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by Shane Stokes
August 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mezgec takes Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic; Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall; Asgreen takes stage 1 of Tour de l’Avenir; Dan Martin signs for UAE Team Emirates, Sutherland also comes on board; Contador on Vuelta finale to his career: “As always, I want to win”; Vermote moves to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka chasing new Classics targets; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Crescent Vargarda; Video: What it means to ride La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: Chris Froome pre-race interview Vuelta a España 2017
After yesterday’s tight prologue, the GC at the Ladies Tour of Norway was wide open as the peloton entered stage one today. On paper, today’s stage looked like it was perfect for a breakaway to be established in the early parts of the race, but while plenty of riders tried, the high pace prevented any riders from escaping the peloton. And while yesterday’s runner-up Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) got herself into the position of the virtual leader as she snatched a few bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint, it ultimately was Belgian sprinter Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) who took the yellow leader’s jersey off the back from Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb).
As the peloton arrived at the finish line altogether, it was Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) who opened up the sprint. But D’Hoore waited in Majerus’ wheel patiently, jumping out of Majerus’ wheel at just the right moment to take the stage win ahead of Australian Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) in second place, and Majerus.
With her stage win and the bonus seconds awarded at the finish line, D’Hoore now leads the GC with two seconds on Vos in second place, and six seconds on Van Dijk in third.
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