Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 9, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial

Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

by VeloClub

Dutch rider Amy Pieters was quickest at the end of stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Thursday, sprinting home first into Stoke-on-Trent. The (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam) rider beat British champion Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing), Eleonora van Dijk (Team Sunweb Women) and the rest of the peloton to the line, although a technical finale created slight gaps.

“It was a really hard day,” she said afterwards. “We lost a bit of time on the GC yesterday so our goal was to go for the stage win. Our team was pretty strong today. Christine [Majerus] got in the front at one point and we were almost all there together going into the finish.

“We spoke about preparing for a sprint so they could save my energy, and the girls helped me really well in the finale. The climbs were really tough. The first one was long, the second was really steep and stayed steep all the time. We came back over the top of Gun Hill and I knew it was going to be a sprint. I’m really happy that the girls helped me today.”

Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) was perhaps the day’s most aggressive rider, going clear in a six-woman break and then pushing on herself on the day’s first big climb at Ipstones. She opened a gap of more than one minute but was caught with seven kilometres to go and lost time. However her aggression caused splits behind, with defending champion Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans) losing more than six minutes by the finish.

Stage one winner Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) had no such problems, finishing fifth on the stage and retaining her race lead. “I don’t want to overreact or get too confident, but this is another day done,” she said. “Everything can happen, as we saw today. It’s so hard to control it when lots of teams are attacking. I know that everybody wants that OVO Energy Green Jersey, so it’s like one team versus all of the others. It’s a big battle.

Stage 2: Stoke-on-Trent > Staffordshire - Stage Result

Thursday 8th June 2017

1. nl
PIETERS Amy
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
03:49:42
2. gb
BARNES Hannah
Canyon SRAM Racing
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3. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Team Sunweb
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