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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 22, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Break gives it up in the finale as Sagan wins Eneco stage sprint; Bennett wins stage, Bennati overall at Giro della Toscana; A chat with the champ: Wout Van Aert, on top of the world in Las Vegas; British Cycling names long list for worlds; 2017 UnitedHealthcare men’s team focusing on road, no more crit squad; Gogl signs with Trek-Segafredo; Tour de l’Avenir runner-up Ravasi signs with new TJ Sport team; British champ backs Yorkshire bid for 2019 worlds; Iranian women defy fatwa against cycling; British bicycle companies see Olympic bump; Junior rider’s lucky crash into a water-filled ditch.

Break gives it up in the finale as Sagan wins Eneco stage sprint

by Mark Zalewski

The third stage of the Eneco Tour could not have had a more dramatic, nail-biting final few kilometres if it had scripted it. The five-rider breakaway seemed to have the win in hand, but inside the last 10km the peloton finally organised. The old calculation of ten seconds per kilometre was put to the test as the kilometres ticked off and the gap came down, seemingly in lock-step. Even inside the final kilometre it looked as if the break had it, but the sprint trains of the peloton came by inside the final 50 metres with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) snaking his way through traffic for the win ahead of Danny van Poppel (Sky) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

The break of five consisted of: Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), Yukiya Arashiro (Lampre-Merida), Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Oranje Peloton), Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and Mark McNally (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).

The sprinters’ teams did not get down to the serious chasing until late in the stage, preferring to put only one rider on the front to pull. This let the gap linger and even expand inside the final 20km. Finally, it was Giant-Alpecin, followed by Team Sky, to put the full force of their teams to the task.

Elmiger was clearly more interested in the overall than the stage win as he put in long pulls on the front of the break, as the others began to shirk their pulls and think about sprinting. This aided the break, giving them around ten seconds at the flamme rouge.

The road rose slightly as the finish line came into view. The break was still looking at each other as the sprint wound-up behind them. Ultimately the break proved to be a monkey wrench in the actual sprint, forcing the sprinters to move around them just as they would be in full-flight and causing some chaos. But out of the chaos came Sagan, deftly maneuvering through the remnants and other sprinters, up the middle, for the win.


Stage 3: Blankenberge > Ardooie - Stage Result

Wednesday 21st September 2016

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2. nl
Team Sky
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Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

Today’s feature image shows TT world champ Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) in the time trial of the Eneco Tour.

  • BRK

    What a finish! (Eneco Tour, Stage 3)… amazes me how Sagan rarely gets boxed in during sprint finishes. I think he’s one of those riders that make their own luck.

    • Andy Logan

      Yes definitely worth watching the replay, it was incredible.

      • Bex

        only watched it because of these comments, great finish from 20k to go

    • Laurens

      Hours later those five were seen to be still kicking themselves…

      • De Mac

        Yep – they sat up to jostle just a tad too early – heartbreaking after all that effort….

  • De Mac

    I only say this as the only thing hurt for young Mr Henning was his pride – but, that was fairly funny watching him go for a swim…


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