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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 20, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria nets fourth victory on stage 13 of Giro d’Italia; Garfoot continues Orica-Scott’s success in Emakumeen Bira with stage 3 win; Weening wins stage 3 of the Tour of Norway; Evtushenko wins stage 1 of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Pirazzi and Ruffoni sacked by Bardiani-CSF team after confirmation of B-sample positive; Battered and bruised, Thomas quits Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I don’t know why it is not working; Nicky Hayden in ‘extremely critical’ condition following Wednesday’s bike crash; Ullrich resigns from Rund um Köln position; Vulpine – what went wrong?; Belda positive for EPO; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 13 Pre Race; Video: Sagan and the fans at the Amgen Tour of California

Weening wins stage 3 of the Tour of Norway

by Shane Stokes

Dutch rider Pieter Weening picked up the first win of the season for the Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij squad on Friday, soloing to victory on stage three of the Tour of Norway. The 36-year-old reached the line two seconds ahead of Sander Armee (Lotto Soudal) and four up on Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott), taking over the general classification in the process.

“I attacked at the right time, and am really, really happy,” he said. The win came exactly a year after another win in the same race. “Is it something to do with this date? No, not at all. Every day is a good one to win,” he said.

The stage featured a breakaway, but on the first category Kanthaugen climb on the finishing circuit, a select group of riders pushed ahead. “I went there in the counter attack with Sander Armee and with others such as [Edvald] Boasson Hagen and Simon Gerrans,” he said. “Those two were marking each other in the group. With two and a half kilometres to go I took my chance, but the headwind was very strong. There were a lot of fast guys, but I managed to finish it off.”

He is now six seconds clear of Armee and Gerrans. Former race leader Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) is now fourth, 12 seconds back.

Weening won the race overall last year and hopes to do so again. “Of course we’re going to try to hold that position with the team,” he said. “But the differences are small. Armée and Gerrans are at six seconds, and Boasson Hagen is twelve seconds behind. There are two tough days ahead, but everyone at Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij will everything to bring this yellow Jersey back to the Netherlands.”

Stage 3: Hamar > Lillehammer - Stage Result

Friday 19th May 2017

1. nl
WEENING Pieter
Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
04:37:13
2. be
ARMéE Sander
Lotto Soudal
0:02
3. au
GERRANS Simon
ORICA-Scott
0:04
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