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by Mark Zalewski
April 19, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dennis takes stage win, Pinot leads at Tour of the Alps; Modolo sprints to win at Tour of Croatia opener; Gilbert out of Giro d’Italia; Greg Van Avermaet felt ‘let down by the team’ at Amstel Gold Race; 2018 UCI Road World Championship course could be toughest in history; Western Australia to push for new laws for cyclist safety; Appeal denied for driver who made gun gesture at cyclist, BBC presenter; Community rallies to replace bike stolen from elderly woman; Video: Riders ride through roundabout at Tour of Croatia; Video: Canyon/SRAM ready for La Fléche Wallonne; Video: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; Video: Don’t Forget Fun with Team Wooly Mammoth.
Rohan Dennis (BMC) took an uphill sprint win on the second stage of Tour of the Alps, with rival Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) finishing just behind him to take over the race lead. Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli) finished in third.
The stage was shortened by 40 kilometres due to cold and snowfall on the course, with organisers worried about traversing the iconic Europa Bridge in the weather.
That resulted in a stage length of 140.4km and attacks going straight from the flag drop. However, that also made breakaways tough to go by as the peloton chased every one of them.
On the final climb Alexander Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) put in the first attack and immediately built a gap. He was eventually joined by Mikel Landa (Sky), Damiano Caruso (BMC) and Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) while Cannondale-Drapac set tempo back in the peloton and the gap was eliminated.
Dennis opened up his sprint early and took the inside line, proving to be the strongest as he held it and won by a couple bike lengths over Pinot.