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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cavendish takes first 2017 win at Abu Dhabi Tour; McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead; Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage; Ariesen wins second stage of Volta ao Alentejo; Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance; Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion; Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage; Women’s Amstel Gold Race will use traditional Cauberg finish; Belgians Boonen, Vanmarcke ready to start Classics season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne; Baloise Belgium Tour announces 2017 route; Laura Kenny awarded 2016 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize; Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case; Highlights: Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Highlights: Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1.

Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage

by Mark Zalewski

Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) won the final stage of the Tour de La Provence as Rohan Dennis (BMC) claimed the overall classification.

“It was our race to lose coming into today’s stage, but we proved that we had the strongest team in the end,” said Dennis. “We did everything ourselves today to control the race, and we were able to pull off the overall victory. It has been a full team effort right from the start of this race and I wouldn’t be in this position if it had just been me.”

After the early breakaway was brought back a late attack by Cattaneo on the final climb into Marseille threatened Dennis’ lead, as Cattaneo was only two seconds down in the overall.

“I was a little bit nervous when Cattaneo attacked,” said Dennis. “I wasn’t totally sure we could bring him back, and when he was still 14 seconds ahead with 1.5km to go, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. When I made my move, it was a last ditch effort really, so I was pleased it worked out. It’s been a close race every day and, with only three stages, there isn’t any time to waste. It all comes down to who makes the right move and right time.”

“This victory has a particular value for our team, because it represents the desire for redemption and recovery of a rider in which we strongly believe,” said Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team manager Gianni Savio.

Stage 3: Aix-en-Provence > Marseille - Stage Result

Thursday 23rd February 2017

1. it
CATTANEO Mattia
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
04:05:17
2. au
DENNIS Rohan
BMC Racing Team
0:02
3. fr
HIVERT Jonathan
Direct Energie
-

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Thursday 23rd February 2017

1. au
DENNIS Rohan
BMC Racing Team
12:55:14
2. it
CATTANEO Mattia
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
0:02
3. fr
GENIEZ Alexandre
AG2R La Mondiale
0:04

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