De Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; the longest day at Cape Epic: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

March 22, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Elia Viviani wins Driedaasge de Panne; Thomas de Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; Canyon-Topeak and Investec Songo Specialized take wins at Cape Epic; The life and death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race; CyclingTips Podcast: Driverless cars, Milan-San Remo, and a Tour de France tangent; Proper disc-brake bed-in; Scott Sunderland out of action due to new concussion; Funding for walking and cycling infrastructure falls short in Australia; Minali wins stage 4 of the Tour of Langkawi; UCI launches next phase in testing for hidden motors

Elia Viviani wins Driedaagse De Panne

by CyclingTips

Quick-Step Floors’ Elia Viviani won the single day of Driedaagse De Panne out of a reduced bunch sprint. The Italian overcame poor positioning in the final kilometre to sneak through to the front in the final meters to overcome Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The 202km day started in Brugge and finished in De Panne. It was the first edition of the single-day version of the race, following years as a three-day event.

The finale included laps near the coast that saw the peloton battered by winds. The field split repeatedly but came together by the finish.

Bora-Hansgrohe, Lotto-Soudal, and Quick-Step Floors took on the brunt of the work throughout the day, keeping a breakaway of six on a leash.