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Viviani wins, Boasson Hagen relegated, Phinney DSQ: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 5, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road

Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated

by VeloClub

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) protests the sprint of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data). The protest was upheld, earning him the stage. Photo courtesy of Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Elia Viviani may have been second across the line, but the Team Sky rider won an appeal against the sprinting of Edvald Boasson Hagen and was named winner of stage two of the Tour of Britain. The two went head-to-head in the bunch sprint which decided the race to Blyth, and while Boasson Hagen was initially crowned victor, that didn’t last long.

A review by race judges deemed that the Norwegian Team Dimension Data rider had moved across from the right hand side of the road to the left, forcing Viviani to back off on his gallop and impeding his path to victory. As per UCI rules in such circumstances, Boasson Hagen was relegated to the back of the group, finishing 109th.

Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) also moved up a place, going from third to second, while Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) ended up third. Viviani had finished third behind Sunday’s winner Caleb Ewan and with the Orica-Scott rider placing fourth, the Italian replaced him at the top. He is four seconds clear of the Australian, with Boasson Hagen a further three seconds back.

The stage featured a long-distance move by seven riders, namely KOM leader Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi), Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team), Matt Holmes (Madison Genesis), Kamil Gradek (One Pro Cycling), Jacob Scott (An Post ChainReaction), Rory Townsend (Bike Channel-Canyon) and Graham Briggs (JLT Condor). These were however hauled back inside the final 20 kilometres, paving the way for Viviani’s win.

“I was feeling really good yesterday, but I was disappointed as the guys did a perfect job on a very technical finish and I finished only third,” he said. “I really wanted to win today and we did a really good leadout.”

Stage 2: Kielder water and forest park > Blyth - Stage Result

Monday 4th September 2017

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Team Sky
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo
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GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors

Today’s feature image is from the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain and was taken by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.