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De Gendt best in Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, Koster in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 9, 2017

De Gendt wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España; Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain; In a big shake-up, Anouska Koster takes final stage win and overall in Lotto Belgium Tour; Contador: The podium is really far away; Armstrong’s trial delayed until 2018; Bike Channel UK confirms closure after failing to find a buyer; Race to the Rock: Hammond leads but Carlsson on the charge; Video: Stage 17 & 18 backstage pass, Vuelta a España; Video: Cycling Motivation – Greatness; Video: Warren Barguil – Emotions; Video: My Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017 Disaster

Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain

by Shane Stokes

Caleb Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain. Photo by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com.

Caleb Ewan bounced back from a time trial frustrated by a mechanical issue on Thursday to stage victory on Friday, notching up his third such success of this year’s race. The Orica-Scott rider jumped early on the sprint into Aleburgh, getting a gap and holding off Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNl-Jumbo), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and the rest of the peloton.

“It was another pretty tough day again, not really straightforward as the weather was pretty bad all day,” he said. “The team rode so well, we stayed up near the front out of trouble all day and the guys again did a prefect job at the end.”

He was helped by leadout men Roger Kluge and Luka Mezgec, then made his move. “There was a bit of sketchy moment in the final corner and I had to go early. I had a little bit of a gap coming out of the corner but everybody was coming back into positions so I took the chance to jump. It was a little bit earlier than I wanted to go but I wanted to get into my aero position and hold as much speed as possible. It is great to hold on and get another stage win here.”

The 187 kilometre stage was run off in wet weather and was marked by a break of seven riders. James Shaw (Lotto-Soudal), Regan Gough (An Post Chain Reaction), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), Jacob Hennessy (Great Britain), Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling), Connor Swift (Madison Genesis) and Harry Tanfield (Bike Channel) got a gap of three minutes but the peloton kept close tabs on them. They were hauled back with three kilometres to go.

Race leader Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) finished 16th and maintains his eight second advantage over the rider closest to him, teammate Victor Campenaerts.

Stage 6: Newmarket > Aldeburgh - Stage Result

Friday 8th September 2017

1. au
EWAN Caleb
ORICA-Scott
04:13:06
2. co
GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
-
3. nl
GROENEWEGEN Dylan
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
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