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Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends

by Matt de Neef

March 12, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.

Taipei - Taiwan - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Hayato Okamoto (Aisan Racing Team) pictured during the Tour de Taiwan Stage 1 from Taipei City Hall to Taipei City Hall (83.2KM) - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2018

Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1

by Matt de Neef

Young sprinter Hayato Okamoto (Japanese National Team) has won the opening stage of the Tour de Taiwan and moved into the overall lead as a result.

The first stage of the five-stage UCI 2.1 race was a short circuit race around Taipei which ultimately ended in a bunch kick. The Japanese National Team took control of the race in the final kilometre before delivering Okamoto to victory. Joon Yeong Seo (Korea) was second while Raymond Kreder (UKYO) was third.

Twenty-two-year-old Okamoto was the 2017 U23 Asian Continental road race champion and a stage winner at last year’s Tour de Hokkaido. He goes into today’s 120km stage 2 with a two-second advantage over Mario Vogt (Sapura).

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