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by Neal Rogers
July 6, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.
The sixth stage in the 2017 Giro Rosa finished in a bunch sprint in Roseta degli Abruzzi, the third of the week. After victories for Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) and Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5), this time it was Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) who posted up for the win.
As the race arrived at the foot of the climb, the average speed reached over 40km/h, an incredibly fast race with the scorching heat. There were attacks flying on the climb, making the race even tougher. Stage three winner Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) crossed the top first, taking the maximum QOM points, followed by Sorayah Paladin (Alé Cipollini) and Sofia Bertizollo (Astana). The chase in the peloton led to a crash on the descent, with Sarah Roy (Orica-Scott) going down.
With the sprinter teams looking for a stage win in the last flattish stage of the week, the three up front didn’t stand a chance. At 10 kilometres from the line, they were caught. The lightning fast finale had left only a 25-30 rider group to contest the stage win. The fastest out of them turned out to be Finnish sprinter Lotta Lepistö, who dismissed Rivera and Bronzini to second and third place. It was positive twist for Cervélo-Bigla’s Giro Rosa campaign, after they lost their GC contender Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on Sunday due to illness.
“It was a very hot stage and the race was fast which made it hard. We did the circuit four times but despite it being so hard, I was feeling good,” Lepistö said. “It was good to do loops because we knew the finish well in the end. I was in position 30 going up the climb the last time but I gave it all on the descent and ended up in position two at the bottom of the descent, getting into a good position for the sprint.”
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