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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 10, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan wins stage three in BinckBank Tour, moves closer to race lead; Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain; Rowe suffers serious stag party injury: ‘My foot was hanging off’; Veteran rider Tuft signs up for another year with Orica-Scott; Majka leads Bora–hansgrohe in Vuelta España, Sagan, Bennett and König will miss race; Koren to move from Cannondale-Drapac to Bahrain-Merida; Former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Sénéchal signs for QuickStep Floors; Video: Ayesha McGowan aiming to be the first African-American female pro cyclist; Video: US junior rider Hannah Jordan fending off rare growth disorder; Video: Chris Akrigg – The Mongoose Guide Raw

Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain

by Shane Stokes

One day after Johan Le Bon (FDJ) won the opening prologue in the Tour de l’Ain, the Frenchman lost the race lead to stage one winner Juan Jose Lobato. Lobato won the bunch gallop to the line in Trévoux, profiting after the lumpy profile failed to sufficiently break things up.

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) was second with Steven Tronet (Armee de Terre) third. The result was Lobato’s first win for his new team after moving there from Movistar last winter. “I’m very happy with my first victory for Team LottoNL-Jumbo,” he said.

“I dedicate it to my late uncle Antonio and my family, who always supported me. The start of my season was not as I had imagined, but I never lost faith in myself. In addition, I would also like to thank the team for their support in this difficult period.”

Indeed directeur sportif Frans Maassen felt his emotions played a big part in the win. “The death of his uncle, who was very close to him, carried him to this victory. With the help of Steven Kruijswijk, racing in front of the bunch on the final climb together with Amund Grøndahl Jansen, perfectly brought Lobato to the finish. The way he finished it off didn’t surprise me at all.”

Lobato was a solid fifth in the prologue and his time bonus for Wednesday’s win elevated him to the top of the overall standings. He is now six seconds clear of Le Bon and Bouhanni.

Stage 1: Polliat > Trévoux - Stage Result

Wednesday 9th August 2017

1. es
LOBATO Juan José
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
03:11:10
2. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
3. fr
TRONET Steven
Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
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