Dennis, Kwiatkowski triumph in Tirreno, Avila in Taiwan: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 14, 2018

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Avila wins stage 3 of Tour of Taiwan, Clarke takes race lead

by VeloClub

Edwin Avila landed the first win of 2018 for the Israel Cycling Academy team on Tuesday, winning a small group sprint to take stage three of the Tour de Taiwan. The Colombian sprinter beat Yukiya Arashiro (Japan), Australia’s Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) and ten others to the line at the Shingan Visitor Information Center.

“This win is really important to me,” the double track points race world champion said. “It makes me really happy because I did this with my new team. They had confidence in me and I responded well. It also gives me more confidence in the team and it gives the team more confidence in me. I’m new so they didn’t know me, who I am, how I am as a rider, so this is great to strengthen the whole team.

“I think this win is really important for the team because it’s the first of the year so now we can keep winning. We are really motivated to keep winning stages and races this season!”

The 156.3 kilometre stage included two climbs. The first and second category ascents thinned down the number of contenders, forcing a selection and opening up a gap of one minute and 14 seconds to the next group by the finish line.

Clarke is the new race leader, jumping two places after the riders ahead of him missed out on the move. He is now two seconds clear of Arashiro, with Belgium’s Jimmy Janssens (Cibel-Cebon) now in third. The 2.1-ranked event continues on Wednesday with an undulating stage to Sun Moon Lake.