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by Shane Stokes
August 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mezgec takes Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic; Guillaume Martin wins final stage of Tour du Limousin, Vuillermoz swoops for overall; Asgreen takes stage 1 of Tour de l’Avenir; Dan Martin signs for UAE Team Emirates, Sutherland also comes on board; Contador on Vuelta finale to his career: “As always, I want to win”; Vermote moves to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka chasing new Classics targets; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Crescent Vargarda; Video: What it means to ride La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: La Vuelta a España 2017; Video: Chris Froome pre-race interview Vuelta a España 2017
Slovenian rider Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) proved quickest at the end of the Veenendaal Veenendaal Classic, outsprinting Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac), Moreno Hofland (Lotto-Soudal), Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) and others to the line.
The Dutch success saw the Orica-Scott rider notch up his third victory of the season. “It was fantastic to take the win today,” he said. “After the work my team did all day, to actually finish it off and take a win means I feel really happy and satisfied.
“The team did a really great job. Mitch Docker was leading from 1.5 kilometres to go all the way until the last corner and then Roger Kluge took over. I was just waiting, waiting and I saw the 200metres to go sign and I went. Maybe it was a little too early, but in the end it was enough.”
The race began with multiple attacks, but it took almost two hours before a nine-man break got clear and built a three minute lead. This was whittled down to six riders with 35 kilometres left, with two then pressing ahead with six kilometres remaining. However with Orica-Scott and others chasing hard, things came back together for a big sprint.