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by Matt de Neef
May 8, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.
Kirill Pozdnyakov (Synergy Baku) has become the first Azeri rider to take the overall title at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, securing victory on the race’s final stage yesterday.
Pozdnyakov moved into the overall lead back on stage 2 when he took a solo victory into Ismayilli. He led from that point through to the finish of Sunday’s stage 5.
“This is a dream come true to win the home race!” Pozdnyakov said. “I did a lot of work for this and looked forward to the win, but it’s not always dependent on your physical condition, but also on the support of your team and luck. We had all of these at this race and the team did fantastic work. This is how the victory came! Thanks a lot to everyone for the support.”
Stage 4, the race’s queen stage, was won by Colombian Edwin Avila (Illuminate) while Pozdnyakov finished seventh, 1:18 down on the winner. The Azeri rider took a 46-second lead into the final stage, which was won solo by Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy). Neilands made his move on the final of five 14km laps around the Azeri capital of Baku, opening up a lead that allowed him to win the stage by 21 seconds.
Pozdynakov finished safely in the peloton to secure his team’s first overall success at its home race.