Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 28, 2016

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan takes first victory as world champion, wins Gent-Wevelgem; Nairo Quintana wins Volta a Catalunya as Tsatevich scoops final stage; Pinot takes two stage wins and final overall classification in Critérium International; Cycling therapy in Gent-Wevelgem, where Chantal Blaak takes her second Women’s WorldTour race; Pirazzi wins final stage of Coppi e Bartali as Firsanov lands the overall title; To the line! Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling E3 Harelbeke ahead of Sagan; Wanty-Gobert rider Demoitié in ‘very serious condition’ after being hit by motorbike in Gent-Wevelgem; Belgian rider suffers heart attack in Criterium International; Quintana celebrating victory in Catalunya; Contador missing wins but pleased with good sensations; Kuznetsov surprises in Gent-Wevelgem, elated at result; Etixx director Brian Holm breaks down Gaviria’s Tirreno stage win; Peter Sagan Second Place Highlights – Early 2016


Peter Sagan takes first victory as world champion, wins Gent-Wevelgem

by VeloClub

Banging on the door since taking the rainbow jersey as world champion last autumn, Peter Sagan finally hit the top step of the podium on Sunday when he sprinted to victory in Gent-Wevelgem. The Tinkoff rider was too quick for breakaway companions Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo), Russian Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo).

“I am very happy to win today,” he said. “I want to thank my teammates, they did good work from the start. We played a little bit with the group, it was very nice work from them. The race was hard, there was strong wind, it was all day, full gas.”

After a number of early moves were hauled back, Kuznetsov jumped clear inside the final 50 kilometres and opened up a 45-second lead with 45 kilometres to go. Behind, the hammer went down on the Kemmelberg, with Sagan leading over the top.

Cancellara and Vanmarcke were also there, while further back rivals Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), and Luke Rowe (Sky) missed the move and were unable to get back up. The leading trio caught after the descent and hammered from there to the finish.

Some cat and mouse racing inside the final two kilometres, infuriating Cancellara, but Sagan kept his cool and was able to get past Kuznetsov when he lead out. He blasted home first, christening the rainbow jersey and gaining a huge morale boost prior to next weekend’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.

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Today’s feature image comes from Gent-Wevelgem and was taken by Kristof Ramon.