Wins for Gaviria, Brandle and Cooper; Rumsas investigated over death: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 16, 2017

Gaviria sprints to victory in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen; Brandle wins stage 4 TT at the Post Danmark Rundt; Cooper triumphs again on stage 4 of the Tour of China I; Doping: Rumsas investigated over son’s death; Lucas Hamilton Q&A: On signing with Orica-Scott and his excellent 2017 season; Orica-Scott: Lucas Hamilton ‘is a credit to our development team’; Concussion forces Bookwalter out of world championships; Ullrich fined and given 21 month suspended sentence over drunk-driving accident; Cavendish explains ‘gutting’ world championship withdrawal; Guardini signs two-year contract with Bardiani-CSF; Claire Rose signs with Cervelo Bigla; Video: History of freeride mountain biking chronicled in The Moment documentary; Video: The final Backstage Pass

Gaviria sprints to victory in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen

by VeloClub

Notching up his tenth win of the year and his QuickStep Floors team’s 50th, Fernando Gaviria blasted home first in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen on Friday. The young Colombian rider profited from a strong leadout by his team, hitting the line ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNl-Jumbo), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), August Jensen (Team Coop) and the rest of the peloton.

“I am extremely happy to win here,” he smiled. “It means a lot to me to take my tenth victory of the season and to have these sensations ahead of the World Championships in Bergen. I’m really looking forward to that race. It will be very hard, also because of the weather. But I’m going there in good condition and very confident after this success, for which I want to thank my teammates, who put in a fantastic collective performance.”

Gaviria is in strong shape, having also taken a stage in the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain last week. He will compete in Saturday’s Primus Classic, which will be his final event before the world road race championships.

The victory meant a lot to QuickStep Floors’ directeur sportif Rik van Slycke. “Today was a really special day for me, because it’s exactly 25 years ago that I won this race,” he said. “To win with the team again, 25 years later, it’s just perfect.

“Without any strong winds to split the field, the tactic was to have all the guys there for the final and we executed the plan perfectly by controlling the race the whole day and bringing back the escapees. The lead-out was a textbook one and Gaviria finished it off by scoring the team’s 50th win of 2017. We are really happy and satisfied with how we raced.”

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Today’s feature image is from Switzerland and is by Tim Bardsley-Smith.