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Tiesj Benoot is headed to Sunweb next season, Sam Bennett wins his third straight BinckBank Tour stage, Domenico Pozzovivo is recovering from surgery after he was hit by a car while training. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Benoot signs two-year deal with Sunweb
Tiesj Benoot will leave Lotto-Soudal to join Sunweb in 2020 on a two-year deal, his new team announced on Wednesday.
The versatile Belgian, 25, has emerged as a threat in both one-day and one-week races in recent years, winning big at Strade Bianche in 2018. He has raced with Lotto-Soudal since a stint as a stagiaire there in 2014 before turning pro with the team in 2015.
“I was looking for a team with a professional and scientific approach where I can make the next steps forward in my career; that’s why I chose Team Sunweb,” Benoot said in the signing announcement.
“I’m looking forward to joining a strong group of classics riders at the team, where I believe we can achieve some great results in the coming years. My biggest goal is to further grow and develop as a rider in general and turn that into results with the team.”
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Bennett sprints to third straight BinckBank Tour stage win
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) could hardly have hoped for more out of his first few days at the BinckBank Tour. The 28-year-old Irishman won his third straight stage of the race on Wednesday’s stage 3.
Bennett topped Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) in a bunch kick to extend his overall race lead.
“At first, I was not sure if I had actually taken the win or not. It was a very close finish,” Bennett said. “It came down to a very chaotic finale. I’m really happy to have done the hat trick here, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Ireland with the national champion’s kit as well.”
The 166.9-kilometer stage 3 of the BinckBank Tour started and finished in Aalter, East Flanders, and featured a flat profile. Despite a handful of cobbled sectors, the race came together for a sprint finale for a third straight day.
Philipsen went early in the final kick, but Bennett and Groenewegen came past in the waning moments to contend for the stage in a photo finish. Bennett took the win by the width of a tire, his third WorldTour victory in as many days.
Long recovery ahead, but Pozzovivo vows to return to racing
Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) is recovering after a six-hour surgery to treat the injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car while on a training ride. As La Gazzetta dello Sport reports, rider and team are uncertain what the future holds for the 36-year-old Italian following the incident, but Pozzovivo has said he will return to the road.
“My career can’t end like this,” Pozzovivo said, according to La Gazzetta. “I’ll come back.”
Pozzovivo was preparing for the upcoming Vuelta a España before the incident, in which he sustained arm, leg, and rib fractures. He is expected to spend at least a few months in recovery.
“The first goal, considering that Domenico is 36, is to make a full recovery, then we’ll think about him as an athlete,” Bahrain-Merida’s team doctor Emilio Magni told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He’s taken a big hit.”
According to La Gazzetta, Italian police are looking into the incident to determine further details of what happened when he was hit.
Abersturi wins stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos
Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural) won Thursday’s stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos. The 30-year-old Spaniard topped stage 1 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data) and Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos) at the end of a 155-kilometer stage from Gumiel de Izan to Lerma.
Stage 1 winner Nizzolo remains in the overall race lead with Aberasturi in second on the same time.
Cataldo and Villella to join Movistar
The Italian duo of Dario Cataldo and Davide Villella will ride on as teammates in 2020, but for a new team. Both will leave Astana at the end of the season to join Movistar on two-year contracts.
Cataldo, 34, has enjoyed a lengthy career as a domestique and stage-hunter in the Grand Tours, having won stages in both the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia. Villella, 28, has also logged a few years experience as a climbing domestique and occasional breakaway rider. He won the mountains classification at the 2017 Vuelta.
Marengo takes Utah stage 1, Craddock takes lead
Lawson Craddock (EF Education First) is the new leader of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah after Tuesday’s stage 1, won by Umberto Marengo (Neri Sottoli).
The hilly 139.9-kilometer stage in North Logan City saw a busy finale. Prologue winner and overnight leader James Piccoli was penalized 20 seconds for drafting behind a car following a late puncture, while attacks split the head of the race. Craddock and Marengo were part of a small group that jumped clear in the last few kilometers, with Marengo topping Craddock and Edwin Avila (Israel Cycling Academy) at the line.
Craddock now sits atop the general classification with a six second advantage over Joao Almeida as Wednesday’s challenging stage 2 to Powder Mountain awaits.
Harassment in the women’s peloton
A story in the latest edition of Rouleur Magazine looks into the problem of abuse and harassment within the pro women’s peloton.
One rider’s disturbing story, which also details the challenges she faced when speaking out about the abuse to her team, is excerpted on Rouleur’s website.
Google Maps showing Lime vehicles in over a hundred cities
Google Maps has started showing available Lime scooters and e-bikes to Android users in over a hundred cities globally, with functionality coming for iOS users in August.
“In addition to showing you the best biking and transit route in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to see if Lime scooters or e-bikes are available, how long the trip will take, and the most efficient route to get there,” said Vishal Dutta product manager at Google Maps, according to bikebiz.com. “From Stockholm to Sao Paulo, you can now use Google Maps to locate Lime vehicles to get you to your destination.”
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Feature Image: Tiesj Benoot on the Col du Galibier. Photo: ©kramon