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by Matt de Neef
August 21, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Yves Lampaert wins the Vuelta’s opening road stage, takes red; Elia Viviani sprints to Cyclassics Hamburg win; Marianne Vos wins the Ladies Tour of Norway; Kasper Asgreen maintains Tour de l’Avenir lead after three stages; Henry Jaine, Kim Hurst win NZ Cyclocross titles; Australian track coach Gary West loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease; QuickStep Floors signs Tour de l’Avenir stage winner Fabio Jakobsen; Opening bridge creates confusion at the Ladies Tour of Norway; QuickStep Floors and the transfer market logjam; Around the world in 80 days — Mark Beaumont’s journey through Australia; The Journey To The Other Side: Indian Pacific Wheel Race 2017 Documentary.
Elia Viviani (Sky) has dashed to his second WorldTour victory of the season, winning the Cyclassics Hamburg in a bunch sprint. Viviani proved too fast for his rivals in the bunch kick after 220km, leaving Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) to take the remaining places on the podium.
Viviani had a puncture with 50km to go in the race, but was helped back to the bunch and then positioned near the front by his teammates.
“When I had a puncture I had three guys around me to bring me back to the group and Owain [Doull] and Danny [van Poppel] did an amazing job in the last 5km,” he said. “This morning we studied what had gone wrong for us in this race and we were able to improve with this win. We decided that the left corner with 2.7km to go was crucial and we went through it with me and Danny in second and third which was ideal.”
Heavy rain fell on much of Germany’s only WorldTour race, as several moves got clear throughout the day. The first of those moves, by Kamil Malecki (CCC Sprandi) and Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom) got up to 5:40 ahead, before being reeled in. The last of the moves was caught with 5km to go, setting the race up for a bunch sprint.