Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 4, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.

Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead

by CyclingTips

Back-to-back top-five finishes on the two opening stages of Österreich Rundfahrt (Tour of Austria) put Sep Vanmarcke into the yellow race leader’s jersey on Monday. The Cannondale-Drapac rider began his campaign with fifth place in the opening prologue, a short 800-metre uphill time trial, before sprinting to second place behind Elia Viviani (Team Italy) from a reduced bunch on Stage 1.

“We all attacked throughout the last 15 kilometres, because there were still a lot of sprinters in our group,” Vanmarcke said. “But no one was able to get away, partly because of the strong headwinds. I’m happy with second place today because I knew I couldn’t beat Viviani. The jersey was a pleasant surprise.”

Vanmarcke’s teammate Will Clarke sits second overall, three seconds back. He rode to third in the prologue, which he won last year, and finished in the reduced peloton on Stage 1.

“I trained a lot on my power for the short efforts leading up to the race, and had a target of doing well here,” said Clarke. “I would have liked to have repeated my win in the prologue from last year but I came up a bit short.”

The six-stage race runs through July 8, with a high-mountain summit finish atop Kitzbüheler Horn on Stage 4.

Stage 1: Graz > Wien - Stage Result

Monday 3rd July 2017

1. it
VIVIANI Elia
Italy
04:28:50
2. be
VANMARCKE Sep
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
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3. au
LOWNDES Jason
Israel Cycling Academy
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4. si
KOROšEC Rok
Amplatz - BMC
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5. dz
REGUIGUI Youcef
Dimension Data
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6. ru
PORSEV Alexander
Gazprom-RusVelo
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7. fr
VENTURINI Clément
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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8. za
GIBBONS Ryan
Dimension Data
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9. us
HOWES Alex
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
-
10. gb
FENN Andrew
Aqua Blue Sport
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