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by Matt de Neef
April 23, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bob Jungels solos to biggest career win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Anna van der Breggen continues Ardennes dominance at Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Kanstantsin Siutsou wins the Tour of Croatia; Ruben Plaza takes out the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Boels-Dolmans thanks Sky for help after mechanic has a heart attack; Kiwi cyclist Alex Ray roused from a coma after collision with car; Former junior world champion killed after being hit by a car; Astana’s tribute to Michele Scarponi; Following Sep Vanmarcke at the Tour of Flanders; Alaphilippe congratulates Jungels on Liege success.
Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida) has turned his stage 3 victory at the Tour of Croatia into overall victory in the UCI 2.HC race.
On the 28km climb that ended stage 3, Siutsou got clear to take the stage ahead of Pieter Weening (Roompot). In doing so moved into the overall lead. As the remaining stages of the race ticked away, Siutsou was able to cling to his GC lead, eventually winning the six-stage tour by 11 seconds over Weening. Astana’s Yevgeniy Gidich was third, 1:01 behind Siutsou.
The final stage was a tough circuit race around the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Paolo Simeon (Bardiani CSF) broke clear to take down the stage while Siutsou finished 11th, 32 seconds down.
“We just controlled the race and the guys did a perfect job bringing me in the front position, supporting me entering the circuit and until the end,” Siutsou said afterwards. “[Matej] Mohoric asked to take his opportunities and I agreed. Then I just tried to do my best.
“The best way to defend is to attack. So I attacked in the last climb and everything’s went as planned. We confirmed last year’s win and I’m happy for the whole team, because we did a really good job this week. It has been a hard, but a beautiful week and not only in Croatia, but also in other races where we were competing. I think we’re ready for the Giro”.