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by Mark Zalewski
February 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.
Magnus Cort Nielsen (ORICA-Scott) took his first win of 2017 on the third stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, ahead of top French sprinters Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Bryan Coquard (Direct-Energie).
“The team rode perfectly today and it is really nice to start the season with a win,” said Cort. “It was pretty technical in the last kilometre and it was very important to be in a good position for the last left hander and it took good work from everyone to get me into position.”
“I am really happy I could finish it off for the team and a big thank you to the guys for helping me achieve the win.”
A six-rider breakaway formed early but by the mid-point of the stage the gap was already down to two minutes as the sprinter’s teams did not want to take any chances, following yesterday’s stage that saw a solo move stay away.
Yet that almost happened again as Josh Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) attacked out of the peloton with 25km to go and passed the doomed breakaway. But with too many kilometres remaining the solo effort was put down and the race was back together with 10km to go.
Saturday’s queen stage features five categorised climbs and a tough summit finish on the brutal category one Mas de la Costa.