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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 18, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin; Former Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez fails anti-doping test; Sánchez: ‘I’m about to retire. Why would I do this?’; Quintana dismisses suggestions he could leave Movistar; Woods leads Cannondale-Drapac in Vuelta a España; Team Sky announces signings of Jonathan Castroviejo and David de la Cruz; Australian sprinter Perkins granted Russian citizenship by Putin; Winder, Mannion lead USA Cycling Pro Road Tour; Alberto Contador Foundation and Trek-Segafredo to set up Continental development team; Video: Cycling Motivation – Never Give Up; Video: Ferda Girls (Humble Parody)

Gautier wins stage three of the Tour du Limousin

by Shane Stokes

One day after Alexis Vuillermoz took stage two of the Tour du Limousin, Cyril Gautier made it two in a row for the Ag2r La Mondiale team when he was victorious into Chaumeil. The French rider was part of the day’s break of ten and after this move was thinned down, he proved best in the uphill sprint to the line. He beat Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), with Nicolas Edet (Cofids) at two seconds and Julien Antomarchi (Roubaix – Lille Metropole) at four.

“After Alexis Vuillermoz won yesterday, the team proved that we have a super dynamic,” he said afterwards. “Everybody is very motivated to do great things, and it worked. Ten of us escaped and the breakaway was able to go the distance. I am very excited to win today, which is my first of the season.

“For the major WorldTour races, it is my job to work for the team leaders, and I really enjoy that. But I am also happy to grab a victory when I have the chance. I don’t win that often, so I want to savour the moment.”

Earlier on he, Degand, Edet and Antomarchi went clear with Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Thomas Degand (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) and Simone Sterbini (Bardiani-CSF). The latter was dropped, and the others were then joined by Flavien Dassonville and Jérémy Bescond (HP BTP-Auber 93), Philipp Walsleben (Beobank-Corendon) and Grégory Habeaux (WB-Veranclassic-Aqua Protect).

This group was whittled down before the finish, with Gautier quickest in the sprint to the line. Behind, teammate Vuillermoz did what he could to distance race leader Elie Gesbert, but the Fortuneo – Vital Concept rider was able to hold on. He maintains his four second advantage in the general classification with one stage to go.

Stage 3: Saint-Pantaléon de Larche > Chaumeil - Stage Result

Thursday 17th August 2017

1. fr
GAUTIER Cyril
AG2R La Mondiale
04:45:06
2. be
DEGAND Thomas
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-
3. fr
EDET Nicolas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:02
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