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by Mark Zalewski
April 29, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Viviani takes sprint win in a sunny Romandie stage; Groenewegen repeats opening stage win at Tour de Yorkshire; Chad Young ‘not expected to recover’ after Tour of the Gila crash; Tired but proud: Gracie Elvin on her best spring season yet; Navardauskas out of Giro with illness; Team Sky with Thomas, Landa for Giro; Van Garderen, Dennis set to lead BMC at Giro; Pozzovivo leads AG2R La Mondiale at Giro; Barguil suffers broken pelvis in Romandie crash; Bosmans moves to ERA-Circus team early; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Canyon SRAM Racing; JOY RIDE – A cycling adventure in western Oregon; Video: JOSH and HUNT The Next Chapter; Video: Cycle.
In a welcomed change, the sun came out in the Tour de Romandie Friday, and so did the sprinters. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) took the field sprint win ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) and Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
A six-rider break formed early in the stage, but with decent weather and a flat finish, the sprinters’ teams were having none of it. The group had just over a minute at 50km to go and that gap was easily wiped away ahead of the finale.
Into the finishing 5km, British time-trial champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar) tried a personal time trial, attacking off the front solo. However, Quick-Step Floors put a rider on the front to finish off his small gap by 3.5km to go.
At 2km to go BORA-hansgrohe put multiple riders on the front, but with other teams also lining up their lead-out trains. The German team had three into the 1km to go marker but were down to two a moment later — just as Team Sky came up the right side and took over with four, towing Viviani.
A huge surprise acceleration came from ORICA-Scott’s Alexander Edmonson at 150m to go, coming from rather far back on the right side. He quickly had a multiple bike-length lead and seemed to shock everyone. But with 50m to go the favourites came back and nipped him on the line with Viviani getting the top spot and Edmonson edged off the podium in fourth.