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by Shane Stokes
June 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan extends record with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse; Roglic wins prologue of Ster ZLM Toer; Romano wins stage 6 of the U23 Giro d’Italia; Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen loses fight against leukaemia; British Cycling discrimination report released amid claims of whitewash; Cookson ‘would be surprised’ if rumoured rivals for UCI presidency stand for election; Deutsch carves out Trans Am lead, records on the line; Trek expands endurance range with new entry-level Domane AL aluminum models; Video: Peter Sagan press conference after stage 5 of the 2017 Tour de Suisse; Video: Tour de Suisse 2017 – full prologue of Peter Sagan; Video: Disc Brakes Vs Rim Brakes with Chris Hoy; Video: how not to watch a bike race; Sagan’s Suisse celebration.
Kicking out early and showing strength and speed to hold off those behind, Peter Sagan roared home first on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. The Bora-hansgrohe rider hit the line in Cevio ahead of Swiss rider Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott), Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac) plus the rest of the bunch.
The success further extended Sagan’s record of stage wins to 14, and also continued a sequence which has seen him take a victory in the past seven editions of the race. His success on Wednesday plus his earlier stage placings of second and eight also moved him into the lead in the points classification.
“I’m very happy about this victory because the Bora-hansgrohe riders really sacrificed themselves today,” he said. “We went all in at the end of the stage and my teammates got me to the finish. It took a little while to get this win – the first road stage was a little mad, with attacks and a really hectic finish, then two days ago it was a good finish but I’d put in a big effort before to get up the final climb. Today was really good for me though.”
Although the stage ended in a bunch sprint it went over the hors categorie Simplonpass early on. Before the climb six riders moved clear and established a lead of six minutes. Those present were Lars Petter Nordhaug (Aqua Blue Sport), Arman Kamyshev (Astana), Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Jesper Asselman (Roompot) and Ben King (Dimension Data). The latter two were the last to be caught, being recaptured with six kilometres to go, and thus enabling Sagan to take the stage win.
Race leader Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) finished in the group. He is 16 seconds clear of Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) and 25 up on Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale).