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by Matt de Neef
March 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
Frenchman Yohann Gene (Direct Energie) has turned his victory on stage 5 of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo into overall victory in the seven-stage Gabonese race.
Gene moved into the overall lead on stage 5 after sprinting to victory from a breakaway group of 12 riders that finished more than nine minutes clear of the peloton. Gene backed up that performance with sixth place on the race’s penultimate stage, finishing in the bunch as Oleksandr Golovasho (Minsk) rode away to a solo win on tough finishing circuit. Gene again finished in the bunch on the final stage as Eritrea’s Meron Abraham took victory from a small group.
For Gene, a 35-year-old who hails from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the victory is his second overall success at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo. He won back in 2013 and has taken a total of seven stage wins in the UCI 2.1 Africa Tour event.