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by Matt de Neef
September 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.
Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has dashed to his ninth victory of the season — not including his French national title — winning the bunch sprint in Saturday’s Brussels Cycling Classic.
Demare crossed the line ahead of Marco Kump (UAE Team Emirates) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at the end of the 201.3km race which included 13 short climbs.
A five-rider group got clear early and built a lead that didn’t extend beyond five minutes. The lead group swelled to 15 when the likes of Matthias Brändle (Trek-Segafredo), Tiesj Benoot, Sean De Bie (Lotto-Soudal), and Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe) bridged across. But as the kilometres ticked away, so the lead group dwindled in size and saw its advantage wear away.
Brändle attacked solo from the lead group with 8km to go, but with much of the field working for a bunch sprint, the Austrian was reeled in with 2km to race.