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by Mark Zalewski
April 29, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Viviani takes sprint win in a sunny Romandie stage; Groenewegen repeats opening stage win at Tour de Yorkshire; Chad Young ‘not expected to recover’ after Tour of the Gila crash; Tired but proud: Gracie Elvin on her best spring season yet; Navardauskas out of Giro with illness; Team Sky with Thomas, Landa for Giro; Van Garderen, Dennis set to lead BMC at Giro; Pozzovivo leads AG2R La Mondiale at Giro; Barguil suffers broken pelvis in Romandie crash; Bosmans moves to ERA-Circus team early; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Canyon SRAM Racing; JOY RIDE – A cycling adventure in western Oregon; Video: JOSH and HUNT The Next Chapter; Video: Cycle.
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the win on the opening stage at the Tour de Yorkshire, just ahead of a fast-charging Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott), with Chris Opie (BIKE Channel Canyon) taking an impressive third. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) finished just behind in fourth.
“It was a really hard stage with a climb at the end,” said Groenewegen. “The climb was very hard and I was in the second group, but the team brought me back. I was really tired so I need to thank them for that. Bouhanni was going hard and Caleb Ewan was coming fast so it is a good victory.”
This is the Dutch champion’s second time winning the opening stage of this race, repeating last year’s performance that saw him go on to win the points jersey. “It’s a really nice race with the people here, but it’s also a good race for me.”
The rolling parcours left only three on the front — Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie), Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) and Etienne Van Empel (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) — out of an original eight inside 30km to go and a gap hovering at 1:45. Behind the peloton was also suffering from the ups and downs, with Dimension Data taking to the front to set the tempo. On the KOM at 26km to go the break shattered, with Quemeneur taking the maximum points, followed somewhat closely by Dunne. Van Empel knew his day in the sun was done and after the top floated back to the peloton. After the descent Quemeneur waited for Dunne to rejoin him, knowing two would be much better than one. However, the gap was now down to 40 seconds with 20km to go and the break was eventually caught.
In the fight for position in the final 200 metres, riders were shifting back-and-forth across the road. Dimension Data’s Kristian Sbaragli’s rear wheel caught the front wheel of Magnus Cort Nielsen (ORICA-Scott), sending the Dane to the ground and causing a chain reaction. Cort Nielsen was seen walking across the line but holding his right arm after the stage.