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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Competing for Belgium, LottoNL-Jumbo rider Victor Campenaerts proved best in the Elite men’s time trial at the European road championships in Herning, Denmark, on Thursday. He covered the 46 kilometre course in 53 minutes 12 seconds, beating Polish rider Maciej Bodnar (usually Bora-hansgrohe) by two seconds and Irishman Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac) by four.
“I felt well from the beginning and my Pioneer confirmed that,” he said, referring to his power meter. “I could maintain a high pace until the finish. I always try to get the best out of my time trials. The fact that this results in an European title is amazing.”
The gold medal is the second of his career; four years ago he won the Under 23 title at the European championships. “Afterwards, I turned professional. The difference between the U23-category and the professionals is huge,” he said. “Despite that, I stayed focussed. I made a lot of progress over the past years and I’m very happy with my new jersey after I lost my Belgian stripes because of a crash.”
Bodnar won the final TT stage of the Tour de France and had hoped to repeat that performance. “In the end, I felt tired and I think after an exhausting Tour de France, this time trial was maybe a little too long for me,” he said. “After my win in Marseille, this is another special moment for me, to take a medal for my country – Poland.”
Mullen led at the intermediate checkpoints but lost out in the finale. “That was the best day I could have asked for – I had really good legs, and I was on it,” he said. “I’m gutted that I was 5 seconds off the gold medal. That’s what I wanted – I didn’t come here hoping to be third.”