Gaviria awarded stage win after Viviani relegated in Giro sprint: Daily News Digest

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Elia Viviani’s moment of glory at the Giro d’Italia was short lived Monday as Fernando Gaviria was awarded the stage win. Kasper Asgreen took his first professional victory at the Tour of California. Former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez was handed a two-year suspension for what the UCI is acknowledging was a contaminated supplement. Italian Moreno Moser is retiring at age 28. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Gaviria awarded stage win after Viviani relegated in Giro sprint

Elia Viviani’s moment of glory at the Giro d’Italia was short lived Monday. The Italian national champion crossed the finish line of Stage 3 first in Orbetello, but was quickly relegated by the UCI race jury for deviating from his line. Italian Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) was the rider who paid the price for Viviani’s deviation, but it was Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Team UAE Emirates) who benefitted most, moving from second to first on the stage.

Into a headwind, Moschetti was positioned behind Viviani and to his left as the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider came off the wheel of Stage 2 winner Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe). As Moschetti opened his sprint, Viviani swerved significantly to the left, forcing both Moschetti and Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) to move left; Moschetti briefly had to stop pedaling in order to not hit Viviani’s front wheel. Demare finished third on the stage but was moved into second with the relegation, while Ackermann moved from fourth to third, and Moschetti moved from fifth to fourth.

Elia Viviani had just swung off Pascal Ackermann’s wheel (the Bora-Hansgrohe rider wearing the maglia ciclamino), and directly in front of Matteo Moschetti (the Trek-Segafredo rider whose front wheel is nearly striking Viviani), as this image was taken. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was behind Moschetti, and came around to his left to finish third, though he was advanced to second place.

Viviani was clearly upset by the decision that stripped him of what would have been his sixth Giro stage win; he did not immediately offer any comment to reporters. He later issued a statement through a team press release, saying, “I am completely disappointed by this decision. Yesterday I made a mistake in the final and today was focused on doing my best. As you could see all the other sprinters crossed the line behind me. I was really happy to have taken the win, but then this decision came and all I can do now is focus on the next sprint.”

Gaviria, who was a teammate of Viviani’s at Quick-Step last year, said he disagreed with the commissaires’ decision. “Today, I arrived second. The winner of the stage is Elia Viviani,” Gaviria said. “I’m disappointed for Elia, he’s a really good friend of mine, and for me, he’s the winner of the third stage of the Giro.”

The 220km stage from Vinci to Orbetello was highlighted by a solo breakaway by Japaneese rider Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini). Though he opened a gap of over seven minutes, Hatsuyama never had a chance at staying clear of the sprint teams so early into a Grand Tour.

There was no major change atop the general classification, with Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) retaining the maglia rosa, 19 seconds ahead of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). The day’s biggest losers were Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos). Carapaz, who required a bike change and was then slowed by a crash in the final 5km, finished 46 seconds behind the front group, while Geoghegan Hart, who was also caught out by the late crash, lost 1:28.

Stage 3 results

1. Fernando Gaviria (Col), UAE Team Emirates, 5:23:19
2. Arnaud Demare (Fra), Groupama-FDJ, at same time
3. Pascal Ackermann (Ger), Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
4. Matteo Moschetti (Ita), Trek-Segafredo, at same time
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita), Dimension Data, at same time
6. Jakub Mareczko (Ita), CCC, at same time
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita), Israel Cycling Academy, at same time
8. Manuel Belletti (Ita), Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, at same time
9. Christian Knees (Ger), Team Ineos, at same time
10. Sacha Modolo (Ita), EF Education First, at same time

General Classification

1. Primoz Roglic (Slo), Team Jumbo-Visma, 10:21:01
2. Simon Yates (GBr), Mitchelton-Scott, at 0:00:19
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Bahrain-Merida, at 0:00:23
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col), Astana, at 0:00:28
5. Tom Dumoulin (Ned), Team Sunweb, at same time
6. Rafal Majka (Pol), Bora-Hansgrohe, at 0:00:33
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned), Trek-Segafredo, at 0:00:39
8, Damiano Caruso (Ita), Bahrain-Merida, at 0:00:40
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa), Astana, at 0:00:42
10. Victor de la Parte (Spa), CCC, at 0:00:45

Socially speaking

This tweet popped up today, with a photo of a young Primoz Roglic competing in a mountain-bike race, fully decked out in a 2008 Française des Jeux team kit and using running shoes and flat pedals.

At the Amgen Tour of California, Peter Sagan is wearing race number 111 on his leader’s jersey. His stage win in Sacramento on Sunday was his 111th pro victory, and he’s got the number tattooed across the back of his neck.

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Kasper Asgreen wins stage 2 of the Tour of California

After his impressive second place at the Tour of Flanders last month, Denmark’s Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has gone one better on stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California, taking his first professional victory.

The stage finished in South Lake Tahoe with a 1.5km ramp to the line and it was Asgreen, Tejay Van Garderen (EF-Education First) and Gianni Moscon (Ineos) that proved strongest from a late breakaway. Twenty-four-year-old Asgreen dropped the other two on the final uphill dash to the line, with Van Garderen’s second place giving him the GC lead ahead of third-placed Moscon.

Tomorrow’s 207km third stage of the eight-stage race features five categorised climbs but has a flat finish.

Sanchez handed two-year suspension for contaminated supplement

In what will be remembered as a bitter ending to an illustrious 17-year career, former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has been handed a two-year suspension for what the UCI is acknowledging was likely a contaminated supplement.

Sanchez tested positive for the growth-hormone peptide GHRP-2 in August 2017 while riding for BMC Racing. He has been provisionally suspended since; his period of ineligibility will end on August 16.

Samuel Sanchez (left) finished second overall at the 2009 Vuelta a España, behind Alejandro Valverde and ahead of Cadel Evans.

In a press release, the UCI stated that it had accepted that Sánchez’s positive test likely originated from a contaminated supplement.

“After careful review of the explanations and evidence submitted by Mr Sánchez, the UCI has accepted the likelihood that the origin of the anti-doping rule violation was a contaminated supplement Mr Sánchez was using,” the press release stated.

“While the UCI would have preferred the case to be resolved sooner, establishing the source of the ADRV required multiple scientific analyses, as well as follow-up investigations, to make sure the correct conclusions were reached. The resolution can be appealed by the National Anti-Doping Organization of Spain and the World Anti-Doping Agency.”

Sanchez, who won five stages at the Vuelta over his career as well as the 2008 Olympic road race, will be 41 when his suspension period is over. Sanchez finished second overall at the 2009 Vuelta a España, behind Alejandro Valverde and ahead of Cadel Evans, and he stands as second overall at the 2010 Tour de France after both Alberto Contador and Denis Menchov were stripped from their podium finishes.

Moreno Moser retires at age 28

Italian pro Moreno Moser, nephew of former Giro d’Italia winner and road world champion Francesco Moser, is retiring at just 28 years old. A winner of Strade Bianche, the Tour of Poland, and Trofeo Laigueglia, Moser announced that after seven years as a professional, he would be breaking his contract with the Italian Pro Continental team Nippo Vini Fantini. Though he had eight pro victories, Moser had won just two races in the past six years — a stage of the Tour of Austria in 2015, and Trofeo Laigueglia last year.

Moser Moreno (Cannondale) came close to a stage win at the 2016 Giro d’Italia, finishing in between Etixx–Quick Step riders Matteo Trentin and Gianluca Brambilla in Pinerolo.

“I can no longer keep the peaks of form for the performances I am facing,” Moser told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have always been a winner, but my down moments have become longer and longer in recent years. They are not attributable to any particular physical deficit. After much analysis and many tests, we are certain that I have no diseases or viruses. Failing more to have moments of top quality, and given the longer and longer down times, I prefer to stop without dragging myself on unnecessarily.”

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Happy birthday to…

Today marks the 32nd birthday of Dutch legend Marianne Vos, who has 186 road victories and has been winning at the sport’s highest level since her first road world title in 2006 at the age of 19.

Marianne Vos won the final stage, and the overall, at the 2019 women’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Also, a belated happy birthday to American Travis McCabe, who finished a close second behind Peter Sagan on the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California. McCabe, who rides for the Floyd’s Pro Cycling trade team but is with the US National Team in California, missed out on what would have been the biggest victory of his career on his 30th birthday.

Travis McCabe (US National Team) nearly had the best 30th birthday imaginable, beaten to the line by a bike throw on the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

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