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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
Herning, Denmark, provided the scene for the 2017 European championships. After an elite category was added to the event for the first time in 2016, the race immediately attracted a star studded field. Several national time trial champions lined up in Plumelec, France, in a bid to be crowned the first elite European time trial champion.
Ellen van Dijk was awarded the newly designed white skinsuit with blue details and golden stars in the inaugural elite event and was back in 2017 to defend her title.
There was no match for Van Dijk, who powered to the win almost a minute ahead of silver medalist Ann-Sophie Duyck (Belgium). Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands) also picked up another medal in the event, after earning silver last year. She took bronze ahead of the third Dutch rider participating in the event, Lucinda Brand, who finished fourth.
The U23 and elite women were faced with a relatively long individual time trial. Their 31.5 kilometre time trial covered a mostly flat course through the suburbs south of Herning. There were 32 riders on the start list of the 2017 European time trial championships and, looking at the results of the U23 women, we were expecting big time differences.
Almost a quarter of an hour divided the U23 winner, Pernille Matthiessen (Denmark) and the last finisher, Hatice Yilmaz from Turkey. But even the fifth place finisher, Severine Eraud (France) already saw herself 1’40” down on Matthiessen.
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