Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.

Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead

by Mark Zalewski

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the third stage of the Tour of the Alps, crossing the line with his teammate Mikel Landa to stamp the team’s authority over the race. With the win he takes over the race lead from Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) who finished in fifth.

“I felt good on the climb and I said to Landa – ‘just go and make the others chase,'” Thomas said. “I could just follow everyone else and it worked perfectly. After Scarponi went and Formolo [attacked] it became quite hard so I thought I’d have a go. I went full gas.”

Filippo Fortin (Tirol), Leigh Howard (Aqua Blue Sport) and Davide Orrico (Sang Mini MG.Kvis) were the main break of the day, with Oricco dropped on the penultimate climb. The rest of the break was swept up with seven kilometres to go and the attacks from the favourites ensued from a variety of top contenders.

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Landa eventually separated themselves from the group five kilometres before the finish. In the last two kilometres Thomas bridged across to make it three.

Thomas then attacked in the final few hundred metres away from Landa and Pozzovivo, with Landa then dropping the Italian once it was clear Thomas was away.

Stage 3: Villabassa/Niederdorf > Funes / Villnöß - Stage Result

Wednesday 19th April 2017

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