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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
NEWS & RACING BROUGHT TO YOU BY GIORDANA
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
Having previously taken the past two editions of the Eschborn-Frankfurt race, Alexander Kristoff added a third title to his palmares on Monday when he triumphed in a bunch sprint. He led home his Katusha-Alpecin teammate Rick Zabel, with John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in third. Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) completed the top five.
“I said yesterday that I did more or less the preparation I did in the other years,” he said. “It worked the other years, and it worked this year as well. I was not among the best at the top of the climbs so for sure I could have been better also, but it all came back together. I had Rick to guide me and he did a really good job. It was just for me to finish it off.”
Early on eight riders went clear, namely Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport), Dries De Bondt (Vérandas Willems-Crelan), Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Antoine Warnier (WB Veranclassic Aqua Project), Jens Wallays (Sport-Vlaanderen Baloise) and Carl Soballa (Germany).
Their lead reached almost six minutes while behind the awful weather saw riders such as Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel pull out. The move was then hauled back with 45 kilometres remaining.
Degenkolb and others then went clear in a large group but they were hauled back inside the final 15 kilometres. Other attacks also failed, paving the way for Kristoff’s third win.
Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was taken at Saturday’s Tom Says Thanks event in Mol, Belgium. It was the final competitive race for Tom Boonen.