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by Mark Zalewski
July 7, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?
Czech Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) dominated today the Glockner stage of the Tour of Austria, and took over the race leader’s jersey.
Josef VaisharCourtesy: Tour of Austria
“I had great legs today and my team has supported me perfectly,” said Hirt. “Now I want to bring the yellow jersey to Vienna! The Dobratsch tomorrow is for me, I was second there last year.”
The queen stage of the race, at 182.2 km in length and nearly 4,000 metres of climbing, saw a breakaway go early. 80km into the stage current race leader Markus Eibegger was forced to start working as the Astana team out on the pressure. At 137km Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) attacked and the break up the road began to disintegrate.
The attacked whittled the GC group down to around 20 riders including Eibegger, Hirt and yesterday’s stage winner Brendan Canty (Drapac). Hirt was the next to attack and only David Belda (Team Roth) was able to go with him. But Hirt eventually went solo and won the stage 43 seconds ahead of Belda.
Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) finished third at 1:18 behind the winner. Alessandro Vanotti takes over the mountains classification for his efforts.