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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Tour de Romandie opener; French rider Yoann Offredo assaulted while training; Memories of Michele: Scarponi remembered as an entertainer, a motivator and as a warm human being; British Cycling cuts places in podium programme due to funding cuts; Lotto Soudal announces Giro roster; Tour of Britain announces 2017 route; USA Cycling publishes 2016 ‘Race Clean’ report; Eurosport announces new host for Giro, Tour; Former British pro Phil Edwards dies; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke given driving ban for drunk driving; Club rider warns of imitation sunglasses after crash; TRINITIES Part 3: Liège–Bastogne–Liège; Video: Mile 1 – Into the light.

Felline wins Tour de Romandie opener

by Mark Zalewski

After what he called a disappointing finish at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Italian Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) must have used that as motivation in the Tour de Romandie prologue, beating British time trial champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar) by two seconds on the 4.8km course in wet conditions. Alexander Edmonson (ORICA-Scott) finished in third, another five seconds behind.

“This victory is for Michele Scarponi,” said Felline. “I also want to dedicate this to another family close to me who one week before Scarponi went through the same situation. For me, the last 10 days have not been easy.”

“On Sunday, a lot of people were asking me what I thought of the story of Scarponi and when I started Liege I thought maybe I could do a good result in his honor. In the end, it was not Sunday; it was today.”

The twisting and turning course was made more challenging with the rain, particularly the second-half, with a final turn proving tricky. “Everyone likely screwed things up at at least one corner, mine was the last,” Dowsett lamented.

The top finisher from last year racing this year’s edition, third place Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida), finished in 12th, 12 seconds down.

Prologue: Aigle > Aigle - Stage Result

Tuesday 25th April 2017

1. it
FELLINE Fabio
Trek - Segafredo
00:05:57
2. gb
DOWSETT Alex
Movistar Team
0:02
3. au
EDMONDSON Alexander
ORICA-Scott
0:07
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