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by Shane Stokes
May 18, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia
American Continental team Rally Cycling has gone 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, with Evan Huffman winning the stage ahead of teammate Rob Britton and Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb).
The trio was part of the day-long breakaway — along with Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis) and Gavin Manion (UnitedHealthcare) — which managed to hold on to contest the win after the peloton misjudged the chase. The five leaders crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of the peloton which was led in by yesterday’s stage winner, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).
“When I saw the gap was nine minutes early on, I thought we [the break] might make it,” Huffman said. “Then it came down to four minutes with 40-50km to go, I thought, maybe not. When we had 1:30 with 10km to go, I thought we had good chance, we can do it.
“It feels incredible. Last year this was an awesome race for us. You could say it was a breakthrough performance for me, so to come back and top it is really satisfying.”
Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished safely in the bunch in 19th place and holds on to his overall lead. Tomorrow’s stage 5 is the race’s queen stage, a 125.5km effort that finishes with the long and steep climb up Mt. Baldy.