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Viviani wins in Abu Dhabi, Barnes in Valencia, new Shimano shades: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 23, 2018

Viviani wins stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour; Barnes wins stage 1 of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana; Von Hoff fractures four vertebrae, yet keeps fingers crossed for Commonwealth Games; Olympic MTB champ Jenny Rissveds breaks contract to address mental health; Boonen takes up role with Lotto-Soudal and Captains of Cycling project; Shimano unveil new S-Phyre R and X premium eyewear; New Cannondale aero bike spotted; Video: WNT-Rotor ready for 2018

Barnes wins opening stage of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana

by Shane Stokes

British rider Hannah Barnes grabbed victory on the opening stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana in Gandiá, Spain, on Thursday, winning the sprint out of the reduced peloton. The Canyon-SRAM rider beat Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling) and former world champion Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini).

“I was feeling good,” said Barnes. “I could see the line and so I just started my sprint on instinct. We had raced so well today that I was able to dig a little harder in the final metres to hold everyone off.”

Moolman-Pasio’s runner-up slot was commendable, given that she was part of a two-rider breakaway which was caught close to the line. She had responded to an attack by Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), who attacked on one of the day’s two climbs. The duo pulled together, but were overhauled inside the final 500 metres.

“I thought that was it for the day because we had quite a big gap,” said Moolman-Pasio. “We thought we had 30 seconds then suddenly the group came from behind and I had to think fast and hold position. I managed to get second in the sprint and am happy with that. It was a good start. Obviously, we don’t have the leader’s jersey but we’re not far off either so we will keep fighting.”

The race continues on Friday with a 115 kilometre stage from Castelló to Vila Real.

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