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Sagan, Bastianelli win Gent-Wevelgem, Valverde takes Catalunya: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 26, 2018

Three Pete: Sagan holds off Viviani to take a third Gent-Wevelgem title; Bastianelli wins women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Yates wins final stage of Volta a Catalunya, Valverde takes overall; Ovechkin wins Tour de Langkawi, Guardini takes final stage; Rosa wins Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Tratnik best in final TT; Harper, Lucas win Oceania cycling championships; Bernal crashes out of Volta a Catalunya while in second overall, Martin also falls; Video: Amazing Cycling Descents – Sagan, Nibali, Cancellara

Rosa wins Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Tratnik best in final TT

by Shane Stokes

Having successfully defended his race lead on Saturday when he placed tenth in a select sprint won by teammate Chris Lawless, Diego Rosa (Team Sky) sealed final overall victory in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali on Sunday. The Italian rider doesn’t consider himself a time trial specialist but was still going well enough to take second on the concluding 12.5 kilometre TT in Montegibbio.

He finished 27 seconds behind Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), with Victor De La Parte (Movistar) third, 31 seconds back.

Rosa ended the race 20 seconds clear of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), while Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) completed the podium. Young Australian Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) was seventh.

“The team believed in me and I really focused on the race,” said Rosa. “It is so nice when you can come back with a result. I know I am not a specialist but I worked hard this winter on the TT bike and today it went perfect. It wasn’t a normal TT as there was a really hard climb in the final. So it wasn’t really for the pure TT guys, which was lucky for me.

“It’s been an unbelievable race from the team, especially because it’s a young group. Everybody believed that I could do a good GC and I really did not want to let anyone down. I did not want to let the jersey go. On the queen stage the guys were at the front pulling full gas to split the bunch, and yesterday in the wind it was the same. After all the work Lawless could still win the stage too which was unbelievable.”

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