Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 31, 2017

Grand Depart of 2019 Tour de France confirmed for Brussels; Carpenter soloes to victory in Winston-Salem Classic; Stephens wins women’s Winston-Salem Classic; Cannondale celebrates Giro d’Italia highlights; Van der Poel highlights glittering talent with road and MTB success; Summerhill given summons after firing gun on training ride; Trentin hits a bear while training in California; Video: Peter Sagan Cycling Academy at the Muro di Ca del Poggio; Video: Cycling the Silk Route – Part 5; Video: Toronto announces $50 million dollars investment in cycling infrastructure

Stephens wins women’s Winston-Salem Classic

by VeloClub

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank’s Lauren Stephens was best in the women’s Winston-Salem Classic, soloing to victory 16 seconds ahead of fellow American Leah Thomas (Sho-Air Twenty20). Australia’s Lauretta Hanson (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) was 19 seconds behind in third.

“The team rode really well today and I am happy that I was able to deliver a result for them,” she said afterwards. “I attacked half way up the final climb toward the finish. I had to be patient but it worked. I used my strengths and it’s always good to win solo.”

The victory follows on from her success in the identically-ranked 1.1 Chrono Gatineau on May 19.

She missed out on an early break containing Thomas and others, but these were hauled back before the final lap. Stephens then marked a move by Thomas and surged clear alone on the final climb, soloing from there to the line and her win.

“It was a perfectly executed plan from the team,” said Sports Director Ed Beamon. “After the break was caught there was a group of twenty who kept attacking each other. Ingrid attacked numerous times, which gave Lauren the opportunity to go away. I am very happy with the result but happier with how the team rode together and how tactically astute they were.”

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