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by Matt de Neef
February 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Egan Bernal wins the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz with last-stage attack; Caleb Ewan takes first European win of the season at Clasica de Almeria; Elia Viviani takes out the Dubai Tour; Daryl Impey wins his first national road race title; Moreno Moser wins the Trofeo Laigueglia; Alexandre Geniez victorious at Tour Cycliste International La Provence; Tomasz Marczynski to miss the Ruta del Sol after colliding with a car; Brodie Chapman signs with Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank; Cyclist killed as car drives into Californian gran fondo field; Donna Rae-Szalinski fired as Wiggle High5 director; Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen to lead BMC at the Volta ao Algarve; Disc rotor leads to gashed knee for Katie Compton; Contribute to research on sodium intake for athletes.
Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) has his second win of the season — and his first in Europe — having won the Clasica de Almeria over the weekend.
The Spanish one-day race has been a happy hunting ground for Australians in recent years with Michael Matthews, Mark Renshaw and Leigh Howard all taking wins since 2012. Ewan’s victory saw him outsprint Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) at the end of 185km.
The day’s breakaway was caught with 35km to go as the teams of the sprinters readied for a bunch kick.
“It’s really good to hit the ground running in my first European race and it was good to have the full lead-out squad behind me today,” Ewan said. “We were all a bit lost after getting caught behind a crash but once we all got back together and started the lead-out, no-one came round us and I am happy I was able to finish it off.
“I haven’t raced with these lead-out guys since the Tour of Britain so that’s a fair chunk of time away. It is good to get the confidence back in working together and that nothing has really changed, that is what we needed going into these next big races.”