Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 3, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Poppel wins stage five of the Tour of Poland, Sagan keeps yellow; Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos; Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles; Tour de France King of the Mountains Barguil and Moinard join Fortuneo-Oscaro squad; Gallopin and Ag2r La Mondiale commit for two years; Alaphilippe extends contract with QuickStep Floors team; UAE Team Emirates announces pending two-year deal with Alexander Kristoff; Shimano sneaks in new 105 front derailleur featuring trickle-down tech; Transcontinental update: Lenhard’s lead slims as race favourite stalks; Armstrong’s ‘Stages’ podcast to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama MusicFestival; Video: CrossFit Games Cyclocross Course; Video: The inside story of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France

Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles

by Jeanine Laudy

The European championships kicked off in Herning, Denmark, this morning with the individual time trial in the junior women’s category. The junior time trial course was 18.2 kilometers in length, over mostly flat terrain. Italian rider Elena Pirrone took the European title, finishing her ride in 25’18”, averaging over 43 kilometres an hour. She beat her compatriot, and one of the top favourites, Letizia Paternoster by just nine seconds. It’s once again 1-2 for Italy in the European individual time trial championships in this category, just like in 2016. Emilie Cecilie Norsgaard, the Danish junior time trial champion, completed the podium in third place.

“I came here very motivated and believed in it,” Pirrone said in the press conference after her win. “I really hoped I could win. I’m proud of myself and really satisfied. I was prepared for a race in this weather, with a lot of rain, because I know it rains a lot in Denmark.” Both Pirrone and Paternoster expressed their wishes to participate at the world time trial championships later this year in Bergen, Norway.

The U23 women rode the same course as the elite women will be presented with tomorrow, a 31.5 kilometre time trial with start and finish just south of Herning. The time differences between riders was huge, with Pernille Matthiessen eventually taking the win in front of a home crowd, only four seconds ahead of the Danish time trial champion Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Ludwig’s German teammates at Cervélo-Bigla, Lisa Klein and Clara Koppenburg, took third and fourth respectively.

“I have been training at this course a bit,” said Matthiessen, who only lives thirty minutes from Herning. “It’s really special for me, because my whole family is here, as well as my friends.” When asked what went through Matthiessen’s head when she sat in the hot seat, she said: “I really hoped I could stay there, but I didn’t think I could, because I knew Cecilie and Lisa were behind me. I thought I could make top five, that was my goal for this race. And I had hoped to get on the podium. So yeah, it went well.”

In the junior men’s TT, Norway’s Andreas Leknessund beat the Dane Julius Johansen and Germany’s Sébastien Grignard to take gold.

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