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by Neal Rogers
July 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France; O’Connor solos to victory on Stage 5 of Tour of Austria, Denifl retains GC lead; Lucinda Brand takes solo win at Giro Rosa despite late-race crash; Winder take a second stage win at Tour de Feminin; Italian Claudia Cretti in critical condition with brain injury in Giro Rosa crash; MTB world champion Nino Schurter invites Peter Sagan to race off-road; Meet Philippa York: Robert Millar first high-profile cyclist to go public about gender transition; Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case; Video: Heartbroken fan creates ‘Since U Sagan’; Video: Inside the Quick-Step Floors bus on Stage 6, Marcel Kittel’s second stage win; Video: Orica-Scott’s Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 7; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 7 highlights
Stage 8 of the 2017 Giro Rosa was dubbed the queen stage, particularly with seven tough days of racing already behind them. The peloton splintered up the two climbs on today’s stage, one categorized and one not, with four riders going clear off the front.
Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) was able to take the third Giro Rosa stage win in her career after two stage wins in 2015 – even after crashing in the last 10 kilometres. “It’s really an amazing victory on one of the hardest stages of the Giro Rosa,” she said.
Brand, Anouksa Koster (WM3 Pro Cycling), and Janneke Ensing (Alé Cipollini) bridged across to lone leader Tetyena Riabchenko (Lensworld-Kuota) before Brand ditched her compatriots, catching Riabchenko in the final 10 kilometres. Just as it looked like Brand had this victory in her pocket, she crashed. She quickly remounted and again caught and passed Riabchenko to reach the line solo and celebrate the third Giro Rosa stage win of her career.
“I am really happy with the win,” Brand said. “We have fought so hard and have been really close to a result all week, so it’s brilliant to win today on such a difficult stage. When you come close all of the time it only makes you more motivated and hungrier for the win. I knew that the final really suited me with the descent so I knew that I had to go for it. I felt really good all day and on the climb I decided to try to get away and chase the other breakaway riders down. I had great support from the team and Adriaan [Helmantel, Team Sunweb coach] all day so it’s really an amazing victory on one of the hardest stages of the Giro Rosa.”
Anna Van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) remains in pink with two stages remaining.
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