Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 7, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.

Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe

by Mark Zalewski

Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) won the fourth stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, coming across solo after attacking the leading group on the final climb of the finish circuit. Julien Simon (Cofidis) led in the chase group ahead of Jetse Bol (Manzana Postobon).

Calmejane’s win gives him the leader’s jersey from Movistar’s Alex Dowsett.

A break of seven riders included Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale), Paul Ourselin (Direct Energy), Armindo Fonseca (Fortuneo – Vital Concept), Kevin van Melsen (Wanty- Groupe Gobert), Sebastien Delfosse (WB Classic Vera AquaProtect), Leigh Howard (Aqua Blue Sport) and Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence KTM). El Fares was eventually dropped to make the group six.

The stage finished with five finish circuits of 10.5km, crossing the finish atop the Mont des Avaloirs each time. Jeroen Meijers (Roompot – Dutch Lottery) bridged across to the break, but with the group closing in. His teammate Riesebeek joined and it reshuffled the lead group, with Calmejane, AG2R La Mondiale’s François Alexandre Geniez and Bidard along with Gregory Habeaux (WB Vera Classic AquaProtect) now on the front.

Eventually Calmejane attacked on the final lap, claiming his third win of the season 14 seconds ahead of the chasers.

Stage 4: Angers > Pré en Pail Saint Samson - Stage Result

Thursday 6th April 2017

1. fr
Direct Energie
2. fr
SIMON Julien
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3. nl
BOL Jetse
Manzana Postobon