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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) was best on the first summit finish of this year’s Vuelta a España, hitting the top of the Alcossebre 42 seconds ahead of the Eritrean Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) and 56 up on Marc Soler (Movistar Team). All three had been part of the day’s large break, and finished well clear of the GC riders.
“This final climb was very hard. I attacked before, I rode mostly by myself,” he said afterwards. “A Katusha rider (Marco Haller) helped me a little bit. There was headwind. I’m very happy. It’s been a nice stage. La Vuelta is great. I first took part in 2014 and I came second in a stage. This is the most beautiful win in my career so far. I had a nasty crash at the Tour de France. I recovered and I spoke with my team, I trained well for La Vuelta. I’m in good shape now. I’m here also to prepare for the world championships.”
Alberto Contador led the first of the GC riders home, crossing the line four minutes 31 seconds back and just ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky), Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott). Others lost time, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) conceding 26 seconds. Contador’s performance showed he had got over the food poisoning which hampered him in previous days, although he has a chunk of time to make up.
Froome continues to lead overall and has extended his advantage over those who were closest to him. David de la Cruz (QuickStep) and Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) had been two seconds back in second and third overall; they gave up 21 and 11 seconds respectively on Wednesday, with Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) dropping eight seconds but ending the day second overall. He is ten seconds behind Froome, with Chaves a further second adrift in third.