Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 6, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa; Eisenhart, Hall win Stage 2 at Redlands Classic; Kirsten Wild wins first stage in Tour of Chongming Island; Alarcón takes stage one of the Vuelta Internacional a la Comunidad de Madrid; Mugerli wins in chaotic stage 3 final of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Giro director Vegni says he was wary of sending Bardiani-CSF team home following doping positives; Bouhanni forced to withdraw from Tour of California; 105-year-old Robert Marchand recognised as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist; Google Doodle marks 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Michele Scarponi. The farewell interview; Video: Steven Kruijswijk’s final preparations for the 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Caleb Ewan – Interview at the start of stage one of the 2017 Giro d’Italia; Video: Geraint Thomas – interview before the Giro d’Italia; Video: Tom Dumoulin – interview before the race; Video: Nathan Haas receives his Fi:zi’k Giro Shoes; Video: Chasing Cancellara

Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa

by Neal Rogers

Austrian rider Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the first pro victory of his career, at the first Grand Tour of his career, on the opening stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia, surprising the field sprinters by riding off the front of the bunch with 1.2km remaining to solo to the line in Olbia, on the island of Sardinia.

“There was some wind all day. It made the stage hard. We had one guy [Cesare Benedetti] in the front group, so we saved energy for the finale,” he said. “I heard Sam Bennett shouting on the radio ‘Pösti – go for it’ when I got a gap. We have all the Maglias [jerseys]. This is Bora’s best day ever at the Giro. It’s also the biggest result in my career.

“I need some time, some weeks maybe and some glasses of wine to realize what I’ve achieved. It wasn’t planned, but this is cycling, it’s kind of faith and desire. I’ve learned from Peter Sagan to have fun and always take the positive side of things, even if it’s snowing like at the Tour de Romandie last week. This is my first start in a Grand Tour but it’s also my first time in Sardinia and not the last time for sure. I’m already planning some holidays here one day that I’ll have some time in the summer. It’s beautiful.”

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) finished second and third, and were credited with the same finishing time. It was the first ever Giro d’Italia stage win for an Austrian rider, in the first Grand Tour for Bora-Hansgrohe as a WorldTour team.

“The finale was really hectic,” Greipel said. “We couldn’t stay together as a team. Jasper De Buyst brought me in a good position but what Pöstlberger did here is very impressive. He stayed well ahead but this shouldn’t be a surprise because he is a strong rider. He proved that this year with his fifth place in the E3 Harelbeke. Not everyone can remain ahead of a bunch that wants to sprint for the victory. I wanted to sprint for pink but Pöstlberger proved to be the strongest. We will be looking for another opportunity in the next couple of days.”

Giro d’Italia classification leaders:

Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel: Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo: Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum: Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin: Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Stage 1: Alghero > Olbia - Stage Result

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