Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 18, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Fraile scoops stage 11 of Giro d’Italia after day of attacking; Huffman leads Rally 1-2 on stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California; Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on short stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira; Boasson Hagen nabs victory on stage one of Tour of Norway; Dumoulin: ‘I wasn’t too stressed’; Costa rues near-miss, pledges to try again; Double Giro points jersey winner Nizzolo forced out of Giro; Cavendish uncertain about his return to racing: “It could be 10 days, it could be one year”; Former MotoGP world champion struck by a car in Italy; Protecting pink: Haga playing a vital role in Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa defence; Arrest made over $100,000 SwiftCarbon Australia smash and grab; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Pre-Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 11 Post-Race; Video: Nathan Haas – Interview at the start of Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia

Marta Bastianelli sprints to victory on stage 1 of Emakumeen Bira

by Jeanine Laudy

The Spanish stage race that was left out of the Women’s WorldTour and was almost gone from the women’s calender entirely fortunately found a new date and was able to continue. Sixteen teams lined up at the start in Iurreta on Wednesday.

The five-day race opened with a short 50-kilometer stage from and to Iurreta, with a little climbing along the way. Although the peloton got split several times during the stage, eventually a 50-rider group rode towards the finish line together with a bunch sprint determining this year’s stage one winner and first GC leader.

It was Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) who took the win, leading the GC and Alé Cipollini the team classification as well. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla) will be going in the second stage as the best young rider. Her teammate Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio leads the mountain classification, crossing the only QOM of the day ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott).

Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) took second in the provisional results, but was later put back into third place in the official results. Orica-Scott sports director Gene Bates is still pretty happy. “Today was a good result for the team, a good start to the tour and a good confidence builder going into the next few days,” he said.

“Gracie isn’t a pure sprinter, we know she is a lot more versatile than that,” Bates adds. “I think it goes a long way for her confidence, especially going into the Women’s Tour of Britain next month, where she will target quite heavily.”

Stage 1: Iurreta > Iurreta - Stage Result

Wednesday 17th May 2017

1. it
Alé Cipollini
2. gb
Team WNT Pro Cycling
3. au
ELVIN Gracie
Orica - Scott