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by Shane Stokes
May 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia
The 2013 world champion Rui Costa has built a reputation of being a strong and tactically-astute rider, and so when he bridged to the crucial breakaway in the Giro d’Italia many felt he might win. The UAE Team Emirates’ rider got up to Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and didn’t panic when Astana’s Tanel Kangert bridged close to the line.
He remained calm, letting Rolland expend energy in the buildup to the sprint, and then launched his own move. However Fraile was too strong and powered in ahead of him.
“It was important that we joined a breakaway today and I worked really hard to be able to achieve that,” he said afterwards. “I tried my best to pursue the attack and win; however towards the end I was exhausted.
“I guess I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t manage to win the stage especially after being so close. But it’s ok, the Giro is a long race and there are more stages to come that will surely provide similar opportunities. The most important thing for now is to remain focused and do our very best.”