Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race

Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk

by VeloClub

A day after being delayed in a crash, losing over seven minutes and, with it, his chance of winning the overall, Arnaud Démare bounced back at the Four Days of Dunkirk race in France. The FDJ rider was quickest in the sprint for stage honours, beating Tuesday’s winner Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal), Rudy Barbier (Ag2r La Mondiale) and 76 others into Saint Quentin.

Démare’s FDJ team led the peloton under the kite and throughout the final kilometre, with the sprinter then kicking hard and leading from the front. Debusschere was parked firmly on his wheel when he went but, despite that, was unable to even draw level with him and challenge for the win.

The stage win is consolation of sorts for Démare, who won overall in 2013 and 2014 but who will be unable to do so this time around due to his stage one deficit. The victory was made possible after Andrea Vendrame (Androni-Sidermec), the last remaining rider from a five-man break, was hauled back with nine kilometres to go.

“Today I had a very strong team,” he said. “It was the type of finish I like, with a false flat climb. Yesterday the legs were not good, but they were better today. I could not win yesterday, but I do today. Me, I wanted to sprint and the guys are happy because we already succeeded in our week. Tomorrow is special with the start of the third stage in Beauvais, at my home [town]. And then there should be a new sprint in Amiens.”

Debusschere maintains the race lead ahead of stage one runner-up Marc Sarreau (FDJ), with Rudy Barbier (Ag2r La Mondiale) in third. The absence of time bonuses means they are all on the same time.

Stage 2: Saint-Quentin > Saint-Quentin - Stage Result

Wednesday 10th May 2017

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DéMARE Arnaud
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Lotto Soudal
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AG2R La Mondiale