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by Neal Rogers
July 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kittel takes second sprint victory of Tour de France, again ahead of Démare; Sheyla Gutierrez fastest of the break after an action-packed Stage 7 at Giro Rosa; Astana’s Lopez wins summit finish at Tour of Austria as Denifl moves into GC lead; Ruth Winder in yellow after solo victory on opening stage of Tour de Feminin; Valcar PBM rider Claudia Cretti involved in serious incident at Giro Rosa Stage 7; Cavendish receiving online abuse after Sagan’s expulsion from Tour de France; CAS rejects Bora-Hansgrohe’s appeal against Sagan’s Tour de France disqualification; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 6 highlights; Video: Taylor Phinney, on Alberto Contador’s pink whistle at the Tour de France; Video: In a first, bomb-sniffing dogs are deployed at the Tour de France; Video: Tour de France organizers implement system to empty septic tanks from team buses at every start and finish; Video: British cyclist David Smith faced a third life-threatening surgery in six years; Video: Raccoon pedals a tricycle.
While all eyes are on the Giro Rosa and the Tour de France, another big race kicked off in the Czech Republic Thursday. Now in its 30th edition, the Tour de Feminin is a five-day UCI stage race in and around the Czech town of Krásná Lípa. Hotly contested, the Tour de Feminin has always been an opportunity for smaller teams and up-and-coming stars to prove themselves in an international field.
This year is no different. A stellar field of 176 riders rolled out for the 119-kilometre opening stage today, with familiar faces like Tayler Wiles, Lotte Kopecky, Elise Delzenne, Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider in the bunch.
Arguably the strongest team to line up, UnitedHealthCare would be the team to watch, and sure enough it was the blue squad that animated the race. With 30 kilometres to go, the 23-year-old Winder attacked and broke clear. With little response from the 90-rider pack behind her, Winder gained a 1:25 advantage as she time trialed to the finish, picking up the lead in the points category along the way as well.
Dutch sprinter Nina Kessler (Hitec Product, but riding this week for a YRDP composite team) took the field sprint for second place ahead of Winder’s teammate, Australian Lauretta Hanson.
Racing continues Friday with an undulating 101-kilometre road race.