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by Shane Stokes
May 12, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Dillier wins Giro d’Italia stage 6 from the breakaway; Thomas outmanoeuvres bigger names to win stage 3 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Pöstlberger ‘proved he is more than a one-hit wonder’; Phinney returns to racing following concussion; Talansky – ‘I would love to be able to pull off a great result’ at Amgen Tour of California; ‘Several severe injuries’ for Frison; Stig Broeckx continues to make progress; Proposals to make cycling part of the driver licence process; Illinois woman charged with attempted murder of former police officer in road rage incident; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 post race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Pre Race; Video: Jan Ullrich – 20 Years Tour de France GC victory; Video: why barriers exist at train crossings
Riding the third Grand Tour of his career, Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) took his maiden stage win in such an event when he won a three man sprint into Terme Luigiane. The BMC Racing Team rider led out the gallop and while Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) gave everything to try to come around him, his rival kicked again and held him off.
Stage one winner Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third, 12 seconds back, while former breakaway companion Simone Andreetta (Bardiani CSF) held on for fourth. Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) led in the main bunch 39 seconds after Dillier, with Bob Jungels netting eighth and holding the pink jersey.
“I don’t know how I managed to beat Stuyven, who is an excellent sprinter,” said Dillier. “But when it’s a hill top finish I have power and I can push a big gear. I just tried to believe in myself and find some more energy to finish it. This is the biggest victory for me so far.”
Early on five riders used lumpy terrain to get clear and build a lead of almost nine minutes. They were the first four on the stage plus Stuyven’s teammate Mads Pedersen. Cannondale-Drapac chased but with ten kilometres to go the break still had two minutes 39 seconds. When this was one minute 50 with five kilometres remaining, it was clear the move would stay clear and Dillier made the most of this to snag the win.
Jungels had a relatively comfortable day in the Maglia Rosa and holds the same time gaps he started the day with. “It is great to be in pink. As long as I can keep it, I will keep it. I think we are in a pretty good situation now. Two stages in the pocket, pink jersey, white jersey and sprinter’s jersey. It could be much worse…”