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Denifl wins at Vuelta, Gaviria best in Britain, Froome under pressure: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 7, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Denifl wins stage 17 of Vuelta a España, Froome cracks; Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain; Vos in leader’s jersey after Lotto Belgium Tour stage 1 victory; Froome puts brave face on time loss; Contador goes close to swansong stage win; Bookwalter forced out of Tour of Britain after riders hit parked car; Chloe Hosking to appeal Road Worlds non-selection: “This is bigger than my personal ego”; Ag2r La Mondale directeur sportif disqualified from Vuelta over towing incident; Video: Another don’t try this at home moment with Vittorio Brumotti; Video: Star Wars-inspired cycling jerseys released; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, stage 16

Gaviria wins stage 4 at the Tour of Britain

by Shane Stokes

Fernando Gaviria of Quick-Step Floors wins in a sprint finish. Photo by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Having taken fifth and third on the opening two days of the race, Fernando Gaviria got things completely right on the fourth stage of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain on Wednesday. The QuickStep Floors rider benefited from a perfect leadout by his team and sped in ahead of Elia Viviani (Team Sky), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and the rest of the bunch.

“I came here after a leg injury, so I’ve been missing a bit of condition and form,” he said. “But day after day things went better and today I felt good and could take advantage of this. The boys were spectacular! Philippe [Gilbert] protected me going into the last ten kilometres, then Zdenek [Stybar] and Max [Richeze] took over and guided me in the final. I’m happy I could repay them by taking the stage. I hope to get other good results before the Tour of Britain will come to a conclusion.”

Overnight leader Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) finished back in 15th place and lost his jersey to Viviani. The Italian is level on time with the Australian but ahead on points. Gaviria is at six seconds, one ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data).

“For sure it’s good to have the leader’s jersey back on the shoulders,” he said. “I’m disappointed because it was a really, really close sprint – but with one of the best sprinters in the world – so it can be a good second place.”

The day featured a five-man break comprising Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Alistair Slater (JLT-Condor), Jacob Scott (An Post-Chain Reaction) plus Madison-Genesis duo Alexandre Blain and Richard Handley. They rode flat out, avoiding a badly-parked car which brought down many in the bunch, but were finally hauled back three kilometres from the line.

Stage 4: Mansfield > Newark-on-Trent - Stage Result

Wednesday 6th September 2017

1. co
GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
03:43:31
2. it
VIVIANI Elia
Team Sky
-
3. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha - Alpecin
-

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