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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 10, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race

Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk

by Shane Stokes

Lotto-Soudal’s Jens Debusschere was quickest in the sprint which decided stage one of the Four Days of Dunkirk. The Belgian reached the line ahead of French duo Marc Sarreau (FDJ) and Clement Venturini (Cofidis) plus 47 others.

The opening stage of the race covered 197.1 kilometres from Dunkirk to Iwuy and was marked by a breakaway by Martyn Irvine (Aqua Blue Sport), Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) and Jérémy Cabot (Roubaix-Lille Métropole). These were brought back before a cobblestone sector with 36 kilometres remaining, where Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain-Merida) attacked.

He was hauled back and then a massive crash inside the final 25 kilometres split the peloton and saw two-time race winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ) lose seven minutes.

Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) launched the sprint 400 metres from the line but Debusschere was the quickest, hitting the line first and taking the leader’s jersey.

One of those who was hurt in the big crash was Ag2r La Mondiale rider Stijn Vandenbergh. He suffered a concussion and briefly lost consciousness. He was brought to hospital in Valenciennes and will be under observation for at least 24 hours.

Stage 1: Dunkerque > Iwuy - Stage Result

Tuesday 9th May 2017

1. be
DEBUSSCHERE Jens
Lotto Soudal
04:34:40
2. fr
SARREAU Marc
FDJ
-
3. fr
VENTURINI Clément
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
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