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by Matt de Neef
August 28, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Chris Froome extends Vuelta lead with stage 9 victory; Lizzie Deignan victorious in GP de Plouay; Egan Bernal takes comfortable victory at the Tour de l’Avenir; Elia Viviani sprints to Bretagne Classic victory; Joe Cooper and Macey Stewart win the Tour of the King Valley; An international battle at the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross; Cannondale-Drapac turns to crowdfunding after sponsor troubles; Tour de l’Avenir winner Egan Bernal signs with Team Sky; Warren Barguil sent home from the Vuelta; Five Brisbane cyclists injured after being struck by a car; Party tricks at the Vuelta; 1,000 rockets attached to a bike.
Elia Viviani (Sky) has continued his impressive run of form, taking out the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France in what was his fourth victory in just eight days.
Viviani proved fastest and craftiest in the sprint that decided the 239.7km one-day WorldTour race, the Italian extracting himself from the bunch and finding his way up the left side to sneak across the line first. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) was second while Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) was third.
It was a day of frequent attacks in the Bretagne region of France, but ultimately the teams of the sprinters wouldn’t let anything stick.
“We started with (Danny) van Poppel and Kwiato as leaders, but I was a co-leader just behind because I came here with I think the dream week – winning in Hamburg, two stages of Poitou Charentes and a few second places,” Viviani said. “The shape is more than the top – I think it’s the best shape of my life. Finally I’m on the level I want to be. I’m really happy and thanks to this amazing team.”