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by Shane Stokes
February 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Wellens takes final stage of Ruta del Sol as Valverde lands 100th career victory; Roglic clocks up overall victory in Volta ao Algarve, Antunes lands final stage; Hermans seals Tour of Oman success as Kristoff nets third stage win; Vichot takes Tour du Haut Var, Simon wins final stage; De Riter claims final stage of the Tour of East Gippsland, Lobigs takes overall; Valverde celebrates career milestone but keeps eyes on next objective; Roglic targeting more stage race wins; Cyclist shot multiple times in chest, head in Everton; Andy Schleck ties the knot; Stream wipes out bunch in Tour of Oman; Emirates Team New Zealand mixing sailing and cycling
Second in Thursday’s mountain stage and then third the following day in the time trial, Primoz Roglic successfully defended his race leader’s jersey over the concluding two stages and took the race outright.
The 27-year-old Slovenian rider rolled in as part of the main bunch on Saturday’s sprint stage, won by Andrei Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). Sunday’s concluder was over tougher terrain and would pose a bigger potential test.
The stage featured two ascents of the Alto do Malhão, with the second of these spelling an end to the day’s breakaway move. Portuguese rider Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto) launched a strong attack heading towards the final kilometre, while behind former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski did what he could to try to distance Roglic and recoup the 22 seconds he was behind.
However the LottoNL-Jumbo rider was able to control his rival. Antunes raced in for the win 12 second ahead of Vicente Garcia (Louletano-Hospital de Loule) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), with Kwiatkowski and Roglic fourth and fifth.
The latter ended the 2.HC race 22 seconds ahead of his rival, with Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) a further 33 seconds behind in third.