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by Caley Fretz
March 24, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes a solo win at E3 Harelbeke; Pantano wins stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya; Cavendish out of Commonwealth Games; First rider reaches halfway point in Australia crossing; Luca Pacioni wins again in Langkawi; Bont’s premium Helix now ready for sale; Leads consolidated in Cape Epic TT; Gracie Elvin living the Ronde like a local; How to make a hamburger with Jasper Stuyven
Jarlinson Pantano took his first international win since a stage of the 2016 Tour de France, grabbing victory at stage five of the Volta a Catalunya on Friday. The Colombian Trek-Segafredo rider opened a few metres over breakaway companion Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates) on the final descent into Vielha Val d’Aran and reached the line just ahead.
“I am very happy with this,” he said. “I knew it was the breakaway to be in. Myself and Vegard saw our chance in the final, and then I was able to take this result.”
Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) bridged across from the peloton on the descent and then beat Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) for third, ten seconds back. Alejandro Valverde finished in the big chase group 14 seconds down and holds onto the race leader’s green and white jersey. He is now 16 seconds clear of Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and a further ten ahead of teammate Quintana with two stages left to race.
Friday’s 212 kilometre race began in Llívia and was the last major mountain stage of this year’s event. Thursday’s runner-up Bernal won the first intermediate sprint, slightly reducing his deficit to Valverde. The day’s key break then went clear soon after. This contained Pantano, Laengen, Visconti, Wyss and 11 others, and opened a three minute lead.
Pantano and Laengen then got clear on the Tunel de Vielha climb, while behind the GC contenders tried to put Valverde under pressure but were unsuccessful. Mohric got across to the remains of the break and crossed the line with his arms in the air, unaware that he was only third.