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by Shane Stokes
May 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7 Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?
Third into Messina on Wednesday, Sam Bennett once again took the same placing on the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday. This time the Bora-hansgrohe rider was closer to the win, finishing centimetres behind Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and almost level with runner-up Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors).
“It was a hectic and really a tricky final. I really don’t know what happened but the boys did really a great job and I want to thank them,” he said. “We are a pretty young group here but we work so good together and today it was really close to the win.”
The result was the third such placing for the squad this week, with Lukas Postlberger also finishing on the bottom step of the podium on Thursday’s stage.
Directeur sportif Jens Zemke is taking a glass half-full approach. “After this leadout the boys would have deserved this victory, they did a great job today,” he said. “The Giro is going pretty well. With five podium results in seven stages we are showing that the team has strength and depth. Sam was only beaten by a few centimetres.”