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by Matt de Neef
February 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Wout van Aert stuns to win his third-straight CX world title; Sanne Cant takes back-to-back CX world titles; Esteban Chaves wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Sam Crome claims the final stage; Alejandro Valverde wins the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sergio Henao takes his second-straight Colombian road title; Tony Gallopin wins Etoile de Besseges with final-stage victory; UCI announces use of video commissaires in biggest road races; Giro organisers want guarantee Froome’s results will be valid; Vincenzo Nibali set for new challenge at the Tour of Flanders; Hong Kong businessman Adam Kwok invests in Mitchelton-BikeExchange; Esteban’s Extras; Live-stream slip-up.
A win in the final-stage individual time trial has propelled Tony Gallopin (Ag2r La Mondiale) to overall success at the Etoile de Bessèges in France.
Gallopin had come into the final stage of the five-stage race 20 seconds down, in 15th place, alongside more than 20 riders with the same time. Gallopin then covered the 10.7km ITT in a time of 15:21, 20 seconds faster than Yoann Paillot (St Michel-Auber93) and 22 seconds faster than 38-year-old Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie). In doing so Gallopin leapt to the top of the leaderboard, finally winning the race overall after finishing second for the past three years.
The win is Gallopin’s first since coming across to Ag2r La Mondiale from Lotto Soudal.
Earlier in the weekend Sean de Bie (Vérandas Willems-Crelan) won the stage 4 bunch sprint to take his first win of the season.