Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.

Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead

by Mark Zalewski

Kristijan Durasek (UAE Team Emirates) won the shortened second stage at the Tour of Croatia, and takes over the lead of his home country’s race. The 29-year-old won on the final climb ahead of Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).

Snow at the top of the final climb to Biokovo Sveti forced organisers to move the finish down the mountain by more than half, shortening the stage to 107km instead of the original 123 kilometres.

Marco Coledan (Trek Segafredo), Anton Vorobyev (Gazprom RusVelo), Pirmin Lang (Roth-Akros) and Jhonatan Millan (Bicicletas Strongman) made up the breakaway of the day, but the peloton rode to keep them within reach before the final climb.

After the catch there were some minor attacks but it was Nibali who made the big move that everyone seemed to be waiting for. Only Roson, Durasek, and CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice’s Jan Hirt and Felix Grosschartner could follow, with Nibali’s teammate Siutsou along for the ride.

Nibali tried to ride them off his wheel in the finale but Durasek, possibly knowing the roads in his home country a little better, was able to sprint for the win on the improvised finish line.

Stage 2: Trogir > Biokovo (sv. Jure) - Stage Result

Wednesday 19th April 2017

1. hr
DURASEK Kristijan
UAE Team Emirates
2. es
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
3. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team