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by Matt de Neef
May 1, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the Tour de Romandie; Serge Pauwels wins men’s Tour de Yorkshire with final-stage victory; Lizzie Deignan wins women’s Tour de Yorkshire; Quintana tunes Giro form with Vuelta Asturias queen stage victory; Christine Majerus takes overall win at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Astana opt not to replace Michele Scarponi in Giro line-up; Remembering Chad Young – A tribute from the team soigneur; Moscon racially abuses Reza at Tour de Romandie; Film review – Thereabouts 3; Big crash in the women’s Red Hook Crit.
Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) has taken victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire and with it, victory in the general classification.
Pauwels was one of roughly 70 riders that came into the final stage with a deficit of 12 seconds to overall leader Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), Ewan having taken the overall lead with second place in the stage 2 sprint behind Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). On the final stage, Pauwels attacked from a softened-up peloton over the Cote de Wigtwizzle and opened a lead of 30 seconds as, behind him, teammate Omar Fraile marked moves and disrupted the chase.
Eight riders (including Fraile) eventually got across to Pauwels on the day’s final climb, before Fraile attacked to join his teammate at the head of the race. The pair finished one-two on the stage, and likewise in the general classification.
“Omar has been a fantastic roommate this week, he’s a great guy, he basically gave me the victory today. That makes him a great person,” said Pauwels. “We had Bernie Eisel pulling all day for us, then it was up to me, Jacques [Janse van Rensburg], and Omar to be up there in the final. There was a bit of hesitation after the first climb, so I chose the right moment to try and jump, then I had Omar and Jacques doing a fantastic job behind me.
“Once I got 25 seconds I had [directeur sportif] Roger Hammond telling me I wasn’t allowed to look behind. I tried to time trial for the last 10 kilometres and I didn’t look behind. It was only at the last moment I saw an Enve wheel next to me, but it was only Omar. It’s fantastic to get the win with a team performance.”