In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa; Eisenhart, Hall win Stage 2 at Redlands Classic; Kirsten Wild wins first stage in Tour of Chongming Island; Alarcón takes stage one of the Vuelta Internacional a la Comunidad de Madrid; Mugerli wins in chaotic stage 3 final of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Giro director Vegni says he was wary of sending Bardiani-CSF team home following doping positives; Bouhanni forced to withdraw from Tour of California; 105-year-old Robert Marchand recognised as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist; Google Doodle marks 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Michele Scarponi. The farewell interview; Video: Steven Kruijswijk’s final preparations for the 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Caleb Ewan – Interview at the start of stage one of the 2017 Giro d’Italia; Video: Geraint Thomas – interview before the Giro d’Italia; Video: Tom Dumoulin – interview before the race; Video: Nathan Haas receives his Fi:zi’k Giro Shoes; Video: Chasing Cancellara
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Utah native TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel) soloed to victory on the second stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the six-lap, 94.4-mile Yucaipa Road Race, taking the GC lead in the process. Eisenhart beat Emerson Oronte (Rally Cycling) by 23 seconds, and took 10 seconds of bonus time, to move into the race lead, 34 seconds ahead of junior world TT champ Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling), who finished third on the stage, 11 seconds behind Oronte.
The 22-year-old Eisenhart attacked with 6km to go, gaining a 40-second advantage on Oronte and McNulty.
“A guy went on my left with about 6km to go, I followed the attack, and it was time to go, so I went,” Eisenhart said. “I looked back and I had a big gap.”
Other than the climb up Oak Glen, the heat made for a decisive factor during Thursday’s 151.9km road race, as riders were in constant rotation getting ice socks and liquids to keep cool and hydrated. A seven-man break had enjoyed a roughly two-minute lead for most of the day but was eventually caught on the final lap of the circuit.
“Everyone was looking out for me the whole day, giving me bottles, giving me ice,” Eisenhart said. “This team is amazing.”
— TJ Eisenhart (@tj_eisenhart) May 5, 2017
Top 3 on GC after Stage 2
1. TJ Eisenhart (Holowesko-Citadel), 4:20:48
2. Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling), at 0:34
3. Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare), at 0:36
Video: Stage 2 Men
Hall takes stage win, Neben retains GC lead
Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) soloed to victory to take the four-lap, 66.2-mile Stage 2 Yucaipa Road Race. Hall beat GC leader Amber Neven (The Dare To Be Project) by 10 seconds, and also took an additional six seconds of time bonus. Still, it wasn’t enough to unseat the world time trial champion, who leads Hall by 23 seconds.
After making the turn onto the final climb, Hall launched her winning attack with 2km left in the race. Neben, who was riding neck to neck with the UHC rider, kept Hall close enough to stay in the yellow jersey heading into Friday’s stage.
“It wasn’t a super aggressive race because it was so hot, but that’s what really zapped us,” Hall said. “However, our team is sitting second and third on GC right now, which sets us up for some aggressive racing later, and I’m pumped about that. I’ll be teaming up with Ruth Winder to do our best to unseat Amber.”
Top 3 on GC after Stage 2
1. Amber Neben (The Dare To Be Project), 3:39:53
2. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare), at 0:23
3. Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare), at 1:49
Video: Stage 2 Women