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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) took his second stage win of Tirreno-Adriatico, and in similar fashion to his first, winning a tough uphill finale ahead of Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Primoz Roclic (LottoNL-Jumbo).
“I felt very bad today, but I am very happy for this win,” said Sagan. “It was looking like I wouldn’t be able to race tomorrow – all day it was full gas, with everyone attacking. I don’t know if the other riders saw the profile?
“Rafal Majka was the guy who put his trust in me today. I said to him not to be stupid – that we’ll go together, and if he had the legs he’d go. He worked for me and trusted my ability more than I did. I was actually dropped in the last climb, but just got back in the final kilometre. After that I did my best and am very happy with the victory.”
The tough finish resulted in some gaps, with a group of nine coming in together. While Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was not in the lead group he increased the overall lead he took on Saturday, with second place Adam Yates (ORICA-Scott) abandoning.