Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 5, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator

Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double

by Jeanine Laudy

A crash-filled women’s juniors race saw the peloton greatly reduced when it contested the bunch sprint after 60.3 kilometres of racing. A strong sprinter, who has even won races at the elite level already, Lorena Wiebes (The Netherlands) profited from Italy’s lead-out and outsprinted Emilie Norsgaard (Denmark) and Letizia Paternoster (Italy) to take the European title in Denmark.

“We had a little bit of a panic, because there were three dangerous riders on the attack,” Wiebes told Dutch newspaper AD after her race. “But the team closed the gap, after which I could sprint to the win. This is by far the nicest and most important win of the fourteen victories I celebrated this year. I’ll proudly wear the jersey in August and September.”

Wind picked up for the U23 women’s race, making for stormy conditions. The aggressive racing style of the Danish team eventually saw freshly crowned U23 European time trial champion Pernille Matthiessen off the front as she entered the home straight. She arrived at the finish line solo and behind her, Susanne Andersen (Norway) sprinted to second place ahead of Alice Barnes (United Kingdom).

“This was really unexpected,” said Matthiessen in the post-race press conference. “We really thought this race would end in a bunch sprint.” In her race-winning move, Matthiessen managed to increase her advantage up to 35 seconds. At the finish line, seven seconds were left of that gap. “There was so much wind out there today. It wasn’t until 100 metres to go that I realised I would win.”

The last race of the day, the juniors men’s race was an active race with attacks flying throughout the entire race. Eventually, after 120.6 kilometres, a bunch sprint determined who would be the new European road race champion. Michele Gazzoli (Italy) was the fastest, outsprinting Søren Wærenskjold (Norway) and Niklas Märkl (Germany).

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