In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Démare wins Binche-Chimay-Binche; The Secret Pro: Cortisone TUEs, world championships and rider-transfer season; Il Lombardia champion Chaves commits to three more years with Orica-BikeExchange; A European adventure for Coryn Rivera with Liv-Plantur; It’s official: there will be a women’s Amstel Gold Race in 2017; Taylor Wiles to UnitedHealthcare; Reports link Diego Rosa with Team Sky; Sam Bewley claims disc rotor injury; UCI could shorten World Championship road races due to heat concerns; Race organisers in Singapore jailed over illegal races; Marianne Vos to ride Tour of Margaret River; Jingle Cross highlights; Coburg Cycling Club celebrates 120 years with documentary.
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won the Binche-Chimay-Binche, also known as the Memorial Frank Vandenbroucke race in Belgium, with an impressive long finish sprint ahead of Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep). Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) came in a few seconds behind for third.
“Yeah, it was a strange sprint. I knew that we had the corner before the finish and I decided to launch my sprint in that corner. The team did really well and I knew I was in good shape. [The win] is really important with the World Championships coming up. We all have really good legs on the French team at the minute and I think we are all going to work well together in the end.”
The main break of the day was from Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) and Lars Bak (Lotto Soudal), who held more than a four minute lead heading into the final 40km of the race. But a chasing effort from a few teams methodically brought the gap down.
As the race took the bell for the final lap and 15km to go, the break was caught and immediate counterattacks came fast and furious. The pair of Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) made the biggest waves off the front, as they were possible winners in their own rights, and a group of four worked to come across. This group served each riders’ true sprinters behind in that it forced teams that missed out to chase. Because of that, more and more riders jumped across to the break, which eventually made the break too large and all came back together.
Inside the final two kilometres small trains began to form from BMC, LottoNL-Jumbo and Etixx-QuickStep. Onto the cobbles of the final kilometre, Greg Van Avermaet hit out first and strong, singlehandedly shredding the peloton, making it a reduced sprint with a group of around ten onto the final false flat. Démare jumped first and quite early at 200 metres with Stybar following. Stybar seemed to be in the perfect position with 150 metres still to go, but Démare proved to be too strong and held his lead all the way to the line.
Etixx - Quick Step