Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 19, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car

Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira

by Jeanine Laudy

The 90 kilometer second stage of Emakumeen Bira caused fireworks from early-on in the stage. The peloton got split just kilometers in the stage, with some interesting names missing the first group, like GC number 2 Katie Archibald (WNT) and VéloConcept’s sprinter Christina Siggaard.

Twice did a small group cross the QOM a little ahead of the first peloton, but both times they were reeled back in. Just before the second and last intermediate sprint, one of those breakaways was caught back, both pelotons had merged and it looked like it was going to be another bunch sprint.

But as rain poured down on the riders, two riders decided they didn’t want a bunch sprint and attacked. Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) and Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) quickly gained an advantage of 10 seconds, which they extended as the kilometers ticked away. ‘Spratty’ left Santesteban behind to win the second stage with a 5 second advantage over her and 22 over the bunch. GC leader Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) won the sprint for third, but lost her leader’s jersey to Spratt.

“We knew we wanted to be aggressive in the final 10-15 kilometers so I attacked on the first climb we came to, but I thought because it was the first attempt it probably wouldn’t work,” Spratt said. “Luckily for me I took Ane Santesteban with me and I think that worked in my favour.”

“This is my first time winning a stage at this race and so it is really special,” Spratt continued. “The team all rode really well today, we were quite aggressive all day and we tried to split the field and put pressure on the other riders so I am really happy to take the win. The advantage for us is that we have more than one rider to ride for and we can therefore work to keep the jersey in the team.”

Stage 2: Markina-Xemein > Markina-Xemein - Stage Result

Thursday 18th May 2017

1. au
SPRATT Amanda
Orica - Scott
02:28:12
2. es
SANTESTEBAN GONZáLEZ Ane
Alé Cipollini
0:02
3. it
BASTIANELLI Marta
Alé Cipollini
0:26
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