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by Matt de Neef
October 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.
Giovanni Visconti has his first win for Bahrain-Merida after an impressive solo effort in the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday.
Visconti attacked on the finishing circuit around San Luca with 16km to go and managed to hold off the chasing peloton behind. A late attack from Visconti’s teammate Vincenzo Nibali led to a Bahrain-Merida 1-2 while Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) completed the podium.
“It was a whirlwind of emotion,” Visconti said. “Also because I have been waiting for this victory for a long time. A perfect day, there are no other words.
“I attacked during the penultimate lap and made an almost perfect downhill,” Visconti said. “Then I managed to climb up and told myself that everything was going for the best. It was a sort of liberation; many seconds and third places but victory did not want to come.”
Bahrain-Merida controlled proceedings for much of the day, shutting down several moves before Visconti’s decisive attack. Visconti’s first win of 2017 comes after no fewer than seven podium finishes so far this season, including a second place on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia.