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by Mark Zalewski
July 7, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?
Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) showed her ambitions to get on top of the GC already early in the stage, after she dropped to eighth yesterday. Abbott attacked on the only categorized climb of the day, the infamous Mortirolo, and arrived at the top 2’03” ahead of Emma Pooley (Lotto-Soudal).
Abbott’s teammate Elisa Longo Borghini was the third to cross, 4’03” behind, in the company of Boels-Dolmans’ Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens, Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv), Claudia Lichtenberg (Lotto-Soudal), Tatiana Guderzo (Team Hitec) and Ksenyia Tuhai (BePink). The most important rider to have missed out in the group of favourites was Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv).
With a long plateau and a descent following this climb, it was for from certain that Abbott was able to retain her advantage until the line.
Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Yevgenia Vysotska (Hagens Berman-Supermint) joined the group of favourites on the plateau and the eight riders reeled Pooley back in. Abbott’s lead also declined substantially in the final kilometers of the stage, but she was able to reach the finish line 37 seconds ahead of teammate Longo Borghini.
With this result, she is the new leader in the Giro Rosa, and she is on her way to repeat her Giro Rosa win of 2013.
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