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by Shane Stokes
August 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van Poppel wins stage five of the Tour of Poland, Sagan keeps yellow; Trentin takes stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos; Perrone and Matthiessen take junior and U23 European time trial titles; Tour de France King of the Mountains Barguil and Moinard join Fortuneo-Oscaro squad; Gallopin and Ag2r La Mondiale commit for two years; Alaphilippe extends contract with QuickStep Floors team; UAE Team Emirates announces pending two-year deal with Alexander Kristoff; Shimano sneaks in new 105 front derailleur featuring trickle-down tech; Transcontinental update: Lenhard’s lead slims as race favourite stalks; Armstrong’s ‘Stages’ podcast to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama MusicFestival; Video: CrossFit Games Cyclocross Course; Video: The inside story of Team Dimension Data’s Tour de France
Having gone close on three occasions already, netting placings of second, second and third, Danny Van Poppel finally topped the podium in the Tour of Poland on Wednesday, winning stage five. The Dutchman beat Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and others to the line, with the sprint being disrupted by a crash in the finale.
“I’m very happy; after two seconds and a third place, today victory was finally mine,” he said afterwards. “I’d like to thank my team mates for the great job they did, allowing me to vie for a great sprint. Here in Poland I have finally found my top form for the first time in a long while; this is also due to an injury that has been slowing me down recently. But now all that is behind me and I am thrilled with this victory and the good results I’ve been achieving these last few days.”
Early on five riders went clear, namely Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo), Moreno Moser (Astana) and Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors). They opened a maximum gap of three minutes, with Schachmann then crashing out of the race inside the final 30 kilometres and van Garderen pressing on ahead alone approximately 12 kilometres out. However he was hauled back with about three kilometres remaining.
Race leader Sagan was glad to remain at the top of the overall classification. “Today it rained after many very hot days; in the final we were on a city circuit and therefore the asphalt became very slippery right away,” he said. “This is why there were some falls today, but luckily I wasn’t caught up in any of them and I managed to make it to the finish line okay.
“Although in terms of kilometres it was a short stage, it was however a hard one, with short but rough climbs, and we rode hard for the entire stage. I am happy, everything went well for us and we made it through another day to hang on to the yellow jersey. Tomorrow we’ll see what happens.”