Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 5, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare wins hectic Stage 4 sprint at Tour de France; Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash; Cavendish not to start Stage 5, injury confirmed as fractured shoulder blade; Van Vleuten takes Giro Rosa TT stage win as riders are surprised by steep climbs; Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC; Tony Martin continues racing at Tour de France with concussion; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 4 highlights.

Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC

by CyclingTips

Cannondale-Drapac’s Tom-Jelte Slagter won Stage 2 of the Tour of Austria in a four-up sprint to take his first victory of the season. Teammate Sep Vanmarcke was best of the rest, sprinting in for fifth place. The stage result was enough keep Vanmarcke in yellow and add the green points jersey to his collection.

Five riders escaped early. None were a threat to the overall or a chance for the stage win, so Cannondale-Drapac granted the group a gap. Tom Scully slipped away on the last local lap.

“Alex [Howes] bridged the gap to Scully on a steep climb,” explained Vanmarcke. “Tom kept the pace high and eventually Alex was on his own. He got 25 seconds, but because of the headwind and the attacks from the peloton, he was caught.”

Slagter picked up where Howes left off, throwing down an attack that eventually drew three other riders away with him.

“The last kilometers were tough. The climbs were very steep, and there was wind all day,” Slagter said. “I could escape with three other riders and I felt it was going to be us who would contest the stage win. I hatched a plan for the last kilometer, started my sprint in second position and won.”

Stage 2: Wieselburg > Pöggstall - Stage Result

Tuesday 4th July 2017

1. nl
SLAGTER Tom-Jelte
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
05:00:08
2. er
DEBESAY Mekseb
Dimension Data
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3. co
LóPEZ Miguel Ángel
Astana Pro Team
-
4. nl
TUSVELD Martijn
Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
-
5. be
VANMARCKE Sep
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
0:09
6. fr
VENTURINI Clément
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
7. no
BYSTRøM Sven Erik
Team Katusha - Alpecin
-
8. ru
SAVITSKIY Ivan
Gazprom-RusVelo
-
9. it
BELLETTI Manuel
Italy
-
10. ca
BOIVIN Guillaume
Israel Cycling Academy
-
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