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by Mark Zalewski
March 24, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni survives climb to win Catalunya stage; Pichon wins Coppi e Bartali opener; CCC Sprandi Polkowice takes TTT; Kristof Allegaert leads the Indian Pacific Wheel Race through the halfway point; Victorian cyclists miss out on minimum passing distance law; ASO strikes deal for race in China; Weening abandons Catalunya; Sporza secures rights for Flanders Classics through 2024; British Lord blames cycle lane for aiding Westminster attack; Lotto-Soudal boss hopes Dwars door Vlaanderen was a lesson; Girdlestone continues to defy odds, entering Le Race this weekend with top bib; World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry meets at Taipei Show; Van Garderen called out on social media for ‘rule infraction’; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; South America Bites : A New World Record.
Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) won the opening stage of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in a two-up sprint against his fellow escapee Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie). Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won the field sprint for third.
The original breakaway contained seven riders, with Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Nicolas Samparisi (d’Amico Utensilnord), Vitaliy Buts (Kolss), Sebastian Schönberger (Tyrol) and Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku) along with Calmejane and Pichon.
Calmejane and Pichon eventually rode off together with Pichon proving to have the fastest legs.
A team time trial in the afternoon saw the Polish CCC Sprandi Polkowice team take top honours, beating Team Sky by two seconds and Direct Energie by 13 seconds.
The third place finish on the TTT gives Calmejane the leader’s jersey.