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Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 15, 2016

Photography by Kristof Ramon, Cor Vos

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico; Sagan to keep fighting for overall victory; One day before Tirreno showdown, Van Avermaet admits time trial is not his preferred discipline; Van Garderen loses overall chance of success due to being caught in a crash; Vos nabs top 10 finish in first race; eager for more; Rogers says he partly understands Nibali’s frustration, but says group unity is important; Van den Driessche quits cyclocross, abandons defence against mechanical doping allegations; New claims over Pantani’s disqualification from 1999 Giro d’Italia; Cookson confirms he will stand for re-election as UCI president; Bradley Wiggins at YESSS launch; Brompton – An IoT sensor platform for smarter city cycling apps; Mechanic vs Carer Race to Fill 20 Bidons

Van Avermaet wins stage six of Tirreno-Adriatico

by Shane Stokes

Previously regarded as a rider who, more often that not, misses out on the biggest wins, Greg Van Avermaet’s continued progression in the peloton continued Monday with double success at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Belgian BMC Racing Team rider won the penultimate stage of the race and, with it, took over the race lead heading into the final day. He outsprinted Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) after the world champion appeared to open up his gallop too early, going with over 250 metres to go.

The duo were part of an eight man group which went clear on the first of two finishing laps. Also present were 2014 world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), Sagan’s team-mates Daniele Bennatti and Oscar Gato, plus the Etixx-QuickStep trio of Fernando Gaviria, Guido Trentin and Zdenek Stybar.

With 20 kilometres to go they had 14 seconds but while the bunch chased hard, the junction was never made.

This group was eventually whittled down to Van Avermaet, Sagan, Kwiatkowski and Stybar, with Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) leading in the bunch seven seconds adrift of the winner.

Stage 6: Castelraimondo > Cepagatti - Stage Result

Monday 14th March 2016

1. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
04:34:14
2. sk
SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff
-
3. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Team Sky
0:02
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Today’s feature image shows fans standing in the road to take photos of the oncoming peloton at the 2016 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

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