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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 16, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain

Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin

by Shane Stokes

Showing that competing in the Tour de France as the youngest rider hasn’t hampered his form in any way, 22-year-old Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Oscaro) grabbed the opening stage of the Tour du Limousin on Tuesday. The Frenchman dropped Flavien Dassonville (HP BTP-Auber 93) on the rise to the line, beating him by eight seconds.

Mathieu Van Der Poel (Beobank – Corendon) led in the main bunch a further ten seconds later. “I get on very well with Flavien,” Gesbert said, referring to the runner-up. “At five kilometres from the finish he attacked me twice but I managed to come back and counter it.

“The final suited me well but after a long break as today the cards are redistributed. We were both a bit cracked. I said to myself: if we arrive together at the foot of the hump, the victory is for me. It was the right scenario and I am very happy. I stayed focused until the last moment to take a maximum amount of time for the overall standings.”

The two got clear after about an hour of racing and opened up a gap of more than five minutes. They still had this heading into the final 50 kilometres and with those behind delaying the chase for too long, were able to hold out until the end.

The 2.1-ranked race continues with a lumpy 185.5 kilometre race from Fursac to Les Monts de Guéret.

Stage 1: Panazol > Rochechouart - Stage Result

Tuesday 15th August 2017

1. fr
GESBERT Elie
Fortuneo - Oscaro
03:54:42
2. fr
DASSONVILLE Flavien
HP BTP - Auber93
0:08
3. nl
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
Beobank - Corendon
0:18

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