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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 23, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4

Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes

by Shane Stokes

Two days after his Cyclassics Hamburg victory, Elia Viviani was first to the line once again on stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes. The Italian Team Sky rider beat Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis Solutions Credits), Danilo Napolitano (Wanty – Groupe Gobert) and the rest of the bunch at the finish in Saintes.

“The team supported me all day today, it was a long day to control and they did a perfect job for me,” he said. “I was feeling really good in the last 250 metres and when I started the sprint it went up a little and I saw Nacer Bouhanni coming in so I kept pushing to the line.

“It is my sixth win of the year so I am very happy.” He added that he wants to continue in the same vein in the race. “I want to win as much as possible and we have a really good chance. If I can take more wins, I will.”

Early on five riders clipped away from the bunch: Simone Velasco (Bardiani-CSF), Jérémy Leveu (Roubaix-Lille Métropole), Kenneth Van Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Julen Amezqueta (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia). They built a lead of four minutes but when the bunch hacked this down to just over a minute, Velaso and Boev pushed on ahead. However they were caught with 25 kilometres left.

A subsequent move by Tour de France stage winner Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and Luca Wackermann (Bardiani-CSF) sought to foil the sprinters, but they were also hauled back.

Stage 1: Bressuire > Saintes - Stage Result

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

1. it
VIVIANI Elia
Team Sky
04:47:29
2. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
3. it
NAPOLITANO Danilo
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-

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