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by Mark Zalewski
July 8, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book
Simone Sterbini (Bardiani – CSF) soloed to victory atop the Dobratsch on the fifth stage of the Tour of Austria, more than two minutes ahead of David Belda (Team Roth) and Markus Eibegger (Felbermayr – Simplon Wels).
Expa PicturesCourtesy: Tour of Austria
“I’m just driving and never thought of the stage win. Just three kilometers from the finish with about two minutes ahead I realized it,” said Sterbini.
The stage began in similar fashion to yesterday with a main break going early and the climbs taking toll on it, until a decimated break was caught by the GC riders. But one rider did not settle for this. Sterbini attacked out of the break and held his gap to the top.
Yellow jersey Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) held onto his lead, finishing in the contender’s group.
“It was a controlled day today,” said Hirt. “But for the overall victory I have come a big step closer. We knew that today is an important day [before] Vienna.”