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by Mark Zalewski
February 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.
Jakub Mareczko gave Wilier Triestina its first victory of the 2017 season, out-sprinting stage one winner Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and Mohd Zamri Saleh (Terengganu Cycling Team).
“Finally I broke the ice,” Mareczko said. “The whole team was dedicated to bring me to victory. I’m grateful to my teammates for that. Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin and [Rafael] Andriato dragged me to the [front] of the peloton and I could launch my sprint with 400 metres to go.”
“In the last two kilometers, I nearly fell about three times,” said race leader Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data). “So my head wasn’t in it. About 200 metres to go, I tried to come out and I just went backwards. Hopefully I can find my head again for the upcoming stages. My team rode all day because they had a lot of faith in me and I was confident in myself. Jacques Janse van Rensburg sat at the front of the peloton by himself for 90 kilometres. I’m sorry to have let the team down. It just wasn’t my day.”
Gibbons remains in the yellow jersey, but with the queen stage to the Cameron Highlands looming ahead he said that Saturday’s fourth stage will likely be his last in it, with the hope that teammates Mekseb Debesay from Eritrea and Ben O’Connor from Australia will be able to take up the mantle.
With another podium result, Sunderland moves into the lead of the points classification.