Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 6, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.

Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow

by Evan Hartig

Italian national champion Fabio Aru (Astana) took the summit finish at La Planche des Belles Filles on Stage 5 of the Tour de France Wednesday, attacking out of a select group of 15 on the upper slopes of the six-kilometer ascent.

Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was second across the line, with defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) 20 seconds back from Aru in third, vaulting the three-time winner into yellow.

“I think I’m realising slowly what I’ve done today,” Aru said. “But of course I am extremely happy to win a stage of the Tour de France, that was missing in my career. This is fantastic after the months of injury I’ve had and the difficult time that my team has had recently.”

Aru rose from the saddle and seemed to perpetually accelerate up the climb, even as the gradient rose over 20%. He crossed the line with 16 seconds over Martin, who put in an impressive final dig to overcome Froome, four seconds back.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be back in yellow,” Froome said. “It’s what I’ve worked all season for. The team did a great job, looking after me all day. Up to now, I think the team has been fantastic, and it’s a great reward to be in yellow. The race is still wide open, it’s very close. Fabio Aru did a great ride today, he’s proven to be quite a contender. It’s still a very close race at this point.”

Click through to read the full race report.

Stage 5: Vittel > La Planche des Belles Filles - Stage Result

Wednesday 5th July 2017

1. it
ARU Fabio
Astana Pro Team
03:44:06
2. ie
MARTIN Daniel
Quick-Step Floors
0:16
3. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
0:20
4. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
-
5. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
0:24
6. gb
YATES Simon
ORICA-Scott
0:26
7. co
URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
8. es
CONTADOR Alberto
Trek - Segafredo
-
9. co
QUINTANA Nairo
Movistar Team
0:34
10. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
0:40
11. za
MEINTJES Louis
UAE Team Emirates
-
12. pl
MAJKA Rafał
BORA - hansgrohe
-
13. ie
ROCHE Nicolas
BMC Racing Team
1:05
14. nz
BENNETT George
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
1:07
15. es
LANDA Mikel
Team Sky
-
16. dk
FUGLSANG Jakob
Astana Pro Team
-
17. fr
LATOUR Pierre
AG2R La Mondiale
1:10
18. be
PAUWELS Serge
Dimension Data
-
19. fr
MARTIN Guillaume
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
1:13
20. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
-
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