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by Shane Stokes
April 22, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Thomas wins Tour of the Alps as Pinot scoops final stage; Ruffoni takes second successive stage win in Tour of Croatia; Thomas not taking anything for granted in terms of Giro d’Italia; Scarponi ‘curious and confident’ about Giro team leadership; Gaviria savouring Grand Tour debut in Giro; Wellens aiming high for Liège-Bastogne-Liège; La Course organisers announce second day of racing to mixed reactions; USA Cycling announces establishment of Steve Tilford Memorial fund to promote clean sport; Photo gallery: A glimpse into cycling’s past at Paris-Roubaix’s retro market; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 2: Mt. Diablo; The Little 500 preview
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One day after he won the longest stage in this year’s Tour of Croatia, Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) topped the podium again in the race. He got the better of Riccardo Minali (Astana), Ivan Savitskiy (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and others into Umag, triumphing after the last of the day’s breakaway riders was swept up 100 metres from the line.
The frustrated rider was Nippo-Vini Fantini’s Alan Marangoni, who had gone clear earlier in the day with Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Johannes Schinnagel (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels) and Antonio Di Sante (GM Europa Ovini) in a long distance move. The Italian then attacked two kilometres from the end, but just missed out on the win.
“The road was going little downhill in the finale, Marangoni was still on the front but I was sure I could catch him,” said Ruffoni afterwards. “On the other hand, I was worried about riders behind me and their return.
“Today I’ve been rewarded for my audacity… if you want to win a sprint, you need this as well.”
The victory was his sixth as a pro, and the third this year for his team.
He credited his team with doing important work in hacking down the break’s advantage, saying that their efforts inside the concluding kilometres were vital in setting him up for the win.
“For the second day in a row, I have to thanks the entire team for the trust they had in me. I’m so happy I hadn’t miss the chance and, of course, for this golden moment.”
Overnight leader Jaime Roson (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) missed a crucial split and conceded his jersey to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida). The Italian had started the day five seconds down but is now two in front.