Roglic wins Romandie; Becker, Paternoster take surprise wins: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 30, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Primoz Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie; Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island; Richard Carapaz takes out the Vuelta Asturias; Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Lieuwe Westra opens up on TUE use for performance enhancement; Chapter2 launches new aero road frameset; Becoming a sports director; Tour of Chongming Island stage 3 with Wiggle High5; Updating the Daily News Digest.

Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs

by CyclingTips

It was a weekend of surprise women’s race winners, with victory at the 11th edition of Luxembourg’s Festival Elsy Jacobs taken by 18-year-old Italian rider Letizia Paternoster (Astana Women).

Going into the 111km stage in Garnich defending champion Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) was wearing the leader’s yellow jersey and was looking well-positioned to take the win for a second year. The Luxembourg champion had taken the overall lead after winning stage 2 on Saturday, just ahead of Alexis Ryan (Canyon/SRAM).

However, with margins tight on the general classification it wasn’t going to be simple to defend the leader’s jersey in the final stage. Majerus became isolated in a group out the front of the race, and with the yellow jersey on her back she was the rider everyone looked toward to close all the breaks down.

Majerus overcame that first hurdle, with the lead bunch coming into the line together, but as the sprint played out the defending champion couldn’t find a gap. The young Italian rider Paternoster took the stage win, and the valuable time bonus that went with it.

That meant Paternoster also walked away with the overall win, knocking Majerus into second place by one second. “I think I did a really brave race today. I have nothing to regret — I did all I could to defend the jersey,” Majerus said after the podium ceremony. “In the end it came down to a sprint where I got boxed in. That’s life.”