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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief

Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain

by Shane Stokes

Celebrating the end of a difficult period this season, Nacer Bouhanni clocked up his first win in over three months when he reached the line first at the Tour de l’Ain. “It’s a relief to win again. It was difficult for me. It has been a hard year,” he told L’Equipe. “Mentally, I’ve been through quite a difficult period.”

Bouhanni was referring to his crash on the final stage of the Tour of Yorkshire in April, one day after winning stage two. Although he was back racing by the Critérium du Dauphiné, he was winless there. Taking second in the French national championships plus three top-five finishes in the Tour de France further frustrated him, but finally his need for a win has been satisfied.

He beat Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo – Oscaro), Marco Benfatto (Androni-Sidermec) and the rest of the bunch to the line. He faced a nervous wait, though, after tangling with Anthony Maldonado (HP BTP-Auber 93 in the sprint. A photo appeared to show Bouhanni using his elbow, and Maldonado crashed heavily.

However he was subsequently given a green light as regards his victory. This saw him take over the overall lead from stage one winner Juan Jose Lobato (Team Lotto Nl – Jumbo), who is at four seconds. Johan Le Bon (FDJ) is third, ten seconds back.

Early on Ryan Anderson (Direct Energie), Jérémy Lecroq (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) and Robert Kessler (Germany) got clear but they were caught inside the last 15 kilometres. The race continues on Friday with a hilly stage to Oyonnax.

Stage 2: Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Saint-Vulbas - Stage Result

Thursday 10th August 2017

1. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
03:19:36
2. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
3. fr
DANIEL Maxime
Fortuneo - Oscaro
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