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by Matt de Neef
April 9, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after long-range attack; Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix heart attack; Amy Pieters wins the Healthy Ageing Tour; Primoz Roglic wins the Itzulia Basque Country, Enric Mas claims final stage; James Whelan wins the U23 Tour of Flanders; Australia tops Commonwealth Games track cycling medal tally; Matteo Trentin suffers spinal fracture at Roubaix; Lawson Craddock crashes into a car; Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash; The hands of a Paris-Roubaix cyclist; Sagan the mobile mechanic.
Former ski jumper Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won the biggest stage race of his career so far, taking out the Itzulia Basque Country (Vuelta al Pais Vasco) over the weekend.
The Slovenian moved into the overall lead of the six-stage WorldTour race on stage 4 when he won the individual time trial. Roglic held firm the following day, finishing second behind stage winner Omar Fraile (Astana) — Roglic’s third second-place finish of the week — to take a 1:57 lead into the final stage.
That sixth stage was a typically hilly affair with no fewer than eight classified climbs on offer. Roglic crashed after 2km on the stage but made his way back to the peloton. The Slovenian was tested by his rivals and eventually dropped by second-on-GC Mikel Landa (Movistar) and others. Roglic finished the stage in ninth, 1:06 behind 23-year-old stage winner Enric Mas (QuickStep Floors), but it was enough to secure the overall win.
“This was tougher than I and the team expected beforehand”, Roglic said after the final stage. “Unfortunately I crashed hard, just after the neutral start. I have abrasions, but all in all it is not too bad. From that moment on, other teams went full gas and the race was on. It was difficult to get back in the front.
“In the end it was mainly a game of poker and I tried to not give them any impressions of how I felt on the bike. On the final climb I knew that I had secured the overall win because the climb was not too long. This was a main goal and I succeeded. In the future I hope to win even more of such a great stage races and who knows one day I can also do well in a Grand Tour.”