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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 29, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Viviani takes sprint win in a sunny Romandie stage; Groenewegen repeats opening stage win at Tour de Yorkshire; Chad Young ‘not expected to recover’ after Tour of the Gila crash; Tired but proud: Gracie Elvin on her best spring season yet; Navardauskas out of Giro with illness; Team Sky with Thomas, Landa for Giro; Van Garderen, Dennis set to lead BMC at Giro; Pozzovivo leads AG2R La Mondiale at Giro; Barguil suffers broken pelvis in Romandie crash; Bosmans moves to ERA-Circus team early; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Canyon SRAM Racing; JOY RIDE – A cycling adventure in western Oregon; Video: JOSH and HUNT The Next Chapter; Video: Cycle.

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Tired but proud: Gracie Elvin on her best spring season yet

by Daniel Ostanek

Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège saw Boels-Dolmans’ European champion Anna van der Breggen take the headlines, soloing over the line at the race’s inaugural edition to complete a historic Ardennes triple. Just under ten minutes later, Australian Gracie Elvin (Orica-Scott) crossed the line having helped teammate Annemiek Van Vleuten to fifth place.

After a post-race chat with her teammates, Elvin talked CyclingTips through her spring season, including her podium finish at Tour of Flanders – an historic first for an Australian female at this prestigious race. Here is an excerpt:

“I think everyone is going to finish the spring really tired after today,” Elvin told CyclingTips. “I think [Liège] was the hardest race we’ve had this spring. It probably had the most climbing in a single day yet…It was a beautiful race, a great course but it was a bit too hard for me. I haven’t felt great since Flanders but I was happy to help as much as I could for Annemiek (van Vleuten), Katrin (Garfoot) and Amanda (Spratt).”

It’s been a long spring and the racing has been hard, but exciting. An increasing amount of races are held in tandem with men’s events and, with the addition of a women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Amstel Gold Race to the calendar, the women’s peloton completed its first-ever Ardennes Week.

“I think it was awesome to have this race alongside the men’s. I think it’s a big deal for women’s cycling, and we’re really grateful to have it,” commented Elvin.

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