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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 18, 2017

NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CANNONDALE

In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.

Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway

by Jeanine Laudy

The victory in the fifth stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour went to Tayler Wiles (UnitedHealthcare), after she found herself in a three-rider break of Americans, including teammate Ruth Winder and Stage 4 winner Lauren Stephens (Team Tibco-SVB).

Wiles was able to grab the win after a crash took out her two breakaway companions at 25 metres to go. The pouring rain had made for slippery conditions and both Winder and Stephens crashed in the final corner. Wiles, who had been distanced slightly, was able to avoid the crash and ride to the stage win, the third by a North American in this year’s Thüringen race.

The peloton had been closing in on the trio and couldn’t avoid a crash either. GC number two Ellen van Dijk (Dutch National Team) stayed upright and crossed the line in second place, ahead of Leah Thomas (U.S. National Team).

Stage 5 was a rainy, yet active affair, with endless attacks, mostly from UnitedHealthcare and the several national teams participating in the race. Mavi Garcia (Bizkaia-Durango), Thomas, and Stephens were the first to gain an advantage of over 40 seconds.

Winder and then Wiles escaped the peloton to bridge across to the three leaders in the last 30 kilometres of the stage. Thomas punctured out of the lead group, Garcia wasn’t able to follow the pace of the UHC riders, and so the final breakaway was formed. GC leader Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) was caught up the by the crash, but should retain the yellow leader’s jersey going into the final stage on Tuesday.

Stage 5: Greiz > Greiz - Stage Result

Monday 17th July 2017

1. us
WILES Tayler
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team
02:44:33
2. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Netherlands
0:01
3. us
THOMAS Leah
United States
-
4. pl
PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna
Poland
-
5. de
KASPER Romy
Germany
-
6. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Canyon SRAM Racing
-
7. pl
SKALNIAK Agnieszka
Poland
-
8. nl
BUURMAN Eva
Parkhotel Valkenburg - Destil Cycling Team
-
9. pl
BUJAK Eugenia
BTC City Ljubljana
-
10. ca
JACKSON Alison
Bepink Cogeas
-

Today’s feature image shows the roads of Stage 15 of the 2017 Tour de France, in the region that Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) calls home. Photo: Gruber Images.

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