Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

May 25, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Pierre Rolland solos to victory from breakaway on Stage 17 of Giro d’Italia; Velon shares power data on Rolland’s Giro stage win; Coquard wins opening stage of Baloise Belgium Tour; Aussie Michael Storer takes stage win at An Post Rás; Aberasturi wins Stage 4 at Tour of Japan, Canola holds GC lead; Martyn Irvine sidelined after suffering hip fracture in Baloise Belgium Tour; UCI suspends Soul Brasil Pro Cycling for 35 days for multiple doping violations; Synergy Baku fires Averin after UCI doping ban is imposed; Colorado Classic names 14 teams, including four WorldTour squads; Monash University researchers seek Melbourne cyclists for passing distance study; Video: Orica-Scott reviews their day after Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia

Aussie Michael Storer takes stage win at An Post Rás

by VeloClub

Australian Michael Storer has provided further proof of his potential with a superb stage win on day four of the An Post Rás in Ireland. The 20-year-old is riding the 2.2-ranked event with the Australian national team and bridged across to a breakaway group on the mountainous stage to Buncrana, then pushed on ahead with two others.

He subsequently dropped Jacob Sitler (USA CCB Velotooler) and Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (An Post Chain Reaction) on the first category Mamore Gap climb and soloed to victory. He finished one minute 23 ahead of Sitler and a further three seconds ahead of a chase group.

“It was a really fast stage. A really, really hard finish. The roads were just tough when you get out in the country side, and the hills are just really steep,” he told CyclingTips. “I was clear in a group and it was always a worry that it would come back, especially with the headwind and dead roads before Mamore Gap. But we managed to keep the gap and I was then very happy I could get away on the last climb”

After netting third in the Australian under 23 TT championships in January Storer finished 15th overall and second in the youth classification in the Santos Tour Down Under, then finished fifth overall in the Herald Sun Tour. On May 14 he won the Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo in Italy, finishing ahead of teammate Lucas Hamilton.

He lost time on stages one and three of the An Post Rás, being caught out by the unpredictable racing. His solo win puts him up to 11th overall, one minute 15 seconds off the race leader Matthew Teggart (An Post Chain Reaction).

Stage 4: Bundoran > Buncrana - Stage Result

Wednesday 24th May 2017

1. au
STORER Michael
Mitchelton Scott
03:18:49
2. us
SITLER Jacob
CCB Velotooler
1:23
3. fr
KNEISKY Morgan
Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
1:26
4. ie
TEGGART Matthew
An Post Chain Reaction
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5. dk
JORGENSEN Jonas Aaen
Riwal Platform Cycling Team
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