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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
Former world road race champion Michael Kwiatkowski (Sky) raced to his second career victory in Strade Bianche on Saturday, conquering the legendary white roads again three years after his 2014 win.
Kwiatkowski was strong throughout the Italian event, being part of a select group in contention for the win after the day’s early break was reeled in. He then pushed ahead alone inside the final 15 kilometres, leading onto the final dirt road sector. Kwiatkowski was 11 seconds ahead of the chasers at the summit of the final dirt sector and padded his lead to 30 seconds with one kilometre to go. From there he only had to negotiate the steep climb up to the finish line and had plenty of time to savour his win.
Behind, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) played the finale best of the chasers and took second, 15 seconds back. Lotto Soudal’s Tim Wellens was a further two seconds down in third, with Zdenek Stybar (QuickStep Floors) 23 seconds back in fourth.
“I’m so happy – it’s an unexpected victory,” Kwiatkowski said. “After the difficult season I had last year, I still had a lot of trust from the team. Now the preparation for this season has already paid off.
“Second victory at the Strade Bianche, it’s just amazing! We started to play a game after the Sante Marie section – I actually didn’t feel so good there – but I thought the best situation was to do my own thing, that’s why I went from so far out. I’m glad it worked out well.”
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