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by Neal Rogers
July 1, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans wins opening team time trial at Giro Rosa; Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation announces anti-doping measures for Tour de France; Quintana: ‘The biggest rival is still Chris Froome’; Cavendish: ‘Sometimes following the right wheel is enough for winning’; Dan Martin: ‘I’m very optimistic about my chances’; Froome extends with Team Sky through 2020; Fuglsang extends with Astana through 2019; Bardet, Latour, Naesen extend with Ag2r La Mondiale through 2020; Trek, Specialized launch new road framesets on eve of Tour de France; Coryn Rivera extends with Team Sunweb through 2021; Wiggins hopes to compete in rowing at 2020 Olympics; Lance Armstrong launches daily Tour de France podcast.
Boels Dolmans won the opening stage 1 of the Giro Rosa, a flat 11.5 km route between Aquileia and Grado, beating Team Sunweb and Orica Scott.
The orange train powered to victory in Aquileia on Friday night, their second team time trial victory of the year after winning the Healthy Ageing Tour team time trial in April. Freshly crowned Canadian time trial champion Karol-Ann Canuel was the first to cross the line with Boels-Dolmans, so she is the first leader in the 2017 Giro Rosa and was awarded the pink leader’s jersey.
Orica-Scott rode themselves into the hot seat as they set a time of 15:09, but it was the second-to-last team to start, Team Sunweb, that raised the bar for the Boels-Dolmans team. Even without the European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk at the race, they finished in 15:03.
But it was no match for Boels-Dolmans, the team of defending champion Megan Guarnier and former world champion Lizzie Deignan, who were the only team to manage a time under 15 minutes, clocking in at 14:47.
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