Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief

Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour

by VeloClub

Belgian rider Edward Theuns benefited from the impressive work done by Trek-Segafredo teammate Jasper Stuyven on stage four of the BinckBank Tour, with the latter hauling back a big attack by Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) and enabling his compatriot to win.

Theuns beat Marko Kump (UAE-Team Emirates), Tim Merlier (Vérandas Willems–Crelan), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and the rest of the main bunch. Lampaert’s powerful attack with just over four kilometres remaining had earned him a promising advantage heading under the kite and made it possible he would overcome his 12 second deficit to overnight leader Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team).

Instead, thanks to Stuyven’s effort, Theuns took the stage and Küng held on to the jersey. The latter is four seconds clear of Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) and five ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Sagan.

“It’s a big relief, I am really happy,” said a delighted Theuns. “I had a real rough time since I crashed in the Tour last year and I worked really hard to come back. After the spring Classics, I again had surgery to take out the pins in my back, and since that surgery, I feel that I am getting stronger every week. I had a great training camp at altitude during the Tour, and now it pays off.”

The 160.7 kilometre stage to and from Lanaken was marked by an attack by André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who is frustrated by a lack of success in recent bunch sprints. He combined Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot) but, despite their efforts, were caught with 24 kilometres remaining. Eleven kilometres later Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) pushed ahead, but these were caught with just over four kilometres left.

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Today’s feature image is by the Grubers on Passo Spluga, Switzerland.