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by Matt de Neef
April 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Philippe Gilbert wins the Tour of Flanders with thrilling 55km solo move; Coryn Rivera becomes first American to win the Tour of Flanders; Rare victory for Rory Sutherland at Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja; Simon Yates victorious at GP Miguel Indurain; Sagan and Vanmarcke crash out of Flanders; Double mechanical ruins Boonen’s Flandrian fairytale; Gilbert outlines dream of winning all five Monuments; Mixed reception to Muur’s Flanders return; Vinokourov and Kolobnev to face court in May over Liege corruption allegation; Fallen endurance racer Mike Hall honoured in tribute rides.
Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) has snagged his second win of the 2017 season after riding away from a reduced lead group in the GP Miguel Indurain in Spain on Saturday. The win adds to his stage 6 success at Paris-Nice early last month.
Yates jumped away from his fellow leaders with 10km to go and was able to open a gap that reached 23 seconds by the time he crossed the finish line. Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) was second while Sergio Henao (Sky) was third, with the same time as Woods.
“It was a hard race today at the start with the wind and the rain, but the team rode really well, protecting me at all times,” Yates said. “Roman Kreuziger went into the main break, which was great for us. It meant we could sit in the wheels and save energy.”
The first real breakaway of the race was caught after just an hour in cold and wet conditions, before Kreuziger joined Matvey Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin) and young Australian Nick Schultz (Caja-Rural) in a three-rider counterattack. Movistar helped chase down the trio, making the catch with 50km to go. A nine-rider group (including Yates) got away with 20km to go, before Yates made his move roughly 10km from the finish in Estella.