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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 20, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria nets fourth victory on stage 13 of Giro d’Italia; Garfoot continues Orica-Scott’s success in Emakumeen Bira with stage 3 win; Weening wins stage 3 of the Tour of Norway; Evtushenko wins stage 1 of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Pirazzi and Ruffoni sacked by Bardiani-CSF team after confirmation of B-sample positive; Battered and bruised, Thomas quits Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I don’t know why it is not working; Nicky Hayden in ‘extremely critical’ condition following Wednesday’s bike crash; Ullrich resigns from Rund um Köln position; Vulpine – what went wrong?; Belda positive for EPO; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 13 Pre Race; Video: Sagan and the fans at the Amgen Tour of California

Garfoot continues Orica-Scott’s success in Emakumeen Bira with stage 3 win

by Jeanine Laudy

Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil wanted to shake things up in Emakumeen Bira today, halfway through the five-day stage race, with several of their riders attacking in the early parts of the race. This included a move from new recruit Nicole Steigenga only meters into the stage. But it was Olga Dobrynina (BePink-Cogeas) who was the first to be able to get away, in the run-in to the category-2 climb at 33 kilometers from the finish line.

During the climb, 18 riders split from the rest of the bunch and caught Dobrynina. This group included Shara Gillow (FDJ-Futuroscope-NA), Einer Merino (Lointek) and Orica-Scott’s Annemiek van Vleuten, Katrin Garfoot and Amanda Spratt. Out of this elite group, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla) attacked just before hitting the top.

She was off the front for a while, but was caught by a 22-rider group in the descent. Again a Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil rider took the initiative to accelerate, this time it was Durango-Duranog top 10 finisher Pauliena Rooijakkers. But she was caught and that was Garfoot’s sign to attack.

Garfoot kept her advantage to the finish, arriving at the line 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Sorayah Paladin (Alé Cipollini). This advantage made her the new leader, taking over the leader’s jersey from teammate Spratt, who is now second overall at 12 seconds. Ane Santesteban (Alé Cipollini) stands third in the GC at 17 seconds.

“I think it is great we can have different people on the podium,” Garfoot said. “This way we are unpredictable for the other teams and it helps with team cohesion. We now have three different options for the general classification [Garfoot, Spratt and Van Vleuten], which is a really great position to be in.”

Stage 3: Antzuola > Antzuola - Stage Result

Friday 19th May 2017

1. au
GARFOOT Katrin
Orica - Scott
02:01:04
2. it
PALADIN Soraya
Alé Cipollini
0:34
3. nl
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Orica - Scott
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