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Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Alvaro Hodeg crashes at Tour de l’Eurometropole

Here's the update from his Deceuninck-Quick Step team:

Following Saturday’s crash in the final kilometer of the Tour de l’Eurometropole, Alvaro Hodeg was taken to the hospital, where it was revealed that he has suffered a left forearm fracture, a right shoulder fracture and two fractured ribs.

He will require operation on his shoulder, which will be performed in Belgium, on Sunday. Alvaro will continue to be monitored for signs of concussion overnight, but is in stable and comfortable condition.

Now in his second season with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Hodeg has enjoyed an impressive campaign, winning seven races, his most recent victory coming earlier this week, at the Münsterland Giro.

Alvaro Hodeg

Alvaro Hodeg winning the Münsterland Giro

Adam Yates wins Queen stage of CRO Race to move into overall lead

Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team sent me this update:

Briton Adam Yates has taken the overall lead at CRO Race after claiming a solo victory on stage five, the Queen stage of the six-day race, today.

After some strong work on the final climb from his Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates Callum Scotson and Brent Bookwalter, Yates attacked with a little under five kilometres remaining. The victory and bonus seconds give him a 15-second advantage on the general classification with one stage remaining.

Adam Yates

Adam Yates racing in France earlier this year. Sirotti photo

With over 3300m of climbing in just 135km of racing, today’s fifth stage was always set for an aggressive showdown between the climbers.

An initial move of 11 established, but they were caught with over 50km to go and by then, the race was split across the road.

A new group of 12 riders established, with Yates and Bookwalter representing Mitchelton-SCOTT. A lack of commitment saw several groups return to the front of proceedings and despite a number of attacks, it all pointed towards a showdown on the final climb.

The last of the serious moves was a solo effort by Matteo Badilatti (Israel Cycling Academy), but strong work by Scotson and then Bookwalter set up the finale for Yates.

As Badilatti was caught, Yates made his move.  The attack with 4.7km remaining immediately distanced his rivals and he carried the advantage all the way to the line in Platak.

Adam Yates:
“The team was so good today and the whole week. We’ve been fighting for a stage and finally we got it today.

“This was always the main stage for me, most of the other stages were sprint stages. After the Canadian Classics and before the Italian Classics, this race fit into the calendar perfectly so here we are and here we are with a victory.

“It’s a good day and hopefully it’ll be a good week. One more day tomorrow.”

CRO Race – Stage 5 Results:
1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:40:01
2. Davide Villella (Astana Pro Team) +0:10
3. Victor De la Parte (CCC Team) +0:10

CRO Race – General Classification after Stage 5:
1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
2. Davide Villella (Astana Pro Team) +0:15
3. Victor De la Parte (CCC Team) +0:17

Team Movistar reports on Giro dell'Emilia

We posted the report from winner Primoz Roglic's Jumbo-Visma team with the results.

Here's the report from Alejandro Valverde's Team Movistar:

The Giro dell’Emilia was the main focus for the Movistar Team on Saturday, as six of the Blue ladies rode for the Spanish national team at the women’s race –where Eider Merino finished in 9th– and, once again, a strong Alejandro Valverde notably featured in the men’s event (207km), covering along against strong teams the final laps around San Luca in Bologna (2km at nearly 10% avg. gradient).

Supported by Jaime Castrillo as he pulled at the front before the circuit, the Spanish champion neutralized with an attack, three laps before the end, a dangerous move with Sepp Kuss, George Bennett (TJV), Diego Rosa (INS) and Diego Ulissi (UAD), and later tried to escape after the penultimate ascent from the final selection of 12.

Primoz Roglic (TJV) took a resounding win ahead of the EF duo composed by Michael Woods (2nd) and Sergio Higuita (3rd), as Alejandro, who had to spend lots of energy with his previous moves, still notched up a fine 5th, 17" behind the La Vuelta winner.

Prinoz Roglic

Primoz Rogliz wins in San Luca. Sirotti photo

The Telefónica-backed squad’s big leader will return to racing next week, as his team-mates -the Emilia roster, plus Carlos Barbero- will line up at Sunday’s GP Beghelli, more suited to faster legs.

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde finished fifth. Sirotti photo

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