Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 8, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.

Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention

by CyclingTips

Rohan Dennis’ (BMC) first tilt at riding for GC in a Grand Tour has taken a turn for the worse with the Australian crashing on stage 3 and losing more than five minutes as a result.

QuickStep Floors split the race along the Sardinian coastline with 10km to go and Dennis hit the deck some 3km later. After dusting himself off, Dennis eventually crossed the line in 158th place, 5:22 behind stage winner Fernando Gaviria.

“With that loss, his Giro is all but over,” said BMC Racing sports director Max Sciandri. “He’s pretty disappointed. He lost a big amount of time. He still has some TTs coming up, to try to win a stage. From his side of GC, we are struggling right now. There is still a lot he can take out of this Giro.”

BMC Team leader Tejay Van Garderen is well placed after three stages, with the same time as the other GC favourites.

“It’s a pity about what happened to Rohan, but I think we made it off this island pretty well,” van Garderen said. “[For the Mt Etna climb that ends stage 4] Nibali will be motivated because it’s near his home. And when Nibali goes, you have to go, because you might not be able to make that time back. If one guy goes, we all have to go, and I am sure someone will decide to go.”

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