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by Neal Rogers
July 12, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kittel wins Stage 10 field sprint at Tour de France, his fourth at this year’s race; Is the battle for the Tour’s green jersey over?; Selig boosts morale at Bora-Hansgrohe with fourth-place sprint finish; Former Bora-Argon 18 rider Ralf Matzka positive for anti-estrogenic Tamoxifen; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race women’s event to move up to UCI 1.1 status in 2018; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 10 highlights; Video: Kiwi George Bennett’s home away from home in Girona, Spain.
After losing team leaders Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka, Rüdiger Selig brought Bora-hansgrohe’s morale back up Tuesday with a strong performance in the day’s sprint, finishing fourth – his best position of this Tour de France.
Riding without a sprint train, Selig powered his way to fourth behind Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb, and Dylan Groenewegen, making three Germans in the top four.
“I played a little bit of poker today and tried to come from behind,” Selig said. “I thought that after the last turn, some of the guys would start their sprint too early. I was on the wheel of Bouhanni before the final corner when Quick-Step moved up on the left hand side, Bouhanni tried to block them a little and I lost my speed a little in the turn. I had to accelerate then again, but I think my timing was good. When Kittel came from behind and passed me, he was so fast – he is almost unbeatable.”