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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Former U23 world champion Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) has taken his first win of the season at the GP Industria & Artigianato in Italy. The 23-year-old was part of an elite group that forged clear on the final climb of the day, before diving down the subsequent descent to get a gap on his rivals.
In the fast run-in to the line, Mohoric was chased hard by Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and the bunch behind, but the Slovenian was able to hold on to win by three seconds. Canola was next across the line while Davide Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchi) was third at the head of a 23-rider chase group.
“I knew that the climb was long and that I could get back on the first group without spending too much energy,” Mohoric said. “I wanted to help Giovanni Visconti in the final and when [Rafal] Majka left I went after him. I found myself in front and so I decided to insist.
“I have been studying studied the climb in the first three laps and I knew that if I had taken the last descent first I could have played my chances. Before the end of the descent, I turned around and saw that nobody was there, then I did not turn around until the finish line!
“It’s a very important success because it’s my first victory with the Team Bahrain Merida jersey. After Abu Dhabi Tour, I trained well and I had good feelings. Yesterday I did a good Strade Bianche (11th) and today it went even better! Now I will start to concentrate on the Giro d’Italia.”