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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Remi Cavagna (QuickStep Floors) has taken his first victory as a professional, the 22-year-old winning solo at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen.
Cavagna was one of four QuickStep Floors riders in a late nine-rider escape that was thinned down to just three — Cavagna, Florian Sénéchal (QuickStep Floors) and Frederik Frison (Lotto-Soudal) — in the final 30km of the race. Cavagna was dropped with 20km to go but fought back to the front and then attacked solo with roughly 7km to go.
In miserable conditions the Frenchman held on to win three seconds ahead of teammate Senechal while Frison was third, another seven second back. Another QuickStep Floors rider, Fabio Jakobsen, was fourth, at the head of a reduced peloton.
“It was super hard and cold today, but I felt good since the start of the race,” Cavagna said. “Actually, I have been feeling good since last season and have waited for this victory for a long time.
“I wanted this win so badly, I can’t tell you how important it’s for me to finally get it. I have made mistakes in the past, attacking too early, so today I said to myself ‘Don’t attack, wait, wait, wait!’ and it worked out perfectly in the end.”