Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 18, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Ciccone nabs maiden Grand Tour stage win in Giro d’Italia, Jungels takes over Maglia Rosa; King of the breakaway: Cannondale on top at Amgen Tour of California; Giro d’Italia: Landa dropped early on stage 10, quits the race; A changed man: Wiggins returns to California heavier, and seemingly happier; Craddock, Bookwalter, Stetina: USA’s best hopes to win Amgen Tour of California; IOC re-testing of samples ahead of Rio Olympics delivers positives; Michael Rogers appointed CEO of The Riis Seier Project; Geschke extends with Giant-Alpecin; Team BMC updates medical conditions of Gilbert, Dillier; Jonathan Cantwell suing Drapac over 2014 contract termination; Rolling with the tour: Podium jerseys; Orica-GreenEdge #PlanetOGE covers a mountain stage

Ciccone nabs maiden Grand Tour stage win in Giro d’Italia, Jungels takes over Maglia Rosa

by VeloClub

Italian rider Giulio Ciccone notched up the third home victory of this year’s Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, breaking clear on the descent before the final climb up to Sestola and soloing in well clear.

The Bardiani-CSF rider hit the line 42 seconds ahead of Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff) and one minute 20 up on Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team), thus notching up the first Grand Tour stage win of his career.

Nate Brown (Cannondale) and Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini) were the other remainders of the day’s break, rolling in one minute 53 and two minutes four seconds back.

“Today is the best day of my life. It is a massive, massive emotion,” Ciccone enthused. “It is a great feeling. I can’t actually describe it, I don’t have any words. I would just like to thank everybody on my team for helping me on this important day.”

He was in the day’s break with teammate Stefano Pirazzi and the two were able to work together to ensure the success. In fact, Pirazzi was responsible for Ciccone getting his decisive gap on the final descent; he got his line wrong on a corner and clashed shoulders with fellow breakaway rider Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini), causing the latter to have to run wide and brake.

Stage 10: Campi Bisenzio > Sestola - Stage Result

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Today’s feature photo comes from stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia.