Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win; Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico; Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico; Report into British Cycling to confirm a ‘culture of fear’; Brailsford has no intention of quitting Team Sky; Longo Borghini alters schedule to race Ronde van Drenthe; Bouhanni to race Nokere Koerse; New stage race set for South Africa in early 2018; USA Cycling moves cyclocross nationals back to December date for 2018; WADA could add caffeine to prohibited list; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 6 highlights; One-Legged BMXer Julián Molina shreds harder than you.

Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico

by Mark Zalewski

Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) may have come in to Tirreno-Adriatico under the weather, but the world champ rebounded on the third stage, taking a tough uphill field sprint win ahead of Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto FIXALL).

“You never know what is going to happen and today was a little windy, everybody was afraid of the wind in the last 15km, but in the end nothing happened,” said Sagan. “So a lot of riders came to finish, without the legs maybe. So maybe it was easier for positioning.”

Into the final kilometre the road curved slightly to the left with riders bumping each other, fighting for wheels. Sagan, Viviani and Cavendish were sitting just inside the top-10. The road curved again around 500 metres as the road kicked up to the finish line.

Halfway up a lead-out rider sat-up, finished with his work but forcing the rest of the group to go around him. Viviani looked to be in good position heading into the final 250 metres, with one rider still in front of him. But as that rider faded the Italian was forced to start his sprint at 200 metres — while a normal distance for him on the flat, the uphill was too much and Sagan came around him with a powerful kick.

When asked if he is over his illness and is ready for more wins, Sagan said, in his wry style, “I hope so, the season is just starting — I hope it’s not the last victory!”

Stage 3: Monterotondo Marittimo > Montalto di Castro - Stage Result

Friday 10th March 2017

1. sk
SAGAN Peter
Bora - Hansgrohe
04:51:59
2. it
VIVIANI Elia
Team Sky
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3. be
ROELANDTS Jurgen
Lotto Soudal
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