Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 13, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7  Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?

Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia

by VeloClub

Australia’s Caleb Ewan grabbed the first Giro d’Italia stage win of his career on Friday when he took a narrow victory over rivals on the 224 kilometre stage from Castrovillari to Alberobello. The Orica-Scott rider struck out early inside the twisting, technical final kilometre, holding off a fast-finishing Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) by centimetres.

“It feels so good after the first few disappointments I’ve had,” said the 22-year-old, who was second, ninth and eighth on the first three stages. “I don’t think I’ve felt so good before. It was a bit crazy at the end. We got caught too far back at about three kilometres to go. But we found each other. We didn’t panic. The boys did a perfect job.”

Ewan’s success adds to the Vuelta a España stage win he took in 2015 and reaffirms him out as one of the most exciting young sprinters in the sport.

The stage saw an early attack by Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Trestina), Dimitri Kozonchuk (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Simone Ponzi (CCC), although the latter sat up inside the first 40 kilometres. The other two continued but despite their work, were unable to extend their lead to five minutes. They were finally recaptured with 19 kilometres to go.

Bob Jungels preserved his six second lead over Geraint Thomas (Sky), with Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) staying third. “It was a bit crazy today but I had to ride at the front in the last ten kilometres to come home safe,” he said. “It’s not a disappointment for our team to not win with Fernando Gaviria today, because he did a great sprint and the team helped him. It’s no shame to lose against Caleb Ewan, who is very fast.”

Stage 7: Castrovillari > Alberobello - Stage Result

Friday 12th May 2017

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Today’s feature image is from stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia and is by the Cor Vos agency.