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by Shane Stokes
May 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage 7 of Giro d’Italia; Chavanel takes stage 4 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Gaviria builds advantage in Giro’s points classification; Bennett goes close again; Dumoulin believes Ag2r La Mondiale can take final overall victory in Dunkirk; BMC Racing Team lays out ambitions for Amgen Tour of California; Kittel to lead QuickStep Floors squad in Amgen Tour of California; Lance Armstrong makes light of fake death reports; Actor Patrick Dempsey joins riders for start of Giro d’Italia stage; Publication of Lizzie Deignan’s UK Anti-Doping ruling blocked; Cannondale-Drapac Chases More Green; Video: Caleb Ewan – post-race interview – Stage 7 Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Post Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 7 Pre race; Video: Keagan Girdlestone’s Tour De Comeback Documentary; Video: Signal; Video: Race Reporter Ruby with Peter Sagan; Audio: Quintana the funnyman?
Second on stage four, Samuel Dumoulin is upbeat about the Ag2r La Mondiale team’s chances for the final GC in the Four Days of Dunkirk. “I’m currently third in the general classification, I know that I am fit and going well, and there is still the complicated stage with Mount Cassel to tackle.
“We have to have the ambition, and believe that we can win the Four Days of Dunkirk. Oliver [Naesen] is very strong, and there has been good cohesion in the team all week in spite of the fact we are all so worried about
Stijn Vandenbergh’s crash, and Alexis Gougeard having to abandon.”
The Frenchman won the gallop behind Sylvain Chavanel, who he admitted was in impressive shape.
“We knew this was going to be an important day for the general classification since this was a difficult and technical course,” he said. “Oliver protected me really well, and I knew it would be a great opportunity
“I had a bit of trouble positioning before the climb, but I managed to make the effort to get myself into the right group at the end of the race. Sylvain [Chavanel] put the hammer down, and was really strong. I did a good sprint where I was also able to take some bonus seconds.”