Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 6, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.

Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead

by CyclingTips

Riding for Elia Viviani on loan from Team Sky, the Italian national team closed down a late race three-rider escape as Stage 3 of the Tour of Austria reached its finale. Israel Cycling Academy’s Jason Lowndes was able to throw his bike across the line just ahead of race leader Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac), who took third.

“I knew sprinting for podium would be the best I could do today, with Viviani in the bunch,” Vanmarcke said. “So I’m happy I did that. We aimed for the stage win again. None of us can win a bunch sprint, so we attacked all day. The racing was tough for the first 50 kilometers, until eventually three riders got into a break.

“We caught them back at 60 kilometers from the line, and then it started all over again: attack after attack,” Vanmarcke said. “My teammates were so strong and were represented in most of the breakaway attempts. Unfortunately a sprint couldn’t be avoided, so my teammates did a lead-out for me again.”

Vanmarcke expects it to hand over the leader’s jersey after the Stage 4 summit finish at Alpenbdorf.

“The climb in tomorrow’s stage is really hard, way too hard for me,” he said. “I’m definitely going to lose the leader’s jersey. But that’s OK. I have thoroughly enjoyed wearing it for the first half of this tour.”

Stage 3: Wieselburg > Altheim - Stage Result

Wednesday 5th July 2017

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2. au
Israel Cycling Academy
3. be
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
4. it
FORTIN Filippo
Tirol Cycling Team
5. fr
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6. za
Dimension Data
7. nl
Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
8. it
MINALI Riccardo
Astana Pro Team
9. si
Amplatz - BMC
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Team Vorarlberg