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by Shane Stokes
May 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia
Winning on home soil is always good, but doing so on his 30th birthday gave Edvald Boasson Hagen double reason to celebrate on Wednesday. The Team Dimension Data rider triumphed on stage one of the tour of Norway, proving quickest in the 169 kilometre stage from Hønefoss to Asker.
The race was marked early on by a breakaway featuring Juan Pablo Villegas (Manzana Postobon), Ludvik Holstad (Team Sparebanken Sør) and Marius Blålid (Team FixIT.no). The trio worked well together and gained eight minutes, but with 70 kilometres to go the peloton had reduced this to three minutes. Villegas then attacked alone and pushed onwards, but was eventually reeled in.
The next significant attack came inside the final ten kilometres. Andreas Vangstad (Team Sparebanken Sør), Lars Peter Norhaug (Aqua Blue Sport), Ben O’Connor (Team Dimension Data) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan) clipped away.
They too were hauled back, being recaptured with two kilometres left. Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) then attacked but he was overhauled just before the line. He hung on for third behind Boasson Hagen and Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal).
Time bonuses see Boasson Hagen four seconds clear of Van Der Sande and six ahead of Gerrans.