Fire sweeps through Rio Olympic Velodrome causing damage to track

Chinese lantern reportedly started the fire

The velodrome used for the track cycling events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games has received major damage after a fire swept through the building on Sunday.

The fire was reportedly started when a Chinese lantern landed on the roof of the building, which had only re-opened in May.

>>> Mark Cavendish sets sights on Madison event at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

No injuries were reported in the blaze and officials are still working to establish the full extent of the damage but the building appears to have received major damage to the roof, with photos from inside also showing damage to one part of the Siberian pine track.

“The Ministry of Sport deeply regrets the incident this morning at the Velodrome Park and at the same time criticises this criminal practice of releasing balloons,” an official statement read.

“The velodrome, a legacy of the Brazilian Olympic Games, was used by athletes and the community of Rio de Janeiro. We await and rely on the punishment of those involved for destroying more than a public good, a common site for all.

“After the fire brigade, we will assess the damage and measures to be taken to recover this important national asset.”


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Tech of the week: a Dogma with discs, more power, pro bikes and Rapha news

This week we’ve had yet another new Pinarello Dogma, bike guides for tourers and hybrids and Cav’s 10g paint job in the tech news

Another new Pinarello, power meters and more pro bikes

After three new Dogma models the week before, Pinarello went off the boil a bit last week, only unveiling a single new model. We bemoaned the absence of a disc brake option on the previously announced Dogma K10 endurance bike. So last week’s launch of the Dogma K10S Disk was a nice surprise. And the bike has an electronic rear shock absorber too.

Another week, another Dogma

In other bike launch news, Bianchi has teamed up with Ferrari to produce a whole range of Scuderia Ferrari branded machines.

If you’re in the market for a power meter, Quarq has released two new models. The DFour91 is designed to work with Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and Quarq claims 1.5% accuracy. There’s also a new version of the DZero power meter compatible with Specialized S-Works carbon cranks.

Rigoberto Uran put out an average 220 watts for 5 hours on Stage 9 of the Tour de France (Photo Sunada)

On the subject of power, we’ve reported Rigoberto Uran’s power data from his ride on Stage 9 of the Tour de France, when he put out up to 1190 watts while stuck in a 53/11 gear to win the stage.

Mark Cavendish’s green paint on his Cervélo S5 weighs just 10g

Last week, we had a video look at Mark Cavendish’s Cervélo S5. It comes in green and silver metallic livery, with the paint only 10 microns thick and weighing just 10g, saving up to 200g over a standard lacquer finish. And we also had Simon Yates’s yin-yang black and white Scott Addict, which he rode into Paris in his White Jersey last week.

Touring and tan lines

With summer in full swing and holidays around the corner, if you fancy bike touring we’ve run through what to look for in a tourer and selected our picks from the models available.

Touring bikes explained

But if you don’t fancy getting tan lines on your arms, you can always try Ekoi’s new Solair jersey, that lets you tan through the fabric while still filtering out harmful UV-B rays.

For a more leisurely ride or for the daily commute to work, you might prefer a hybrid machine. We’ve given you a buyer’s guide to flat bar bikes last week as well as our pick of sub-£1000 road bikes with drop bars or flat bars.

How to fit clip-on aerobars explained

If you want to get that go faster aero tuck on your road bike, we’ve shown you how to fit clip-on aerobars in our latest maintenance video. Or for some indoor on-bike training you could always head for a spin class – we’ve told you what to expect.

Kit bargains too

Rapha’s been in the news this week, with the owners of Aston Martin and Louis Vuitton amongst those rumoured to be competing to pay up to £200m for the luxury cycling brand. And Rapha’s sale has started this week too: we’ve looked out a few bargains.

Grab a Rapha bargain in the sale

It’s not just Rapha kit that’s priced down either. We’ve also had a round up of bargains on men’s and women’s Castelli clothing and our Sunday Trading deals to tempt you again this week.


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Alexander Kristoff wins RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff pays back his Katusha-Alpecin team’s hard work with victory in London

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) won the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday from a bunch sprint at the end of a fast-paced edition of the race.

The Norwegian made up for a winless Tour de France by sprinting ahead of his rivals on The Mall to claim the win ahead of Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott), with Tour green jersey winner Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) in third.

The elevation to WorldTour status for 2017 changed the way the race unfolded compared to previous editions. The pace was kept very high through the narrow roads of Surrey, turning it into a war of attrition.

The initial escape group comprised Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors), Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Julien Duval (Ag2r), Wesley Kreder (Wanty Groupe Gobert), and Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin).

As the riders started to tackle the Surrey Hills, and particularly Leith Hill and into two tough circuits up and over Ranmore Common, the peloton started to dramatically split apart as riders were dropped.

>>> WorldTour 2017: Latest news and race calendar

Kreder and Duval lost touch with their companions, with Team Sky and UAE Team Emirates largely responsible for driving the pace of the peloton.

As Sky looked to create an even more furious pace, the lead trio were subsequently swept up.

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) and Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) then attacked heading into 60km to go and on the final pass of Ranmore, but Kennaugh soon dropped off the pace to leave two riders in front.

Trentin and Impey continued sharing the lead out front, with a slim gap. On the ascent of Box Hill – the final categorised climb of the day with 45km to go – Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) attacked out of the chase group and bridged to Impey and Trentin.

This new lead trio continued to work well together, but could not make much headway. With the major climbs completed, the peloton started to regroup behind them and the gap was 28 seconds with 30km to go.

Stuyven’s Trek-Segafredo team-mates moved to the front of the peloton, disrupting the speed of the chase and allowing the break to eek out more time leading into the final flat run-in to London. Their gap stretched out to around 35 seconds, before being pegged back.

>>> Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at RideLondon Classique

Team Sunweb and Katusha-Alpecin were at the front of the bunch to lead the chase, but a tailwind was assisting the three riders in the lead to set up a nail-biting game of cat-and-mouse.

Impey was unable to hold onto the wheels of Stuyven and Trentin heading into Wimbledon Village and it seemed like the impetus had gone from the break, as the gap reduced to 18 seconds with 12km to go.

Bizarrely, there was just a single Sunweb rider and a single Katusha rider sat in front of Trek and Quick-Step line at the front of the bunch to do the chasing. No-one seemed to want to burn out riders in the pursuit to potentially leave their lead-out trains short to the advantage of their rivals.

Inside 4km, Trentin and Stuyven still had 16 seconds over the peloton but then Orica-Scott and Team Sky started to move their riders up to the front of the bunch and the gap started to tumble and they were caught with 1km to go.

The wide finishing straight up The Mall allowed everyone plenty of room in a drag-race, with Kristoff capitalising on his team’s efforts to claim the victory.

Result

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, 200km
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin, in 4-05-42
2. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
4. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
5. Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac, at same time
6. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team, at 1 sec
7. Zak Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
8. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Rudy Barbier (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
10. Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale, at same time


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Sky’s Danny van Poppel takes Tour of Poland lead from Sagan after stage two

Sacha Modolo wins bunch sprint on stage two of the 2017 Tour of Poland as Peter Sagan loses overall lead to Danny van Poppel

Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) took his first WorldTour victory of the 2017 season on Sunday, winning stage two of the Tour of Poland.

The Italian was a convincing winner of the bunch sprint in Katowice, finishing ahead of Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) and Maximilian Walschid (Team Sunweb).

Stage one winner and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was boxed in during the final sprint, and finished eighth, losing his overall lead to van Poppel.

Van Poppel leads Sagan overall, with Modolo in third – all three riders are tied on the same time.

>>> Peter Sagan makes winning return to racing on Tour of Poland stage one

The day’s original escape group comprised Polish national road race champion Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo), Kamil Gradek (Polish National Team) and Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk).

As the race unfolded, the quartet pushed out a gap of around three and a half minutes on the undulating route from Jaworzno to Szczyrk. The terrain and hot weather ultimately took its toll on the break, and Kurek was the last remaining rider to get caught as the race hit the finishing loops around Katowice inside the final 40km.

Almost immediately, Pawel Bernas (Polish National Team) attacked to go solo. He pushed out an impressive gap given his lone effort but he, too, was caught to bring the peloton back together with 22km to go.

Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team-mates were joined by Trek-Segafredo at the head of the bunch, keen to keep the bunch together to try and ensure a sprint.

>>> Tour of Poland 2017 start list

Daniel Oss (BMC) was having none of it. The Italian attacked with 15km to go on the final lap of the finishing circuit and was able to maintain the effort until 10km to go, when he was absorbed back into the bunch – as it turned out, only for a rest as he attacked again with 8km to go.

This time, Oss was joined by Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) but Bora-Hansgrohe swiftly closed down the move. A more dangerous attack came into the 2km mark as Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors) accelerated free of the sprinters’ teams assembling at the front of the bunch.

Vakoc’s move cause chaos in the peloton, as various riders tried to chase him down, disrupting the sprint trains. Although he was caught with one kilometre remaining, there was disorganisation in the bunch.

Modolo capitalised on his rivals’ lack of team assistance, opening up his sprint relatively early after being dropped-off by a team-mate, and managing to out-pace everyone. Van Poppel’s late surge and lunge to the line to take second netted him the lead in the general classification.

The 2017 Tour of Poland continues on Monday with stage three, a testing 161km trip from Jaworzno to Szczyrk that includes two ascents each of the category one Salmopol and Zameczek climbs in its second half and with a climb to the finish. It should represent the first chance for the GC hopefuls to stretch their legs.


Watch: Show us your scars – Danny van Poppel


Result

Tour of Poland 2017, stage two: Tarnowskie Góry to Katowice, 142km
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, in 3-15-21
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
3. Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
4. Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
5. Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
6. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
7. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana
10. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data, all same time

General classification after stage two
1. Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky, in 6-11-27
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
3. Sache Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, at same time
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott, at 4 secs
5. Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb, at 6 secs
6. Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data at 9 secs
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, at 9 secs
8. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 10 secs
9. Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 10 secs
10. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana, at 10 secs


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Sunday trading: Half price Oakleys and major discounts on top end Campagnolo wheelsets

Revamp your wardrobe and give your bike some love with some of these wicked deals from the likes of Wiggle, Chain Reaction Cycles, Evans Cycles and many more

How about that RideLondon then, eh? Or perhaps you just managed to get out a quick one this weekend?

Either way, we bet there’s something you need in this bumper crop of products for this week’s Sunday Trading.

Campagnolo Bora One 35 tubular wheelset £1,523 £1,057

The Bora are Campag’s top of the range, ultimate racing weapon, and they’re the perfect upgrade if you’re looking to start moving up the rankings at your local races or bury your mates on your weekend rides.

Buy now: Campagnolo Bora One 35 tubular wheelset at ProBike kit for £1,057

Blackburn Local 75/10 light set £29 £7.99

Sadly, we’re beginning to get back to that time of the year again where the daylight is beginning to fade. The good news, though, is that the retailers all still have them pretty heavily discounted, so now’s actually the best time to buy.

Buy now: Blackburn Local 75/10 light set at Tweeks Cycles for £7.99

Oakley Silver sunglasses £89 £47

Look stylish both on and off the bike with these Oakley Silver sunglasses. They’re lightweight and come with Oakley’s High Definition Optics (HDO) technology so things look crisp and sharp.

Buy now: Oakley Silver sunglasses at Chain Reaction Cycles for £47

Endura FS260-Pro bib short bib short £84 £59

These are some serious bib shorts. Happily, they use all the same technology as their 10/10 older sibling the Endura FS260-Pro SL, just at lower price point, and especially now they’re discounted by £30!

Buy now: Endura FS260-Pro bib short at Evans Cycles for £59

More tidy deals:

Exposure Strada 1200 – £288£199

Bell Stratus helmet – £99£49

dhb ASV Race bib-shorts £80£60

Garmin Forerunner 235 £299£221

Sportul Gruppetto Pro bib-shorts £80 – £55.99

Garmin Edge 20 £109 – £84

Quarq DFour Power Meter £872 – £766.99

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 crankset £499 – £309.99

Giro Peloton cycling cap £24.99 – £19.99

Specialized women’s Pro SL bib short £139.99 – £111.99

Specialized Elasticised shoe cover £29.99 – £9.90

Shimano Ultegra 6800 compact chain set £249.99 £179.99

Look keo grip cleats – £20.99 – £9.99

BMC Team Machine ALR01 105 2016 – £1,249 – £949

Mavic Cosmic Pro carbon wheelset – £875 – £787.50

Castelli Imprevisto Nano water-repellant jersey – £80 – £55.99

Specialized SL Expert bib-short – £99.99 – £79.99

Louis Garneau knee warmers – £19.99 – £15.99

That’s all for this week folks, check back next week for more mega deals!


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53-year-old Italian cyclist ‘caught with motor in bike’ at amateur race

Italian media reports that an amateur rider was caught with an electric motor concealed within his frame at an event

An Italian amateur rider has reportedly been caught at an event with an electric motor concealed within his bicycle’s frame.

The 53-year-old was entered in a masters category at the event in Bedizzole, reported Italian website Tuttobici on Sunday.

The presence of the device was detected using a thermal scanner that highlights areas of high temperature in a frame – which can be a sign of a hidden motor, as they generate heat.

According to Tuttobici, the rider was invited to have his bike disassembled in order to confirm the presence of a motor or not, but he declined and left the race.

>>> ‘There has been motorised doping in the Tour de France’: US TV investigation

Similar checks for hidden motors are now routinely carried out at professional level.

So far there has been only one previous reported incident of a rider being caught with a concealed motor in a top-level race, that of Belgian under-23 cyclo-cross rider Femke Van den Driessche.

Van den Driessche’s bike was discovered to contain a hidden motor at the 2016 UCI cyclo-cross World Championships. She was subsequently suspended by the UCI for six years and handed a £14,000 fine.

Prior to that, there were persistent rumours for several years that ‘motor doping’ was taking place in pro-level races, but without firm evidence. Van den Driessche’s case not only confirmed that it was possible to conceal an electric motor in a frame without any visible signs, but that they were actually being used in races.


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Dennis weighs up autumn options while easing back into racing at Tour de Pologne

Less than a week has gone past since the Tour de France finished but for many star riders who spent July away from racing, including Australia’s Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team), the Tour de Pologne has already raised the curtain on what looks set to be an intriguing second half of the season.

The 27-year-old had a first half of 2017 with very mixed fortunes. A crash out of the Giro d’Italia in the first week was one major setback, but two wins in the Tour de Suisse, bookending the race in its two time trials, were the latest triumphs in a series of victories stretching back as far as the Australian Time Trial Nationals in January.

There are no time trials – Dennis’ strongest suit, but far from his only one – in the Tour de Pologne, where he’s currently taking part. But as Dennis told Cyclingnews at the start of the opening stage in Krakow’s main square, his remaining top 2017 objectives are likely a little further down the line than in Eastern Europe’s premier stage race.

“I’m not too worried about what goes on here,” Dennis says. “I’ve been out of racing for just over a month, having not raced since Suisse. I’m looking to do well in the Vuelta a España and hopefully have a place for the World’s, and that way I can come away a good result at the end of the year. Here it’s more to get the legs moving, and if something happens, it happens.”

As he eyes doing two Grand Tours in the same season for the first time in his career Dennis is moving into uncharted waters in other ways. He has never raced in Poland before on the road, for thing although he says he has very good memories of his previous visit to the country, when he took part the 2009 Track World Championships just outside Warsaw. The Vuelta a España is more familiar territory, given he finished the race back in 2014, taking 84th and a third place in the last, short, time trial in Santiago de Compostela.

“I’ll just be doing here and then go on to the Vuelta,” Dennis says. “I’ve done a lot of racing before and if I try to do any more, there’s only two weeks between here and the Vuelta’s opening team time trial in Nimes. I’ll be going for a stage or two there in the Vuelta, and if I can do well in them, that should transfer across to the GC.”

The top of that particular Vuelta stage hit list comes as soon the first week. With Andorra as his base in Europe, Dennis knows the two climbs that will likely forge the first GC sort-out in the Vuelta on stage 3 – the first-category, 13-kilometre Col de la Rabassa in the Pyrenean mini-state and the second-category, 4.3-kilometre Alt de la Cornella straight after – ‘very well.’

“We use them in training a lot. If I can stay with the gc guys there in the Vuelta, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have a crack at the stage,” he said.

“When it comes to the sprints with Caleb [Ewan-Orica Scott] and [Peter] Sagan [Bora-Hansgrohe] I stay out of them but I’m faster than the climbers in a sprint,” he points out. Of course, fighting for a win on ‘home soil’ in Andorra would like be an extra motivation, too.

Further into the Spanish Grand Tour, Dennis will be banking to get a good result in the Vuelta’s individual time trial in Logroño. Nor will BMC be lacking in collective objectives in the Vuelta, with a repeat victory in the opening team time trial, which they won two years ago in Marbella, high on their list of priorities, Dennis says. “We are one of the best teams at team time trialling, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t go for it.”

“To tell you the truth, I actually got the TTs the wrong way round until about a week ago, I thought the team time trial was second up and the individual was the first one in the race. So the individual coming on stage 15 or 16, it will be a good little test for the legs for Norway.”

As Dennis points out, should the Vuelta overall bid happen, it will be more of a bonus than anything else. Right now, he’s currently hovering on an invisible line between going all out for GC – the Vuelta’s recent history is littered with a fair few top time triallists who’ve then crossed successfully into Grand Tour specialists, after all – and not going for GC at all.

“The [pre-season] goal was going to be doing the two Grand Tours, but the Vuelta was never 100 per cent certain for GC. It was only after what happened in the Giro that that became a possibility,” he said.

“It’s more a question of getting the confidence back for the Grand Tours. The Giro was a confidence hit, but I did manage to get back into things in Suisse, even if there was a crash [which cost him all chance of defending his lead] as well.

“I’m not totally sold on the GC in the Vuelta, I think it could be a bit too much to do that and then go for the Worlds, but I’m not going to throw it away, either, if my legs are good.”

Yet another factor in this tricky equation is that Dennis did an excellent World Championships after his 2014 Vuelta, finishing fifth in the individual TT in Ponferrada and forming part of the winning TTT squad.

There are definite benefits to be reaped, then for Dennis in taking part in the Spanish Grand Tour. With what approach in 2017, though, will probably only become clear some time on the afternoon of August 21, when the Vuelta a España hits its first big climbs in Andorra.

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Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at RideLondon Classique

The American beat Lotta Lepistö and Lisa Brennauer on a wet day in Central London

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) put in a dominant sprint to win the 2017 RideLondon Classique.

The American timed her move to the finish to beat Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) and Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-Sram) by half a wheel on the line on the Mall.

Brennauer and Lepistö launched their sprints ahead of the peloton in the final 100m, distancing much of the group behind. However Rivera was able to come from behind and round the right hand side of the wide finishing to take victory with a perfectly times sprint.

Lepistö took second, while Brennauer had to settle for third.

Aside from the final sprint, the 66km circuit race around Central London had been a largely uneventful affair, with Boels-Dolmans controlling the bunch on the front in order to set a sprint up for world champion Amalie Dideriksen.

While the Dutch team weren’t able to pull off the victory, their pace setting and the technical circuit, as well as the falling rain, meant no-one was able to escape and get in a breakaway.

In the end, it all came down to positioning in the final corners as the peloton swung under Admiralty Arch and onto the Mall.

Tour of Flanders winner Rivera was able to sit perfectly positioned towards the front of the bunch, and was able to launch her sprint to take victory.

Results

RideLondon Classique (66km)

1 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb, in 1-29-04
2 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling Team
3 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling
5 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling
6 Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle High5, all same time
7 Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, at 1s
8 Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
9 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Canyon-SRAM
10 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle High5, all same time


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Michal Kwiatkowski wins Clásica San Sebastián 2017

The former world champion finished off a perfect performance for Team Sky with victory in the Basque Country

Michal Kwiatkowski continued his fine 2017 form with victory in the the Clásica San Sebastián, beating Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) in a sprint finish to the line.

>>> Peter Sagan makes winning return to racing on Tour of Poland stage one

The former world champion finished of a near perfect team performance from Sky, who setup the final break of five riders with an attack from Mikel Landa on the steep final climb of Alto de Murgil.

Landa went with 1km remaining on the final climb and around 8km to the finish, and was initially followed by Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac), who quickly faded.

But former Clásica winner Gallopin was the first rider to bridge across to Landa, before defending champion Mollema counter attacked and also bridged the gap.

Those three topped the climb together, but behind Kwiatkowski had made his move off the peloton along with Giro d’Italia winner Dumoulin.

They sat at around four seconds on the fast descent on the climb, with Kwiatkowski able to bridge to the front three with 3.7km to go and Dumoulin shortly after.

With two riders in play and the peloton at 25 seconds behind, Team Sky looked set for the win as Landa controlled the pace on the front of the bunch into the final kilometres.

He managed to get away just before the final kilometre with Mollema letting the wheel go, and it was Dumoulin who closed him down.

But while the other riders played cat and mouse Kwiatkowski was able to sit in calmly at the rear of the group, with Gallopin launching his sprint first on the right hand side of the road.

The other riders then began their rushes to the line, but it was Kwiatkoski who looked to sail with ease through the middle of them all to calmly take victory a bike length of Gallopin, who takes a second consecutive runner-up spot in the race.

Former world champion Kwiatkowski caps off a near perfect year, which has seen him win at Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and play a pivotal part in helping Chris Froome win a fourth Tour de France title.

The early break

On a long, hot day in the Basque Country, the peloton were happy to sit in and let an early break get up the road while they whittled down the kilometres to the business end of the race.

A break of Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha), Loïc Chetout (Cofidis), Jon Ander Insausti (Bahrain-Merida, Mickaël Delage (FDJ), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis) got away very early on with around five minutes maximum gap.

But they never looked like a threat to the peloton, with Sky doing a strong job of working on the front along with Orica-Scott for Simon Yates.

The break gradually lost riders and a lot of time as the climbs began to come thick and fast, with remaining rider Erviti caught with 56km to go on the third to final climb.

Another 10-man group got away before the penultimate climb and that swelled over the top to 15 riders.

Quick-Step tried to push things on and they got 21 seconds, but those teams that missed out, including Orica-Scott, eventually brought them back with just under 26km to go.

Sky’s Gianni Moscon was able to break from that group though just before they were caught, and began a solo effort that saw him gain 43 second gap over the bunch.

That meant that Sky didn’t have to do any work on the front of the bunch before the final climb, with Orica and Lotto-Soudal leading the chase.

Their efforts saw Moscon brought back on the final climb with 10km remaining, which set things up perfectly for Mikel Landa to attack and help deliver victory for Kwiatkowski.

Results

Clásica San Sebastián 2017 (231km)

1. Michal Kwiatkoswki (Pol) Team Sky, in 5-52-53
2. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Soudal
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, all same time
5. Mikel Landa (Esp) Team Sky, at 2s
6. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac, at 28s
7. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ, at 38s
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing
9. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
19. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing, all same time


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Peter Sagan makes winning return to racing on Tour of Poland stage one

The world champion beat Caleb Ewan in the opening sprint finish to take the overall lead

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the Tour of Poland in a dominant sprint finish ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott).

Behind them, Team Sky’s Danny Van Poppel edged out Riccardo Minali (Astana) for third.

The main contenders for the general classification, including Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), finished safely in the peloton.

Riding in his first race since being controversially kicked off the Tour de France earlier this month for dangerous sprinting, a newly shaven-headed world champion still looked in great shape as he defeated Ewan by half a bike-length.

Sagan will therefore tomorrow swap his rainbow stripes for the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

A wide finishing straight in the city of Krakow provided plenty of room for competing teams to organise their own trains, but ultimately it was a few riders from Gazprom-RusVelo that controlled the front of the race.

Without a lead-out man, Sagan emerged from behind these riders to kick to the front and fend off all other challenges.

Despite the wide roads, a crash took out a few riders in the finale that took out around half a dozen riders.

No rider appeared to be seriously hurt, and no GC contenders appeared to be caught up.

The pace in the peloton as the finish neared was high, but not high enough to deter some attacks. With 3km to go Daniel Oss (BMC) made a move which lasted 1km, when a Quick-Step Floors rider counter-attacked.

He, too, was caught, but with the finishing line less than 500 metres away.

Sagan rewarded his Bora-Hansgrohe team, who, along with Orica-Scott, did the lion’s share of the pace-setting in the peloton throughout the day.

It was Team Sunweb, however, who boasted the most impressive sprinters’ train. Understandably confident following their huge success at the Tour de France, they hit the front of the peloton with a large train of riders inside the final 20km, and, despite competition from other teams, remained organised and well-placed to set-up their designated sprinter Maximilian Walscheid.

However the young German could only manage eleventh.

A break of four spent most of the day off the front of the peloton, comprising of Pawel Bernas (Poland), Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo), Maciej Paterski (CCC-Sprandi) and Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk).

Paterski and Keier broke clear with 34km to go on the climb of the Kaszow, but always seemed doomed fail.

Paterski put in a spirited effort, doing most of the work and at one point setting such a fierce pace that Keizer briefly lost his wheel. But both riders were eventually swallowed up by the peloton, first Keizer with 16km to go, then Paterski with 14.5km.

Keizer seemed more keen on taking the various sprints on offer throughout the day, claiming maximum points over both categorised climbs ahead of Paterski, and again out-sprinting his breakaway companion at the final intermediate sprint before sitting up and waiting for the bunch to catch him.

Results

Tour of Poland 2017, stage one: Krakow – Krakow (130km)

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 02-56-16
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
3. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
4. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana
5. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida

General classification after stage one

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
3. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky


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