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News roundup: Warbasse gets aggressive; Rivera on the podium

Here’s your News Roundup for Wednesday, June 13. This is our way of keeping you up to speed on all of the stories circulating in the world of pro cycling.

Warbasse most aggressive rider at Tour de Suisse stage 5

A year to the day after his maiden pro win in Tour de Suisse stage 4, U.S. national champ Larry Warbasse was on the attack again in Switzerland, hoping to win stage 5. Although he didn’t stay away to the finish, he managed to take home the day’s most aggressive rider prize. He said the GC teams were unwilling to let the break ride clear.

“BMC wasn’t having it. I tried on the first climb, and it didn’t go. So I knew it would suit me better if I could get in on the flat because maybe I’m a bit better on the flat than most climbers,” Warbasse told Cycling Pro Net.

Fighting a headwind in the second half of the race, Warbasse tried an attack, but it didn’t stick. Eventually, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) sprinted to the win out of a small group.

“I wanted to go from the bottom of the second to last climb, but the wind was so strong that I knew I couldn’t go from that long,” Warbasse added.

Rivera sprints to third in OVO Women’s Tour opener

American Coryn Rivera didn’t have the classics season she was hoping for after winning Tour of Flanders in 2017. But the Sunweb rider looks to be on track with a podium result in stage 1 of the OVO Women’s Tour.

Mitchelton-Scott’s Belgian champion Jolien D’hoore won the sprint and took the overall lead. Rivera said that good positioning and a deceptively difficult finish straight helped her earn her best Women’s WorldTour result of the season.

“In the end we placed ourselves well in the final corner — the challenging headwind and slight uphill finish was heavy,” she said. “I’m thankful that I could finish third after a crazy last few kilometers.”

Hagens Berman Axeon’s Sean Bennett wins stage 6 of under-23 Giro

A third American earned a big result in Europe Wednesday. Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon) won stage 6 of the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia, colloquially known as the “Baby Giro.” This stacked field of under-23 riders is in the midst of an 11-stage race. To win Wednesday’s 120.7km stage to Pergine Valsugana, Bennett out-sprinted Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-Scott). Another Anglophone, Britain’s Mark Donovan (Wiggins) finished third.

Apart from Bennett’s big win, Hagens Berman Axeon has been racking up results in the Baby Giro. Jasper Philipsen won stage 3 and was also third in stage 1.

Ewan crashes in Slovenia sprint finish

Tour of Slovenia kicked off with a chaotic sprint finish that saw a number of riders crash, most notably Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), who will make his Tour de France debut this season.

“We had a good lead out on the circuits and then in the last couple of kilometers we got swamped a little bit and it became really messy,” Ewan said.

“I clipped the wheel in front of me, I’m not sure exactly what happened but I went down. Other than the crash, I’m all good, I don’t think I have done any damage, I felt good today so we will have a go again tomorrow.”

Dimension Data’s Mark Renshaw also went down at the end of the 159km race to Murska Sobota. Fortunately, he too is uninjured.

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