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by Shane Stokes
June 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Fuglsang wins stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Porte takes over yellow jersey; Hosking wins stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Powless takes opening stage of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; Vos fractures collar bone; Madison and BMX Freestyle Park added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Programme; Porte: ‘The next two days are going to be super hard’; Froome: ‘I’ve quite a bit of work still to do’; Betancur says he only now understands being at the right racing weight is crucial; Video: Richie Porte – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Chris Froome – post-race interview, Critérium du Dauphiné stage 6; Video: Diverge x Peter Sagan; Video: Michal Kwiatkowski – Best Of; Video: Gear for Worst Retirement Ever – Why I chose ISM, and how to set up an ISM saddle; Video: Barbados Cycling Festival 2017
After a break got caught with just five kilometres to go, stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour came down to another bunch sprint. This time, however, it was Australian sprinter Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) who crossed the line first in Royal Leamington Spa, just ahead of Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling Team) and Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb). Van Dijk netted her second podium finish in a row and slotted into second place in the GC behind the ongoing race leader Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling).
“It feels really great,” said 26-year-old Hosking. “This is a highlight race for most riders on the calendar so I feel really privileged to come away with my first win and first podium here. It’s a phenomenal event, I feel like I’ve entered an elite group!”
The long stage once again saw teams furiously attacking and several breaks went up the road. The most promising break of the day was the duo of Thursday’s winner, Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) and Martina Ritter (Drops Cycling Team).
“Once we caught them everybody switched their mindset to a bunch sprint,” said Hosking. “It was a bit chaotic, which is strange because it was probably the least technical finish we have all week. But it was nice that the sprinters got a chance.”
After the break was hauled back with around 5 kilometres to go, things got a little sketchy in the pack. As teams were preparing for a bunch sprint, a crash saw favourites Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling), Pieters and Dani King (Cylance Pro Cycling) all hit the deck. Race leader Niewiadoma managed to stay safe, however, coming in with the main pack to maintain her overall lead.
She is now one minute 31 seconds ahead of van Dijk, with Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling Team) third, one minute 46 back and just ahead of her sister Hannah (Canyon SRAM).
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