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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 26, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up

Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead

by Shane Stokes

Using his climbing talents to maximum effect, Colombian rider Egan Arley Bernal soloed to victory on stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir and propelled himself into the driving seat in the general classification. The 20-year-old reached the summit finish at Hauteluce-Les Saisies one minute clear of Great Britain’s James Knox, with Bjorg Lambrecht (Belgium) and Lucas Hamilton (Australia) heading a five man chase group nine seconds further back.

Overnight leader Patrick Gamper (Austria) struggled on the slopes and finished over 19 minutes back. Bernal jumped from 15th to first overall, ending the day a minute ahead of Knox and one minute nine up on Lambrecht and Hamilton.

Earlier five riders formed the day’s break, with Johannes Schinnagel (Germany), Mark Downey (Ireland), Mark Stewart (Great Britain), Edoardo Affini (Italy) and Martin Schäpp (Switzerland) working together to try to build a big enough buffer to stay clear. This wasn’t to be, with Schinnagel the last to resist.

Bernal is now in a strong position with two stages left. He has already notched up considerable success, including second and third in the world junior cross country championships as a mountain bike rider, then fourth overall in last year’s Tour de l’Avenir.

This season his results include two stage wins plus the overall in both the Sibiu Cycling Tour and the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, second in the Giro dell’Appennino and fourth overall plus the best young rider award in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. He has a contract with the Androni-Sidermec team until the end of 2019, although he is reportedly of interest to Team Sky, Movistar and others.

Stage 7: Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc > Hauteluce-Les Saisies - Stage Result

Friday 25th August 2017

1. co
BERNAL Egan Arley
Colombia
03:14:22
2. gb
KNOX James
Great Britain
1:00
3. be
LAMBRECHT Bjorg
Belgium
1:09

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