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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Australian rider Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) notched up his first pro victory on stage six of the Tour of Poland, launching a solo attack and holding off the peloton for 20 kilometres. He reached the line in Zakopane 51 seconds clear of a group led in by Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Bob Jungels (QuickStep Floors), thus underlining his strength.
Race leader Peter Sagan’s (Bora-hansgrohe) hopes of winning the event evaporated when he was dropped on a steep climb inside the final hour of racing, with the jersey passing through BMC Racing Team’s Dylan Teuns. “It was really hard today,” he said. “There was a lot of climbing, and it was a long stage. I am feeling pretty tired right now, as I am sure everyone is.
“The team did an amazing job just like we planned. When the guys hit the front and started riding for me, they were pushing really hard, and you could feel that the pace in the group was pretty high. A lot of guys were immediately dropped, and that was our goal. We wanted to start the final with as small a group as possible and also to make it hard for Peter Sagan and Bora – hansgrohe.”
Sagan was disappointed, but knows that his team can still win the overall. “It was a tough stage, not really one that suits riders like myself,” he said. “Rafal [Majka] tried hard and gave his best. He is second in the GC with only six seconds distance from the first place. Tomorrow, we need to ride the best way we can to help Rafal? win the Tour de Pologne.”
In addition to Majka in second, four other riders are within 20 seconds of Teuns’ jersey and he faces a tough fight on Friday’s final stage.