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by Shane Stokes
August 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan wins stage three in BinckBank Tour, moves closer to race lead; Lobato wins stage one of Tour de l’Ain; Rowe suffers serious stag party injury: ‘My foot was hanging off’; Veteran rider Tuft signs up for another year with Orica-Scott; Majka leads Bora–hansgrohe in Vuelta España, Sagan, Bennett and König will miss race; Koren to move from Cannondale-Drapac to Bahrain-Merida; Former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Sénéchal signs for QuickStep Floors; Video: Ayesha McGowan aiming to be the first African-American female pro cyclist; Video: US junior rider Hannah Jordan fending off rare growth disorder; Video: Chris Akrigg – The Mongoose Guide Raw
Two days after winning the opening stage of the race, Peter Sagan topped the podium once again when he took victory on stage three of the BinckBank Tour. He beat Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Rudy Barbier (AG2R La Mondiale) and the rest of the main bunch to the line in Ardooie.
Sagan had conceded 25 seconds to stage winner Stefan Küng in Tuesday’s time trial, being caught out due to the wetter, slippier conditions later in the day. His ten second time bonus from day one put him 15 seconds off Küng’s race lead, and the bonuses from Wednesday’s success slashed that to just five seconds.
“It wasn’t easy today. It was a reminder that we’re racing in Belgium because today was like riding a Spring Classic,” he said. “It was crazy – all day on the front, the team trains were up there trying to pass each other and control the pace. In the end, it started to rain, and it was very dangerous, with a crash in the finale. I’m very happy because BORA-hansgrohe worked very well together and took another victory. I’m very happy.” The success is the 99th of his career, and he hopes to complete the century on Thursday.
Early on Kristijan Koren (Cannondale-Drapac), Elmar Reinders (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij), Piet Allegaert (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sander Cordeel (Veranda’s Willems Crelan) gained an advantage, but these were hauled back on the finishing circuit. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing Team) fired off an attack inside the final kilometres, but was overhauled.
Küng remains four seconds ahead of TT runner-up Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe), with both Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Sagan a further second back. “It is nice to keep the jersey, and we will try to continue to hold on to it but Peter Sagan looked in strong form, and now he is within five seconds of the overall lead.”