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Fraile wins at Itzulia Basque Country, Boels-Dolmans pads advantage: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 7, 2018

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Laas wins stage 6 of the Tour of Thailand, Dyball wins overall classification

by Shane Stokes

Australian rider Benjamin Dyball secured overall victory in the The Princess Maha Chackri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand on Friday, finishing in the peloton on a final stage marked by a big bunch sprint. First to the line in Khon Kaen was Estonian rider Martin Laas (Team Illuminate), who also won stages four and five. He beat Takuma Akita (Shimano Racing Team), Raymond Kreder (Team UKYO) and the rest to the line.

Dyball rolled in 50th, savouring his GC success. He grabbed the race lead with a solo victory on stage 3, then he and his St. George Continental Cycling team defended the yellow jersey in the subsequent stages.

He ended the 2.1-ranked event 16 seconds clear of Tour de Langkawi champion Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) and 18 seconds ahead of Thomas Lebas (Kinan Cycling Team).

The victory is the most important of 28-year-old Dyball’s career and comes after his fine third overall in last month’s Tour de Langkawi.

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