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by Matt de Neef
April 30, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Primoz Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie; Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island; Richard Carapaz takes out the Vuelta Asturias; Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Lieuwe Westra opens up on TUE use for performance enhancement; Chapter2 launches new aero road frameset; Becoming a sports director; Tour of Chongming Island stage 3 with Wiggle High5; Updating the Daily News Digest.
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has won his second consecutive WorldTour stage race, securing overall victory in the Tour de Romandie on Sunday. Stage 3 winner Egan Bernal (Sky) was second while defending champion Richie Porte (BMC) was third.
Roglic moved into the lead on stage 1 of the six-stage event and was able to hold yellow all the way to the end. His victory came off the back of two strong individual time trials: third place in the prologue and then second in the stage 3 uphill ITT. Roglic was also second in the penultimate stage, leading in a small group of the favourites behind solo stage winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana).
On the final stage Roglic finished comfortably in the main peloton as Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) beat Michael Morkov (QuickStep Floors) and Roberto Ferrari (UAE-Team Emirates) in a bunch sprint in Geneva.
“I’m speechless,” Roglic said. “Me and the whole team are happy, very happy with this victory. I knew I was strong and I was also optimistic, but you still have to do it. That is far from easy. Every day was tough and each stage was decisive. As a team we have done a fantastic job this week. I can’t express enough how incredibly proud I am of this team.”
Roglic isn’t part of LottoNL-Jumbo’s squad for the upcoming Giro d’Italia. Instead he’ll continue building towards the Tour de France, with a visit to his home race, the Tour of Slovenia, along the way.