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by Shane Stokes
May 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins third Eschborn-Frankfurt; Alarcón takes double success in Vuelta Asturias; Williams, Ryan win Dana Point GP events in California; Bouhanni recovering from ‘big concussion’; Incredulity about new Giro d’Italia competition; Six-week suspension for Moscon over racist abuse; Quintana’s backup named for Giro d’Italia; Orica-Scott takes on ‘tricky mix’ with team goals for Giro d’Italia; Kruijswijk targeting podium or better Giro d’Italia; Geoghegan Hart pays tribute to former teammate Young; UCI suspends Continental Team Elkov-Author Cycling; Tracey Gaudry appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club; Simon Jones speaks about new Cycling Australia role as High Performance Unit Director; Stars of the future?
Having previously taken the past two editions of the Eschborn-Frankfurt race, Alexander Kristoff added a third title to his palmares on Monday when he triumphed in a bunch sprint. He led home his Katusha-Alpecin teammate Rick Zabel, with John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in third. Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) and Pim Ligthart (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) completed the top five.
“I said yesterday that I did more or less the preparation I did in the other years,” he said. “It worked the other years, and it worked this year as well. I was not among the best at the top of the climbs so for sure I could have been better also, but it all came back together. I had Rick to guide me and he did a really good job. It was just for me to finish it off.”
Early on eight riders went clear, namely Twan Castelijns (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Peter Koning (Aqua Blue Sport), Dries De Bondt (Vérandas Willems-Crelan), Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Antoine Warnier (WB Veranclassic Aqua Project), Jens Wallays (Sport-Vlaanderen Baloise) and Carl Soballa (Germany).
Their lead reached almost six minutes while behind the awful weather saw riders such as Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel pull out. The move was then hauled back with 45 kilometres remaining.
Degenkolb and others then went clear in a large group but they were hauled back inside the final 15 kilometres. Other attacks also failed, paving the way for Kristoff’s third win.