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by Mark Zalewski
July 9, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star
Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani – CSF) doubled his stage wins at the Tour of Austria, taking another bunch sprint win ahead of Daniel Auer (Felbermayr-Simplon Wels) and Sylwester Janiszewski (Wibatech-Fuji).
Josef VaisharCourtesy: Tour of Austria
The breakaway could not even form until after the first sprint at 60km into the 204.3km stage. Finally the peloton relented and let a small group escape with mountains leader Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) seeking to pad his account.
Vanotti took the maximum points atop the Geschriebenstein climb. Later, with the gap coming down, Nick van der Lijke (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) attacked solo, but a strong headwind and chasing GC teams made this a futile effort.
All together at 5km to go the sprinter’s teams took over, with a tactical sprint on tap with a headwind finish. “It was a quick and [windy] stage,” said Auer. “300 meters from the finish I opened the sprint, unfortunately Ruffoni was at the rear and had me [marked]. Real shame, I wanted to win today.”
The yellow jersey Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) kept his lead in the overall.