In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Wout Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Niemiec solos to stage 1 win at the Tour of Turkey; Matija Kvasina wins the Tour of Croatia; Barbara Guarischi wins the Omloop van Borsele; Christine Majerus wins the Dwars door de Westhoek; Slipstream Sports and Drapac to partner on development team in 2017; Vincenzo Nibali to join start-up Middle Eastern team?; UK track rider Jess Varnish claims sexist behaviour from coach; Marianne Vos’s unusual sprint crash; Sondre Holst Enger celebrates his Tour of Croatia stage win.
Daily News Digest
After 248km of cold, miserable conditions, Dutch rider Wout Poels took the biggest win of his career, and the first Monument for Team Sky, winning the 102nd edition of Liége-Bastogne-Liége.
Poels outsprinted Swiss rider Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) from a four-man group; BMC Racing’s Samuel Sanchez ran out of legs as the sprint began, and finished four seconds down.
An hour into the race, race owners Amaury Sports Organization made the decision to alter the route, shaving 5km off the length to circumvent the snowiest sections of the course. A seven-rider group went clear in the early kilometres. That group would split up as the race unfolded and the last of the leaders, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) were caught with 23km to go.
There was a flurry of attacks in the closing kilometres but it would be the steep, cobbled, 600-metre long climb of the Côte de la Rue Nanio that would decide the race just 3km from the finish. Albasini rode hard, splitting a small group off the front of the peloton, with he Costa, Sanchez and Poels opening a gap they’d hold onto for the final sprint.
Lampre - Merida
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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows his view from his photo moto at yesterday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Stay posted to CyclingTips for a full gallery of Kristof’s photos from the race, coming later this week.