Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 1, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Lieuwe Westra wins Three Days of De Panne, Kittel and Bodnar victorious on final day of racing; Demoitie autopsy can’t confirm moto was cause of death; Shimano targets entry-level bikes with hydraulic disc brakes for its Tiagra groupset; Criterium du Dauphine organisers reveal 2016 course, including brutal uphill prologue; Andre Greipel still struggling with rib injury, unlikely to be as aggressive as normal at Flanders; Woman charged over alleged hit-and-run near Ballarat; Riders come to blows at Three Days of De Panne; Tony Martin’s transformation into a Classics rider; Sep Vanmarcke – A New Start.

Lieuwe Westra wins Three Days of De Panne, Kittel and Bodnar victorious on final day of racing

by Matt de Neef

Despite an uninspiring performance in the closing kilometres of the race’s opening stage, Lieuwe Westra (Astana) has gone on to win the Three Days of De Panne in Belgium.

Westra had been sitting third overall coming into the final day of racing before jumping to the top of the leaderboard in the stage 3b individual time trial.

That particular time trial was won by Poland’s Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff) who ousted three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) by less than a second. Westra finished fourth on the stage, three seconds behind the winner, enough to win the race overall ahead of stage 1 winner Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and teammate Alexey Lutsenko.

Earlier in the day the stage 3a road stage was won by Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) who made up for a missed opportunity the day previous, beating Phil Bauhaus (Bora-Argon 18) and Kristoff to the line in De Panne.

Driedaagse De Panne - Koksijde - stage 3a

“Yesterday it was very close and missing out on the victory left me with a sorrow taste, so this morning I was very motivated to make up for it,” Kittel said. “I am very happy to reach my goal and get that stage for which I came here. My legs were good and strong, and the team worked really well. We were up there at the front, controlling the six-man breakaway with Iljo and Davide. But it wasn’t about only one rider today, the entire team was impressive and I must thank the guys for that.”


Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Thursday 31st March 2016

1. nl
Astana Pro Team
2. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
3. kz
Astana Pro Team
The CyclingTips Daily News Digest features the most important and interesting news and content from around the cycling world, published every weekday morning at 9am AEST. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows Alexander Kristoff and Niki Terpstra in the race-winning move at last year’s Tour of Flanders. Stay posted to CyclingTips for our preview of Sunday’s 2016 Ronde van Vlaanderen, coming today.