Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 10, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice; Geraint Thomas solos to win on second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico; Australia dominates Oceania Championship time trials; Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’; Amgen Tour of California men’s, women’s teams announced; Nicolas Roche says he would not back Brailsford either; Kluge, Ewan both out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Unable to find a new team, Alessandro Vanotti retires; Boonen: I will truly miss the team time trial; Alabama Cycling Classic to feature live streams; NASCAR racing champions choose cycling for fitness; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 5 highlights; 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 2 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Kasia Niewiadoma.

André Greipel powers to spring win at Paris-Nice

by Mark Zalewski

André Greipel (Lotto FIXALL) took the field sprint on stage five of Paris-Nice, with an explosive sprint ahead of points leader Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).

“It’s always nice to win a stage here, it’s the second time now,” said Greipel. “The last eight kilometres was tricky with a block headwind. You had to make the right decisions to stay up in front. It was not a real lead-out because of the headwind and I waited a long time to start my sprint.”

A six-rider breakaway formed on the day, but at 20km to go the gap was 40 seconds with the peloton single file in full flight. With the writing on the wall Rémy Di Grégorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) attacked, going for the combativity award and extra TV time. But he and the break were caught with 12km to go.

A huge roundabout at 2km to go again made a difference with the right side a slightly better option. ORICA-Scott drove the front at high speed but the headwind blew the organisation apart as riders jockeyed for position.

Inside the final 500 metres, Groenewegen looked strong and certainly hungry for a win, following yesterday’s crash. However, that might have been his undoing as he started his sprint a little early, with Greipel still in the draft at 100 metres and flying up the right side for the win.

Stage 5: Quincié-en-Beaujolais > Bourg-de-Péage - Stage Result

Thursday 9th March 2017

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Lotto Soudal
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DéMARE Arnaud
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Today’s feature image is from Strade Bianche.