days later. The GC battle itself is still very open – Quintana
was the dominant force on stage 13, but Yates turned the table the following two stages,
winning stage 14, and then placing third on La Covadonga the following day. This is the way things stand going into the
final rest day – Yates leading by 26 seconds over Alejandro Valverde, Quintana a further
7s back in 3rd. Lot’s still to play for in the final week,
then, which starts tomorrow with a 32km individual time trial – I’ll let you in here on my
prediction actually – Rohan Dennis for the win. Going out on a limb there. Don’t forget that you can catch daily highlights
and analysis over on our Facebook page, but if you’d like to watch live, we’ve got
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a link in the description below, or you’ll be able to click on one at the end of this
show. Before we finish with the Vuelta, though,
we have to show you this footage of Ivan Garcia Cortina – the savagely steep slopes of La
Camperona clearly not getting in the way of his enjoyment – quality skills there – thanks
to Alejandro Conde for the video. Meanwhile over in Canada, the 9th editions
of the Grand Prix’s of Quebec and Montreal were run on Friday and Sunday respectively. A brave effort by Pete Kennaugh in the former
almost saw him pull of an upset, however he was caught almost within sight of the line
and so we had the expected reduced bunch sprint. Winning convincingly was Michael Matthews,
clearly fitter and fresher than the rest after an injury hit season, and that much was evident
two days later in Montreal – his team worked hard, he finished off the job, this time in
a much closer battle with Sonny Colbrelli. Matthews, slightly controversially, hasn’t
been selected by cycling Australia for the World Championships, here’s what he had
to say on that subject yesterday…… 2nd in Quebec, for the FOURTH time, was Greg
Van Avermaet – the Olympic champion backing that up with 3rd in Montreal – it’ll be
interesting to see what he is capable of at the World Champs in Austria. The Tour of Britain reached it’s conclusion
yesterday in London – the race had been shaped by the particularly tough team time trial
which finished up the Whinlatter Pass, Lotto NL Jumbo winning the stage and putting Primoz
Roglic into the race lead, but he faltered the following day on a stage which finished
on the same climb – there, Julian Alaphilippe did enough in finishing 2nd to Wout Poels
to propel himself into the leader’s jersey, which he would keep through Sherwood on stage
7 and through to the final in London. Incredibly – that marked Quickstep’s 61st
win of the season so far. That final stage in London was won by Caleb
Ewan riding his final race for Mitchelton Scott – he outsprinted Gaviria and Greipel
to the line. 20 year old Liane Lippert has cemented herself
as a future star of women’s cycling – she already won the national Elite title in Germany
back in June, and has now won the three day Lotto Belgium Tour. She’d finished 6th in the opening prologue
behind Aude Biannic, but it was Lippert who would prove strongest on the final stage around
Geraardsbergen, on a circuit that included the infamous Muur Van Geraardsbergen. Now, we normally leave the off road stuff
to our mates over at GMBN, but we’re going to dip our toes in the mud briefly, because
this week’s rider of the week is Kate Courtney. In her first World Championships out of the
U23 category, the 22 year old got the better of two far more experience riders, Anika Langvad
and Emily Batty, to become the 1st American winner of the even since Alison Dunlap back
in 2001. Head over the GMBN later today for a full
run down of the World Championships in Switzerland where Nino Schurter also took an amazing 7th
world title in front of his home crowd. OK – next week we’ll be back with the conclusion
of the Vuelta, as well as the Madrid Challenge, the first of the late season Italian one day
races, the Coppa Bernocchi and Agostini, as well as the Championship of Flanders. See you then.

28 comments on “Vuelta a España, Tour of Britain, GP Montreal & Quebec | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. I wished there was an Ontario tour . Yesterday all bike races would of been immediately cancelled with 70km hr winds . I lived in and grew up in Europe and have been up 2000 meter mountains thousands of times and never seen winds like this in Ontario where it is all flat land. The lakes here provide some massive winds. This would be a massive challenge to any pro cycling tour. It would be crazy going 15 km hr battling 40 km hr winds lol.

  2. Julian Alaphilippe was very unsportsmanlike in the final sprint. You dont slap someone while sprinting especially someone who did nothing wrong. He lost my respect and took the shine off Caleb Ewans dominate win.

  3. Hells yeah-big ups to Katie Courtney! Watched that race on TV and was amazed to see her take the lead over Langvad in the last lap. She displayed tremendous effort and tenacity.

  4. Chema Rodrigues, with his clear fault behind the finish line, is the Man of Honour. Vary bad he's not a politician: the World would be better with such responsible people in governments.

  5. Hey you covered the GP of Montreal! And that's me at the finish sprint kneeling on the left taking photos! But why was VanAvermat there when all the other top riders were at the tour of Britain or Spain? Thanks for covering it!

  6. Seriously the photographers and camera man should be off the damn course; cyclist are easily going 25+ mph or 40+ Km/h from a downhill section you put a bunch of people in front of them blocking where they can go and of course there is going to be a accident.

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