In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race
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A winner eight years ago in the women’s critierum run alongside the men’s Amgen Tour of California, Emilia Fahlin is looking forward to returning to the US for the much-expanded women’s race this month. “I’m super excited for these four days of racing ahead!” she said, referring to the Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s race. “For me personally because I’ve spent so much time training and racing in California some years back and it sort of feels like coming back home in a way.
“I loved the racing over here, it’s always a great atmosphere because the people here are just so enthusiastic when it comes to any sport event, so the crowds are always crazy and super supportive!”
She will be joined in the WorldTour race by three Wiggle High5 teammates. These are two-time world champion Giorgia Bronzini, who will look with ambition at the sprint stages, as well as Audrey Cordon-Ragot of France and the Australian Amy Cure.
The Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s race runs from May 11 to 14.
“We are a smaller team here since one part of the team just been crushing it in China,” Fahlin continued. “We don’t really have a team for the GC but we are all looking forward to look for opportunities throughout the race and try for some stages. I think we got some really good options obviously, Gio for the sprint, Audrey’s had a great spring season and can climb well and Amy coming off super form at the track worlds.”