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by Mark Zalewski
May 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.
Hellfire Pass (Bwlch y Groes) is one of the highest tarmacked passes in Wales. Climbing into the Aran Mountains on the edge of Snowdonia, its a road of outstanding beauty – rough, weathered and with arguably the hardest section of relentlessly steep tarmac in Britain.