Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 9, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel leads the Giro d’Italia after back-to-back stage wins; Bryan Coquard wins the Four Days of Dunkirk; Chloe Hosking victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Markus Eibegger takes overall title at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Morton, Abbott victorious at the Tour of the Gila; Pat Lane wins the Grafton to Inverell in record time; Edvald Boasson-Hagen extends with Dimension Data for two years; Di Luca – I still consider myself the winner of the 2007 Giro; Adam Bryfogle’s exploding bottom bracket; Geniez and Dupont’s friendly conversation; Coldan’s Giro d’Italia bunny-hop.

Marcel Kittel leads the Giro d’Italia after back-to-back stage wins

by Matt de Neef

After three days of the 2016 Giro d’Italia, Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) leads the race overall having won the first two road stages.

Kittel finished an impressive fifth in the stage 1 individual time trial — won by Kittel’s former teammate Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) on home soil — before taking comfortable victories in both the stage 2 and stage 3 bunch sprints.

On stage 2 Kittel crossed the line several bike lengths ahead of Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).

On stage 3 he won by a similarly impressive margin, this time leaving Elia Viviani (Sky) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) to take the minor placings.

Time bonuses available at the finish now put Kittel into the overall lead, nine seconds ahead of Dumoulin and 15 seconds ahead of Andrey Amador (Movistar). After a rest day and transfer from the Netherlands to Italy today, the Giro resumes tomorrow with stage 4 from Catanzaro to Praia a Mare.

Stage 3: Nijmegen > Arnhem - Stage Result

Sunday 8th May 2016

1. de
KITTEL Marcel
Etixx - Quick Step
04:23:45
2. it
VIVIANI Elia
Team Sky
-
3. it
NIZZOLO Giacomo
Trek - Segafredo
-
4. de
GREIPEL André
Lotto Soudal
-
5. ru
PORSEV Alexander
Team Katusha
-
6. it
SBARAGLI Kristian
Dimension Data
-
7. nl
HOFLAND Moreno
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
8. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ
-
9. de
ZABEL Rick
BMC Racing Team
-
10. si
MOHORIC Matej
Lampre - Merida
-

Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows Marcel Kittel on the Giro d’Italia podium after winning stage 3 and moving into the overall lead.

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