Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.

Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead

by CyclingTips

Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) won the third stage of the Etoile de Bessèges in a solo move, netting him the overall lead. The 24-year-old Frenchman attacked out of a large leading group to win by seven seconds ahead of a chasing Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha – Alpecin) and Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) in third.

The three laps of a difficult parcours featuring two climbs, the Col de trelis and the Col des Brousses, battered the peloton and saw race leader Alexander Kristoff and the other sprinters fall off the pace.

A leading group of 24 gained more than nine minutes with Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) the highest on the GC sitting in fourth overall.

With the winner clearly coming out of this group the attacks began, with Quentin Pacher and Calmejane eventually gaining 30 seconds. Calmejane shed his companion and held off the chasers for the win and the overall lead.

Stage 3: Bessèges > Bessèges - Stage Result

Friday 3rd February 2017

1. fr
Direct Energie
2. dk
Team Katusha - Alpecin
3. it
Delko Marseille Provence KTM