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by Neal Rogers
July 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Kittel takes second sprint victory of Tour de France, again ahead of Démare; Sheyla Gutierrez fastest of the break after an action-packed Stage 7 at Giro Rosa; Astana’s Lopez wins summit finish at Tour of Austria as Denifl moves into GC lead; Ruth Winder in yellow after solo victory on opening stage of Tour de Feminin; Valcar PBM rider Claudia Cretti involved in serious incident at Giro Rosa Stage 7; Cavendish receiving online abuse after Sagan’s expulsion from Tour de France; CAS rejects Bora-Hansgrohe’s appeal against Sagan’s Tour de France disqualification; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 6 highlights; Video: Taylor Phinney, on Alberto Contador’s pink whistle at the Tour de France; Video: In a first, bomb-sniffing dogs are deployed at the Tour de France; Video: Tour de France organizers implement system to empty septic tanks from team buses at every start and finish; Video: British cyclist David Smith faced a third life-threatening surgery in six years; Video: Raccoon pedals a tricycle.
Stage 7 of the Giro Rosa was action-packed from start to finish. The stage win eventually came down to an exciting cat-and-mouse game between a break and a chase group, that was won by Spanish road champion Sheyla Gutierrez (Cylance Pro Cycling).
Gutierrez twice got into breakaways,finally successful the second time — confirming Cylance’s plans to put their mark on the stage. Also part of that group were Gutierrez’s teammate Rosella Ratto, Chloe Hosking and Sorayah Paladin (Alé Cipollini), Tatiana Guderzo (Lensworld-Kuota), Alison Jackson (BePink-Cogeas), Alexis Ryan and Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM), Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana), Clara Koppenburg (Cervélo-Bigla), Carmela Cipriani (Conceria-Zabri-Fanini), Sabrina Stultiens (Team Sunweb), and Lauren Kitchen (WM3 Pro Cycling).
The teams of the GC top three, Boels-Dolmans, Orica-Scott and Wiggle-High5, were not represented in the break, but with Stultiens the best-placed rider of the break at 5:52 from Van der Breggen, none of them posed an immediate threat to the pink jersey.
The day’s final climb was used by the peloton for a chase group to form, which included all the GC favourites. A 1:30 advantage at 15 kilometres, went down to just over a minute at nine kilometres from the line — it was going to tight. When the break hit the flamme rouge, it was finally clear that they would stay clear to the finish. Twelve leaders sprinted towards the finish line in Baronissi, with Gutierrez throwing her bike across the line first. The chasers, which included all the favourites, rolled over the finish line in one big bunch shortly after. There were no changes to the GC and Anna Van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) picked up her sixth pink jersey of the tour following the stage.
Jersey wearers going into Stage 8
Pink leader’s jersey: Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
Purple points jersey: Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
Green Queen of the Mountain jersey: Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
White young rider jersey: Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb)
Blue best Italian rider jersey: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)
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