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by Caley Fretz
March 22, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Elia Viviani wins Driedaasge de Panne; Thomas de Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; Canyon-Topeak and Investec Songo Specialized take wins at Cape Epic; The life and death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race; CyclingTips Podcast: Driverless cars, Milan-San Remo, and a Tour de France tangent; Proper disc-brake bed-in; Scott Sunderland out of action due to new concussion; Funding for walking and cycling infrastructure falls short in Australia; Minali wins stage 4 of the Tour of Langkawi; UCI launches next phase in testing for hidden motors
Already victorious on day two, Astana’s Riccardo Minali notched up his second success at the Tour de Langkawi on Wednesday when he won stage four. The Italian proved quickest into Pekan, beating Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF), Mohd Harrif Saleh (TSG), Luca Pacioni (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) plus the rest of the main bunch.
Australian rider Callum Scotson (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) went solo inside the final 15 kilometres but was caught inside the final kilometre. Minali said the move was a big danger. “This guy was alone in last kilometre,” Minali said, according to Eurosport. “If we don’t accelerate probably this guy arrives alone at the finish. For us it was a strong sprint. I am super happy because today I want to dedicate my second victory to our captain Michele Scarponi. He is with us always.”
The fourth stage began in Dungun and traced a mainly flat 183.8 kilometre route. The day’s attacks began immediately and inside the first 15 minutes six riders got clear. These were the 7 Eleven duo of Rustom Lim and Arjay Peralta, Sarawut Sirironnachai (Thailand), Seung Woo Choi (KSPO), Aiman Cahyadi (Sapura) and Zheng Zhang (Hengxiang).
They upped their lead to over five minutes, but Guardini’s Bardiani-CSF team and Rally worked to keep things reasonable. The bunch then upped the pace and whittled the lead back, with Scotson then taking his chance after the break’s recapture.
Overnight leader Adam de Vos (Rally Cycling) continues to top the GC. Nik Mohd Hazwan Zulkiflie (Forca Amskins Racing) is 14 seconds back in second, some 8 seconds clear of Australian Harrison Sweeny (Mitchelton-BikeExchange). Minali is fourth, one minute 9 seconds back, but the climbers will push forward on Thursday’s stage to the Cameron Highlands.