Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 17, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Dumoulin dominates Giro time trial and takes Maglia Rosa; Peter Sagan wins stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California; Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country; Quintana: ‘We lost more time than expected’; Thomas bounces back from stage 9 crash to nab second; Jungels stages recovery after Blockhaus disappointment; Aldag says it’s not certain yet that Cavendish will ride Tour de France; Van Garderen suffers further time loss; ASO and AEG agree on strategic partnership to develop cycling in Germany; California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?; Diabetic rider Javier Megias chasing breakaway success at the Amgen Tour of California; Audio: Unnnamed rider suggests Movistar may have deliberately caused stage 9 crash; Video: The Maglia Rosa! 24 hours with Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia; Video: A near miss for Nairo Quintana; Video: Bob Jungels post-race interview from Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2017; Video: Cyclist hit by bullet during bike ride; Video: Inside the Aqua Blue Sport team bus; Video: Dumoulin’s wayward elbows

Van Vleuten triumphs in Durango-Durango event in the Basque Country

by VeloClub

Dutch national TT champion Annemiek van Vleuten used her skill against the clock to take a solo win on Tuesday in the one-day Basque race Durango-Durango. She jumped clear on the final climb of the day and while she was chased hard by Shara Gillow (FDJ) and Eider Merino (Lointek), was able to reach the line 15 seconds ahead.

She said afterwards that she was pleasantly surprised how she felt after being ill last week during a Spanish training camp. “I really didn’t expect to take the victory today,” she said. “I was disappointed that I was sick during the training camp and I thought I wouldn’t be the strongest today. Of course sometimes with cycling you don’t have to be the strongest to win.”

“It was definitely better than I expected, we always had control with the whole team. Georgia Williams opened an attack on the final climb but she was brought back and then myself and Garfoot could follow Shara Gillow (FDJ).

“It was a super steep climb and at that moment I could no longer follow but we had a small downhill so when they came back I immediately attacked. I led the race solo all the way down the final descent to the finish and I was thinking about last time I was in this position (Rio Olympics), so I did not want to make any mistakes.”

Van Vleuten had a bad crash while leading in the Rio Games, losing her chance of gold. She will now line out with her teammates in the Basque stage race Emakumeen XXX Bira starting on Wednesday. “I think everyone here is in really good form so I am looking forward to the races this week. At a race like this everyone in the team can have their own shot and of course this is a really good way to start the racing here.”

1. nl
VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
Orica - Scott
03:03:22
2. au
GILLOW Shara
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
0:24
3. es
MERINO CORTAZAR Eider
Lointek
0:26
BACK TO TOP