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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
Improving from fourth to second overall despite losing eight seconds, Tejay van Garderen had mixed feelings after stage 5 of the Vuelta a España.
“You never know on days like today,” he said. “A lumpy day, the GC is sort of set so there are guys down on time, so as long as it’s the right composition in the breakaway it always has a chance. I think Team Sky was happy to let the bonus seconds slip away because Froome was only two seconds out of the jersey. It wasn’t a big surprise but it would have been a different outcome to be fighting for the stage.
“This finish was certainly a category 2 climb in my books, if not a category 1,” he continued. “We really just wanted to stay safe. Rohan Dennis and Fran Ventoso, our big power guys, led us into the climb and put us into a good position. That definitely saves a lot of energy in the first couple of kilometres without having to move up. It’s a pity I slipped a little bit there in the final but I think I’m right there and if I keep chipping away day by day, we’re headed in a good direction.”
Teammate Nicolas Roche is also close, although he drifted from third to fourth overall. Still, he is within 13 seconds of the red jersey and gives the BMC Racing Team two options for the days ahead.
“After when I saw the result, I’m happy,” said directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois. “We didn’t lose energy by being in the breakaway. You never know with a day like today if it goes to the line or not and I think tomorrow will be different again. We are sticking to our plan and taking things day by day. But, today was a good result.”