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Rally Cycling takes second victory at Volta a Portugal as Ben King wins stage 6
American Ben King has won the sixth stage of the Volta a Portugal, earning Rally Cycling its second victory at the race.
King, 32, was part of an 11-rider breakaway that separated itself early in the race and built an advantage of eight minutes on the peloton. The hilly 182-kilometer stage from Viana do Castelo to Fafe included four categorized climbs, as well as an uphill finish. It’s King’s first pro victory since he scored two stage wins at the 2018 Vuelta a España. It’s Rally’s second victory of the race — Kyle Murphy won the race’s second stage.
Tom Dumoulin, Mathieu van der Poel headline Benelux Tour
Tom Dumoulin and Mathieu van der Poel will be heading up this month’s Benelux Tour. The seven-stage WorldTour race – formerly known as the BinckBank Tour – will also see Marc Hirschi, Jakob Fuglsang, Jasper Stuyven, and Greg Van Avermaet on the startline August 30.
The Belgian and Dutch race will make for Dumoulin’s first stage race since the early summer Tour de Suisse.
The Dutchman had used the Swiss race this June as a launchpad back into racing after taking six months away from the bike during a mid-career hiatus. Dumoulin promptly blasted back to form after his break, getting the engine running at Suisse before racing to silver at the Olympic time trial.
It remains uncertain what Dumoulin’s long-term plans are, though the world championship time trial late September is a dead-cert.
Defending Benelux Tour champ van der Poel will also use the weeklong Benelux race as a gateway back to racing.
Van der Poel flew high through the Tour de France before dramatically crashing out of the Olympic MTB race last month. The Dutch ace will be hoping for better luck later this season, where he eyes an autumn assault on the Flanders worlds and Paris-Roubaix.
Trek-Segafredo signs Tony Gallopin
Tony Gallopin will return to Trek-Segafredo in 2022, nearly a decade after first racing for the team. The Frenchman has signed a new contract with the squad that will see him there through 2023.
Gallopin raced with the team for two years in 2012 and 2013 and won Clásica San Sebastián with the team in his final season. He moved to Lotto Belisol in 2014 and has spent the last four years riding with Ag2r Citroën.
“I’m super happy. It’s really nice that Trek-Segafredo believes in me. I already know a lot of people, some sport directors, staff, and riders,” Gallopin said. “I will enjoy it and I have a big motivation for next year, that’s for sure. I had a lot of bad luck in the last two years, so first I want to be back on my best level and find again the grinta to play for wins in the races. The last two years were difficult so it feels good to have this team believing in me because I’m sure I can be back fighting in the biggest races.
“My role will be something quite new for me. I’m 33 now, I have a lot of experience, and next year will be my 15th year as a professional rider. I spoke with Luca and the team has a lot of young talent that I can help to improve and progress, so I will sometimes take the role of road captain.”