In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Enrico Gasparotto wins his second Amstel Gold Race; Emma Johansson wins the Euskal Emakumeen Bira, Guarnier take the final stage; Alejandro Valverde dominates the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Martin Mortensen wins Tro-Bro Leon in One Cycling 1-2; Logan Owen takes out the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Report – Mechanical doping used in Strade Bianche and Coppi e Bartali; Audax confirms disqualification of Oppy 24-hour record-breaking teams; Fabio Felline’s frontflip; Female pioneers at the Tour de France; The return of Frankie.
Daily News Digest
Enrico Gasparotto wound the clock back four years at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, racing to a superb second career win in the race. The Wanty–Groupe Gobert rider attacked on the final climb, went past breakaway rider Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and pushed on over the summit.
He was joined by Tinkoff’s Michael Valgren, who did the majority of the work in the flat final two kilometres to fend off the chase behind.
As a result he had nothing left to give when Gasparotto opened up his sprint. The 34-year-old powered ahead and crossed the line pointing at the sky, thinking of his fallen teammate Antoine Demoitié who was killed after being struck by a motorbike in last month’s Gent-Wevelgem.
“I had incredible legs today, Gasparotto said after the finish. “Everything went as we planned. It is the most beautiful victory for the team. The team did a really good job. We had a rider in the break and then Björn Thurau in a chase group. The rest of the team protected me very well. It was perfect.”
Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) finished third, leading in a 28-strong peloton four seconds behind the two leaders.
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Bardiani - CSF
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Today’s feature image comes from Jered & Ashley Gruber and shows the famously intricate Amstel Gold Race route map.