Vuelta stage 15, Boels Ladies Tour, Tour of Britain: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

September 4, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Lopez doubles up at the Vuelta a España, Froome extends lead; Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Boels Rental Ladies Tour; Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain; Bouhanni victorious at the GP de Fourmies; Arnaud Demare takes out the Brussels Cycling Classic; Evan Huffman leads the Tour of Alberta after three stages; Carol Cooke takes two gold medals at Para-cycling World Championships; Race to the Rock gets underway, but its chief instigator doesn’t; Doubts raised over effectiveness of UCI mechanical fraud tests.

Caleb Ewan claims stage 1 of the Tour of Britain

by CyclingTips

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) finished last year’s Tour of Britain with a stage win and he’s begun the 2017 edition in the same fashion.

The first stage of the eight-stage race took the riders from Edinburgh to Kelso, and with a relatively easy approach to the finish, a bunch sprint was always on the cards.

An eight-rider break got clear early in proceedings, but they were caught as the pace increased, leading to the expected bunch gallop into Kelso. When they got there, Ewan narrowly beat Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Elia Viviani (Sky) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) in the cobbledstoned finale, taking his eighth win of the year. That result also gives Ewan the overall lead and points classification lead.

“When I crossed the line I was pretty confident that I got it”, said Ewan speaking afterwards. “I know it was pretty close, but I thought I had got it. Then I saw all the cameras go around Eddy and I thought ‘Hang on a minute’. When it is that close you just don’t know, and I saw Viviani as well round the outside. I was definitely happy to learn that I had won.

“It was a pretty tricky finish, because of that tight corner, and obviously the cobblestones at the finish. We definitely wanted to be in front when the cobbles started. Luka [Mezgec] had to get me out in front with about 200m to go. Because of the six men teams, you can’t go too early, because you will just run out of guys.”

Stage 1: Edinburgh > Kelso - Stage Result

Sunday 3rd September 2017

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