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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 12, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Boom scoops stage 5 of the BinckBank Tour, nabs race lead; Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway; Gaudu takes first pro victory on stage 3 of Tour de l’Ain, Pinot grabs race lead; Bennett victorious on stage 2 of Czech Cycling Tour; Poidevin wins second stage and overall at Colorado Classic; Murphy takes stage 1 of Colorado Classic; Despite ‘getting very old,’ Hayman remains as Orica-Scott captain for 2018; Axeon Hagens Berman team aims for Professional Continental status in 2018; Trek-Segafredo manager says team ‘not in a hurry’ to find replacement for Contador; World Champion Dideriksen to team up with Deignan in Revolution’s elite women’s championship; Video: Sagan – ‘I am young and beautiful’; Video: GoPro highlights from stage 1 of the Colorado Classic

Kristoff sprints to victory on stage 2 of Arctic Race of Norway

by Shane Stokes

Following on from recent victories in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and the European road race championship, Alexander Kristoff is celebrating his third win of the past fortnight on Friday. The Katusha rider took a home victory at the Arctic Race of Norway, outsprinting Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) in a bunch gallop.

“For sure it is always nice to win at home,” he said. “Yesterday I was close but did not have the legs at the end. Today we knew would be our best shot to win. BMC had to take control because they hold the leader’s jersey, so with some other teams we managed to bring the break back.

“We lost Sven Erik Bystrøm due to some technical issues so we only had Michael Mørkøv and Reto Hollenstein to do the lead outs but they did a really strong pull in the last k and then Michael led me out the last 500 meters, nice and smooth, to put me in the best position. At the end I felt there was no one close to me.”

Earlier six riders formed the day’s break, with Zhandos Bizhigitov (Astana), Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis), Erwann Corbel (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC-Sprandi Polkowice), Elias Spikseth (Team Fixit.no) and Javier Megias (Novo Nordisk) trying unsuccessfully to fend off the eventual bunch sprint. Stage 1 victor Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) continues to hold on at the top, and picked up a bonus second in the final intermediate sprint. Pasqualon did likewise in taking third on the stage, and moves up a place to second overall. He stays two seconds back, while Kristoff is now third at three seconds.

“It [the stage] wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t that hard,” said Tuens. “So it was good for me to have a day like this before the queen stage tomorrow. We will see how that goes.”

Stage 2: Sjøvegan > Bardufoss - Stage Result

Friday 11th August 2017

1. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha - Alpecin
04:14:20
2. fr
HOFSTETTER Hugo
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
3. it
PASQUALON Andrea
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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