Pogacar tops Roglic to win stage 3 in the Basque Country: Daily News
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Wednesday saw big names in action at both the Itzulia Basque Country, where the climbers clashed on a steep final ascent of stage 3, and at Scheldeprijs, where sprinters had a chance to put their speed on display.
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Pogacar tops Roglic to win stage 3 in the Basque Country
Tadej Pogacar bested Primoz Roglic after a hard-fought battle on a steep finishing climb to win stage 3 of the Itzulia Basque Country on Wednesday, with Alejandro Valverde taking third on the day. Roglic still leads the GC with three stages to go, with Pogacar moving into second overall.
The 167.7 km stage from Amurrio to Ermualde tested riders with a challenging final 25 km that included an uncategorized climb leading into a punchy second-category climb before the steep first-category finale. After the peloton swept up the last survivor of the early break, Oier Lazkano, on the second-category climb, Sergio Higuita, Magnus Cort, Aurelien Paret-Peintre, and Richard Carapaz fired off the front. Shortly thereafter, a crash knocked Mike Woods and Wilco Kelderman out of contention for the stage on the run-in to the final climb, which started with 3.1 km to go.
The pack closed down the attackers on the early goings of the climb, where an average gradient of 10.2% rapidly thinned down the group. Carapaz attacked again but was only able to open a small gap. Pogacar then hit the front with Roglic just behind, and with around 2 km left to race, the duo began to pull clear. They caught and passed Carapaz while a handful of contenders tried to organize a chase.
Mikel Landa, Adam Yates, and Mauri Vansevenant clawed back up to Roglic and Pogacar but neither of the Slovenian duo would relent. Pogacar spurred a move that only Roglic could follow before Yates, Landa, Valverde, and David Gaudu joined them again. Inside the last kilometer, however, Roglic attacked with only Pogacar able to follow, and this time, the pair pulled clear for good.
Roglic led the way for the final few hundred meters until Pogacar surged past with around 200 meters to go, the defending Tour de France champ hit the line first to nab the stage victory. Five seconds later, Valverde won the sprint for third.
Top 10, stage 3
1 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 4:04:50
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Jumbo-Visma)
3 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar) 0:05
4 YATES Adam (Ineos Grenadiers)
5 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain Victorious)
6 GAUDU David (Groupama-FDJ) 0:08
7 KNOX James (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 0:16
8 VINGEGAARD Jonas (Jumbo-Visma)
9 VANSEVENANT Mauri (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
10 MCNULTY Brandon (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:18
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Jumbo-Visma) 8:07:48
2 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:20
3 MCNULTY Brandon (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:30
4 YATES Adam (Ineos Grenadiers) 0:39
5 VALVERDE Alejandro (Movistar) 0:50
6 VINGEGAARD Jonas (Jumbo-Visma) 0:54
7 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain Victorious) 1:00
8 BILBAO Pello (Bahrain Victorious) 1:08
9 VANSEVENANT Mauri (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 1:09
10 SCHACHMANN Maximilian (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Wiebes powers to Scheldeprijs victory
Lorena Wiebes won the first ever Scheldeprijs women’s race on Wednesday, out-sprinting Emma Norsgaard and Elisa Balsamo in Schoten.
The 136.2 km race came down to a bunch kick after the pack caught the day’s lone breakaway rider, Daniek Hengeveld, with just under 10 km to go and then reeled in a late move from Letizia Borghesi. Movistar led the way into the finale, and then Sarah Roy opened things up in the sprint, but she was overtaken as several others surged past.
Wiebes took the lead as the line approached and she held on to take a convincing victory at the line with Norsgaard nabbing runner-up honors on the day and Balsamo rounding out the podium.
1 WIEBES Lorena (DSM) 3:26:49
2 NORSGAARD Emma (Movistar)
3 BALSAMO Elisa (Valcar-Travel & Service)
4 MOBERG Emilie (Drops-Le Col)
5 KLEIN Lisa (Canyon-SRAM)
6 SIERRA Arlenis (A.R. Monex)
7 ROY Sarah (BikeExchange)
8 ALONSO Sandra (Bizkaia Durango)
9 DIDERIKSEN Amalie (Trek-Segafredo)
10 KOOL Charlotte (NXTG)
Philipsen sprints to Scheldeprijs victory ahead of Bennett and Cavendish
Jasper Philipsen sprinted to victory at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, topping the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish in Schoten.
The Belgian one-day took place under chilly and windy conditions, and that wind helped force splits early in the race. Bennett and Philipsen were among the riders in a strong lead group that formed with nearly 140 km left to race, while Cavendish and several others were in a second group, with other groups farther behind. The second group linked up with the first group with around 75 km to go, and that new lead selection of around 30 riders would stay clear of those behind and contend for the win.
Deceuninck-QuickStep was well-represented in the group and led into the final kilometer, but then Alpecin-Fenix surged forward, taking over at the front and putting Philipsen into an excellent position for the final kick with Bennett behind and Cavendish on his teammate’s wheel. Philipsen delivered on the finishing straight, winding up to speed with Bennett unable to come past. Philipsen took his first win of the year and his first win as a member of Alpecin-Fenix with Bennett settling for second and Cavendish taking third just behind his teammate.
1 PHILIPSEN Jasper (Alpecin-Fenix) 4:03:30
2 BENNETT Sam (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
3 CAVENDISH Mark (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
4 VAN POPPEL Danny (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)
5 RUSSO Clément (Arkéa-Samsic)
6 ACKERMANN Pascal (Bora-Hansgrohe)
7 MOZZATO Luca (B&B Hotels-KTM)
8 NIZZOLO Giacomo (Qhubeka-Assos)
9 SARREAU Marc (AG2R Citroën)
10 VAN GESTEL Dries (Total Direct Energie)
Bouhanni does not start Scheldeprijs, UCI denounces racist abuse
Nacer Bouhanni did not make the start at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. His Arkéa-Samsic team said on Twitter that “following recent events,” he was “not in full capacity to take the start.”
Earlier this week, Bouhanni posted screenshots of several instances of racist abuse that has been directed his way after his relegation at Cholet-Pays de la Loire. The French sprinter said that he is taking legal action in response to the abusive messages.
The UCI addressed the subject in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) wishes to firmly condemn the racist attacks aimed at the French rider Nacer Bouhanni on social media following his disqualification for dangerous conduct during the final sprint at the Cholet-Pays de la Loire,” the organization said in a statement.
“However serious the fault of the French rider – which forced the UCI to refer the incident to its Disciplinary Commission and demand the imposition of sanctions against him – , nothing justifies the insults he has been subject to in the days following the act he is accused of.”
Jakobsen will return to racing this weekend
Over eight months after he sustained serious injuries in a crash on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland, Fabio Jakobsen will return to competition for the first time this coming weekend at the Tour of Turkey.
Jakobsen suffered several broken bones in his face and underwent multiple surgeries in the aftermath of the crash. Having spent the past few months recovering and working his way back into form on the bike, he will return to racing at the Tour of Turkey, which gets underway on Sunday.
Simon Richardson passes away
Simon Richardson, sales manager at Endura, died on Sunday in a bike crash. He was 58. Further details of the incident have not been released.
Endura founders Jim McFarlane and Pamela Barclay paid tribute to Richardson in a statement.
“Rest in peace Simon Richardson, beloved and universally respected Endura UK and international sales manager, following a bike accident in Henley on Easter Sunday,” McFarlane and Barclay said.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Camilla and his children Emily, Evan and Holly as we all come to terms with this colossal loss. Simon’s contribution is a profoundly important part of what built Endura into what it is today.”
Richardson was an active participant in the CyclingTips community, a VeloClub member, and an avid listener to the CyclingTips podcast. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Coming up …
The Itzulia Basque Country continues on Thursday with a fourth stage that should offer feature a busy finale, with two tough climbs in the last 50 km but a flat finish. Riders will tackle the Jaizkibel – a fixture at the Clásica San Sebastián – and then the Erlaitz before descending to the run-in to the line, so it’s tough to say whether the stage will go to an attacker or come down to a small group.
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