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Nans Peters wins stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia from the break as Mikel Landa gains time, Movistar DS explains what happened to Primoz Roglic’s discarded bike on stage 15, Austria’s Kollmann-Forstner suspended in connection with Operation Aderlass. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Peters wins Giro stage 17 from the break
Nans Peters (Ag2r-La Mondiale) earned his first pro win in style on Wednesday’s stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia.
The 25-year-old Frenchman jumped away from the break on the day’s final climb to nab the win ahead of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe). A few minutes later, Mikel Landa (Movistar) soloed over the finish line to nab a handful of seconds in the GC fight. Pink jersey Richard Carapaz was close behind, adding some time of his own on most of Movistar’s GC rivals.
“It’s incredible to get my first pro win in a Grand Tour,” Peters said. “In the breakaway, I promised myself to attack only once and the timing proved to be right.”
The day’s main breakaway solidified some 50 kilometers into the 181-kilometer stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva. A Movistar-led peloton gave the move some breathing room, leaving it up to the escapees to the contest the stage victory.
Attacks off the front kept things busy in the breakaway over the pair of categorized climbs preceding the final charge up to Anterselva, but things were more or less together for the final ascent before a new round of attacks began. Peters made his move on the early slopes and quickly built a gap. A chasing group formed comprising Chaves, Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), and Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates), but they made little headway closing down Peters, motivating Chaves to set off on his own.
There was no catching Peters. He hit the line 1:34 ahead of Chaves and celebrated a huge maiden victory.
In the GC group behind, Landa soloed away with around two kilometers left to climb. Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) linked up with the Spaniard for a few moments before losing touch. Then Miguel Ángel López (Astana) moved to chase. Carapaz was right in his wheel, and the pair rode clear with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) only able to watch.
Landa’s effort earned him 19 seconds on Nibali and Roglic, while Landa and López took seven seconds on the duo.
The Giro d’Italia continues Thursday with a sprinter-friendly stage 18, 222 kilometers from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala.
Stage 17 results
1 PETERS Nans (AG2R La Mondiale)
2 CHAVES Esteban (Mitchelton-Scott)
3 FORMOLO Davide (BORA – hansgrohe)
4 MASNADA Fausto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
5 NEILANDS Krists (Israel Cycling Academy)
6 KANGERT Tanel (EF Education First)
7 CONTI Valerio (UAE-Team Emirates)
8 BRAMBILLA Gianluca (Trek – Segafredo)
9 HAMILTON Chris (Team Sunweb)
10 VENDRAME Andrea (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec)
1 CARAPAZ Richard (Movistar Team)
2 NIBALI Vincenzo (Bahrain Merida)
3 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
4 LANDA Mikel (Movistar Team)
5 MOLLEMA Bauke (Trek – Segafredo)
6 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
7 MAJKA Rafal (BORA – hansgrohe)
8 YATES Simon (Mitchelton-Scott)
9 SIVAKOV Pavel (Team INEOS)
10 FORMOLO Davide (BORA – hansgrohe)
Beauty of Cycling
Tuesday’s stage 16 at the Giro d’Italia was one to remember. Ice and the threat of avalanches led organizers to remove the Passo Gavia from the route, but the stage offered plenty of fireworks nonetheless, with help from the challenging Mortirolo climb and some truly terrible weather.
Check out the gallery for scenes from an action-packed day of racing.
Rapha launches charitable foundation
Rapha is launching a charitable foundation with $1.5 million to be directed towards grassroots cycling organizations.
On the heels of the recent Rapha Roadmap, a study that has explored the state of cycling and what can be done to improve it, the Rapha Foundation hopes “to build a better future for the sport of cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers.”
$750,000 of the initial funding will go towards grants for five organizations based in the United States, and the other $750,000 will do the same for organizations in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Austria’s Christina Kollmann-Forstner has been suspended in connection to Operation Aderlass, the investigation into a doping ring run by German doctor Mark Schmidt.
Kollman-Forstner, 31, finished second at mountain bike marathon worlds last year, and has spent some time racing on the road as well, riding with the Nö Radunion Vitalogic team in 2015. She announced in April that she was retiring.
Follow the link to read more at PinkBike.
Movistar drove Roglic’s discarded bike to the stage 15 finish
Movistar sports director Max Sciandri has said that he drove Primoz Roglic’s discarded bike to the finish on stage 15, putting to bed what has been a mini-polemica in Italian media after the bike was not initially seen at the line.
Jumbo-Visma’s Antwan Tolhoek gave Roglic his bike after the Slovenian suffered an untimely mechanical. That put Tolhoek in a tight spot with no team car nearby. Sciandri arrived in Movistar’s second car to give the Dutchman a helping hand, offering him a Movistar bike and even swapping in the pedals from Roglic’s bike so that Tolhoek’s cleats would fit, according to El Pais. Then Sciandri loaded Roglic’s bike onto the car and drove it the rest of the way.
“I did what I had to do as a sportsman, and then if they really wanted to say something, it was up to Jumbo-Visma,” Sciandri told tuttobiciweb.it. “I only regret that people are so suspicious of Roglic and, frankly, I don’t know why.”
Hodeg wins stage 2 at the Tour of Norway
Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) won stage 2 of the Tour of Norway.
The Colombian powered to a sprint victory in the seaside town of Mandal, topping Kristoffer Halvorsen (Ineos) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) at the line. Stage 1 winner Cees Bol (Sunweb) still leads the general classification, with Hodeg sitting second on the same time.
Dutch federation considers national championships outside of the Netherlands
The Dutch cycling federation is considering the idea of holding Dutch road nationals abroad in pursuit of a more selective course.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports that Jumbo-Visma director Richard Plugge suggested the idea to the federation after so many sprinter-friendly national championships.
“They didn’t immediately reject it,” Plugge said.
Dutch nationals has had trouble attracting top riders of late, but an event outside of the Netherlands could potentially offer enough hills to interest the likes of Steven Kruijswijk and Bauke Mollema.
Custom Trek Checkpoint SLs for Kiel Reijnen and Peter Stetina at Dirty Kanza
More and more pro road riders have been heading off the beaten path in recent years, venturing out from their daily routines on the tarmac and on to gravel. This has certainly been the case for Trek-Segafreda, or at least the Americans on the team. Peter Stetina was the first finisher at this year’s Belgian Waffle Ride, for example, and in fact, he was joined on the podium by fellow roadies Edward Anderson (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Ted King (now technically retired, but who last raced for the Slipstream organization now called EF-Education First).
Stetina and teammate Kiel Reijnen will now take part in this year’s 200-mile Dirty Kanza, and team sponsor Trek has supplied the duo with custom Checkpoint SL gravel bikes.
Reijnen’s bike is a dual tribute, with colors drawn from his home of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and graphics that pay tribute to his heritage as a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Stetina’s bike features a gloss white background and prayer flags decorated with logos and images from California (where he lives currently) and Colorado (where he was born and raised). One of those flags also includes a phoenix, which Stetina says, “represents Santa Rosa, where I currently live, and its continuing recovery from the 2017 wildfires, as well as my own comeback from a smashed leg when everyone thought my career was over but Trek believed in me.”
For the full gallery, visit www.trekbikes.com.
Happy Birthday to …
Richard Carapaz is 26. The Ecuadorian counts three career Giro d’Italia stage wins on his list of career achievements (he has nabbed two of them this month) and finished fourth overall at the 2018 Giro.
His palmares will look even better if he can hang onto the pink jersey through this weekend in Italy…
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Feature Image: Nans Peters wins stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: DB/RB/Cor Vos © 2019