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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage four of the Tour of Poland; Landa takes stage one of the Vuelta a Burgos; Aru to lead Astana team at Vuelta a España; Hermans recovering from concussion and multiple fractures; Kennaugh and Oss ink contracts with Bora-hansgrohe; Movistar signs Argentinian climber Sepúlveda; Dunbar to make pro debut with Aqua Blue Sport; Cookson expresses confidence about re-election chances; Zwift Academy expands to men’s cycling, contract with Dimension Data under 23 team up for grabs; Wahoo Fitness launches new ELEMNT MINI bike computer; Merida announces voluntary fork recall: 2017 Scultura CF2 models; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 6: Mt. Hamilton
Australia’s Caleb Ewan proved quickest in the bunch gallop at the end of stage four of the Tour of Poland on Tuesday, blazing home ahead of Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) and the day one victor Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
“It was good to get the win today, it was pretty frustrating on the first stage coming second as I knew if I got out when I wanted and started sprinting then I could have won,” he said. “Today worked out perfectly. Luka [Mezgec] delivered me really well and it was good to have no real hurdles in my way so I could start sprinting when I wanted to and it payed off.”
Sagan keeps the race lead, ending the day ten seconds clear of stage 3 winner Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team). His own teammate Rafal Majka is a further six seconds back in third. “It was a very long stage,” Sagan said afterwards. “I could even say maybe too long, under a scorching sun and hot temperatures. It was also very fast, with an average speed of 42km/h.
“The team worked hard all day to control the escapees and reel them in, which we did in the final ten kilometres. I tried my best in the sprint, taking third and four bonus seconds, but Ewan proved the fastest of the bunch. Again, sensations were good and tomorrow is another day.”
The stage was 238 kilometres in distance and by far the longest of the race. Running from Zawiercie to Zabrze, it featured a breakaway group of six riders. Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors), Nick Dougall (Team Dimension Data), Tom Skujins (Cannondale-Drapac), Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi) and Pawel Bernas (Poland national team) worked hard but the group later disintegrated, with Cavagna pushing on alone in the finale.
However he was caught with five kilometres to go, setting things up for the bunch gallop and Ewan’s victory.