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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 6, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.

Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour

by Mark Zalewski

Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) won the prologue time trial and took the overall lead of the Healthy Ageing Tour while Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) won the first road stage later in the day.

“I am relieved to win this time trial, the first time trial of the season is always a bit nervous,” said van Dijk.

“There was quite a bit of pressure because of the new team and new materials but the team put a lot of effort into getting me right on the bike and I am really happy with that. I am really pleased to take the win here with a good advantage over number two, it’s a great start to the week.”

Van Dijk won the 16.9km time trial 27 seconds ahead of Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) and 36 seconds ahead of Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM).

In the first road stage Pieters won by five seconds ahead of the chasing group, led in by Barbara Guarischi (Canyon SRAM) and Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla). Van Dijk finished in the group and retains her overall lead.

Stage 1a (ITT): Leek > Leek - Stage Result

Wednesday 5th April 2017

1. nl
VAN DIJK Ellen
Team Sunweb
00:22:18
2. nl
VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
0:27
3. de
BRENNAUER Lisa
Canyon SRAM Racing
0:36

Stage 1b: Grijpskerk > Grijpskerk - Stage Result

Wednesday 5th April 2017

1. nl
PIETERS Amy
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
01:53:14
2. it
GUARISCHI Barbara
Canyon SRAM Racing
0:05
3. fi
LEPISTö Lotta
Cervélo-Bigla Pro Cycling
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