Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 8, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.

Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead

by CyclingTips

The third stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour saw breakaways and solo attacks try to unseat race leader Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb), but the team worked hard to bring it back together for a field sprint with Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM) taking the first win of the season for the team ahead of Lisa Klein (Cervélo-Bigla). Van Dijk came in fourth and keeps her leader’s jersey.

“I am happy to still be in the yellow jersey and the team worked hard for it today,” said van Dijk.

“It wasn’t a super hard day for me although it we had to be super cautious due to the chance of echelons all day. There was a group ahead which was good for us and the girls stayed in control at the front closing the gap. In the end I could sprint to third which is good to get some extra seconds. It was a good day and the girls did a good job to keep me in yellow.”

“It was a long day today with 155km of racing,” said Sunweb DS Adriaan Helmentel.

“It was the perfect situation for us with the three riders going clear at the beginning. Then seven riders jumped across which wasn’t ideal, but we were still in control. In the final the last rider was caught and it was a bit hectic. Overall the girls rode well, especially the younger riders on the team. It was good for Ellen to finish third which means she adds a further four seconds onto her overall lead.”

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