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by Matt de Neef
August 14, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins the BinckBank Tour; Lotta Lepistö and Boels-Dolmans take wins on Vårgårda weekend; Dylan Teuns secures overall victory at the Arctic Race of Norway; Manuel Senni wins the Colorado Classic, Mihkel Raim claims the final stage; Bennett doubles up at the Czech Cycling Tour, Cerny scoops overall; Thibaut Pinot wins the Tour de l’Ain; Philippe Gilbert extends his contract with QuickStep Floors; Lars Boom fined for BinckBank Tour celebration; Jakob Fuglsang’s bad luck continues with broken collarbone; Georgia Baker back to training soon after heart surgery; Cyclist dies following a collision south-east of Melbourne; How to get pedestrians out of the bike lane.
Though a protest was filed, Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) walked away with the stage 4 victory in Denver at the Colorado Classic. Raim finished ahead of Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare), but boxed in Marco Canola (Nippo–Vini Fantini), prompting race officials to review footage of the sprint. Meanwhile McCabe swerved in his lunge for the line, slightly impeding Alfredo Rodriguez (Elevate KHS), who was third, leaving questions to which rider might be awarded the victory. In the end, however, the results stood, and Raim was confirmed the winner.
“The final was really hectic because of the two corners right before the final straight,” Raim said. “I lost my lead-out guys. On one hand it was good but on the other hand it wasn’t good to lose them because I can always count on them. I think I made good tactically good choices, I let Travis McCabe’s lead-out guy pass me and I knew McCabe was also coming from behind. I stayed on his wheel and when he launched the sprint I waited two, three seconds before starting my sprint. I saw Canola coming on my right. I closed the door on the right side but every sprinter has to do that.”
Stage 4 of the inaugural Colorado race was a flat 12km circuit through downtown Denver raced 10 times for a total of 120km. There was no major change in the general classification, meaning that BMC Racing’s Manuel Senni was crowned the overall winner, 15 seconds ahead of Stage 3 winner Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis). Stage 2 winner Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac) finished third overall, 31 seconds back.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I’m very happy. The team did an unbelievable job for me. I have to say thank you one thousand times to my teammates,” Senni said. “I think the smaller teams made it easier to attack. It’s harder for the teams to organize themselves immediately and start the chase. [On Stage 3] with the climbs, the group was really small so I could attack and the teams behind didn’t have the number of riders to respond. It was a very nice race in general. There are always a lot of people on the road at the American races. I really like to come here to race.”
In other competitions, McCabe was crowned winner of the points competition, Tvetcov took the KOM title as well as the Best Colorado Rider competition, and Jhonatan Narvaez (Axeon Hagens Berman) was the race’s best young rider. Cannondale-Drapac won the team classification.