Trentin, Brennauer win, Navardauskas heart surgery, Hermans returns: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 2, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin completes treble with victory on stage 13 of Vuelta; Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour; Belkov says Vuelta assailant has a mental disability: ‘I won’t take any further action’; Successful heart surgery for Navardauskas; Following swift recovery from fractures, Hermans confirmed for Tour of Britain; Lawless joins other Tour de l’Avenir stage winners at Team Sky; Reist becomes first woman to win Race Around Ireland; Video: Theuns belts some tunes in Vuelta singsong; Video: Chris Froome post-race interview, Stage 13 Vuelta a España

Brennauer outsprints Hosking and Fournier to win stage 4 of Boels Ladies Tour

by Jeanine Laudy

With a bunch sprint settling things on Friday’s fourth stage of the Boels Ladies Tour stage four, it was the rider in third place overall, Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) who won a tight sprint ahead of Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) and Roxane Fournier (FDJ-Futuroscope-NA).

“I had a perfect lead-out, I can’t thank my teammates enough,” says an overjoyed Brennauer after the finish. “This is a pretty special victory for me. I’m not the fastest sprinter in this peloton, but when everything works out perfectly, I am able to contest the win. This wasn’t just my sprint, this was a team effort from start to finish.”

A fast start to Boels Ladies Tour stage four meant that no-one was able to launch a successful attack. The fact that Pernille Matthiessen (VéloConcept) was awarded the red combativity jersey because her attack was the one that stuck the longest, says it all; she was off the front for five kilometres.

After 100 kilometres from Gennep to Weert, the stage ended in three laps on a local circuit. The lap was technical and although that sometimes provides the opportunity for late-race attacks, the long and straight roads between those technical sections were enough for the sprint teams to keep everything under control.

The top five of the GC didn’t change following the fourth stage and it’s still Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) who leads ahead of Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb). She is nine seconds clear, with Brennauer and Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) at 30 and 47 seconds. The Boels Ladies Tour finishes with two undulating stages in Limburg, and the competition will need to come up with a plan if they want to keep Van Vleuten off the win.

Stage 4: Gennep > Weert - Stage Result

Friday 1st September 2017

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Canyon SRAM Racing
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Alé Cipollini
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FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope