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by Neal Rogers
July 4, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.
Orica-Scott GC contender Esteban Chaves has had a blow to his morale in his first Tour de France with the news that his friend Diana Casas Jiménez has been killed in Colombia.
Casas Jiménez was a physiotherapist with the Fundación Esteban-Bike-house team and was also a masseuse for Chaves. She lost her life taking part in the Desafío a Letras recreational event on Sunday, which began in Mariquita-Tolima, about 150 kilometres northwest of Bogota.
According to Revista Mundo Ciclistico, indications are that she lost control and crashed on a descent, hitting a vehicle.
“Unfortunately it’s a reality,” said Chaves’ father Jairo, who was with her. “We were going up, there was a single descent in front of Padua, there was a sharp turn to the right and I passed.”
He said that she went quickly into a bend and hit a vehicle. “The trauma she had was very complicated,” he said. “She suffered cardio-respiratory arrest. That is the reality of everything.”
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