Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 12, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Dillier wins Giro d’Italia stage 6 from the breakaway; Thomas outmanoeuvres bigger names to win stage 3 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Pöstlberger ‘proved he is more than a one-hit wonder’; Phinney returns to racing following concussion; Talansky – ‘I would love to be able to pull off a great result’ at Amgen Tour of California; ‘Several severe injuries’ for Frison; Stig Broeckx continues to make progress; Proposals to make cycling part of the driver licence process; Illinois woman charged with attempted murder of former police officer in road rage incident; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 post race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Pre Race; Video: Jan Ullrich – 20 Years Tour de France GC victory; Video: why barriers exist at train crossings

Thomas outmanoeuvres bigger names to win stage 3 of the Four Days of Dunkirk

by VeloClub

French soldier Benjamin Thomas (Armee de Terre) got the better of riders from much bigger teams on day three of the Four Days of Dunkirk in France, hitting the line ahead of Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida), Wednesday’s winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ) plus the rest of the peloton.

Thomas finished metres ahead of the pack, just about holding off a furious pursuit following an attack 12 kilometres from the finish line.

The stage featured a seven man break, comprising Andrea Vendrame and Raffaello Bonusi (both Androni-Sidermec), Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Guillaume Levarlet (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Thibaut Ferrasse (Army), Flavien Dassonville (HP BTP-Auber 93) and Jérémy Cabot Roubaix Lille Métropole). These established a maximum lead of over three minutes, but were hauled back with 30 kilometres left.

With 15 kilometres left Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) clipped away and was soon joined by Thomas and Maxime Vantomme (WB-Veranclassic-Aqua Protect). They fought to stay clear and while Chavanel dropped back two kilometres from the line, the other two persisted. Thomas then shook Vantomme off his wheel inside the final kilometre and held off the chasers behind.

Race leader Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) was caught out at one point when the bunch split under attacks, but finished in the peloton. He is ten seconds clear of Marc Sarreau (FDJ) and 12 ahead of Rudy Barbier (Ag2r La Mondiale).

Stage 3: Beauvais > Amiens - Stage Result

Thursday 11th May 2017

1. fr
THOMAS Benjamin
Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre
03:29:00
2. it
BONIFAZIO Niccolo
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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3. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ
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