In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
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Roman Kreuziger soloed to victory in the PRO Ötztaler 5500 in Sölden, Austria, winning what is being billed as the world’s hardest one-day race. He broke clear on the final climb and descended to finish 43 seconds clear of Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin).
— ORICA-SCOTT (@OricaScott) August 25, 2017
Bardiani-CSF rider Giulio Ciccone was one minute 33 seconds back in third, while the talented young Australian Robert Power (Orica-Scott) was a further five seconds back in fourth. “It’s really satisfying to get the victory,” said Kreuziger. “It is my first win this season and I have been waiting for this moment. The team have been winning and performing very strongly throughout the year and I feel like this has been coming.
“It was important for us having Ruben [Plaza] in the break because it set us up nicely for the final climb. I spoke to Damien [Howson] and told him I was feeling good and he really set the pace perfectly. The descent was almost as hard as the climbs because I was starting to cramp, but I came through ok and thankfully managed to finish it off. Big thanks to all of the team for everything. I feel great and I’m looking forward to a strong end to the season now.”
The race covered four Alpine passes in 238 kilometres, totalling 5,500 metres of elevation. Directeur sportif Matt White said that the victory was important for the team’s morale. “The win sets us up perfectly for a positive end to the season and going into the next one day races in Canada and Italy with good form and confidence,” he said.
“Rob rode very well and it’s pleasing to see the work he has put in starting to bear fruit. It’s a great sign for the tail end of this season and also for next year.”
Team Katusha - Alpecin
Bardiani - CSF