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Armee best at Vuelta, Boom in Britain, d’Hoore triumphs: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Armee wins stage 18 of Vuelta a España, Froome pads lead; Boom blasts to stage 5 TT win at Tour of Britain; D’Hoore back in gold after stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour win; Sponsor found for Cannondale-Drapac?; Brammeier: Cycling teams should sign up to a code of practice regarding concussions; Ben King speaks out about teenage eating disorder; Crowdfunding campaign launched for a new cleat-based powermeter; Video: Lotto Belgium Tour Stage 2 Highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage one highlights; Video: Rás na mBan stage two highlights; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017

Armee wins stage 18 of Vuelta a España, Froome pads lead

by Shane Stokes

Belgian Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) was best out of a large breakaway group on Thursday’s 18th stage of the Vuelta a España, pressing ahead with Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) before the final climb and then dropping each of them in turn. He reached the line 31 seconds ahead of Lutsenko, taking his first pro win, with Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) coming through for third.

“It’s fantastic,” the 31-year-old said. “This is already my eight year as a pro rider. I had to wait quite a long time to win a race. I came close a couple of times, I did my work for the team… but at this Vuelta I get the chance to put myself in a free role and do my own race. It was the third time I was in the breakaway, I felt better and better during the stage and I just went full gas on the last climb.”

The big news was the recovery of race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky), who bounced back from an off day on Wednesday to a more solid ride en route to the finish at the Alto de Santo Toribio de Liébana, He and Team Sky stayed in touch when Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) launched several attacks on the preceding Collada de la Hoz climb, then the Briton surged close to the finish.

Contador and Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) stayed with him and led him over the finish line, while Froome’s main rivals all lost time. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) surrendered four seconds, while Froome’s closest challenger Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) conceded 21 seconds. The latter is now one minute 37 back with three days remaining.

Early on, 20 riders broke clear. Armee, Lutsenko, Alaphilippe and Visconti were all present, and the group built a decisive lead of over 13 minutes.

Stage 18: Suances > Santo Toribio de Liébana - Stage Result

Thursday 7th September 2017

1. be
ARMéE Sander
Lotto Soudal
04:09:39
2. kz
LUTSENKO Alexey
Astana Pro Team
0:31
3. it
VISCONTI Giovanni
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
0:46

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