In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
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Crashing once on the descent off the day’s final climb and again when trying to chase back on, Tejay van Garderen lost his second place overall on stage six of the Vuelta a España. The BMC Racing Team rider was able to limit his losses to 20 seconds, but dropped to fourth overall. He is now 30 seconds behind Chris Froome (Team Sky).
— CyclingHub (@CyclingHubTV) August 24, 2017
“I felt great,” he said after the stage. “Obviously the pace was really hard so I was on the limit but when I looked back and saw the selection being made and that I was part of it, I thought it was a good way to cement my spot on GC. It was a bumpy road. I must have just hit something and my hands slipped off the bars. It all happened kind of fast. I’d have to watch the video to see how it happened. But I don’t want to watch the video, so it will kind of be a mystery with how it happened.”
He realised his machine was damaged and so had to get another from the team car. “Once I got the bike change and we were off the descent, I was like ‘now it’s time to go into damage control.’”
— Le Gruppetto (@LeGruppetto) August 24, 2017
Even though he fell twice and dropped two places in the general classification, he was able to see the big picture. “When you really think about it, over three weeks nothing goes perfect. It’s more about how you deal with the not perfect days and how you take advantage of the good days,” he explained. “So, I think I’ve shown that I’m in good form. The injuries are pretty minor, the legs are good, the morale is good, so we’ll move forward and try to take advantage of any opportunity we get.”