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by Matt de Neef
February 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan wins Abu Dhabi Tour’s final stage as Rui Costa secures the overall; Greg van Avermaet wins men’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Lucinda Brand solos to victory in women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Peter Sagan bounces back to win Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne; Ryan Gibbons bolsters Tour de Langkawi lead with stage 5 win; Jolien d’Hoore claims Omloop van het Hageland victory; Peter Sagan’s bizarre post-Het Nieuwsblad interview; On-board highlights from stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour.
After no fewer than four second-place finishes in his first nine races for 2017, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finally hit the winners’ list on Sunday at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
The winning move came a little less than 30km from the finish when last year’s winner Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) punched away and was joined by Sagan and Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors). Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Luke Rowe (Sky) eventually made contact as well, creating a group of five at the head of the race. The quintet worked well to hold an advantage to the final kilometre at which point the cat-and-mouse tactics began and the peloton started to close in from behind.
Sagan eventually made his move with a little more than 200m to go, punching out and riding to his first victory in Bora-Hansgrohe colours.
“I told my team-mates that I would win this race,” Sagan said afterwards, who will be one of the riders to beat throughout the Classics season. “The important thing for me is to stay on form and healthy. The rest will be a bonus.”