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by Mark Zalewski
April 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Montaguti wins climber’s sprint at Tour of the Alps, Pinot makes up ground; Ruffoni wins sprint in longest stage at Tour of Croatia; Australian Road Nationals to remain in Ballarat until 2020; British Cycling commissions ‘medical review’ after Wiggins’ medical package scandal; ORICA-Scott changing Grand Tour strategy: Simon Yates with Chaves at Tour de France; Gilbert or Van Avermaet: which for Belgium at world championships?; Andrey Grivko given 45-day suspension for punching incident at Dubai Tour; Loss of Rabobank sponsorship affects Dutch federation youth programme; OVO Energy becomes title sponsor of Women’s Tour, Tour of Britain; Nicole Van den Broeck passes away; More good news from Girdlestone’s road to recovery; Van der Breggen and Valverde, an annual Fleche tradition; Video: The Tour De France Explained in Animation; Video: Oakley Cycling Sessions 2017.
Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) won the penultimate stage of the Tour of the Alps in a climbers-only field sprint ahead of Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Rohan Dennis (BMC). With his second place bonus seconds Pinot jumps to second overall, and is now only 13 seconds behind leader Geraint Thomas (Sky).
Kilian Frankiny (BMC) and Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) were the leading pair into the finale of the stage, with a two minute gap on the peloton and looking to be headed for a stage win. In an interesting move, veteran rider Hubert Dupont (AG25 La Mondiale) attackedsolo to bridge across to the leading pair. While the leaders scratched their heads Dupont made progress — to the point where he became the virtual leader on the road. This rang alarm bells in the peloton that began to chase.
With 5km to go Dupont, swinging across the road, putting all his effort into it, finally made the juncture to the leading pair. However, behind in the peloton the group was now more organised and the gap was down to only a minute. Dupont, after catching his breath, lifted the pace and the acceleration momentarily dropped Pirazzi.
While Pirazzi eventually made it back to the other two Team Sky was driving the pace, to the point that Mikel Landa succumbed to the effort. But it did the job as the break gap was caught at 1.5km to go, setting up an awkward field sprint amongst climbers. Into the final there was no organisation to be had as the group of climbers did their best impersonations of sprinters, with Pinot leading it out and Montaguti violently throwing his bike on the line for the win.