Thursday news round-up

Chris Hamilton passes debut Vuelta a Espana test

Chris Hamilton started the Vuelta a Espana simply aiming to finish his maiden Grand Tour three weeks later in Madrid. Following a strong team time trial in which Sunweb finished third, it was a tumultuous opening week as a virus passed through the team and Warren Barguil was sent home from the race.

Having survived the baptism of fire, Hamilton knew he could make it to Madrid after stage 10 to Elpozo Alimentacion where he finished 52nd.

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Extreme Weather Protocol invoked to cancel Tour of Denmark stage

Stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark, a 184km trek from Svendborg to Odense, was canceled due to high winds along parts of the course, the race organisers announced. The stage was first shortened, then neutralized, but according to the organisers the riders did not wish to continue and stopped with 70km to go.

“It’s terribly annoying that the stage will be canceled to the public and everyone around the race. But the riders were collectively agreed that it was too dangerous to continue under the wind conditions on the small roads in southern Funen,” said Michael Valgren (Astana), the official representative for the riders in the Tour of Denmark. “I am really glad that the race organization listened to the riders. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s queen stage.”

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