Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 18, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia

Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking

by VeloClub

Omar Fraile powered to victory on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia, scooping the first-ever stage win in the race for his Dimension Data team. The Spaniard boosted the mood of the squad, which has had a complicated start to the season due to the injuries and illness of riders such as Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings.

He went on the attack early on with 24 others on the first climb of the day, then struck out with Team Sky’s Mikel Landa on a 70 kilometre breakaway move. Although he was caught with 35 kilometres left, he attacked with Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), was joined by Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Tanel Kangert (Astana), and then won the sprint.

“I had marked this stage for a long time,” he said afterwards. “In the past few days, I was thinking of today. When we rode away with Mikel Landa, I thought it was crazy. As we got caught, I took the right rhythm. Later with [Pierre] Rolland, I knew via the radio that Rui Costa was coming across and that he’d pay for his effort. I was in the right wheel for the sprint and I was confident in my speed to win the stage.”

Race leader Tom Dumoulin had a nervous first stage in the Maglia Rosa. His team initially struggled to cope with the flurry of attacks on the first climb but then rallied, setting the pace and keeping things manageable. Dumoulin was comfortable and was in little difficulty when the big guns began firing later on.

He remains in the driving seat, holding a two minutes 23 second gap over Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) are between two minutes 38 and two minutes 47 back.

Stage 11: Firenze > Bagno di Romagna - Stage Result

Wednesday 17th May 2017

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Dimension Data
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UAE Team Emirates
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Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

Today’s feature image is from stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia and is by Foto LaPresse – Fabio Ferrari