In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
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FDJ rider Marc Sarreau got the better of double stage winner Elia Viviani (Team Sky) on the final day of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, hitting the line first in Poitiers. Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) was third in the bunch gallop, while race leader Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) rolled across the line in 13th place and won overall.
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) was 35 seconds back in second overall, while Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) was 42 seconds behind in third. The result was the first professional stage race victory for Danish road race champion Pedersen.
“I was a little bit nervous for today because there are strong guys behind me and the climb in the finale I thought maybe they could go and take some seconds,” he said. “But after the TT yesterday I was feeling quite confident, and also with the team, we have here; I had the feeling they would keep it together until the final. I was a little bit nervous but more for my own legs; I really believed in the whole team and that they could do it.”
His victory was built on his TT victory on Thursday and also the time bonuses he collected while in the break on stage two. He said that his team played a key role in helping him to hold on.
“It took quite a long time for the breakaway to go, around 30kms, but that was perfect for us as we didn’t have to pull already from the beginning. Then when the three guys went the guys started pulling straight away and they did a really good job and kept me in a good position until we hit the climbs on the circuit the first time. And then I still had four guys with me. Then Kiel (Reijnen) put me into the final climb in almost third position, and Ruben (Guerriero) was with me all the way to the finish.”
Stage 5: Roumazières-Loubert > Poitiers - Stage Result
Friday 25th August 2017
Wanty - Groupe Gobert