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by Shane Stokes
May 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car
One day after winning stage 11, Omar Fraile earned himself a return trip to the podium with an aggressive ride on stage 12. Three riders went clear early on but with sufficient points remaining, the Spaniard was able to sprint for fourth place on the first of two category two climbs, the Colla Di Casaglia.
He had started the stage level on points with Jan Polanc and beat the UAE Team Emirates rider for the prime. He then took fourth on the day’s next climb, the Valico Appenninico.
“The team was really great today,” he said. “In the last kilometer of the climb, Daniel [Teklehaimanot] pulled so hard it created a gap. Only me and Polanc stayed with him. Polanc then attacked but I had good legs and managed to get around him and take the points.”
He is now on 49 points, three ahead of his rival. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is on 35 and must be a threat with the big mountains to come.
“From now on, I’ll take it day by day and see how long I can keep this jersey,” said Fraile. “The Giro is still long and we have to wait and see what happens.”