Wins for Gaviria, Brandle and Cooper; Rumsas investigated over death: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 16, 2017

Gaviria sprints to victory in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen; Brandle wins stage 4 TT at the Post Danmark Rundt; Cooper triumphs again on stage 4 of the Tour of China I; Doping: Rumsas investigated over son’s death; Lucas Hamilton Q&A: On signing with Orica-Scott and his excellent 2017 season; Orica-Scott: Lucas Hamilton ‘is a credit to our development team’; Concussion forces Bookwalter out of world championships; Ullrich fined and given 21 month suspended sentence over drunk-driving accident; Cavendish explains ‘gutting’ world championship withdrawal; Guardini signs two-year contract with Bardiani-CSF; Claire Rose signs with Cervelo Bigla; Video: History of freeride mountain biking chronicled in The Moment documentary; Video: The final Backstage Pass

Brandle wins stage 4 TT at the Post Danmark Rundt

by VeloClub

Former world hour record holder Matthias Brandle used his ability against the clock to win the stage 4 time trial at the Post Danmark Rundt on Friday, finishing comfortably clear of the rest of the field. The Austrian Trek-Segafredo rider covered the 17.8 kilometre course at Randers some 34 seconds faster than Martin Toft Madsen (BHS – Almeborg Bornholm).

Michael Valgren Andersen (Astana Pro Team) was third, a further two seconds back and one second ahead of race leader Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). Casper Pedersen (Team Giant – Castelli), who impressed earlier this week by wining stage one and leading the race until Thursday’s stage, was eighth. His Team Giant – Castelli squad had their time trial bikes stolen overnight, but he still put in a solid performance.

Mads Petersen’s ride was enough for him to maintain his grip on the race lead. He is now nine seconds clear of Valgren and 40 up on Casper Pedersen. Rasmus Guldhammer (Team Virtu Cycling) and Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb) complete the top five.

“I only had one win until now, it has not been the season I wished for,” said Brandle. “I was not selected for the Tour de France, and it was one of the biggest disappointments of my career after I had trained hard and researched the courses with my bike.

“Today was a course that suited me pretty well. I went full gas from the beginning, and when I crossed the line, I knew it would be a ride for the win. I was waiting for Mads because he is also really good like he was two weeks ago [in Potiou-Charentes]. I am just super happy it happened, and also that Mads could keep the leader’s jersey. It was a good day for the team!” The 2.HC race concludes on Saturday with a 198 kilometre race from Ebeltoft to Aarhus.

Stage 4 (ITT): Randers > Randers - Stage Result

Friday 15th September 2017

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BRäNDLE Matthias
Trek - Segafredo
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MADSEN Martin Toft
BHS - Almeborg-Bornholm
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Astana Pro Team