Roglic defends Romandie title, Bernal breaks collarbone: Daily News Digest

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Primoz Roglic wins his second straight Tour de Romandie, Egan Bernal breaks his collarbone one week ahead of his planned Giro d’Italia debut, Chris Lawless wins the Tour de Yorkshire as Greg Van Avermaet nabs the final stage. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie

Preparation for the Giro d’Italia is going pretty well for Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). The 29-year-old Slovenian capped off a dominant Tour de Romandie with a victory in the final time trial, sealing the overall win ahead of Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos).

“I had not raced since Tirreno-Adriatico and I trained on altitude in April. These results have come a bit unexpected so I am very satisfied,” Roglic said, calling his successful run in Romandie the “perfect” Giro prep.

Roglic, the defending champion, took the lead after his stage 1 victory at the Tour de Romandie and never looked back. He flashed his excellent climbing form en route to victory in the challenging fourth stage, and then put his engine on display in the fifth and final stage.

Lotto-Soudal’s Victor Campenaerts rode into the provisional lead early on the day. The new UCI Hour Record champion bumped Filippo Ganna (Ineos) out of the hot seat within the first hour of racing with a mark of 20:11 on the 16.85-kilometer course. Campenaerts then watched as one challenger after another came up short—until the final starter on the road came in at 19:58. Roglic took the stage win over Campenaerts with Ganna in third.

With the victory, Roglic has won all three races he has started in 2019, all of them at the WorldTour level – he won both the UAE Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico before taking the Romandie title.

Stage 5 results

1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
2 CAMPENAERTS Victor (Lotto Soudal)
3 GANNA Filippo (Team INEOS)
4 BEVIN Patrick (CCC Team)
5 MARTIN Tony (Team Jumbo-Visma)
6 KÜNG Stefan (Groupama – FDJ)
7 COSTA Rui (UAE-Team Emirates)
8 BARTA Will (CCC Team)
9 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe)
10 THOMAS Geraint (Team INEOS)

Final GC

1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma)
2 COSTA Rui (UAE-Team Emirates)
3 THOMAS Geraint (Team INEOS)
4 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix (BORA – hansgrohe)
5 GAUDU David (Groupama – FDJ)
6 KRUIJSWIJK Steven (Team Jumbo-Visma)
7 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe)
8 ZAKARIN Ilnur (Team Katusha – Alpecin)
9 SPILAK Simon (Team Katusha – Alpecin)
10 WOODS Michael (EF Education First)

Socially Speaking

The Tour de Romandie may have the WorldTour rating, but the action at the Tour de Yorkshire delivered plenty of Twitter-friendly moments over the past few days. Most notably was the moment in stage 3 when riders got a little too close for comfort to the sea.

There was also a nice gesture from the Continental Madison Genesis squad …

… and a quick dance-off between a roadside policeman and a fan.

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Chris Lawless wins the Tour de Yorkshire, Van Avermaet takes the final stage

Chris Lawless took the overall victory at the Tour de Yorkshire, giving his team – the squad formerly known as Team Sky – its first win in its new incarnation as Team Ineos.

Lawless took the race lead after narrowly missing out on the stage 3 victory in a photo finish behind Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez).

With Lawless in the leader’s jersey, Ineos rode a tactically sound fourth and final stage. Eddie Dunbar pushed the pace in a small move up the road in the finale, putting pressure on the rest of the peloton. Dunbar pressed on solo going over a short late climb, and then CCC’s Greg Van Avermaet jumped from the pack to bridge. Lawless was quick to follow. The three riders linked up and then stayed clear to the finish, where Van Avermaet sprinted to the stage win and Lawless finished second to take the GC title.

Van Avermaet and Dunbar rounded out the overall podium.

Vos takes women’s Tour de Yorkshire

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) won the two-day women’s Tour de Yorkshire, taking the second and final stage ahead of Mavi Garcia (Movistar) en route to the overall victory.

After Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) outsprinted Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and Alison Jackson (Tibco-SVB) to win stage 1, a hillier stage 2 would decide the general classification with 132 kilometers of racing from Bridlington to Scarborough.

Marianne Vos takes the women’s Tour de Yorkshire title. Photo: SWPics/Cor Vos © 2019

With just over 30 kilometers to go, Vos and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini) left the pack behind to join early escapee Garcia, and the trio stayed clear all the way to the finish to battle for the win in a sprint. Vos won handily, taking the stage and the overall title at the line, with Garcia in second and Soraya in third, the same positions they would occupy on the overall podium.

Injuries derail Giro plans for Valverde, Bernal

Unlike Primoz Roglic, Egan Bernal (Ineos) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) have not enjoyed their Giro prep. Injuries have derailed the Giro plans of both riders, who had been expected to be in the mix for the overall title in the Italian Grand Tour.

Valverde is dealing with a bone edema in his sacrum after crashing in training during his Liège-Bastogne-Liège build-up. Although he did start “La Doyenne,” the world road champion pulled out of the race, and then withdrew from his planned start at the Giro d’Italia. Movistar will still count on a strong Giro roster despite Valverde’s absence, with Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz leading the way.

Egan Bernal at Paris-Nice. Photo: ©kramon

Bernal, who had been set to lead Ineos in his Giro debut, broke his collarbone in a training crash this week. Sky announced the news of the fracture on Saturday. Cyclingnews reports that the injury will force him to miss the Giro, which seems more than likely considering the race starts this upcoming Saturday in Bologna, although Ineos has not made an official statement on his Giro status.

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) is hoping he can overcome a bout with the flu to avoid joining Valverde and Bernal on the proverbial sidelines. Illness forced the Italian sprinter to pull out of the Tour de Romandie, but he expects to be healthy enough to make the Giro start.

Trek-Segafredo confirms Porte will make California debut

Richie Porte will make his first career start at the Amgen Tour of California next weekend. Trek-Segafredo unveiled its lineup for the weeklong stage race on Sunday, with the 34-year-old Australian headlining a strong seven-man selection.

Richie Porte on Willunga Hill at the 2019 Tour Down Under. Photo: POOL/CA/Cor Vos © 2019

Three-time stage winner Toms Skujins and sprinter John Degenkolb will also make the start, as will Kiel Reijnen, Niklas Eg, Mads Pedersen, and Pete Stetina.

Trek also confirmed an impressive women’s lineup for the race, with Lizzie Deignan, Ruth Winder, Lotta Lepistö, Tayler Wiles, Trixi Worrack, and Lauretta Hanson set to race in California next week.

Gila stage wins for Tvetcov and Young, Dygert goes back-to-back

Serghei Tvetcov (Floyd’s) took a time trial victory in stage 3 at the Tour of the Gila and Eric Young (Elevate-KHS) sprinted to victory the following day in stage 4. Young’s teammate James Piccoli leads the GC headed into Sunday’s final stage.

On the women’s side, Chloe Dygert took back-to-back stage wins, taking the stage 3 TT and then winning stage 4, riding into the leader’s jersey along the way with one stage left to race.

UPDATE: Australia’s Brodie Chapman won the final stage to take overall victory. Piccoli won the men’s race overall after Cristhian Montoya (Medellin) won the final stage.

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Feature Image: Marianne Vos winning stage 2 of the women’s Tour de Yorkshire.

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