Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 4, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.

Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa

by Jeanine Laudy

Newly crowned Belgian national champion Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-High5) took her first Giro Rosa victory on Stage 4 into Occhiobello Monday, winning a small bunch sprint. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) also made the split and kept the pink leader’s jersey.

Although it was initially thought that D’hoore’s former teammate Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini) won the sprint, delivering her Italian team her first Women’s WorldTour victory, a close look at the photo finish revealed it was D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) who had won. Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) finished third.

“Yeah, it was pretty close, but a win is a win,” D’hoore smiled. “Somewhere around halfway WM3 put the hammer down, together with Boels-Dolmans, and suddenly we heard that Annemiek van Vleuten was in the second group. So we started to work for Elisa [Longo Borghini], for GC, and then we came really fast to the final 5km for the sprint. In the end we had two roundabouts in the last 800 metres, so it was pretty dangerous and hectic. But I managed to be up there, thanks to Giorgia [Bronzini], she led me out into the sprint, and yeah, it was a close call.

“I knew that I had it, even if it was by a few millimetres, but then Chloe threw her arms in the air so I was confused,” D’hoore said. “Then we had to wait until the photo finish.”

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