In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Greipel sprints to victory on stage 12 of Giro d’Italia; Sagan again! World champ takes a second stage at Amgen Tour of California; Weening wins second stage at Tour of Norway; Dennis and Bookwalter in familiar, uncertain team dynamic amid California GC contest; Sanchez extends with BMC; Quintana staying in Colombia to train for Tour; Sky, Bora-Argon 18 interested in Diego Rosa; Moto driver dies during Tour of California stage; SCOTT issues recall of seatposts; Tour of California stage 4 on-board camera highlights; A look back on the opening week of the Giro
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Notching up his third stage win of the race and the 20th Grand Tour victory of his career, Andre Greipel brought his participation in the 2016 Giro d’Italia to a close with a triumphant gallop in Bibione.
The German was given superb assistance by his Lotto Soudal team, which did much of the chasing down of breakaway riders Daniel Oss (BMC Racing Team) and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF). They were finally hauled back with 22 kilometres to go, after which Lotto Soudal continued to ride and dissuade attacks.
Adam Hansen did a massive pull inside the final five kilometres and, after a brief bit of pace-setting by Lampre-Merida, Jurgen Roelandts hit the front in a final leadout effort by Greipel. The latter then opened up his sprint and held off Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge), who got up to his bottom bracket but didn’t have the space against the barriers to go any further.
Greipel appeared to pull further ahead inside the final 100 metres, raising questions about whether Ewan would have won with more room.
The Australian rolled in second, with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida) third and fourth.
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Today’s feature image comes from stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California.