In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.
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He’s made a name for himself as a hard-working domestique — a role he relishes — but on Sunday, Rory Sutherland (Movistar) had the rare chance to ride for himself and the Australian made the most of his opportunity.
Sutherland soloed away from an elite lead group of six in the final 15km of the Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja, a Spanish one-day race, and managed to hold off his former breakaway companions to take his first win in nearly five years. It’s the fourth year in a row an Australian has won the race, after two wins to Michael Matthews, and one to Caleb Ewan.
— Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland1) April 2, 2017
“I’m really happy because it’s difficult to be given an opportunity as an individual very often – my role into such a strong, talented team is a different one,” Sutherland said. “It was one of those races today, and I couldn’t let this go past.
“That group got reduced in the finale, with Rojillas and myself still in, and it was down to the final attacks, where I was lucky to leave my rivals behind and reach the finish solo,” he said. “It was my wife Cheynna’s birthday today, and I wanted to bring a present for her – this goes to my family and the whole Movistar Team, for keeping their confidence on me.
“Now it’s back to work from Monday in the Itzulia [Tour of the Basque Country]. Our job is protecting the leaders and even more so when you’ve got such a grateful guy to support as Alejandro. It’s always a pleasure to ride for him.”
ROJAS José Joaquín