Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 15, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.

Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk

by CyclingTips

Twenty-three-year-old Frenchman Clément Venturini (Cofidis) has won the Four Days of Dunkirk after moving into the overall lead on stage 5 and holding on through the race’s final stage.

Venturini’s win comes off the back of three impressive finishes in the six-day event (not a typo) — third on stages 1 and 4, and fourth on stage 5. Lithuanian FDJ rider Ignatas Konovalovas rode away to win on the uphill finish to stage 5, but Venturi’s fourth place, three seconds behind, was enough to put the latter two seconds clear at the top of the GC.

On the final stage, Adrien Petit (Direct Energie) was in the day’s main breakaway, and then in a group of three that split off the front of the break. The Frenchman then rode clear on his own with 3km remaining to take stage honours. Venuturini finished 37 seconds down in 19th place, enough to hold on for the overall victory.

Stage 5 runner-up Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) finished second overall, while Oliver Naesen (Ag2r La Mondiale), third on the penultimate stage, rounded out the podium.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 14th May 2017

1. fr
VENTURINI Clément
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
24:57:13
2. be
ARMéE Sander
Lotto Soudal
0:02
3. be
NAESEN Oliver
AG2R La Mondiale
0:07

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