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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Spaniard Mikel Aristi (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) won today the first stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo ahead of Direct Energie’s Tony Hurel and Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk Cycling Club).
Courtesy: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
The Delko Marseille Provence KTM team did a lot of work in the closing kilometres to catch the solo breakaway, Elyas Afewerki (Eritrea), who had escaped from the first kilometres.
Though unable to hang on for the win Afewerki takes the lead in the KOM competition.
In the last kilometre Aristi was able counter a signature late solo move by Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) to win the sprint.