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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil

Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour

by Shane Stokes

Peter Sagan notched up his second win in nine days on Monday, taking the sprint which settled the opening leg of the BinckBank Tour. The world road race champion beat Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott), while others such Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) missed out in a complicated finale.

Sagan’s victory follows his opening stage win in the Tour of Poland, and is the 98th of his career. “I was very lucky in the finish, because I was certain that I’d been passed on the line,” he said. “But I took the win purely because I threw my bike at the last second. I didn’t even know I’d won until five minutes later.”

The race, previously called the Eneco Tour, began with a 179.7 kilometre stage from Breda to Venray, Early on four riders broke clear, namely Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Piet Allegaert (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij). These were unable to open a substantial advantage and were caught just before the three kilometres to go marker.

The swirl of sprinters’ teams saw some positioned better than others and while Bauhaus was moving more rapidly than Sagan just before the line, the Slovakian had just enough of an advantage to hold on. His lunge saw him edge the photo finish, earning him the first leader’s jersey.

He is one second clear of De Vreese, who holds a three second advantage over Bauhaus thanks to the time bonuses he hovered up from the break. The race continues on Tuesday with a 9km individual time trial at Voorburg.

Stage 1: Breda > Venray - Stage Result

Monday 7th August 2017

1. sk
SAGAN Peter
BORA - hansgrohe
03:50:09
2. de
BAUHAUS Phil
Team Sunweb
-
3. dk
CORT NIELSEN Magnus
ORICA-Scott
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