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by Shane Stokes
August 1, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Teuns wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, Sagan retakes lead; Barbero wins Circuito de Getxo ‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’; Jungels extends until 2020 with QuickStep Floors; Girdlestone celebrates ‘miraculous recovery,’ reaches important milestone; Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome; Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%; Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals; Participant dies in 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportif; Video: In the Team car with Katusha-Alpecin
BMC Racing Team rider Dylan Teuns proved best on the tough uphill ramp at the end of stage three of the Tour of Poland, powering clear inside the final kilometre after a surge by Adam Yates (Orica-Scott). His victory was his fourth this month, following on from two stages plus the overall classification in the Tour de Wallonie.
World champion Peter Sagan underlined his strength and tactical ability, biding his time on the climb before launching his sprint and passing many of his rivals. He rapidly closed down on Theuns but came up fractionally short, crossing the line just behind him. In doing so he retook the overall lead he relinquished on Sunday. Bora-hansgrohe teammate Rafal Majka finished third.
“I managed to stay in a good position in the first four climbs and I gave my all in the steep and hard final climb,” Sagan said afterwards. “Thanks to the squad and Rafa? for their excellent work today – it feels good to be back in yellow. As I said yesterday, my form is very good, but the race is long and we will take it day by day.”
The stage featured four first-category climbs, but a mainly flat opening 70 kilometres saw a break of seven go clear. This move contained Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal), Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), José Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin), Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors), Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and Polish National Team rider Adam Stachowiak. However these were hauled back inside the final hour of racing, by which time overnight leader Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) had been dropped.
With many tough days ahead, Majka gives his team a second option for the overall. “Unfortunately, I accelerated a bit late in order to take the win,” he said. “It was the first time I was riding here and I didn’t know the climb very well.”