Soler wins stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie and takes the GC lead: Daily News
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Big names were in action across multiple races on Friday. Marc Soler took the stage 3 win at the Tour de Romandie, Lorena Wiebes won the prologue at the Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs, and Nairo Quintana won the opening stage of the Vuelta Asturias.
Read on for the latest from the world of cycling.
Marc Soler wins stage 3 and takes the lead at the Tour de Romandie
Marc Soler picked up his first win of the year on a rainy stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie on Friday, moving into the overall lead in the process.
The 27-year-old Spaniard attacked out of a reduced peloton on the final climb of the day, soloing clear with around 10 km to go. Ion Izagirre gave chase, but was unable to close down the gap and was eventually swept up by the pack. Soler, however, held on comfortably, taking the win with a 22-second gap back to the chasers. Magnus Cort topped Peter Sagan to nab second out of the pack.
Overnight leader Rohan Dennis crashed on the rain-slicked roads and finished 1:21 down on Soler, who moved into the GC lead. Soler will take a 14-second lead over Geraint Thomas into Saturday’s stage 4.
Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) Estavayer → Estavayer
Wiebes wins Festival Elsy Jacobs prologue
Lorena Wiebes powered to victory in the prologue of the Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs on Friday, completing the 2.2 km course in 3:12.
Wiebes’s DSM teammate Leah Kirchmann took runner-up honors on the day, setting a mark three seconds slower than Wiebes’s, while Karlijn Swinkels took third, less than a second behind Kirchmann.
Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs (2.Pro) Cessange → Cessange
Quintana takes his first win of the year on stage 1 of the Vuelta Asturias
Nairo Quintana climbed to his first victory of 2021 on Friday, winning the opening stage of the Vuelta Asturias.
The 31-year-old Colombian soloed to the win on a challenging 184.5 km stage from Oviedo to Pola de Lena, arriving 26 seconds ahead of runner-up Antonio Pedrero. Pierre Latour was third on the day, a further one second back.
Vuelta Asturias Julio Alvarez Mendo (2.1) Oviedo → Pola de Lena
GUTIERREZ José Manuel
Nibali will decide on Giro start after training camp
Vincenzo Nibali, who broke his wrist in a training crash two weeks ago, said in a video posted by Trek-Segafredo on social media on Friday that he will decide whether to start the upcoming Giro d’Italia after a training camp.
“I will be in a position to say yes or no to the Giro at the end of this short training camp [in Livigno], done with my family,” Nibali said. “I’ll have a check-up and an X-ray. Then I will carefully evaluate with the doctors if it will be a good idea to start the Giro or to postpone my return.”
DSM rider files police complaint against driver after road rage incident
Cycling Weekly reports that a DSM rider has filed a police complaint against a driver who cut him off, got out of his car, and physically attacked him.
According to Cycling Weekly, a video shows the driver getting out of his vehicle, grabbing the rider by the throat, and pushing him off the bike. The rider reportedly threw a punch before the driver put him in a headlock. DSM reportedly confirmed that the rider has filed a police complaint, but that there will be no further comment now.
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